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Solar amendment now at 75 percent of needed signatures

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A proposed constitutional amendment has crossed the 500,000 signatures line on its way to being approved for voter consideration on the 2016 ballot. The utility-backed Consumers for Smart Solar is sponsoring the amendment titled “Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice.” As of Tuesday morning, it had reported 513,375 valid signatures, according to the state Division of Elections. An initiative needs 683,149 to merit ballot placement. The latest signature tally puts it at 75 percent of its goal. “We are pleased that our signature gathering efforts…

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Solar-power amendment now looking at 2018 ballot initiative

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The group behind one of two competing solar-power constitutional amendments is throwing in the towel on 2016 and “exploring options for a 2018 campaign,” according to a spokeswoman. As FloridaPolitics.com reported Thursday, a payment dispute with a signature-gathering firm made it unlikely that Floridians for Solar Choice would garner enough signatures to get on the ballot next year. The deadline to submit the requisite 683,149 signatures is Feb. 1. “All petitions gathered in Florida are valid for a full 24 months from the date of signing,…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.18.15 — Obama making course correction on optics of being a wartime president?

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Like President Barack Obama, I’m flying to California today. I’m leaving for vacation but in the president’s case, his California trip is to speak with the victims of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, before departing for Hawaii for the next few weeks. I’ll be spending time back home with family and friends in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ll be in the air when the president gives his annual end-of-the-year news conference, where undoubtedly he’ll be asked about the…

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Dispute with signature gathering firm all but dooms solar power amendment from getting on 2016 ballot

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The group behind one of two competing solar-power constitutional amendments is throwing in the towel on 2016 and “exploring options for a 2018 campaign,” according to a spokeswoman. As FloridaPolitics.com reported Thursday, a payment dispute with a signature-gathering firm made it unlikely that Floridians for Solar Choice would garner enough signatures to get on the ballot next year. The deadline to submit the requisite 683,149 signatures is Feb. 1. “All petitions gathered in Florida are valid for a full 24 months from the date of signing,…

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Solar power amendment opponent says its passage would cost ratepayers $1.1 billion

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The ballot initiative that would increase access to solar power in Florida next year has faced intense opposition from the public utilities and big business all year long. One of those opponents is The James Madison Institute (JMI), a conservative think-tank based in Tallahassee. The group released a report on Wednesday claiming that if the amendment — led by the group Floridians for Solar Choice — were to pass in 2016, it would shift $1.1 billion in costs to ratepayers. “This proposed…

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Pam Bondi asks Fla. Supreme Court to review Smart Solar amendment

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Attorney General Pam Bondi on Tuesday formally asked the Florida Supreme Court to review a proposed constitutional amendment on solar power, one of two competing initiatives on the subject. The utility-backed Consumers for Smart Solar is sponsoring the amendment titled “Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice.” Bondi is bound as part of the constitutional amendment process to petition the Supreme Court for “a written opinion as to the validity” of the initiative. The court has to OK a proposal’s language and ballot summary before it can…

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Lawyer for solar initiative predicts ‘no fiscal impact’

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The lawyer for the group behind one of two proposed constitutional amendments on solar power Monday told a panel of state economists he expected the initiative would have “no fiscal impact” if passed. Attorney Neal McAliley of the White & Case law firm, representing Consumers for Smart Solar, spoke before the Financial Impact Estimating Conference on Monday. McAliley told the panel the amendment essentially would be a net wash on state finances. According to its ballot summary, it would create a constitutional right “for…

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