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An act concerning crimes and punishments and procedures relating thereto

An act concerning crimes and punishments and procedures relating thereto
Creator: Kansas Legislature.
Date: April 22, 1994
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.


Message to the House of Representatives of the State of Kansas

Message to the House of Representatives of the State of Kansas
Creator: Finney, Joan, 1925-
Date: April 22, 1994
Governor Joan Finney of Topeka, Kansas, writes the State House of Representatives, also of Topeka, to explain her position on House Bill 2578. The bill reinstated the death penalty in Kansas for the crime of capital murder, as defined in the bill. Though opposed to capital punishment, Finney allowed the bill to become law without her signature. This law was the first to reinstate capital punishment in Kansas since the 1972 U. S. Supreme Court decision in Furman v. Georgia overturned many state capital punishment laws.


Senate Concurrent Resolution no. 42 ratifying the Thirteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution abolishing slavery

Senate Concurrent Resolution no. 42 ratifying the Thirteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution abolishing slavery
Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State
Date: February 7, 1865
The United States Congress proposed the Thirteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution on January 31, 1865, and the Kansas Legislature moved rapidly to ratify it. Senate Concurrent Resolution no. 42 was introduced on February 6th and the Committee On The Judiciary recommended passage as a concurrent resolution the morning of February 7th. The resolution then passed unanimously.


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