Kan. Senate Votes to Override Sebelius' Veto of Coal Bill

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Senate has voted to override Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' veto of a bill allowing two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.

The vote was 32-7, giving supporters five votes more than the necessary two-thirds majority.

But the House still must vote to nullify the governor's action for the bill to become law. House Speaker Melvin Neufeld wasn't sure when that vote would occur.

The bill allows Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build the two plants outside Holcomb, in Finney County. It also strips some power from the secretary of health and environment, who has blocked the $3.6 billion project since October.

Senate Republican leaders scheduled the vote after the House took what members saw as a key test vote on another energy bill.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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