Senate upholds Noem's veto of solar energy legislation

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota senators have upheld Gov. Kristi Noem's rejection of a bill to define solar energy facilities in state law.

The chamber voted 30-1 Friday to sustain the Republican governor's veto of the Public Utilities Commission bill. The panel supported Noem's move.

In her veto message, Noem said that a legal review shows "poor drafting" of the bill would have given the panel authority to mandate the locations of solar energy projects.

GOP Sen. Jim Stalzer says he has been in contact with the bill's authors at the commission and they agreed with the governor that there was a "fatal flaw" in the bill.

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