Lawmakers: State Execution Protocol May Be Examined

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Some key state lawmakers say questions about Nebraska's supply of one of its lethal injection drugs should prompt the state to reconsider its execution protocol.

Omaha Sen. Brad Ashford said that if there are problems with Nebraska's method of execution, then lawmakers are obligated to re-examine it.

Ashford chairs the Judiciary Committee, which considers measures related to the courts.

Omaha Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh, another committee member, agrees. He said he'd be willing to take another look at the protocol approved in 2010, after the state changed its method of execution from electrocution.

Nebraska was twice obtained supplies of the drug sodium thiopental. The first batch was ruled to have been illegally imported, and questions are mounting about the importation about the second batch.

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