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Execution By Firing Squad Goes To The House Floor

The House Judiciary Committee voted 5 to 4 to recommend a bill that would allow executions by firing squad in the state. 

The Department of Corrections says acquiring the drugs to provide lethal injections has become more and more difficult. Lawmakers says they need to find another option in case someone ends up on death row. 

Thermopolis Representative Nathan Winters voted against the bill because he has concerns that such executions might be cruel and unusual.

“If society is going to execute an individual what is the most humane way of doing that? And without the evidence, I don’t know that I can vote for another way of performing an execution.”

Rock Springs Republican Mark Baker opposes the death penalty, but says there’s no rush to find a solution since nobody is on death row. The bill heads to the House floor.  

Bob Beck retired from Wyoming Public Media after serving as News Director of Wyoming Public Radio for 34 years. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.

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