Arkansas panel advances bid to expand execution secrecy law

April 2, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An effort to expand the secrecy surrounding the source of Arkansas’ execution drugs is heading toward a final vote in the state Legislature.

The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved a proposal to prohibit the state from releasing information that would directly or indirectly identify the maker or supplier of its lethal injection drugs. The Senate-backed measure now heads to the full House.

Arkansas doesn’t have any executions scheduled and its supply of lethal injection drugs has expired. Prison officials have said they won’t seek any new drugs until the secrecy law is expanded to include manufacturers.

Two pharmaceutical companies have objected to the measure, saying it would hamper their ability to ensure their products aren’t being used for executions.

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