State Sen. Mark Miloscia, a strong opponent of creating so-called “safe-injection sites” for drug users in King County, is praising the state Supreme Court for agreeing to hear the appeal of a decision that is keeping a related ballot measure away from county voters.
That measure, Initiative 27, would ask King County voters if they want to ban public funding for safe-injection sites in the county for heroin and opioid users. Nearly 50,000 signatures were gathered to place I-27 before voters, but in October a King County Superior Court judge blocked the measure from appearing on the February special-election ballot this year.
“I’m very pleased that the state Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal on placing I-27 on the ballot,” said Miloscia, R-Federal Way. “This is an important and controversial issue that will affect many families and our community, so King County voters should have a chance to decide whether to allow safe-injection sites. The fact that many cities within the county have voted to ban such sites clearly indicates that these proposed sites are a bad idea. County voters should have the final say on this issue.
“I was very shocked and disappointed by the Superior Court ruling last fall that kept the initiative from going before the people earlier this year. Hopefully, the Supreme Court justices will overturn the lower court’s decision and let I-27 proceed to the ballot,” Miloscia added.