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The synthetic painkiller fentanyl has been the driving force behind the nation’s opioid epidemic, killing tens of thousands of Americans last year in overdoses. Now two states want to use the drug’s powerful properties for a new purpose: to execute prisoners on death row.
As Nevada and Nebraska push for the country’s first fentanyl-assisted executions, doctors and death penalty opponents are fighting those plans. They have warned that such an untested use of fentanyl could lead to painful, botched executions, comparing the use of it and other new drugs proposed for lethal injection to human experimentation.
States are increasingly pressed for ways to carry out the death penalty because of problems obtaining the drugs they long have used, primarily because pharmaceutical companies are refusing to supply their drugs for executions.
The situation has led states such as Florida, Ohio and Oklahoma to turn to novel drug combinations for executions. Mississippi legalized nitrogen gas this s…

Bill to End Death Penalty Introduced in Kansas

The Senate chambers in the Kansas Statehouse.
The Senate chambers in the Kansas Statehouse.
Today, a group of 17 legislators, led by former judge, Representative Steven Becker, introduced a bill in the Kansas House of Representatives that would end the death penalty in Kansas. 

This group of 11 Republicans and 6 Democrats cosponsored Bill 2515, which would repeal the death penalty and replace it with a maximum punishment of Life Without Parole.

This group of legislators plans to speak on the matter and address the media at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, January 28th in the 2nd Floor Capitol Rotunda. 

They will be joined by recent exoneree, Floyd Bledsoe, who will also speak about his story and what happens when the justice system does not work as it should. 

Come join us all as we listen to these leaders speak about the practical and moral reasons to end the death penalty.

Bill 2515

- This bill would save Kansas taxpayers millions of dollars over the next 10 years and would continue saving money into the future. The bill designates these savings to be captured and allocated to the budget-starved Department of Corrections.

- This bill would also prevent Kansas from committing the gravest injustice thinkable -- sentencing an innocent person to death.

- Finally, this bill would put Kansas on the right side of history, joining 18 other states, and the VAST majority of developed nations, by ending the morally bankrupt practice of executing its own citizens.

Source: KCADP, January 22, 2016

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