Current law in Ohio only allows for lethal injection as an execution method.
Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said in February that Ohio “certainly could have no executions” while a search for obtainable, allowable drugs was underway.
Householder said adding alternative methods is problematic.
“Well, I don’t think we want to come back to hanging, and I don’t think shootings would be good,” he said. “Electrocution is sort of off the table. I don’t know what the method would be.
It seems like chemical injection is not working out very well for us, so I don’t know what else there is.”
Householder said discussion so far is internal. He and his leadership team are assessing support among Republicans for a repeal.
Such a proposal would immediately face some opposition in the Ohio Senate, also controlled by Republicans. “I think that the majority of Ohioans support the option of the death penalty in certain cases,”
Senate President Larry Obhof said in July.
Obhof’s spokesman, John Fortney, said Thursday: “We have not discussed abolishing the death penalty.” In 2004, during Householder’s first stint as speaker, the House sent a bill to the Senate that would have ordered the state to study the fairness of Ohio’s death penalty system. The legislation went nowhere.