ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate’s top leader is pushing to undo a state ban on new nuclear power plants.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch presents a bill Tuesday to undo a 17-year-old moratorium on construction of nuclear energy facilities. The hearing is before a Senate energy and utilities panel.

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It’s the bill’s first hearing in the Senate. Companion legislation has already been on the move in the House.

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Minnesota has two existing nuclear power plants near Monticello and Red Wing.

The proposal appears to have momentum in the GOP-led Legislature but Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton voiced support for the nuclear moratorium on the campaign trail last year.

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