Kansas House Passes Coal Bill

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The House passes a bill allowing Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build two coal-fired power plants in western Kansas.

The vote Friday was 79-44, five votes short of the two-thirds needed to override a promised veto by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

House Speaker Mike O'Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, said he will have the 84 votes when it comes time to override.

The bill overturns a decision by the Sebelius administration to deny an air-quality permit to the Hays-based utility over concerns about carbon dioxide emissions. It also deals with other issues and contains various ``green'' provisions to attract support from some lawmakers who aren't enthusiastic about coal plants.

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

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