Hard 50 http://kcur.org en Kan. House Unanimously Passes Hard 50 Bill http://kcur.org/post/kan-house-unanimously-passes-hard-50-bill <p>The Kansas House has unanimously passed a proposed fix for the state's Hard 50 sentencing law. The law allows judges to sentence certain convicted murderers to at least 50 years in prison before the possibility for parole.</p><p>The House's proposed revision would change the process so that juries also play a part in doling out Hard 50 sentences. Rep. Lance Kinzer, a Republican from Olathe, said the fix will help preserve the intent of legislators who originally passed the bill.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 13:06:45 +0000 Stephen Koranda 43064 at http://kcur.org Lawmakers Recommend Fix For Kansas Hard 50 Law http://kcur.org/post/lawmakers-recommend-fix-kansas-hard-50-law <p>A Kansas legislative committee is recommending a bill to amend the state's so-called Hard 50 sentencing law. The changes would allow juries to decide if convicted murderers deserve 50 years in prison without the possibility of parole.</p><p>Under the old system, judges would decide if a crime warranted the harsher sentence of 50 years without parole. But the U.S. Supreme Court recently said judges can't make those decisions.</p><p>The bill would also apply some changes retroactively to past crimes. Some attorneys told the committee that it would be unconstitutional to do that.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:50:10 +0000 Stephen Koranda 42641 at http://kcur.org Kansas Lawmakers To Work On Hard 50 Fix http://kcur.org/post/kansas-lawmakers-work-hard-50-fix <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt"><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">A special legislative committee will convene at the Statehouse Monday to start work on a fix for the so-called Hard 50 sentencing law, which allows judges to give harsher sentences to convicted murderers in certain cases. &nbsp;A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling raised questions about the law.</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:07:42 +0000 Stephen Koranda 42578 at http://kcur.org