Senate OKs firing squads, electrocution

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State can’t get lethal-injection drugs for death row inmates

By Emily Pollok

Responding to the unavailability of lethal-injection chemicals, the S.C. Senate has voted to reinstate the electric chair for death-row executions and to add the option of firing squads.
The bill, sponsored by Republican Sens. Greg Hembree of Horry County and Shane Martin of Spartanburg County, passed 26-13 in the Senate last Wednesday, and is now in committee in the House.
Lancaster County’s two senators, Republican Greg Gregory of Lancaster and Democrat Vincent Sheheen of Camden, did not vote on the bill.

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