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Coal Plant Bill Clears Legislature

KSCB News - April 3, 2009 12:00 am

A bill allowing two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas has cleared the state Legislature.

The House approved the measure on an 74-48 vote Friday, the day

after the Senate passed it, 31-7.

The bill goes next to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

She opposes it, and supporters hope to have the two-thirds

majorities in both chambers needed to override a veto. They had

enough votes in the Senate but were 10 votes short in the House.

The bill would overturn an October 2007 decision by Sebelius’

administration that prevented Hays-based Sunflower Electric Power

Corp. from building the plants in Finney County.

The bill also includes provisions to encourage conservation and

the development of wind farms and other forms of renewable energy.

 

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