The Minnesota House passed a bill to eliminate the moratorium on new nuclear power plants on a 81 to 50 vote Thursday.
The bills cover a more diverse range of subjects than the first introduced, which focused on fiscal and regulatory issues, along with alternative licensure and nuclear energy.
Lawmakers rolled out the first bills of the 2011 session Monday, with Senate Republicans marking their new-found control of the chamber with proposals they pushed relentlessly in the minority.
The Sierra Club's 2009-2010 scorecard for Minnesota legislators shows a lopsided record between Republicans and DFLers. Greater Minnesota DFLers also often scored lower than urban DFLers.
The state Senate last year passed a bill that lifted the state's moratorium on nuclear power plant construction. After an important committee vote on Thursday, its chances in 2010 appear bleak.
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