Kansas lawmakers approve bill on state power plant controls

 Kansas lawmakers approve bill on state power plant controls

Caption: Gov. Sam Brownback

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas legislators have approved a bill to require them to sign off on a state plan for complying with a federal rule designed to lower carbon emissions from power plants.

The House approved the measure Thursday on a 121-1 vote, a day after the Senate passed it, 35-1. The bill goes to Gov. Sam Brownback for his possible signature.

The measure authorizes the state's health and environment secretary to draft a plan for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases linked by scientists to climate change. The plan could include agreements with utilities to lower emissions.

But an 11-member legislative committee would have to approve the plan before the state could submit it to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

States without a plan will have a federal plan imposed on them.

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