AP: Senate passes coal plants bill

The AP:

TOPEKA —

The Senate has pushed a proposal for two coal-fired power plants in western Kansas a step closer to a promised veto by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

Senators approved the measure Thursday on a 31-9 vote. It would allow Sunflower Electric Power Corp., based in Hays, to build the two plants near Holcomb in Finney County.

The House has already approved a version of the bill, and the final version will be worked out by House and Senate negotiators.

Senate President Steve Morris, a Hugoton Republican whose district includes Finney County, said a bill could be ready to send to the governor next week.

This is the second year of jousting between the Republican-controlled Legislature and the Democratic governor over the power plants. Last year, she vetoed three similar bills.

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