The Kansas Senate voted today to override Governor Sebelius' veto of a bill allowing two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas. The House adjourned without taking a vote on a possible override, but it's expected Thursday. The Senate's vote to override was 32-7, giving supporters five votes more than the two-thirds majority necessary. Supporters have remained at least one vote short in the House of
the needed two-thirds, or 84 votes.
Sunflower Electric Power wants to build two 700-megawatt plants outside Holcomb, in Finney County. The project has been blocked by the Sebelius administration over potential carbon dioxide emissions. The new generating capacity would be enough to meet the peak demands of 700,000 households, according to one state estimate.