A Virginia legislative committee has defeated a measure that sought to prohibit officials from using execution drugs they received from another state if they don't reveal the source of the drugs



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RICHMOND, Virginia — A Virginia legislative committee has defeated a measure that sought to prohibit officials from using execution drugs they received from another state if they don't reveal the source of the drugs.

Democratic Sen. Scott Surovell's bill was voted down by the Senate Education and Health Committee on Thursday.

Surovell introduced his bill in response to the state's use of lethal injection drugs from Texas to execute convicted serial killer Alfredo Prieto in October. Texas is among several states that allow officials not to disclose where they got the drugs.

Surovell said he found the use of "secret" drugs in Prieto's execution to be "highly inappropriate."

Other lawmakers said they believed the bill was unnecessary, and that decisions about drug labeling should be left up to the Virginia Board of Pharmacy.

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