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40 years ago: Kansas Senate to discuss death penalty, abortion, tax relief

February 28, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 28, 1973:

  • Major issues up for debate in the Kansas Senate this week included bills to retain the death penalty, to eliminate most state restrictions on abortion, and to liberalize the state's homestead property tax relief act. The death penalty bill would have made death a mandatory sentence for four classes of murder, including killing of a police officer, fireman, or prison employee. The abortion bill would eliminate restrictions, requiring only that in the first 24 weeks of a pregnancy, an abortion be performed by a licensed physician in a state-approved facility. The bill for the homestead property tax relief act would lower the eligibility age from 65 to 62 and increase the maximum benefits from $330 to $400.
  • Rules restricting the political activities of city employees were to be discussed at the next Lawrence City Commission meeting. Also on the agenda were a recommendation to raise grave-digging rates at the city cemetery, a proposed ordinance to create an Aviation Advisory Board, and several street and sewer development requests.


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