Topeka — Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today indicated she would reject the latest version of the coal-fired plants bill.
Sebelius refused to say outright whether she would veto the legislation.
But she has vetoed two previous bills that would have authorized the two 700 megawatt plants in southwest Kansas.
And she said the newest version - bundled with other economic development projects - probably violated the state constitutional requirement that bills deal with only one subject.
As the Legislature concluded its session Wednesday, House Speaker Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls, and a supporter of the coal-fired plants, said he thought Sebelius would allow the new bill to become law without her signature because of the other economic provisions in the legislation.
But Sebelius indicated that wouldn't be the case.
"Having vetoed the component parts, at least involving, coal, and having very serious questions about the framework itself - the option of not signing it and letting it become law, I would say, is off the table," she said.
Sebelius held a post-session news conference, and criticized legislators for failing to adopt comprehensive health care reform and energy policy.
"The session had way too much ultimatum and not enough collaboration," she said.
But in a news conference on Wednesday, Neufeld said the Legislature accomplished a lot, especially on health care.
"I'm pleased that we moved forward," he said.
Lawmakers approved funding increases for safety net clinics, school health programs, and expanded eligibility for Medicaid for pregnant women.
But lawmakers failed to approve two major policy changes recommended by health care experts - a statewide ban on smoking in public indoor places, and a 50-cent-per-pack increase in the state cigarette tax.
Marcia Nielsen, executive director of the Kansas Health Policy Authority, said the Legislature didn't provide enough funding for reforms.
"To have a compromise on health reform without adequate funding will be difficult to explain to Kansans who care deeply about these issues," Nielsen said.