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Veto override in House set for Thursday

April 30, 2008

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— The Kansas House adjourned this evening without trying to override Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' veto of a bill that would authorize the construction of two coal-fired electric power plants.

House leaders said they would attempt an override vote Thursday.

Earlier in the day, the Senate voted 32-7, which was more than the two-thirds majority needed in that chamber to override Sebelius' veto.

Sebelius has vetoed two bills that would authorize construction of two 700-megawatt plants in southwest Kansas.

She has cited concerns about carbon dioxide emissions, escalating costs of coal-fired plants, and the fact that most of the power would be sold to out of state customers.

On Wednesday, Sunflower Electric Power Corp., which has proposed the project, was pushing for a companion bill that would double the energy available from the project for Kansas, from 200 megawatts to 400 megawatts. The new measure would also charge every ratepayer in Kansas two cents per month per electric meter.

Those funds would go to help develop Sunflower Electric's bioscience energy center and weatherization programs. House leaders said they would vote on that bill and to override on Thursday.

Comments

dirkleisure 6 years, 8 months ago

"The new measure would also charge every ratepayer in Kansas two cents per month per electric meter.Those funds would go to help develop Sunflower Electric's bioscience energy center and weatherization programs."Sunflower has 51,000 retail customers.For comparison, there were over 1.4 million retail customers in Kansas in 2006, the last year for data.Whereas previously Sunflower has claimed their bioscience energy center and conservation programs would be paid for in-house (part of the stay out of our business argument), it is now clear they will be demanding the 1.4 million other retail customers in Kansas pay for their green offsets instead.

ENGWOOD 6 years, 8 months ago

"LEISURE" And your point is, We in Western Kansas pay out the nose daily for Highways and Social programs in NE Kansas that we never benefit from!!!

a_flock_of_jayhawks 6 years, 8 months ago

ENGWOOD (Anonymous) says:"We in Western Kansas pay out the nose daily for Highways and Social programs in NE Kansas that we never benefit from!!!"BS! Sure you benefit. That's a completely specious argument.

normal_entire_route 6 years, 8 months ago

engwood, no need to be so entitled. This is not about fairness, its about the environment and our responsibility to our children. That's good for everybody. Let's not propagate the east Kansas, west Kansas attitude of yours.What about clean air, clean water, and the desire for a healthy environment is so bad?

JerryStubbs 6 years, 8 months ago

good gosh, we don't even really need the 200MW quite yet, they spec'd 200MW because it should handle Kansas for the next 10 years.Well, I think they've really blown the deal now-- automatic rate increase, coal prices going up, EPA regulating CO2 in the near future. If they'd stuck with the first plan (660MW), they could have been breaking ground already ( it was approved to start).Maybe it's just as well, the 'climate' -- so they say; is changing rapidly. Certainly the regulatory climate is.

dirkleisure 6 years, 8 months ago

ENGWOOD (Anonymous) says:"leisure" And your point is, We in Western Kansas pay out the nose daily for Highways and Social programs in NE Kansas that we never benefit from!!!Right. The tax base of Kansas is in the west. That is a hilarious statement, when the truth is that the economic engine of NE Kansas pays for western Kansas kids to go to school.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago

Coal and nuke power screw the environment and the ratepayer. Corp America loves these cash cows courtesy of your tax dollars. People always complain about socialism yet that's exactly what the coal and nuke energy industry is all about. Yep we are the suckers.

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