Governor signs special session proclamation

Sam Brownback
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Gov. Sam Brownback has not only set the opening date and time for a special session of the Kansas Legislature, but he’s also specified that lawmakers should finish their business within three days.

Brownback issued a proclamation Tuesday calling the Legislature into special session at 8 a.m. on Sept. 3 to rewrite the state’s “Hard 50” criminal sentencing law.

The statute allows judges to sentence convicted murderers to serve at least 50 years in prison. A U.S. Supreme Court decision in June raised questions about the law’s constitutionality.

Brownback and top legislative leaders have said repeatedly that they want a short special session focused on the “Hard 50” law.

And in his proclamation, Brownback called on lawmakers to approve the bill rewriting the law by 5 p.m. Sept. 5.


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