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House to debate keeping execution drugs secret

11 months ago Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:54:00 AM CDT April 29, 2014 Tuesday, April 29 2014 Apr 29, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Manufacturers of drugs that are used to execute prisoners could be kept confidential under a bill that received support from a House committee.

The criminal justice committee backed the measure by Metairie Rep. Joe Lopinto without objection Tuesday.

Originally, Lopinto's bill called for the electric chair to be added as an execution option in Louisiana, because of the shortage of lethal injection drugs nationally. But he rewrote the proposal to instead hide information about the manufacturers supplying lethal injection drugs.

Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc said that would help Louisiana move ahead with planned executions.

The Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops opposed the measure, because of the church's objections to the death penalty.

Lopinto's bill moves to the House floor.

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