Kan. AG posts proposed bill to fix ‘Hard 50’ law

Derek Schmidt (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Attorney General Derek Schmidt is releasing the language he wants legislators to consider when addressing the Kansas Hard 50 law during a special session next month.

The Republican says Monday that he has completed a draft of the bill to consider during the special session, which starts Sept. 3.

The Hard 50 law allows convicted murderers to be sentenced to at least 50 years in prison with no chance of parole.

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision questioned the constitutionality of such sentences.

Schmidt’s proposal would allow jurors to hear evidence to determine if a person is should be sentenced to a minimum 50 years in prison. Currently, such sentences are made only by judges.

Attorney General Schmidt also announced that he has launched a new page on his office website to make available to the public information about the “Hard 50” law and the upcoming special legislative session.

The page is available at www.ag.ks.gov/special-session.


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