Governor Receives Energy Bill

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

An energy bill Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has promised to veto is now on her desk waiting for action.

Sebelius received the bill allowing for construction of two coal-fired power plants in Southwest Kansas Wednesday. Her spokesperson says she will "thoroughly review" it. She has 10 days to take action.

Despite its support in the Kansas Legislature, Sebelius says she is opposed to a section of the bill that reduces power of the state's top environmental regulator, the secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The bill does contain some environmental policy provisions, which supporters say are a good start for developing policy on conservation and renewable energy. But opponents say those measures don't go far enough.

The Senate approved the measure with enough votes to override a gubernatorial veto, but the House vote was shy of the two-thirds majority required to do so.

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