Kan. committee to begin work on 'Hard 50' measure
Published on -8/26/2013, 7:16 AM
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A joint legislative committee is set to begin its work on reviewing a proposed measure to re-write the Kansas "Hard 50" prison sentence.
Members of a select committee are scheduled to meet Monday in Topeka to begin working 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.
Legislators will begin the special session Sept. 3 and are expected to complete their work within three days.
The Supreme Court ruled that juries instead of judges, which is the current practice in Kansas, should impose a mandatory 50-year prison sentence.