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Arkansas prisons board pulls proposal to conceal execution-drug makers; AG’s view sought
By nwaonline.com- John Moritz
Published: 07/12/2018

The Arkansas Board of Corrections held off Wednesday from endorsing staff-proposed legislation that would help mask the identities of makers of the state's lethal-injection drugs, a day after Gov. Asa Hutchinson endorsed the proposal.

State prison officials had drafted the legislation, which would keep private certain documents used by reporters to disclose the drug manufacturers ahead of executions. The plan was to put the proposal before lawmakers during the 2019 general session.

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During consideration of the Department of Correction's legislative proposals Wednesday, Corrections Board Chairman Benny Magness pulled the drug-secrecy proposal from the agenda. He later said he wanted to wait to hear input from the attorney general.

"My belief is we didn't give that [legislation] enough time to talk about and consider," Magness told a reporter afterward.

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