The Kansas Legislature passed House Bill 2578 on April 8, 1994. The bill reinstated the death penalty for the crime of capital murder, as defined in the bill. In 1972, the U. S. Supreme Court decision in Furman v. Georgia overturned capital punishment laws in many states, including Kansas. The murder of 19 year old college student Stephanie Schmidt in 1993 prompted reinstatement of the law, ending 22 years of debate. Though opposed to capital punishment, Governor Joan Finney allowed the bill to become law without her signature, April 22, 1994. The absence of the governor's signature is apparent on the official enrolled version of the bill represented here.
Creator: Kansas Legislature.
Date: April 22, 1994
Item Number: 209194
Call Number: Secretary of State, Enrolled Laws (1994), Box 3 Folder 252
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 209194
Collections - State Archives - Secretary of State - Enrolled Laws and Resolutions
Date - 1990s - 1994
Government and Politics - Crime and Punishment - Crime - Murder
Government and Politics - Crime and Punishment - Punishment - Death penalty
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Act
People - Notable Kansans - Finney, Joan
Places - Cities and towns - Topeka
Places - Counties - Shawnee
Thematic Time Period - The Recent Past, 1975 - present
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Government records - Legislative - Legislative acts (bills, resolutions, memorials)