Senate Committee Says No to Supervised Injection Site

Vote to postpone SB 40 indefi nitely follows hours of testimony in support

Senate Bill 40
Senate Bill 40 proposes the creation of a supervised injection facility in Denver, but the prognosis for the legislation doesn’t look good.

A bill that would have allowed the state to set up a safe injection site for drug users failed a committee vote Wednesday.

After about two hours of testimony in favor of the bill’s most contentious provision, the authorization of a safe injection site pilot program, the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted 3-2 to indefinitely postpone it last Wednesday.

“It would be impossible not to be moved by the testimony that we’ve heard today,” said Republican Sen. Owen Hill at the end of the hearing. “I’m not yet moved that this is the right solution. I’m just not there today.”

Dozens of people packed the Senate committee room to testify in support of the bill. Those in favor ranged from representatives for public health organizations and public officials to recovering addicts and parents whose children died from overdoses.

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