Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 8, 2015
Sen. Anthony Sykes
Senate and House to hear death penalty proposals
Sykes and Rep. Mike Christian today announced that the Senate
and House on Thursday would take up proposals to support and defend
the death penalty for the state’s worst criminals.
The House is scheduled to hear Sykes’ Senate Joint Resolution
31, which would send to a vote of the people a constitutional amendment
that, if approved, ensures that death penalty statutes are in effect,
that methods of execution can be changed, and that the death penalty
is not cruel and unusual punishment.
Sykes said it was an urgent priority for the Senate to ensure that
the state can administer the death penalty for our most heinous
“We have an obligation to the people of Oklahoma to ensure
that we can effectively enforce the death penalty,” said Sykes,
R-Moore. “Oklahomans strongly support the death penalty, and
it is critical that we protect our ability to enforce it. This week,
we will take action to guarantee that the will of the people is
The Senate is slated to take up Rep. Christian’s House Bill
1879, which would replace the current multi-drug lethal injection
format, and authorize executions of death row inmates via nitrogen
Christian said it was critical that the Legislature act to ensure
the state can carry out the death penalty.
"With the current method of executions under attack and judicial
scrutiny, it is imperative that we find an alternate way of delivering
justice,” said Christian, R-Oklahoma City. “Through
an in depth interim study, we have found that death by nitrogen
hypoxia is the easiest, most humane, and cost effective way of carrying
out the death penalty."
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