TOPEKA – The Senate Judiciary Committee starts three days of work discussing two proposals which would abolish Kansas’ death penalty.
The committee spent several days last session debating the proposal last session. The measure, Senate Bill 208, eventually went to the Senate floor but was sent back to committee for further study.
A new bill, Senate Bill 357, would create a new crime of aggravated murder – which would replace capital punishment in the state. The new punishment would apply to crimes committed on or after July 1.
Those currently on death row would remain there.
Kansas has had the death penalty since 1994. While people have been sentenced to death, no one has been executed in the state in about 40 years.
The hearings have just started and lawmakers are being briefed on what the two proposals would do.
NOTE: The text of Senate Bill 357 has not been updated online. When it does a link will be added to the full bill.