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Consideration of a bill to allow MidAmerican Energy to construct a small-scale nuclear power plant has been delayed due to the absence of a supporter of the proposed legislation.
Commerce Committee Chairman Matt McCoy, D-Des Moines, said Sen. Tom Rielly, D-Oskaloosa, who would provide the eighth vote for House File 561 in the 15-member committee, had another commitment Thursday morning.
Whether the committee takes up the bill later today or next week is yet to be determined, McCoy said as he headed into a closed-door Democratic caucus.
HF 561, which was approved by the House last year, would
create a regulatory framework for MidAmerican to build a nuclear power plant with ratepayers assuming all or some of the cost before construction began.