Ohio governor enacts law to shield names of companies that provide lethal injection drugs

Associated Press

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has signed a bill into law shielding the names of companies that provide the state with lethal injection drugs.

Supporters say such confidentiality is necessary to obtain supplies of the drugs, and the measure is needed to restart Ohio executions. Opponents say it's naive to think the bill can truly protect companies' names from being revealed.

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The legislation also shields the names of participants in Ohio executions. It was one of 40 bills signed Friday by the governor.

A prosecutor has said he expects the legislation to spur lawsuits, making it impossible to carry out the February execution of a condemned child killer as planned.