Kan. ‘Hard 50′ legislation goes to Senate

hard 50

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=1&div_id=videoplayer-1378304744&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9622&show_title=1&va_id=4289119&width=640&windows=1 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1378304744 type=script]

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Legislation revamping a Kansas law imposing an automatic 50-year sentence on some convicted murderers is now in the state Senate.

The House passed the measure 122-0 Tuesday on the first day of a special session prompted by a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a similar law in Virginia.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to begin reviewing the House-passed measure Wednesday. It differs slightly from a version discussed last week by a special legislative committee charged with reviewing the issue.

Kansas adopted the so-called Hard 50 prison sentence in 1990, when the Legislature rejected the death penalty but wanted to ensure long sentences in certain murder cases.

blog comments powered by Disqus