...well, almost done. Kansas' state legislature adjourned last night, exhausted but having tucked language to authorize two new CO2-burning coal plants into an economic development package. The exhaustion, though, seems to be winning out and dooming this final industry-backed effort.
Governor Kathleen Sebelius will likely veto the bill-- which actually garnered fewer votes than previous stand alone bills, as some seconded the governor's concerns that the bill violated the state constitution. And there doesn't seem to be much appetite for overriding her when the legislature formally closes out its session with a one-day, normally ceremonial meeting later this month:
Most Republicans and Democrats agree that the new bill is veto bait for the governor.
Wichita-area Democrats said it’s time for the House Republican leadership to stop holding vote after vote on coal.
“They’re beating down a dead horse,” said Rep. Delia Garcia, D-Wichita. “Hopefully they’ll get the message and stop acting like adolescents.”
Also yesterday, the state Senate refused to vote on a House resolution that would have authorized the full legislature to sue Sebelius over the plants. In other words, if Sebelius decides to issue another veto, this battle might finally be coming toward an end.