Coal Plant Bill Hits Roadblocks

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Negotiations over an energy bill stall even as a key legislator predicts supporters have enough votes to override a veto by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

Three senators and three House members are drafting the final version of a bill allowing two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.

Senators were ready to close a deal Friday. But two House negotiators balked, over different sections.

One section dealt with the secretary of health and environment's power. Another dealt with carbon dioxide emissions and whether utilities eventually could be forced to control them.

The talks broke off minutes after House Speaker Melvin Neufeld said supporters had enough votes to override a veto.

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