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Groups Hope Supreme Court Blocks Amendment 1

November 3rd, 2016 by flanews

The battle over the solar amendment on election ballots isn’t over. Matt Galka explains why it’s heating up now – and why pro solar environmentalists are asking the state’s high court to step in.

The sun has been at the center of some political controversy this election cycle.  Mainly because of constitutional Amendment 1.  A utility backed proposal supporters say will stabilize electricity costs if people opt for solar, but opponents say it’s deceptive.

The Supreme Court may end up having a role.  A lawsuit was filed Wednesday after leaked audio appeared to show that the amendment was crafted to fool people into voting for a perceived pro-solar initiative.  The audio is from Sal Nuzzo of the James Madison Institute at an energy policy conference in October.

“Solar polls very well to the degree that we can use a little bit of ‘political jiu-jitsu’ and take what they’re hitting us on and use it to our benefit,” he says in part of the tape.

Kim Ross with Rethink Energy Florida says people have been duped.

“We’ve been phone banking and calling and canvassing and every time we do that, we talk to voters who thought that they were supporting solar but voted yes early on, and now have realized they voted in a way they didn’t intend to,” said Ross.

But the Consumers for Smart Solar, the group pushing Amendment 1, says the lawsuit is trying to block people from voting.

“To me, it’s deplorable that anybody would want to not count Floridian’s votes, I think the only way you can look at this is some sort of political grandstanding,” said Screven Watson, the group’s spokesman.

The lawsuit was filed a day before a dozen rallies were staged statewide urging voters to vote No on Amendment 1.

A separate lawsuit also calls on the Secretary of State to not count the votes already cast for Amendment 1 until the court potentially rules.

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