Georgia’s Execution Drug Secrecy Law: A Talk with One of Its Sponsors


Georgia General Assembly

On Thursday, July 18, 2013, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan decided to continue a stay of execution for death row inmate Warren Lee Hill, Jr.

In the process, the judge was allowing Hill to make his case against the state’s new law, which shields the identities of people or companies involved in producing the drug used in Georgia executions.

Before the judge ruled, WABE’s Denis O’Hayer spoke with one of the sponsors of the law about the reasoning and process behind it.  

The bill, HB 122, started in the House as a measure dealing with the records of registered sex offenders.  

But, after the House passed it, the execution drug secrecy language was added in the Senate Judiciary (Non-Civil) Committee.  Sen. Jesse Stone (R-Waynesboro) chairs the committee.

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