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Changes To The Hard 50 Law Could Take Effect Soon

Changes in the Kansas law allowing convicted murderers to be sentenced to at least 50 years in prison are likely to take effect by September 19th.
A bill says they take effect once it's printed in the Kansas register, which is published each Thursday.
Under the bill, juries--and no longer judges-- will determine whether a defendant convicted of premeditated, first-degree murder gets the "Hard 50" sentence.