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TN House passes bill to allow electric chair for executions

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Tennessee's electric chair and the lethal injection gurney behind it. AP photo Tennessee's electric chair and the lethal injection gurney behind it. AP photo
By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - The House has passed a bill to allow the state to electrocute death row inmates if lethal injection drugs are unavailable.

The chamber voted 68-13 on Wednesday to approve the measure sponsored by Rep. Dennis Powers of Jacksboro.

The bill would keep lethal injection as the preferred method for executions but would allow a return to the electric chair if the state were unable to obtain the necessary drugs or if lethal injections were found unconstitutional.

Tennessee's lethal injection protocol uses a sedative commonly used to euthanize animals, but states are exhausting supplies.

The Senate, which approved its version on a 23-3 vote last week, would have to agree to House changes before sending the bill to the governor's desk.

The state's last electrocution was in 2007.

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