Fast-tracked Bill Would Shield Execution Drug

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP): Opponents are lining up to testify against a legislative proposal to shield the names of companies whose drugs are used for lethal injections in Ohio.

The bill introduced a week ago and set for a vote later this week in the House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee also would bar companies from entering into contracts prohibiting states from acquiring drugs for executions.

The state public defender, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and other groups are planning to testify at Tuesday's hearing.

The Republican-backed legislation is sponsored by state Representatives Jim Buchy and Matt Huffman and pushed by prosecutors.

Supporters say the bill is needed to help restart executions in the state.

Opponents say the bill is unconstitutional in parts and can't guarantee the anonymity it promises.