Lawmakers who are wrapping up the legislative session at the State Capitol could complete this day by approving a proposal to make rapists of young children eligible for the death penalty. The proposal is an amendment to SB 976 – a much larger bill covering several issues.

Representative Bryan Pratt (R-Blue Springs), who put forward the amendment, says the death penalty would not be mandatory for sexual offenses against young children under the age of 12, but it would be an option for prosecutors.

Thursday’s activity in the House ended with Pratt not knowing whether his amendment would remain a part of the larger bill that must be dealt with by 6 o’clock this evening if the bill is to become law.

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