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Lawmakers Approve Money for New Execution Chamber in Ely

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Nevada lawmakers have given the green light to spending about $860,000 on a new execution chamber at the remote Ely State Prison.

A joint Assembly and Senate budget committee voted Wednesday to approve the construction project. A subcommittee was split earlier this week on the matter.

The state's existing death chamber at the shuttered Nevada State Prison in Carson City is not in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. State officials have said for about four years that they wouldn't be able to carry out an execution there.

Executions remain rare in Nevada, which has only carried out the death penalty 12 times since 1977.

Department of Corrections officials say there are about 80 inmates on Nevada's death row, but the state hasn't executed anyone since 2006. (AP) 

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