Tallahassee, Fla. – The Jacksonville, Central Florida and Palm Beach County Urban Leagues, along with Floridians for Affordable Reliable Energy (FARE), today filed their objections to the “Energy Choice” ballot initiative with the Florida Supreme Court. In doing so, the groups demonstrated to the Court how the initiative’s language is objectionable, violating the state’s single subject rule, while also being unclear, ambiguous, misleading, and factually incorrect.
“Florida’s Urban Leagues work to empower Florida families to achieve social and economic success,” said Jacksonville Urban League President and CEO, Richard Danford. “The “Energy Choice” ballot initiative will tear down the progress we’ve made over the last 70 years and leave vulnerable Floridians exposed to bad consumer choices. The ballot measure does nothing more than saddle our members with higher costs, increased fraud and a less reliable energy system. This would be especially harmful to the citizens of our state who can least afford it.”
“Our mission is to empower Central Floridians with the necessary tools to achieve social and economic success. To us, it is very clear that the “Energy Choice” ballot measure will negatively impact our constituency. For that reason, we strongly oppose the ballot measure, shared Central Florida Urban League President and CEO Glenton Glitzean.
“We firmly believe that this ballot initiative is not “choice,” but rather will damage consumers and harm our members and their communities,” said Patrick Franklin, President and CEO, Palm Beach County Urban League. “As a leading provider of family services to our community, this ballot initiative will strain our community members’ ability to move into the economic mainstream.”
FARE Board Member Joe Gibbons added, “FARE believes the proposed so-called “Energy Choice” proposal is dangerous and counterproductive to efforts we’ve made in our community to achieve economic success. The language is confusing, and does not provide any warnings of the higher electric prices and loss of service that it would result in. The full ramifications of this bad proposal are hidden behind deceptive language, and we will continue to educate Floridians about the dangers of energy deregulation and the reasons to oppose this initiative.”