The Senate today approved Sen. Bart Hester’s SB464 to impose secrecy over executions in Arkansas, particularly to close a loophole that allowed release of information about the makers of drugs used in executions.

Sen. Linda Chesterfield and Joyce Elliott opposed the bill. If the state is to kill people, “do it in the light of day,” Chesterfield said. Sen. Will Bond also questioned making release of secret information a felony. Hester said this would be a deterrence.


The vote was 25-9, with one senator voting present, same effect as a no. The bill goes to the House.