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Ohio House votes to shield execution drugmaker

November 20, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has approved a bill shielding the source of the state’s lethal injection drugs for a minimum of 20 years.

The Republican-led House voted 61-25 in favor of the secrecy provision Thursday. Opponents have complained it will expand lawsuits challenging executions.

The fast-moving bill moves next to the Ohio Senate.

It would require a drugmaker to specifically ask for anonymity, rather than receive it automatically, and would allow release of the company’s name 20 years after it last provides the drugs to the state.

The bill’s sponsors say the state prisons agency can’t get lethal injection drugs without the assurance it can shield companies’ names.

The bill would give judges the ability to view information about a vendor after consultation with Ohio’s prisons department.

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