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Governor Brownback Signs Special Session Proclamation

Associated Press - August 6, 2013 6:56 pm

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is endorsing an effort to persuade Kansas voters to remove two justices from the state Supreme Court.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is endorsing an effort to persuade Kansas voters to remove two justices from the state Supreme Court.

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a proclamation calling the Kansas Legislature into special session Sept. 3. Legislators will rewrite a state law allowing judges to sentence convicted murderers to serve at least 50 years in prison.

Brownback had a Tuesday afternoon signing ceremony in the Statehouse rotunda. He had already announced the special session, but a proclamation is required to convene it.

The governor was responding to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision raising questions about the constitutionality of the state’s “Hard 50″ law.

Legislators and prosecutors said a special session is necessary to rewrite the law and protect public safety.

Brownback and top legislators expect the session to last no more than three days.

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