Kansas House Utilities Panel Suspends Work on Energy Bill

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ House Speaker Melvin Neufeld stopped work on a comprehensive energy bill Friday, saying there was little support to even get the measure out of committee.

Neufeld said it was evident from talking with House Republicans that the bill has problems. He says interested parties will meet to try and work out some of the problems.

The House Energy and Utilities Committee was scheduled to debate the bill after taking four days of testimony. However, the meeting adjourned quickly Friday, after Chairman Carl Dean Holmes said he was ordered to stop it.

The bill would permit Sunflower Electric to build two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas, which the state's top environmental regulator blocked in October. The bill also would impose the state's first rules on carbon dioxide emissions.

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