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Protesters urging lawmakers to change minds about electric chair bill

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Protesters are urging lawmakers to change their minds about a new law that allows use of the electric chair in Tennessee.

Last week, Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill that would allow electrocution to be used if the drugs needed for lethal injection are not available.

A group of United Methodist church leaders is calling on lawmakers to reconsider capital punishment altogether.

About 100 people gathered for a prayer vigil, saying their main goal is to eliminate the death penalty in Tennessee.

They believe bringing back the electric chair is a step in the wrong direction.

The new law goes into effect July 1.

The last time Tennessee used the electric chair was in 2007.