We elect officials so, on our behalf, they can debate policies and make decisions that will ultimately better our lives. So why would elected officials delegate that authority to the courts?

Unfortunately, that appears likely if the Florida Legislature passes the proposed energy preemption legislation. While the full text of the bill (SB 1128 and HB 919) is only about half as long as this column, the language is so overwhelmingly broad that it would create a cascading series of unintended — and undesirable — consequences.

This legislation could affect policies ranging from residential zoning designations and the location of industrial pipelines to minimum safety setbacks and the placement of massive solar farms. But absent from the legislation is any clarity about the specifics or conversation

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