Prison officials release new execution regulations

SAN FRANCISCO — State officials have released the final execution regulations governing how Death Row inmates should receive the lethal three-drug combination.

The new regulations were adopted in response to a federal judge's 2006 order to California prison authorities to overhaul their execution procedures.

Since then, the state has built a new death chamber at San Quentin Prison. State officials hope the new chamber and new regulations will help resolve the federal lawsuit that has halted executions in the state since 2006.

The new regulations, which make minor revisions to how the drugs are administered, still need to be approved by the Office of Administrative Law before they become official.