Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe had until last Sunday, April 10, to act on HB 815, the bill that would have brought back the electric chair. Virginia activists, as well as many others from across the country, contacted the Governor to show the widespread disapproval of Virginia's use of the electric chair. He heard the voices of the 90 Million Strong and acted.
Rather than turn back to routine use of the electric chair, the Governor made an amendment regarding lethal injection drugs. Below are links to articles with more details about the amendment the Governor made on HB 815:
Virginia Governor Scraps Electric Chair Law: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/virginia-electric-chair-law-decision_us_570ab2eae4b0885fb50d5db2
McAuliffe guts Virginia's electric-chair bill: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/mcauliffe-guts-virginias-electric-chair-bill/2016/04/11/3c0d4a74-ff2f-11e5-9203-7b8670959b88_story.html
Thank you to everyone who took action, both in Virginia and across the nation. We are 90 Million Strong!
If you have not already done so, please take the 90 Million Strong Campaign Pledge to #HaltAllExecutions today.
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty has created the 90 Million Strong Campaign to unite the voices of those who believe the death penalty is wrong. We need to demonstrate that the broad public support to end this practice is already here in America, and 90 million people speaking up can make a difference.
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