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Governor Sandoval Won't Propose Ending Death Penalty; Others Could

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Gov. Brian Sandoval says he won't propose abolishing the death penalty after Nevada ran out of lethal injection drugs.

But the Republican also told the Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/2e0lk7J ) that he wouldn't be proposing an alternative method of capital punishment, such as a firing squad.

The state has a de facto moratorium on the death penalty because one of the two drugs needed for the lethal injection has expired, and the state has been unable to find a company willing to restock its supply.

Nevada budgeted nearly $900,000 to create a working execution chamber in Ely, but may have to use that space for storage.

More than 80 people are on death row, but there are no executions pending.

Sandoval's plan doesn't preclude a lawmaker from proposing a workaround.

Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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