Topeka – Gov. Sam Brownback today signed the “Hard 50” bill. The bill was passed unanimously by the House and the Senate in special session earlier this week.
“I am pleased that we could resolve this issue of public safety quickly,” Brownback said in a news release. “Repairing the ‘Hard 50’ sentence was the focus of the special session and I wanted to act as quickly as possible to have the law take effect.”
Attorney General Derek Schmidt expressed thanks to the Legislature for its swift action and to the secretary of state for fast publication.
"Only four days after the Kansas Legislature convened in special session, the 'Hard 50' bill now has the force of law. From this day forward, those in our state who murder other human beings with premeditation and do so with aggravating circumstances can be assured of facing a jury of their peers whose actions can result in the killer's removal from society for at least 50 years," Schmidt said. "The law has been restored to where it was prior to the June 17 decision by the United States Supreme Court, and the longstanding will of the people of Kansas on this matter is once again the law of our land."
The “Hard 50” will become law upon publication in the Kansas Register. The bill was delivered to the secretary of state this afternoon.