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ACTION ALERT: Call your House Member

posted Mar 22, 2013, 2:07 PM by Kathryn Hamoudah

Friends,

Unfortunately, We must report that moments ago, the Senate voted to pass HB 122 with the amendment that designates information related to the lethal injection process and the drugs used as state secrets.

The House must now “Agree” or “Disagree” on the Senate version. It could be called at anytime on Monday, so please call your State Representative by 10am Monday and ask them to oppose the language in HB 122 that removes public scrutiny from the death penalty process. As citizens, we must be able to examine the actions of our government, particularly when it comes to the government’s most serious role of taking a person’s life.

To identify the member of the Georgia House of Representatives that represents you, please visit:  VoteSmart.org and plug in your 9-digit zip code. To look up your 9-digit zip code, please visit: USPS.com ZIP Code Lookup. All members are also listed here: http://www.house.ga.gov/Representatives/en-US/HouseMembersList.aspx

If HB 122 passes in its current form, it would arguably make everything about how the state carries out its gravest duty a state secret.  The Georgia Department of Corrections has said that due to drug shortages, it will soon have to rely upon compounding pharmacies to manufacture the Pentobarbital it needs for executions. HB 122 as written would shield everything about the process of manufacturing that drug from the public.  This is information that is critical for the public to be able to review, and it is imperative that we preserve transparency and accountability in the GA Department of Corrections. The passage of HB 122 as written will also likely lead to litigation, as in Texas, where a similarly over broad provision was struck down by the courts. 


More information can be found in an article by Bill Rankin at the Atlanta Journal Constitution here and in a column buy Charlie Harper, editor of the conservative blog Peach Pundit here.

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