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Senate majority leader still hasn’t scheduled debate on repeal of death penalty

February 16, 2010

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— A bill repealing Kansas’ death penalty law remains stalled in the Senate.

Majority Leader Derek Schmidt said Tuesday that he’s still considering whether to schedule a debate in the Senate on the bill, which emerged from committee last month.

That’s frustrating supporters of the bill. No one has been executed under the 1994 capital punishment law, though 10 men are serving death sentences.

The bill would substitute life in prison without parole for the death penalty for a few types of killings. The change would not apply to inmates already under the death sentence.

Schmidt, an Independence Republican, opposes the bill and thinks it stands little chance of passing the House. He questions whether families of murder victims should have to go through a debate.

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