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AUSTIN (AP) – Texas state law will mandate keeping the identity of Texas’ lethal drug suppliers confidential from the public – and even death row inmates and their attorneys.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill Thursday that cleared both chambers of the Republican-controlled Legislature. There was little floor opposition, despite advocates’ calls that there shouldn’t be secrecy surrounding the nation’s busiest death chamber.

Drug manufacturers say they won’t sell to Texas without total confidentiality since they’ve faced threats from death penalty opponents. There’s little evidence that such threats actually occurred, however.

Abbott, then state attorney general, declared in a previous opinion that suppliers’ identities should be disclosed. But he reversed himself while running for governor, siding for secrecy.

That prompted legal challenges that will likely be further complicated by the new law.

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