Lance Kinzer http://kmuw.org en Kansas House Passes Rewrite Of 'Hard 50' Law http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-house-passes-rewrite-hard-50-law <p>Kansas House has unanimously passed a fix for the state's Hard 50 sentencing law.<br><br>The law allows judges to sentence certain convicted murderers to at least 50 years in prison before the possibility for parole.<br><br>The House's proposed revision would change the process so that juries also play a part in giving the sentences.<br><br>Republican representative Lance Kinzer of Olathe says the fix will help preserve the original intent of the bill:<br><br>"that those who commit the most heinous murders are...incarcerated for no less than 50 years prior...to parole."<br> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:25:45 +0000 Stephen Koranda 22907 at http://kmuw.org Work On Hard 50 Sentencing Law Begins Monday http://kmuw.org/post/work-hard-50-sentencing-law-begins-monday <p>A legislative committee is expected to meet Monday to begin work on modifying the state's so-called Hard 50 sentencing law.<br><br>A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling raised questions about whether the law could stand as-is. The Kansas law allows judges to sentence convicted murderers to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 50 years. The committee is headed by Representative Lance Kinzer, a Republican from Olathe. Kinzer says the committee will hold a public hearing on a fix proposed by Attorney General Derek Schmidt.<br> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 12:36:23 +0000 Stephen Koranda 22440 at http://kmuw.org