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The Kansas Legislature passed Senate Bill 77 in 1990. Known as the "hard-40" bill, the bill allowed for a maximum forty-year prison sentence for persons convicted of premeditated murder. In 1972, the U. S. Supreme Court decision in Furman v. Georgia overturned capital punishment laws in many states, including Kansas. A strong supporter of capital punishment, Governor Mike Hayden signed the forty-year bill after efforts to pass a death penalty bill failed in the legislature. Kansas did not reinstate capital punishment until 1994.

Creator: Kansas Legislature.
Date: February 20, 1990

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Item Number: 209195
Call Number: Secretary of State, Legislative Documents (1989-1990), Box 12 Folder SB 77
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 209195

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