House Approves New Coal Bill

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Legislature has passed a new bill allowing two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.

But supporters are a single vote short in the House of being able to override an expected veto from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. She vetoed a similar measure last month.

The Senate approved the bill, 32-7. Its vote came hours after the House passed it, 83-41.

Backers of the measure need two-thirds majorities in both chambers to override a veto. They had five votes more than necessary in the Senate.

They needed 84 of 125 votes _ one more than they had _ in the House. But opponents also didn't have the 42 votes they need to prevent a veto from being overridden.

One House member was absent, attending her father's funeral.

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