Senate committee to resume death penalty discussion, vote possible

A Senate committee is scheduled to resume hearing testimony on a bill that would abolish Kansas’ death penalty.

The measure, Senate Bill 208, is an effort by Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, to do away with the sentence. She and other supporters of the bill say the death penalty is expensive to defend and prosecute, and point out no one has been executed since the law was reinstated in 1994.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will likely hear from opponents to the measure today. Those include Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six and Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston.

The committee could vote Friday on whether or not to send the bill to the full Senate.