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The AARP is sending a warning to Iowa lawmakers about a proposed nuclear power bill.

A Senate committee approved a bill last week that would allow utility companies to charge customers for the cost associated with developing a new nuclear power plant in Iowa.

Monday, the group representing 378,000 Iowans says if lawmakers approve the bill they will send their members a message, outlining how each individual legislator voted.

The AARP opposes MidAmerican Energy’s expansion of nuclear power because it could raise rates for seniors on low or fixed incomes, who may not realize the benefits

The bill is eligible for debate in the Senate.  If passed, the bill will move to the House floor.