Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: February 10, 2015
Sen. Anthony Sykes
advances bill to modify execution procedure
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday advanced
legislation that would allow the state to utilize nitrogen hypoxia
as an alternative method for executing death row prisoners.
Authored by Sen. Anthony Sykes, Senate Bill 794, states that nitrogen
hypoxia will be used to carry out death sentences in the event that
an appellate court rules the state’s existing lethal injection
procedure to be unconstitutional.
“Today, we are moving forward with a plan that would allow
the state to proceed with the implementation of the death penalty
for our most heinous criminals,” said Sykes, R-Moore. “The
state has an obligation to the people of Oklahoma and to the families
of victims to crimes to see that this penalty is enforced effectively.
The death penalty is a just and appropriate punishment for our worst
criminals and nitrogen hypoxia is recognized as one of the most
humane methods for carrying out the sentence. It is important that
the Legislature act to ensure the will of the people of Oklahoma
will not be dismissed by the courts.”
Rep. Mike Christian is the House author of the proposal, and has
also authored legislation relating to nitrogen hypoxia this year.
“I applaud the Senate Judiciary committee for passing this
measure,” said Christian, R-Oklahoma City. “Senator
Sykes and I will be working on this issue this session.”
This afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee will hear House Bill
1879, a similar measure.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Sykes: (405) 521-5569