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Arkansas death penalty rewrite coming?

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LITTLE ROCK, Ar., (KNOE 8 News) - Arkansas lawmakers are moving forward with their rewrite of the state's 2009 lethal injection law. That law was thrown out by the State Supreme Court last year.

The House Judiciary Committee has now voted to advance a measure that would spell out how the Arkansas Department of Correction is to carry out executions. The bill now goes to the full House.

Republican Sen. Bart Hester of Cave Springs introduced the proposal after the Arkansas Supreme Court struck down a 2009 lethal injection law in June. The high court sided with a group of death row inmates who said the lethal injection law violated part of the state's constitution that deals with separating the branches of government.

The Senate has already approved Hester's proposal.

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