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Nebraska lawmaker bashes report on failed execution drug buy

Nebraska lawmaker bashes report on failed execution drug buy

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker says he's disappointed by a recently-released state auditor's report about Department of Correctional Services' failed attempt to purchase execution drugs from overseas last year.

The report released Monday by state Auditor Charlie Janssen details corrections officials' efforts to buy more than $54,000 worth of drugs from a provider in India. The state didn't receive them because federal agencies didn't approve them for import.

The Omaha World-Herald ( ) reports that the audit doesn't answer all of the questions posed by Independent state Sen. Ernie Chambers and Democratic state Sen. Burke Harr.

Chambers says the report doesn't measure up to the standards of an audit and that it amounts to Republicans closing ranks. Harr says he was pleased with the report and that it demonstrates the benefits of openness and transparency about executions.

Janssen defended the report, saying everything his office does is nonpartisan.

Updated : 2021-10-26 05:17 GMT+08:00