WA: Voters cannot ban injections sites by ballot initiative, judge rules

Source: KIRO 7 News

“Voters do not have the authority through ballot initiatives to decide if supervised injection sites should be banned, according to a King County Judge’s ruling on Monday. Over the summer, a group gathered nearly 70,000 signatures for a February ballot initiative that would allow the public to vote on banning injection sites. Seattle leaders, who support safe injection sites, joined a lawsuit to get I-27 off the ballot and stop the public vote. On Monday, King County Judge Alecia Galvan declared that I-27 is invalid because it ‘extends beyond the scope of the local initiative power.’ Galvan instructed that it not be included in winter ballot.” (10/16/17)