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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 BY THE OFFICE OF KANSAS GOVERNOR SAM BROWNBACK

Governor's Statementon Conclusion of Special LegislativeSession

Topeka Kansas Governor Sam Brownback issuedthe following statement following today's conclusion of the Special LegislativeSession:

"Icongratulate the legislature, and especially House Speaker Ray Merrick andSenate President Susan Wagle, on thoughtfully addressing the issue of publicsafety and repairing Kansas's "Hard 50" sentence.

TheLegislature acted quickly, with resolve and narrow focus, to protect the safetyof all Kansans and I appreciate their service. The broad bipartisan support forthe "Hard 50" sentencing guidelines can be seen in the unanimous votes in boththe House and Senate. 

Kansaslegislators demonstrated their commitment to all Kansans with their quick anddecisive actions.

Severalappointments were confirmed during this Special Session, including Jim Clark asSecretary of Administration, Josh Ney as Securities Commissioner and CalebStegall to the Court of Appeals.  A total of 19 Kansans were approved toserve on boards and commissions. I appreciate the diligence of the reviewcommittees and Senate in confirming them, and I thank these Kansans for theirwillingness to serve their fellow citizens.

Ijoin my fellow Kansans in thanking the Legislature for its commitment andservice, and especially for the collaboration shown throughout this specialsession."

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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 BY THE OFFICE OF KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL DEREK SCHMIDT

AG Schmidtcommends Legislature on passage of ‘Hard 50' fix

TOPEKA– (September 4, 2013) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today issued thefollowing statement on the passage of the "Hard 50" fix by the KansasLegislature:

"Themembers of the Kansas legislature today unanimously stood strong for publicsafety in adopting the fix to the Kansas ‘Hard 50' law. I am grateful that theywere willing to return to Topeka to repair the law. With this legislation,Kansas has reinstated the option to make sure the ‘worst of the worst'murderers stay behind bars for at least 50 years. I again thank GovernorBrownback for calling the legislature back into session, and I commend thelegislators for their efficient work in restoring this important public safetymeasure in a historically brief two-day session."

Theconstitutionality of the Kansas "Hard 50" law was called into question by aJune U.S. Supreme Court decision. The bill adopted today by the Kansaslegislature repairs that damage by creating a procedure for juries to make thefindings upon which a "Hard 50" sentence must be based. The bill was adopted bythe Kansas House of Representatives 122-0 and by the Kansas Senate 40-0. Itwill now be presented to Gov. Sam Brownback for his consideration.

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