Bill would put 1-year moratorium on executions

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A group of senators are seeking to start a state commission to review innocence claims by convicted felons.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday will hold a public hearing on the bill Wednesday. The legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Dick Brewbaker of Pike Road would also put a moratorium on executions until June 1, 2017.

The legislation would create an eight-member Innocence Inquiry Commission. The panel could send cases back to a judge for review if members believe the innocence claim is credible.

The bill comes after several high-profile exonerations in the state.

Ray Hinton was freed last year after nearly 30 years on Alabama’s death row following new ballistics tests on crime scene bullets

Six Republicans and two Democrats have joined Brewbaker in co-sponsoring the legislation.