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League of Women Voters of Florida, Others Say Vote 'No' On Amendment 1

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The League of Women Voters of Florida and other organizations launched a campaign Wednesday opposing Amendment 1.

Advocacy groups, including Capital Young Republicans, Democratic Environmental Caucus, Libertarian Party, Green Party and other non-partisan advocacy groups explained that “Amendment 1 blocks the sun.” One of their key points was that November’s ballot is an attempt by major utility companies to control the energy market by limiting the growth of solar power.

“Amendment 1 is a sham designed by the utilities to turn out the lights on solar in Florida,” said Pamela Goodman, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida.

The first part of Amendment 1 says, “electricity consumers have the right to own or lease solar equipment installed on their property to generate electricity for personal use.” Among the objections to the amendment, Tory Perfetti, chairman of the Floridians for Solar Choice, said voters already have that right.

“This amendment is an attempt to manipulate people into falsely believing it is currently illegal to buy or lease solar,” he said.

The amendment will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.

News intern Andre Roman can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org or on Twitter @adromanify

Andre Roman is a senior studying multimedia journalism at the University of North Florida. He is also the creator/host/producer of the the radio/podcast show One Tank Radio.