Fast-tracked bill would shield execution drug

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Opponents of a bill that would shield the source of Ohio’s lethal injection drugs along with most aspects of an execution have asked lawmakers to reject the proposal.

The state public defender, the American Civil Liberties Union and Ohioans to Stop Executions all say it’s better to keep executions as open as possible.

Jim Tobin, a lobbyist with the Catholic Conference of Ohio, called the secrecy provision a new and troubling aspect of the death penalty in testimony Tuesday before an Ohio House committee.

Supporters including prosecutors say the bill is needed to restart executions in Ohio as the state struggles to find execution drugs.

The legislation is set for a committee vote Wednesday, with bill sponsor Rep. Matt Huffman hinting that some compromises are possible.

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