2019 Session: Lawmakers Working on Changes to Capital Punishment Law

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(1/17/19) Executions are on hold in Arkansas until lawmakers pass several changes to current state law.

They’re working on legislation right now to debate in the session over the next few months. 

One measure would protect the supply chain for any lethal injection drugs. 

Another would respond to an Arkansas Supreme Court ruling. It found the director of the Arkansas Department of Correction should not be the only one to determine the competency of a death row inmate.

“Those two items will have to be addressed in this session before we will be in a position to set any additional dates in the future,” says Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

The governor says lawyers are working on the logistics of the legislation, but couldn’t get into specifics.

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