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Senate Passes Bill Blocking Study of Clean-Power Rules

Associated Press - February 12, 2016 5:26 pm

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The Kansas Senate has passed a bill blocking a state regulatory commission from spending money to study how to comply with new federal clean-power rules until a legal challenge is resolved.

The chamber’s 37-2 vote on Thursday night sends the measure to the House. The vote came just two days after a divided U.S. Supreme Court agreed to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to address climate change until a legal challenge by several states, including Kansas, is resolved

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the Kansas Corporation Commission had been searching for a consulting firm to work on a study of what the state would be required to do to comply.

Republican Senator Rob Olson of Olathe says the state shouldn’t move forward until the legal challenges are fully resolved.

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