Alabama's lethal injection law takes effect and it becomes the standard method of execution.
Nebraska stands alone as the only state still using the electric chair as their main form of capital punishment.
The last person put to death in the electric chair was Lynda Lyon Block on May 10. She was convicted of capital murder for the October 1993 murder of Opelika police officer Roger Motley Jr.
Her common-law husband, George Sibley was also sentenced to die for the same crime. He could become the first to be executed by lethal injection, but Prison Commissioner Mike Haley said that won't happen unless his department obtains additional funding.
Gov. Don Siegelman promises to find the additional funding, even if it means using surpluses in other state departments.