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.