published Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Bill to bring back the electric chair on its way to Tennessee governor

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    The execution chamber at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, shown in this file photo, has a gurney used for lethal injections and an electric chair.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE -- A bill allowing Tennessee to resume executing convicted murders through electrocution is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam.

Senators voted 23-3 to concur with a minor House amendment.

Under the bill, lethal injection would remain the preferred method of execution. But in the event the drugs needed were unavailable or lethal injections were found unconstitutional by a court, the state would have a standby.

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