Friday, March 11, 2016

Virginia lawmakers give final OK to electric chair bill

(AP) — The Virginia General Assembly has given final approval to a bill that would allow the state to execute condemned inmates in the electric chair when it can't find lethal injection drugs.

The bill had previously been approved by both chambers, but a modified version with a minor amendment was given final approval Friday.

Virginia is one of at least eight states that allow electrocutions, but currently gives inmates the choice of lethal injection or the electric chair. If they don't choose, they receive the injection.

Like many states, Virginia has struggled to obtain lethal-injection drugs in recent years because drug companies have protested their use in executions.


Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has not indicated whether he will sign the bill into law.