House Passes Bill Blocking Potential Prison Expansion

By: AP
By: AP

The House passes a bill that would block a potential expansion of the state's prison system.

The vote was 104-18. The measure went to the Senate, where its future is uncertain.

Last year, legislators authorized $39.5 million in bonds for expanding the prison system. The Department of Corrections has been contemplating four projects, including a new, 240-bed substance abuse treatment center in Yates Center for prison inmates.

Many House members don't believe the projects are necessary
because the Kansas Sentencing Commission has projected that the
state won't need more prison space until 2017.

But in the Senate, Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, an Independence Republican, is a strong supporter of the Yates Center project.

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