South Carolina bill reviving electric chair, firing squad clears Senate, heads to House

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A bill that would require South Carolina death row inmates to choose between death by electrocution or firing squad if lethal injection drugs remain unavailable cleared the state Senate on Wednesday and is headed to the state House for consideration. A bipartisan coalition of senators gave the bill its final, largely formal vote of support Wednesday, sending it to the lower chamber. Gov. Henry McMaster has said he will sign the legislation if it reaches his desk. The state has been unable to purchase lethal injection drugs since about 2016, according to Department of Correctio…

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