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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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