Kan. Committee Begin Work on 'Hard 50' Measure

5 years 3 weeks 4 days ago Monday, August 26 2013 Aug 26, 2013 Monday, August 26, 2013 10:40:01 AM CDT August 26, 2013 in News
By: The Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A joint legislative committee is taking up a proposed measure to re-write the Kansas "Hard 50" prison sentence ahead of next week's special session.


Members of a select committee are hearing testimony Monday in Topeka on legislation drafted with the help of Attorney General Derek Schmidt.


Republican Gov. Sam Brownback called a special session of the Kansas Legislature to rewrite the law as it applies to first-degree murder cases. The move follows a June ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on a similar case out of Virginia.


The Supreme Court ruled that juries instead of judges should impose a mandatory 50-year prison sentence. Currently in Kansas, judges impose the sentence.
Legislators will begin the special session Sept. 3.

 

 

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