Death penalty

Legislative panel to review death penalty
January 19, 2010
Legislators are planning to give the Kansas death penalty statute a deeper look this week, focusing on growing concerns about the financial burden for capital punishment litigation.
Panel to review Kansas’ death penalty law
January 18, 2010
Legislators have scheduled hearings this week to review the cost and effectiveness of Kansas’ death penalty law.
Lawmakers will take up review of death penalty in Kansas
January 11, 2010
A proposal to repeal Kansas’ death penalty law will be reviewed by a Senate committee next week.
Death penalty, texting while driving among key issues this session
January 10, 2010
While the main business of the Legislature will be writing a budget for the next fiscal year, there are still many other issues that will be debated.
Lawmakers plan to discuss death penalty
November 5, 2009
A proposal to abolish the Kansas death penalty will be considered by lawmakers during the second week of the 2010 legislative session, a legislator said Wednesday.
Statehouse Live: Death penalty repeal set for debate next session; Parkinson moves away from tax increase; State GOP comments on elections
08:41 a.m., November 4, 2009 Updated 05:38 p.m.
Key lawmaker says abolition of death penalty will be considered; Governor says he hopes to avoid tax increases; Kansas Republicans tout wins in Virginia and New Jersey
Parkinson willing to reconsider death penalty
02:36 p.m., May 11, 2009 Updated 12:41 a.m.
Gov. Mark Parkinson said Monday that he’s willing to take a fresh look at the death penalty law he helped write 15 years ago as a legislator. The governor’s comments to reporters came after Senate leaders said the Legislature probably will debate the death penalty law during its 2010 session. Efforts to repeal the law failed in the Senate this year because of concerns that the legislation was flawed.
Kansas ruling may affect other death penalty cases
April 20, 2009
Lawyers are debating whether a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that led to a convicted murderer getting off death row could undermine three other death penalty cases.
Death penalty critic, KU program to receive peace and justice awards
April 10, 2009
One of the state’s biggest death penalty critics and a Kansas University program dedicated to resolving human conflict among world cultures will receive peace and justice awards this month.
Six pleased that death penalty stands
March 17, 2009
Kansas Attorney General Steve Six is pleased that a bill repealing the state’s death penalty law has failed to advance in the Senate.
Death penalty debate under way in Senate
02:05 p.m., March 16, 2009 Updated 05:50 p.m.
The Kansas Senate this afternoon will start debate on whether to repeal the death penalty. Check back to after 2:30 p.m. for a live blog from the hearing.
State lawmakers renew death penalty debate
March 15, 2009
The surprise of the 2009 legislative session has been the traction of a bill to repeal the Kansas death penalty. Senate Bill 208, which recently cleared a committee hurdle, will be considered by the full Senate on Monday. It will be the first major debate on capital punishment in the Legislature since the death penalty was reinstated in 1994. And legislative veterans say they don’t know how the vote will turn out.
AG says cost no reason to abolish death penalty
March 12, 2009
Attorney General Steve Six says saving money should not be the justification for abolishing the Kansas death penalty law.
Kansas Senate revives bill to abolish death penalty
11:16 a.m., March 5, 2009 Updated 09:58 p.m.
A bill to abolish the death penalty in Kansas is headed to the Senate for debate after a committee reverses course.
Senate committee tables discussion of ending death penalty in Kansas
March 4, 2009
A Senate committee has shelved a bill that would abolish the death penalty in Kansas.