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Solar bills falter in Legislature while ballot initiative rolls on

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With a solar energy constitutional amendment proposed for the 2016 ballot, a pair of bills designed to provide tax savings for residents who install solar on their homes appears dead in the 2015 legislative session. SB 400 by state Sen. Jeff Brandes, a Republican from St. Petersburg, would provide a ballot measure to extend a residential property tax exemption for renewable energy, as already is provided in the state Constitution, to commercial property. SB 402 is an implementing bill, also filed…

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Cities, counties say bill would stick them with costs for moving roadside utilities

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A Senate bill that shifts from utilities to local government the cost of moving power lines and other utilities in easements for roadway expansions passed a Senate committee on Monday despite opposition from local governments. SB 896 by state Sen. Jeff Brandes, a Republican from St. Petersburg, was prompted by a dispute between the city of Cape Coral and the Lee County Electric Cooperative. In 2013, the city sued the electric cooperative in an attempt to recoup millions of dollars spent on moving utilities…

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House rejects effort to repeal nuclear power fee

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A House subcommittee unanimously voted to file a Public Service Commission committee bill after rejecting a series of amendments that included repealing a charge allowed for proposed new nuclear plants. The proposed committee bill, EUS 15-01, establishes term limits for commissioners, requires a person who lobbies the PSC Nominating Council to register as a lobbyist and authorizes the governor to remove a PSC member who has violated state ethics laws. The House Energy & Utilities Subcommittee voted unanimously to file…

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John Wood says ‘God gave us CO2’ to Dems questioning his bill

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State Rep. John Wood told House subcommittee members on Thursday that he doesn’t consider carbon dioxide to be a pollutant and if they think it is, “then everybody zip up their mouths and don’t exhale the rest of the meeting.” Wood, a Republican from Winter Haven, was answering questions on his bill that would require legislative ratification of a possible future plan by the state to reduce carbon emission from power plants in response to proposed federal rules. State Rep. Dwight Dudley of St.…

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