Senate committee kills bill to hide execution drug sellers
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill that would keep secret which companies sell execution drugs to South Carolina has died in a Senate committee.
The Corrections and Penology Committee voted 7-7 on the bill Thursday, which prevented it from passing. Voting against it were Democrats who thought condemned inmates should know who makes the drugs that are supposed to kill them and conservatives who thought the state should wait for similar legal challenges elsewhere to be resolved first.
The proposal may be considered again. Republican Sen. Mike Fair from Greenville is trying to get it passed as part of the budget, and a similar bill has been introduced in the House.
South Carolina has run out of one of three lethal injection drugs, the anesthetic pentobarbital, and cannot find anyone willing to sell more.