March 27, 2013

Bill makes execution drug suppliers’ ID secret


Associated Press

ATLANTA — Georgia state lawmakers have approved legislation that would make the names of companies supplying execution drugs a “confidential state secret.”

The House passed the bill Tuesday by a vote of 117 to 60. It now heads to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.

The Senate passed the bill Friday after adding language to prevent public disclosure of any records that reveal the name and contact information of any person or entity who participates in an execution. That includes any company that “manufactures, supplies, compounds, or prescribes the drugs.”

Supporters of the bill say it’s necessary to protect people and companies involved in court-ordered executions from retaliation. But critics say it eliminates government transparency surrounding the most serious act the state can perform: taking someone’s life.