Committee votes down bill abolishing death penalty


A bill that would have abolished the death penalty in Kansas barely died in a House committee on Friday afternoon.

The House corrections committee voted 7-6 against passing the bill, which would have ended the death penalty for crimes committed on or after July 1 of this year. The committee deadlocked at 6-6 with the chairman, state Rep. Russ Jennings of Lakin, breaking the tie.

"I've had conversations with a good number of people in my district. I've conducted surveys around this issue . . .


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