By Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska’s corrections director has renewed his department’s license to obtain foreign-made drugs, including those used in lethal injections.

Records show the Director Scott Frakes was issued a new license by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Nov. 21. Voters reinstated the death penalty earlier in the month after lawmakers abolished the punishment in May 2015.

The Department of Correctional Services has proposed to change the state’s current protocol with a new process that would allow drug suppliers to remain confidential. A public hearing on the proposal is set for Dec. 30 in Lincoln.

A spokeswoman says the department hasn’t attempted to import lethal injection drugs since executions were put on hold last year, and has no immediate plans to do so.

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