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Florida Supreme Court OKs ballot language on solar amendment

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Posted at 2:29 PM, Oct 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-22 14:29:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A group seeking a constitutional amendment to promote solar energy cleared one hurdle but still has a long way to go to make Florida's ballot next year.

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the ballot summary for the proposed amendment is good. Attorney General Pam Bondi asked the court to strike it down, saying it was vague and misleading.

A coalition called Floridians for Solar Choice is collecting signatures to put their proposal on next year's ballot. It would prevent the state from regulating small, private solar companies that provide up to two megawatts of solar energy to properties that border them.

But the group still needs about 500,000 of the 683,149 voter signatures to make the ballot. The deadline to collect them is Feb. 1.