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State group endorses Rep. Sloan’s resolutions

December 6, 2006

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The largest organization representing state government recently adopted a resolution by state Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, that calls for federal-state partnerships in developing renewable energy.

"The three keys to Kansas' long-term prosperity are a quality education system, sustainable water-use practices and affordable energy," Sloan said.

The Council of State Governments endorsed the establishment of links between the Defense Department and states to develop renewable electricity-generation projects. The council also recognized an innovative Kansas program by the state Department of Corrections, which offers bulk pharmaceutical pricing to state and local governments.

Sloan serves as chairman of the council's energy and environmental task force. He also is chairman of the House Higher Education Committee and a member of several state and national energy and natural resource panels.

Last week, Sloan hosted and organized the fourth Kansas Electric Transmission Summit at the Dole Institute of Politics on Kansas University's West Campus.

State and national panelists addressed how Kansas could access national electric markets.

"Public policies are best made in an environment when Kansas' stakeholders and regional and national interests meet and discuss options, costs and benefits," Sloan said.

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