Ala. House approves execution drug secrecy bill

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a bill to keep the manufacturers and suppliers of lethal injection drugs confidential.

Representatives voted 77-19 for the bill Thursday. It now moves to the Senate.

The bill would prevent the state from having to disclose the names of drug providers during litigation over the death penalty.

Republican Rep. Lynn Greer of Rogersville says the prison system is having difficulty obtaining the drugs because suppliers are faced with harassment and litigation from death penalty opponents. Greer said the state should protect them.

Democratic Rep. Napoleon Bracy argues that companies making money by selling execution drugs to the state should be willing to have their identities disclosed.

The director of the Death Penalty Information Center says about seven states have adopted similar laws.

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