COLUMBIA, S.C. / NBC News — South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed a bill into law that would make inmates choose between the electric chair or a firing squad in hopes the state can restart executions after an involuntary 10-year pause.
South Carolina had been one of the most prolific states of its size in putting inmates to death. But a lack of lethal injection drugs brought executions to a halt.
McMaster signed the bill without ceremony or fanfare, according to the state Legislature’s website. It’s the first bill he signed after 50 hit his des on Thursday.