The Florida Chamber of Commerce on Friday said it had filed a brief with the Florida Supreme Court “restating its alignment with Attorney General Ashley Moody that the state’s high court should strike down the unconstitutional energy proposal.”
The Florida Chamber’s latest brief “outlines the multiple ways in which this proposed amendment is unconstitutional, including violating the single subject rule, engaging in logrolling, substantially altering and performing the functions of multiple branches of government.”
It also “debunk(s) the amendment’s ‘Texas Model’ argument by outlining how Texas restructured its electricity market by a painstaking legislative process – not by a ballot initiative,” the Chamber said in a press release.
“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,” said Mark Wilson, Chamber President and CEO.
The amendment, intended for the 2020 ballot, is titled, “Right to Competitive Energy Market for Customers of Investor-Owned Utilities; Allowing Energy Choice.” All amendments need 60 percent approval to be added to the state constitution.