Method of execution; Director of DOC certifies that lethal injection isn't available, electrocution. (SB607)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Method of execution. Provides that if the Director of the Department of Corrections certifies that lethal injection is not available as a method of execution, electrocution shall be used instead. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2014Presented and ordered printed 14103720D
01/13/2014Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/24/2014Failed to report (defeated) in Rehabilitation and Social Services (6-Y 6-N)
01/31/2014Reconsidered by Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/31/2014Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (8-Y 6-N)
02/03/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/04/2014Passed by for the day
02/05/2014Passed by for the day
02/06/2014Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to (21-Y 19-N)
02/06/2014Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/10/2014Continued to 2015 in Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 22 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1052.


ACLU-VA Legislative Agenda, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia opposes this bill because, by allowing the electric chair to become the default method of execution if the Commonwealth cannot secure lethal injection drugs, it doubles down on the Commonwealth’s embrace of the electric chair. Instead of focusing on the method of execution, the General Assembly should be focused on implementing the recommendations outlined in the American Bar Association’s report on the fairness and accuracy of Virginia’s death penalty process. The report found “several areas of concern,” extending from the law enforcement identification and interrogation process at the beginning to the post conviction process at the end. It is unconscionable that we are debating methods of execution when there is strong evidence that calls into question the basic fairness and accuracy of Virginia’s death penalty process.