- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A bill approved by the Kansas Senate would require legislators to sign off on the state’s plan for complying with a federal rule aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

The chamber voted 35-1 on Wednesday to approve the latest version of the bill. If the House approves it, the measure would go to the governor to sign.

The bill allows the secretary of health and environment to draft a plan for complying with the new rule from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. States that do not draft their own plans will have a federal plan imposed on them.

Kansas’ plan could include agreements with utilities to lower carbon emissions, but an 11-member legislative committee would have to approve it before the state submits it to the EPA.

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