Archive for Thursday, February 2, 2006

How They Voted

February 2, 2006

The Kansas Senate last week approved Senate Bill 334, which increases penalties for sex offenders, especially in cases where children are victims. Among the new penalties: Mandatory 25-year sentences against adults convicted for a first time of violent sex crimes against a child under 14; 40-year sentences for people convicted a second time of a sex crime, no matter the victim's age; and life imprisonment for a third conviction. Once paroled, any offender who had committed sex crimes against children would be required to wear a monitoring bracelet the remainder of his or her life.

The 35-4 vote sends the bill to the House for consideration.

Sen. Roger Pine, the Lawrence Republican who represents Eudora, voted for the bill.

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