Jefferson City, Mo. Utility regulators could decide whether Aquila can continue operating a Cass County power plant that courts have ordered torn down.
The House has endorsed a bill that essentially overrules the courts, giving the Public Service Commission until next August to approve the plant.
Aquila built a power plant near Peculiar in 2005 without the blessing of county officials. Utility regulators in 2006 approved the plant's construction after it was already built. But a trial and appeals court said the commission's permission came too late.
Bill supporters say the power plant is needed and that it doesn't make sense to tear down a plant so it can be rebuilt. But critics say lawmakers are essentially rewarding Aquila's illegal behavior.