|Plan would further restrict Arkansas execution drug info|
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. —
Arkansas' governor said Tuesday he supports an effort to increase the secrecy surrounding the state's lethal injection drug supply by keeping the drugs' manufacturers and labels off-limits to the public.
Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporters he supports a plan to expand a 2015 law keeping secret suppliers of the three drugs the state uses to put inmates to death. The state Board of Corrections is expected on Wednesday to review the proposal, which is among several measures prison officials have recommended going before the Legislature next year.
The proposed changes are in response to two state Supreme Court rulings over the past year that a 2015 law preventing the disclosure of the state's lethal injection drug supplier did not apply to the drug manufacturer. The court in November and again in March ruled that the state must release the package insert and labels for its execution drugs, noting that the law did not specifically prevent the drugmakers from being identified.
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