In Delaware, "Legislature: Midnight finale preview," is by Jonathan Starkey for the Wilmington News Journal.
State lawmakers are back in Dover today for meetings that will stretch past midnight as they complete work on a six-month legislative session that remains difficult to define.
An effort to abolish Delaware's death penalty stalled in a House committee in March 2013. But with the bill's House sponsor - Rep. Darryl Scott, D-Dover - retiring after this session, it's logical to assume he might attempt one final push Monday night.
Scott needs majority support in the House to bypass the House Judiciary committee, which tabled the bill last year. But the procedural move is opposed by Schwartzkopf, the chamber's top Democrat and a former State Trooper. It's unlikely the repeal gets done, but not impossible.
It's my understanding that repeal proponents are already planning for the 2015 Delaware legislative session.
"Law limiting purchase of meds used to make illegal meth among those taking effect July 1," is the Tennessee report by Lucas L. Johnson II, of AP. It's via the Tribune.
A law limiting the purchase of cold and allergy medicines used to make illegal methamphetamine is among those taking effect Tuesday, as are statutes that require more disclosure from the Tennessee Department of Children's Services and allow use of the electric chair to execute death row inmates.
Under the new execution law, the state will be allowed to electrocute death row inmates in the event prisons are unable to obtain lethal injection drugs, which have become more and more scarce following a European-led boycott of drug sales for executions.
Tennessee is the first state to enact a law to reintroduce the electric chair without giving prisoners an option, said Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that opposes executions and tracks the issue.
"There are states that allow inmates to choose, but it is a very different matter for a state to impose a method like electrocution," he said. "No other state has gone so far."