The Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Monday January 27, 2014, to move forward SB 257, which limits the appeals process in death penalty cases. During this process, SB 257 was “grafted” onto an available House bill and it is now referred to as HB 2389.
For all of you that attended the hearings and contacted Senate Judiciary Chair Jeff King and any other members of the Judiciary committee, we say thank you! But our work must continue. Please contact your State Senator and ask him or her to stop any effort to pass HB 2389/SB 257. You can find your senator here.
This legislation takes an already flawed death penalty and rushes the appeals process which creates an even greater risk of executing the innocent. This practice is ill advised, expensive and unnecessary. Click here to read the facts on HB 2389/SB 257 and don’t hesitate to contact our office with any questions or feedback.
We will keep you posted on any movement, but your legislators will be at the heart of this process so please let us know what you are hearing!