Sebelius Dissolves Energy Council

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Kathleen Sebelius dissolves the Kansas Energy Council.

The 34-member council studies energy issues and drafts recommendations to the governor and the Legislature.

For more than a year, it has faced criticism, even from some council members _ that it has been ineffective. Critics say the council is too large and has representatives from too many interests.

But Sebelius says she's dissolving the council because other groups are now studying individual issues.

And, she says, the council's work gave those groups a solid foundation.

Sebelius' predecessor, Gov. Bill Graves, formed an energy policy council with 13 members in 2002, just before leaving office. She replaced it in 2004 with a 23-member group, eventually expanding it to its current size, with Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson as co-chairman.

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