Ohio's attorney general rejects proposed constitutional amendment calling for US$1.3B/year in green energy investments in infrastructure, R&D for 10-year period, saying that submission did not contain 1,000 valid signatures as required by law
May 19, 2014
– A ballot effort in Ohio to require billions of dollars in state investment in alternative energy has hit a snag after supporters revised the proposal.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected the petition Monday for the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative, saying the proposed constitutional amendment didn't meet a signature requirement. DeWine said the submission contained less than the 1,000 valid signatures that were needed.
The amendment calls for $1.3 billion in annual investments over a decade in infrastructure, research and development related to solar, wind and other energy sources.
The attorney general and state Ballot Board previously cleared a similar proposal last year. Though an attorney for its supporters said they revised the timing of the issuance of bonds under the amendment and had to refile their petition.
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