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House passes renewable energy bill 83-34

In the end, the close vote didn't happen. The House passed its renewable energy bill 83-34, after a quorum call and a phone call to the offices of two legislators to make sure they showed up for the vote.

Rep. Steve Precourt asked his colleagues to vote for the bill as a "personal favor to me." He called it a "reasonable'' bill that implements renewable energy in a "targeted and measured manner'' and controls the costs by imposing a cap of how much the utility companies can spend.

"If you believe in improving energy security in this state, and creating jobs in a growing tech sector, and doing it in the controlled manner that we can revisit in another five years, this is good policy,'' he said. "It may be cliche, but we don't want the perfect to become the enemy of the good that's in this bill."