TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A bill repealing Kansas' death penalty law is scheduled for debate Monday in the Senate.
That announcement was made Wednesday by Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, an Independence Republican. Capital punishment opponents have made the costs of the death penalty their main argument this year because of the state's financial problems.
Supporters of the death penalty say there wouldn't be any real savings in repealing it. The bill would eliminate death sentences after July 1. But it would allow for inmates who already had been sentenced to be put to death, 10 people already on Kansas' death row.
Nobody has been executed under the current death penalty law. The last executions in Kansas were in 1965.