Contending that sponsors of the proposed constitutional amendment aimed at creating more choice in the eletricity market have conceded several points of opposition, the Florida Chamber of Commerce filed a new brief Friday asking the Florida Supreme Court to reject the amendment’s language.
In a brief that was joined by the Florida Economic Development Council, the Chamber charged that the proposed amendment violates the state’s single-subject rule, engages in logrolling, and substantially alters the functions of multiple branches of government. The chamber’s brief also picks apart the so called “Texas Model” that the amendments backers have offered.
“Voters are smart, and they deserve to know that this is a price-hiking electricity amendment that will drastically drive up costs on Florida’s families, our local businesses, and virtually all consumers,” Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, stated in a news release.
In its latest response, the Chamber and the Florida EDC contend that Citizens for Energy Choice is admitting that the proposal violates the single-subject rule, and that the group essentially conceded the chamber’s earlier argument that the proposal substantially alters the functions of multiple branches of government.
“The only ‘single unifying purpose’ of the Ballot Initiative that the proponents can identify is ‘competition’,” the Chamber’s brief contends.