HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A state representative from North Alabama wants to bring back the electric chair as the primary death penalty punishment.
Representative Lynn Greer confirmed his plans Friday. Greer will bring the idea to the Alabama District Attorneys Association next week. In addition to sponsoring electric chair legislation, Greer also wants to propose a bill that would give makers of lethal injection chemicals immunity.
The lawmaker said there's currently 16 inmates on death row that have run out of appeals. Because of a lethal injection drug shortage, the inmates are sitting in state prisons.
Greer said other states have already made the switch and he believes it's time for Alabama to step it up. He plans on introducing both pieces of legislation with him to the next session. He added the electric chair legislation does come with a caveat.
"Let's go back to the electric chair and then we could have a clause in that legislation that says if the chemicals is available the inmate can choose lethal injection," said Greer.
Madison County District Attorney Rob Broussard said he didn't foresee the Alabama District Attorneys Association giving Greer any resistance to the legislation.