Florida Supreme Court pulls the plug on ‘energy choice’ ballot initiative
By Jeffrey Schweers January 9, 2020
A constitutional amendment that would upend Florida’s utility industry misleads voters into thinking they can generate their own electricity and should not be placed on the 2020 ballot, the Florida Supreme Court said in an advisory opinion released Thursday.
The court unanimously concluded that the proposed initiative, titled “Right to Competitive Energy Market for Customers of Investor-Owned Utilities; Allowing Energy Choice,” sponsored by Citizens for Energy Choices, failed one of two tests for ballot initiatives — clarity of its language.
The Florida Supreme Court has the final say on whether initiatives pass legal muster before they can be placed on the ballot.