CORRECTION - We reported that Rep. Mark Keller (R., Perry) opposed the gas chamber bill. It was in fact, Rep. Fred Keller (R., Union) who voted against it. Our apologies.
UPDATE: The state House passes legislation banning gas chambers in shelters by a vote of 189-6. The bill now heads to the Senate where top GOP staff say it is expected to win appoval (a version of the bill already passed the Senate earlier this year) and land on Gov. Corbett's desk by the end of the month. Current law makes it difficult for animal shelters in rural areas, such as Crawford County, where one of the last gas chambers is in operation, to obtain the drugs needed for humane lethal injection, because they lack access to a veterinian.
Under the new law, a shelter could apply to the Board of Pharmacy for approval to purchase the drugs, namely sodium pentobarbitol. "The swift passage of HB 2630 means the tragic euthanasia of cats and dogs by gas chambers in Pennsylvania will soon come to an end," said bill sponsor Rep. John Maher (R., Allegheny).
Those who voted against the bill were Reps. Daryl Metcalfe (R., Butler), Brad Roae (R., Crawford - one of the last counties with an animal facility that uses gas chambers), Jerry Stern (R., Blair), Fred Keller (R., Armstrong), Curt Sonney (R., Erie) and Scott Perry (R., York) (who is expected to easily win the U.S. House seat held by retiring Rep. Todd Platts in the Nov. election.)