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Senators advance bill repealing death penalty

TOPEKA – The Senate has started debating Senate Bill 375, which would abolish capital punishment in Kansas.

It would replace the death penalty with the crime of aggravated murder, which carries an automatic sentence of life without parole. The change would apply to crimes committed on or after July 1, 2010.

Kansas reinstituted the death penalty in 1994; 10 men are on death row. The state has not executed anyone since the 1960s.

To listen to the debate live, click here.