State Sen. Schaefer Requests Return of Gas Chamber

CBS St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – With the threat of losing the sedative propofol as a means for carrying out executions, one state senator thinks the governor should consider bringing back the gas chamber.

Missouri will move ahead with two planned executions despite efforts in Europe to block the common anesthetic from being used in the procedure, Gov. Jay Nixon said Monday.

The European Union has warned Missouri’s Department of Corrections that it could stop shipments of propofol if it is used for executions in the United States. Executions are prohibited in the EU and nearly all of the world’s supply of the powerful sedative is manufactured in Germany.

“It’s not discretionary for the governor to carry out a judgement of execution. It has to be done, it is the law and it’s not discretionary,” Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, said. “We’re not the federal government, we’re not going to pick and choose…

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