Vague Prop. 16 language could clog courts 

Ambiguities in Proposition 16, an initiative backed by PG&E in an effort to shelter the company from looming competition, could take Californian courts years to resolve if it’s approved by voters in June.

If Prop. 16 passes, municipalities would need to secure the support of two-thirds of their voters before spending funds forming a power sales program to compete with an existing utility company under California’s community choice aggregation laws. No such voter approval is currently required.

In an analysis published Thursday, the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District found that Prop. 16 fails to define key terms such as “sole electric delivery service provider” and “expand electric delivery service.”

“The final interpretation of the ambiguous terms will only be answered by the California courts,” agency staff wrote in the report’s conclusion, “through a process that may take several years to finally resolve.”

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