COLUMBIA, S.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - South Carolina senators revived a proposal this week to bring back the electric chair for the state's death row executions, as well as add firing squads as an execution option.
According to a report by The State, the bill passed the state Senate by a 26-13 vote Wednesday, split mostly along party lines. It now heads to the S.C. House, where a similar proposal died in 2018.
The bill is backed by Senate Republicans and attempts to address the S.C. Corrections Department's inability to carry out executions because it does not have the chemicals needed for lethal injections.
The State reports drug companies will not sell the chemicals, fearing legal challenges and bag publicity, said state Sen. Greg Hembree, R-Horry, a supporter of the electrocution proposal.
Currently, South Carolina's 35 death row inmates can reportedly insist on lethal injection, effectively blocking their executions.
"If execution by lethal injection under this section is unavailable or is held to be unconstitutional by an appellate court of competent jurisdiction, then the manner of inflicting a death sentence must be electrocution regardless of the method elected by the person," the bill proposes.