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Washington Supreme Court Review: Court Voids Initiative to Ban Safe Injection Sites

January 2019 Bar Bulletin

Protect Public Health
and City of Seattle v.
Freed and IMPACtion

No. 95134-9
December 6 (9-0)

Justice Johnson Writes
for the Court:

This case involves the issue of whether a proposed initiative is beyond the scope of the local initiative power. Proposed Initiative 27 (I-27) would allow King County voters to decide whether to ban public funding for community health engagement location (CHEL) sites, colloquially known as safe injection sites, and to create civil liability for any person or entity who operates a site. King County Superior Court granted respondent Protect Public Health’s (PPH) motion for declaratory judgment and injunctive relief...

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