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AL rep. plans legislation to power up 'Yellow Mama' electric chair

"Yellow Mama" was last used in 2002. (Source: WSFA) "Yellow Mama" was last used in 2002. (Source: WSFA)

An Alabama state representative says he's itching to flip the switch on legislation to bring back the electric chair.

State Representative Lynn Greer said he's had several conversations about it with the Alabama Department of Corrections and District Attorney's Association.

Greer tells me Tennessee just passed the same legislation.

He took that legislation and now has plans to introduce it in Montgomery during the upcoming session.

Under the legislation (PDF) - a person who is sentenced to death will face the electric chair if courts rule lethal injection unconstitutional.

It'll also calls for bringing back the electric chair if the state is unable to obtain any lethal injection drugs.

Alabama electric chair is known as "Yellow Mama" because of its yellow color. It was last used in 2002.

Greer says several death row inmates have waited decades to be put to death, but the state is now struggling to find lethal injection drugs - which is pushing back execution dates and putting more of a burden on the taxpayers.

"Those on death row today may be there for many many more years, because if we're using the lethal injection drugs and we don't have the drugs then we have no way of carrying out the process." Greer said.

Greer says the legislation - if passed - would not be retroactive and impact current inmates.

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