The South Carolina Senate has agreed to let authorities use the electric chair to execute death penalty prisoners if the state lacks the drugs needed for lethal injections. The Senate voted 26 to 12 Tuesday for the proposal, which now faces one more procedural vote before going to the House. It has been up to inmates to choose lethal injection or electrocution in the state, which held its last electrocution in 2008.
and the state has been unable to get more from pharmaceutical companies, which are worried about legal challenges and protests. The state has not carried out an execution since 2011. Some prosecutors have not sought the death penalty because the state has no drugs for lethal injection.