ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The top Senate Republican says the Minnesota Legislature likely won’t vote this year on a bill to lift a ban on new nuclear power plants.

Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch told reporters Thursday that the bill is “on pause” after passing both chambers in February.

The bill stalled in a House-Senate negotiating committee when Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton insisted on several provisions that GOP lawmakers were unwilling to include. The nuclear crisis in Japan also didn’t help its prospects.

Koch is the bill’s chief Senate sponsor.

She says she is more focused on budget bills with less than three weeks left before a mandatory adjournment deadline.

Minnesota has barred construction of new nuclear facilities since 1994. Two nuclear power plants operate in the state, near Red Wing and Monticello.

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Comments (7)
  1. GOPSUX says:

    Let’s be just like Japan.

    1. dumb says:

      That would be stupid, their’s leaked.,

  2. St Paul says:

    Hey GOPsux, do you have common sense?

    Why don’t you build a nuclear power plant on a fault line…
    Why don’t you live below sea level…

    Bad Consequences are a result of a lack of common sense.

    Like your comment. Stupid.

    1. RedWing says:

      He cant help it, he drank some of the obama kool-aid and mixing it with the crack has fried his tiny brain

  3. mnRIGHTY says:

    I approve.

  4. again? says:

    So they are not going to pass this off to the voters in 2012 like all the other stuff? Could they actually be doing their jobs for once? Ok no new power plants now get back to the reason that people voted you into office and start fixing the debt and finding a way to get people back to work.

  5. Victim Du Jour says:

    The people who complain the most about Nuke Power use all the modern amenities.

    Democrat states are Hogging all the Energy and pretending we don’t need oil at the same time.

    California uses more gas, oil and Diesel fuel by itself than many entire countries. Even more than the entire country of China until recently.

    Opposing Nuke Power is just the democrats way of keeping us in the middle east.

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