Much controversy has arisen lately about the secrecy behind Missouri’s execution protocol. This week the House Judiciary Committee heard HB 1737, sponsored by Representative Eric Burlison (R-Springfield), that would give lawmakers oversight on execution procedures.
The bill would require the Department of Corrections to submit a formal outline of an execution procedure to a legislative panel. The panel could conduct hearings and take public comment on the proposed method. If the general assembly wished, it would be able to veto a proposed procedure.
Representative Burlison noted that regardless of the position one took on the death penalty, the process should have oversight. The committee took no further action on the legislation.
Posted: February 28, 2014