Since the US state of Ohio reintroduced the death penalty 37 years ago, 50 people have been executed there by lethal injection. Critics say flaws in the legal process often lead to the wrong person being convicted.
The US state of Florida has executed a man with a drug never used before in a US lethal injection. The inmate was the first white man in the state to be executed for killing a black man since the late 1970s.
The bill will now face a vote in the Senate. The state lawmakers' decision came the same day that numerous American bishops pledged to fight for the abolition of capital punishment.
Governor John Kasich has pushed back the execution dates so a federal appeals court has time to rule on a controversial sedative's constitutionality. Critics argue midazolam leads to cruel and unusual punishment.
Ohio has executed its first inmate since a botched lethal injection more than three years ago. The execution paves the way for as many as 26 more in the state by 2020.
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