Virginia Senate approves electric chair amid drug shortage

by Reuters  |  published on March 8, 2016

The Virginia state Senate on Monday approved a bill making the electric chair the default method of execution if lethal injection drugs are unavailable.

The bill passed the Republican-controlled Senate by a 22-17 vote. The Republican-dominated House has already approved the measure.

After a lower chamber vote on a minor amendment, the measure will go to Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe for approval. A spokesman for the governor said the measure would be reviewed when it arrived.

Virginia is one of eight states that allows electrocution as a method of execution, letting condemned inmates choose between it and lethal injection. If they do not choose, lethal injection is used.

Virginia, along with other states, has struggled to get lethal injection drugs because pharmaceutical companies have protested their use in executions.

  • AKLady

    Cruel and unusual punishment.

    This is the company America is keeping: China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Sudan. Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Mongolia, Jordan …

    Nice company we keep? Makes you proud to be an Amerocan?

  • ChiefD

    I still prefer public hanging. Want a way to impress would be murderers? Let them witness their homeboy swinging for a few hours.

  • TeaTephi

    Its laughable that pharmaceutical companies have protested their drugs used in executions when they happily supply abortion pill, RU 486 to kill the defenseless (and innocent of any crime) unborn babies of our country.

    • don76550

      Absolutely outstanding response

  • Climax

    Great idea. It is said that the Electric Chair is actually the most humane way of execution there is. The brain, which is actually the person, if fried before the pain even hits it. All the rest of the muscle action is strictly caused by the current, smoke is also an after effect, both of which happen after the person is actually dead, which happened at the speed of light.

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