Kansas Death Penalty Shifts To House Panel

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) A Kansas house committee plans to hold informational hearings on a bill that would shorten the appeals process for inmates sentenced to die for capital murder, despite concerns the measure should get a broader review.

The measure passed the senate on February 13th and was sent to the house this week, where it was assigned to a conference committee.

The measure shortens the open-ended nature of capital murder appeals in Kansas, limiting the time from conviction to a ruling on the initial appeal by the Kansas supreme court to three-and-a-half years.