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La. lawmaker pushes for alternative execution method

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state lawmaker is pushing for Louisiana to consider alternatives to lethal injection in response to a nationwide shortage of the drugs used to execute prisoners.
    
Metairie Rep. Joe Lopinto has a resolution that would direct the Department of Corrections to recommend alternative execution methods if drugs cannot be found. A House committee will debate the idea Wednesday.
    
Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc refused an interview request. In a statement Monday his office wouldn't offer suggestions about what types of alternatives should be considered.
    
Some states have authorized alternatives, but only if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional or a prisoner chooses it, according to Richard Dieter, of the Death Penalty Information Center. At least four other states are considering other execution options.
    
House Resolution 142 can be found at www.legis.la.gov

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