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Published on Friday, January 27, 2017

Bill would pre-empt city authority to offer safe injection sites

Sen. Mark Milsocia (R-Federal Way) has introduced legislation, SB 5223, pre-empting city authority to make laws governing safe injection sites. Under SB 5223, only the state may make laws “governing the registration, licensing, possession, purchase, sale, acquisition, transfer, use, authorization, or any other element relating to safe injection sites.”

Additionally, if a local government operates a safe injection site, it is barred from making any funding claims with the state until it can be determined no injection sites are operating within the jurisdiction.

The bill was heard on January 30 in the Senate Health Care Committee at 10 am.

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