Ohio Senate OKs Death Penalty Ban Of Severely Mentally Ill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers voted to pass a bill banning the execution of the severely mentally ill during a lame duck legislative session.

The House legislation informally passed during a Senate session after receiving broad support from Republicans and Democrats in the General Assembly.

A spokesman for GOP Senate President Larry Obhof says he supported the bill but believes most Ohioans support the death penalty for some cases and so he wouldn’t support abolition.

Ohio is under an unofficial death penalty moratorium as the state says it can’t find an adequate supply of drugs for lethal injection.