Kansas House Gives Initial Approval to Coal Bill

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The House gives first-round approval to a bill allowing for construction of two coal-fired power plants in western Kansas.

House Speaker Mike O'Neal said after Thursday's debate that the bill has enough votes in his chamber to pass. The Hutchinson Republican also said he expects to have enough votes to override Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' promised veto.

The governor vetoed three similar bills last year. The Senate overrode her vetoes twice, but the House couldn't muster the required 84 votes.

This is the second year for the Legislature to deal with the issue after Secretary of Health and Environment Rod Bremby in 2007 denied a needed air-quality permit over potential carbon dioxide emissions. Many legislators say he overstepped his authority.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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