published Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Georgia bill makes execution drug suppliers’ ID secret

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 today 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.

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