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Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice
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Reference:
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Summary:
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This amendment establishes a right under Florida's constitution for consumers to own or lease solar equipment installed on their property to generate electricity for their own use. State and local governments shall retain their abilities to protect consumer rights and public health, safety and welfare, and to ensure that consumers who do not choose to install solar are not required to subsidize the costs of backup power and electric grid access to those who do.

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Sponsor:
Consumers for Smart Solar
2640-A Mitcham Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32308-0000
(850) 877-1099
  Contact: Jim Kallinger, Chairperson

Signatures:
Statewide total needed for judicial and financial impact review: 68,314 
Statewide total needed to make ballot position: 683,149 
Statewide total currently valid: 720,395*
Congressional district totals needed for judicial and economic reviews and ballot placement, with currently valid signatures: View by District by County
*Statewide and congressional district totals for ballot position are NOT OFFICAL until an initiative petition is certified to have made ballot. Once an initiative petition is certified for ballot position, total currently valid may exceed the official totals at time of certification. For status on ballot position, see Status Table below.
 
Two signature thresholds must first be met for ballot position: 1) statewide total [8 percent of the votes cast in the last presidential election], and 2) Congressional District signature totals in at least 14 of Florida's 27 Congressional Districts [8 percent of the votes cast in each Congressional District in the last presidential election]. See section 3, Article XI, Fla. Const., section 100.371, Fla. Stat.
 
A Congressional District may consist of one or more counties and a county may be part of more than one congressional district. To find out the signature threshold required in each Congressional District for review and ballot position, the current number of verified signatures in each Congressional District by county, and how many Congressional Districts may have met or exceeded signature thresholds, click the link above titled "View by District by County".

Status: Defeated
Approval Date: 07/21/2015 
Undue Burden:  
Made Review: 10/19/2015 
Attorney General: 10/19/2015 
Sent to Supreme Court: 11/24/2015 
Supreme Court Ruling: Constitutional  
SC Ruling Date: 03/31/2016 
Financial Impact Statement Date: 11/30/2015 
SC Approval of Financial Impact Statement: 03/31/2016 
Made Ballot: 01/22/2016 
Ballot Number: 1  
Election Date: 11/08/2016 
 Votes For: 4,560,682   
 Votes Against: 4,418,788   




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