- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A lawmaker is asking Virginia’s attorney general for a legal opinion on Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s amendments to his bill dealing with executions.

Del. Jackson Miller on Friday asked Attorney General Mark Herring for an opinion before lawmakers reconvene Wednesday to consider McAuliffe’s amendments and vetoes.

Miller sponsored legislation to let Virginia use the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are unavailable. McAuliffe proposed an amendment allowing the state to mix its own execution drugs using products from pharmacies whose identities would remain secret. Miller is asking whether any state or federal law prohibits such a procedure.

The Washington Post has reported (https://wapo.st/1Sk5Mu9 ) that in2014, the head of the Virginia Board of Pharmacy said in emails that federal law allows pharmacies to compound drugs only with a valid prescription.

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