(PartiallyPolitics.com) – A bill that would give firing the right to firing squads to carry out the death penalty in the state of Idaho is currently headed to Governor Brad Little’s desk after it passed through the Senate with a veto-proof majority.
House Bill 186 passed through the Senate in a 24-11 vote on Monday. According to the new bill, a firing squad would be allowed to carry out death penalties if the state was for some reason unable to get the required drugs used for the lethal injection.
Idaho Statesman, State Representative Bruce Skaug, and State Senator Doug Ricks, Republicans, have cosponsored the bill with the drafting assistance of Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador, Republican. The Bill speculates that the director of the Idaho Department of Correction would need to certify that the drug required for the lethal dose is available within five days of the death warrant being issued. If they are unable to certify that the drug is available then the inmate would be executed by the firing squad.
This method of capital punishment had been part of Idaho law from 1982 to 2009, but it had never been used.
Currently, only four states allow the firing squad to take over the execution if other execution methods are not available. These include Mississippi, Utah, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.
The Associated Press (AP) has reported that South Carolina’s bill in particular is currently on hold as there is a lawsuit that has challenged the legality of the method.
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