Senate Substitute for HB 2389 was defeated late Friday!
Our deep concern was that the bill would restrict and shorten the death penalty appeals process, greatly increasing the risk of death for those wrongfully convicted. We appreciate your support of KCADP and strong advocacy in contacting both the House and Senate members throughout the session. It made a difference!
We are grateful for the wise actions of Representatives. Becker, Pauls, Jennings, Hilldebrand and Carmichael in urging the House to OPPOSE a bill that had not been thoroughly debated and fully considered by the House. We commend Senator Haley for his strong leadership and opposition to this bill both in the Senate and on the appointed Conference Committee.
Because of our work to defeat this bill, we have educated many, gained new allies, and are closer to repeal. Each of you made a difference this year and has helped us to respond quickly, fill up hearing rooms, receive media attention for the issues, and engage legislators.
This summer and fall we will continue working and preparing to pass repeal in next session. We urge you to stay tuned, bring potential new members to events and meetings, and keep educating and advocating in all parts of Kansas.