Kansas state officials abandon $20 million power plant deal

(KSNT Photo/Brian Dulle)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators have moved swiftly to protect a government office building near the Statehouse after Gov. Sam Brownback canceled a $20 million project that would have torn it down.

Both chambers on Tuesday approved a bill preventing the spending of any state money through June 2017 to demolish the Docking State Office Building and build a new power plant for the Capitol and other nearby state office buildings. The existing power plant is at the Docking building.

The measure also includes provisions designed to help the Republican governor’s administration in negotiating penalties to be paid to the construction and financing companies for canceling the project.

Legislators were upset that the administration executed the deal in December without lawmakers’ approval.

The bill passed the House, 121-1. The vote in the Senate was 40-0.

 

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