TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Senate is debating whether to repeal the state's death penalty law.
Senators expected to decide Monday whether to give first-round approval to a repeal bill.
Capital punishment opponents are making cost a big issue, with the state facing budget problems. But the law's backers question whether repealing it will save money.
The Death Penalty Information Center says proposals to repeal death penalty laws have been introduced in 11 states, including Kansas. Last week, New Mexico legislators approved a repeal bill.
In Kansas, no one has been executed since 1965, even though the current law was enacted in 1994.
The bill would eliminate death sentences after July 1. But it would allow who already had been sentenced to face lethal injection.