Oklahoma death penalty among 93 House study requests

Oklahoman Published: June 16, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Alternatives to Oklahoma’s lethal injection execution method is among 93 topics House lawmakers hope to explore before the 2015 legislative session begins in February.

The 101 House members had until last week to submit requests for studies to House Speaker Jeff Hickman, who will decide by July 11 which ones to approve.

Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Mike Christian says his study into alternatives to Oklahoma’s method of executing death row inmates was prompted by the botched April 29 lethal injection of Clayton Lockett.

Other topics requested for study include texting and driving, taxes, marriage and funding for health care and education.

Two members also want to explore the use of certain marijuana extracts for the treatment of seizure disorders in children.

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