Virginia Gov. guts plans to use electric chair

The electric chair at the Greensville Correction Center in Jarratt, Va. (Virginia Department of Corrections via AP, File) (AP/AP)

RICHMOND, VA (WCMH) – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe Sunday gutted a bill that would have required the state to use the electric chair when lethal injection drugs are unavailable.

According to the Washington Post, McAuliffe made an 11th-hour amendment to the bill that would allow the state to hire a compounding pharmacy to make special batches of the drugs in secret.

McAuliffe had until Sunday to either veto or amend the bill that was passed in March. If he did nothing, the bill would have become law automatically.

Virginia faces the same problem as Ohio with the availability of lethal injection drugs. European drug makers are barred from exporting the drugs to the United States for use in executions.

In October of 2015, Ohio announced that all executions would be delayed until 2017 due to the unavailability of lethal injection drugs.

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