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Brownback Signs ‘Hard 50′ Bill

Associated Press - September 7, 2013 6:31 am

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is facing new questions about his administration's overhaul of the Medicaid program in Kansas as his close race for re-election nears its end.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is facing new questions about his administration's overhaul of the Medicaid program in Kansas as his close race for re-election nears its end.

Governor Sam Brownback has signed legislation revising the Kansas law allowing convicted murderers to be sentenced to at least 50 years in prison.

Lawmakers approved the measure this week during a two-day special session. Brownback signed it Friday and delivered it to the secretary of state’s office.

The law will take effect September 12th when it is printed in the Kansas register, the state’s official digest for legal notices, which is published each Thursday.

The measure provides for juries rather than judges to determine whether a defendant convicted of premeditated, first-degree murder gets the “Hard 50″ sentence.

Kansas judges have traditionally made the decision, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this year in a Virginia case that juries must do so.

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