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Renewable Energy Bill Gets Unanimous Approval

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Credit Lance Cheung

A bill that would amend the state’s constitution to give tax breaks to people who install renewable energy devices on their properties passed its first committee Tuesday with no complaints and no debate. The bill is sponsored by St. Petersburg Republican Senator Jeff Brandes

“Occasionally a proposal comes along that both the Baptists and the Bootleggers can agree on and this just happens to be one of those proposals,” Brandes says.

Brandes’s measure comes as two citizen initiatives dealing with solar energy are fighting to get on the ballot. They deal with who is allowed to sell solar power. Any constitutional amendment must get approval from 60-percent of voters in a referendum.

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