California regulators have rejected proposed new death penalty procedures.
The Office of Administrative Law on Tuesday rejected the proposed regulations after identifying several passages that conflicted with state law, were unclear or failed to properly state reasons for the new procedures.
A federal judge halted executions in California in 2006 and ordered state prison officials to improve how they execute inmates with lethal injections.
In response, the state constructed a new death chamber at San Quentin Prison, revamped its training process and crafted proposed regulations.
Prison officials have until Oct. 6 to revise the new regulations and solicit public comment before resubmitting them to the law office for reconsideration.