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UPDATE: Virginia lawmakers are expected to vote on the “electric chair bill” that would make electrocution the option if the Department of Correction’s lethal injection supply runs low. The bill, HB1052, passed in committee and the House and will head to the Senate for a vote this week.  The “Washington Post” reports, that if this bill passes in the joint assembly, this would make Virginia the only state where death-row inmates could be forced into dying by electrocution. Governor Terry McAuliffe has reportedly not taken a stand on the issue yet.

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Track HB1052 and all bills introduced, passed or killed at the Virginia General Assembly at Richmond Sunlight.

Delegate Joseph Morrissey (D-Henrico) had this to say about HB1052 and the vote

  joe morrissey jan 17 2013

 

 

 

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Under Virginia law, persons sentenced to death have the right to choose their execution. The prisoners’ choice is by either electrocution or lethal injection. A House committee killed HB942 which would remove electrocution as a manner of execution for prisoners sentenced to death. If legal injection drugs are not available the prisoner will automatically die by electrocution.

Delegate Joseph Morrissey (D-Henrico) had this to say about HB1052 and the vote

  joe morrissey jan 17 2013

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