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Hard 50 Legislation Goes To Senate

Associated Press - September 4, 2013 6:17 am

The Kansas Senate has approved regulations for counselors who help consumers navigate an online insurance marketplace created by the federal health care overhaul strongly opposed by most Republican state officials.

The Kansas Senate has approved regulations for counselors who help consumers navigate an online insurance marketplace created by the federal health care overhaul strongly opposed by most Republican state officials.

Legislation revamping a Kansas law imposing an automatic 50-year sentence on some convicted murderers is now in the state Senate.

The House passed the measure 122-0 Tuesday on the first day of a special session prompted by a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a similar law in Virginia.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to begin reviewing the House-passed measure Wednesday. It differs slightly from a version discussed last week by a special legislative committee charged with reviewing the issue.

Kansas adopted the so-called Hard 50 prison sentence in 1990, when the Legislature rejected the death penalty but wanted to ensure long sentences in certain murder cases.

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