Another hurdle was cleared today, an implementation bill for Amendment 4, a pro-solar tax abatement approved by 73 percent of Florida voters last August, is working its way through the Florida Legislature. After an amendment was filed by State Representative Ray Rodrigues late last night, a vastly improved version of the House implementation bill (HB 1351) passed the House Commerce Committee unanimously this morning, meaning Floridians are one step closer to enactment of the solar policy they voted for last year. The Senate version of an Amendment 4 implementation bill (SB 90) will be heard in the Senate Appropriation Committee tomorrow morning.
“We would like to thank Representative Ray Rodrigues and Senator Jeff Brandes for listening to Floridians who have once again made their voices heard on energy policy by contacting their elected officials to ask for a clean implementation bill,” said Tory Perfetti of Floridians for Solar Choice. “We are hopeful that the current versions of the House and Senate bills honor the will of the voters and will not add onerous burdens to small Florida businesses. A clean implementation bill for Amendment 4 will be a win for good energy policy for this great state, its business community, and all of its citizens.”
“We applaud Representative Ray Rodrigues for making important improvements to his bill that will help all segments of the solar market grow in the Sunshine State,” said Stephen Smith of Floridians for Solar Choice and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. “Deploying more solar power means good local jobs, more customer choice and a cleaner environment. We look forward to the Florida House and Senate implementing the will of the Florida voters and passing this historic legislation in the closing days of this legislative session.”