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One program that should for sure be on the table for balancing this lopsided budget is the death penalty. The death penalty represents the worst possible example of wasteful government spending, AND YET, leadership in the House and Senate is still hesitant to even consider the idea of ending Kansas’ death penalty.
In the first week of session, we saw Rep. Steven Becker and 16 other House Members introduce HB 2515, a bill to end the death penalty in Kansas. Last week, we saw those legislators, joined by Floyd Bledsoe and community leaders from across the state hold a press conference calling attention to HB 2515 and showing their support for ending the death penalty THIS YEAR!
This week it’s on us! We have to call Speaker Merrick’s office and strongly request he reassign HB 2515 to a committee that will let it be heard — specifically the Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee. It is important that important public policy issues like the death penalty are fairly debated and discussed by the legislature. Without all of us reaching out and telling Speaker Merrick to do the right thing, we will not see repeal in 2016! Call him today! Call him tomorrow! Call him everyday until he let’s abolition get a fair hearing!
Speaker Ray Merrick Capitol Office – Phone: 785-296-2302; Email: raymerrickhouseksgov
Home: 6874 W. 164th Terr., Stilwell, KS 66085 Phone: 913-897-4014; Email:merrickrfsbcglobalnet
Thank you for your support!! Your KCADP Team