Passage of Issue 2 May Effect Green Energy Amendment in 2016

A group is trying to get an issue on the 2016 ballot that would release $1 billion from bonds sold by the state for green energy development.

It’s been suggested that their measure could create an economic benefit for a small group of people. That means it might be the first to invoke the new anti-monopoly guardrails approved in Issue 2.

But John Clarke, who’s coordinating the ballot campaign, says the money would go to a commission that doles it back out as grants to clean-energy companies.

“We’re pushing a social interest here. The Ohio Energy Initiative Commission doesn’t make any money. It simply evaluates proposals and awards money,” said Clarke.

This is the fifth time the backers of the Clean Energy Initiative have tried to get this proposal on the ballot.

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