Analysis: Debate over Energy likely to Continue Next Year

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A legislative battle this year over two proposed coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas is likely to represent only the first few rounds of a longer debate over energy policy.

This year's fight ended quietly last week.

House leaders decided against attempting to override Governor Sebelius' lastest veto of a bill allowing the two plants and limiting the power of the regulator who's been blocking them.

Supporters never mustered the two-thirds majority in the House necessary to override a veto.

With Sebelius' clear victory, supporters of the plants had to console themselves with the possibility that the courts still might clear the way for the plants.

But the Legislature's debate over energy policy is all but guaranteed to resume next year because of the issues stirred by the fight over the coal plants.

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