Alabama lawmakers are seeking to keep secret the manufacturers and suppliers of the drugs used in lethal injection executions.
The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill Tuesday.
The bill would require the state to keep the identities of people and companies who provide the drugs to the state confidential.
Rogersville Republican Lynn Greer says the state needs to make sure it can continue to obtain the lethal injection drugs.
Alabama executes Death Row inmates by lethal injection unless the inmate requests electrocution. Deputy Commissioner Jeffery Williams says all states are having difficulty obtaining the drugs. He says suppliers have been threatened with lawsuits.
The bill now moves to the full House of Representatives.