Senate approves expediting changes to NC death penalty drugs

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The state Senate has given approval to legislation expediting North Carolina’s ability to obtain new drugs for lethal injections, overriding objections of death-penalty opponents who want more public input on the execution process.

Senators voted along party lines Monday in favor of the bill after hearing limited debate from Democrats, who in committee last week voiced strong concerns over transparency for the process that’s been under fire following botched executions in several states.

After Sen. Angela Bryant, D-Nash, was unsuccessful in her attempts to add amendments countering the bill’s most objectionable provisions, Democrats silenced their debate amid a busy schedule.

The bill could receive concurrence in the House this week, but its Republican sponsors cautioned it will likely face a lengthy legal challenge if passed.

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