The Senate has begun debating a bill that would end executions in Kansas for cases sentenced after July 1, 2009
Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick conceived Senate Bill 208 as a way to save money for cash-strapped Kansas. Opponents of the death penalty maintain that cases involving capital punishment cost the state more money than similar cases where death is not part of the equation.
Kansas reinstated the death penalty in 1994. Currently, 10 men are serving time on death row. The state’s last execution was in 1965.
The issue is the only topic scheduled for debate in the Senate today.
An audio feed of the debate is available online at the Senate’s webpage.