Thursday, July 19, 2018
Politics

Lawmakers send solar measure to Gov. Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE — A plan to carry out a constitutional amendment designed to expand the use of solar and other renewable-energy devices is ready to go to Gov. Rick Scott.

The Senate voted 33-0 on Thursday to accept House changes to the plan (SB 90), which establishes rules for implementing the amendment ­— approved by 72.6 percent of voters last August — that will extend a renewable-energy tax break to commercial and industrial properties.

"Reducing property taxes on solar and renewable-energy devices will bring more solar energy to Florida," said Sen. Jeff Brandes, a St. Petersburg Republican who sponsored what was known as Amendment 4 last year.

A spokeswoman for Scott said his office will review the bill when it arrives. The tax break would be in place for 20 years and is an extension of a break already provided to residential properties.

The Senate initially voted 34-0 last week to approve the bill. The House then made changes before unanimously approving the bill Wednesday and sending it back to the Senate.

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