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Bill to shield execution drug information advances

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Posted: May 13, 2014 12:41 PM
Updated: May 13, 2014 1:39 PM
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is pushing a bill that seeks to hide all information about how Louisiana gets its execution drugs.

The House and Governmental Affairs Committee agreed to the measure without objection Tuesday, despite concerns it could make it difficult to investigate a botched execution like in Oklahoma.

The proposal by Republican Rep. Joe Lopinto, of Metairie, would shield all identifying information about the company that manufactures, compounds or supplies the drugs used in Louisiana's lethal injection process.

The information wouldn't just be kept from the general public. It also would be considered inadmissible as evidence and couldn't be information obtained by attorneys in the discovery process for a lawsuit.

Lopinto's bill moves to the full House for debate.

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