This big news from last week at the state legislature was the passage by the Senate of Senate File 86, a bill to overturn the moratorium on new coal-fired power plants. The bill passed on a bi-partisan vote of 42-18. The House will take up the measure sometime after the Passover/Easter Break, which begins this week.
Also after the break, look for more energy bills to be heard next week in committee as the month-end deadline for policy bills comes up quickly. A hearing has already been scheduled for Tuesday, April 26th in the Senate, as both houses are working on assembling “omnibus” energy policy bills.
As for the Environment/Energy and Transportation budget bills, both remain in conference committee.