PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — State leaders are taking up the controversial issue of safe injection sites. State Sen. Anthony Williams says he is introducing a Senate bill that would require three public hearings and local government approval before supervised injection sites are allowed to open.
State Sen. Christine Tartaglione went one step further, saying she plans to introduce a bill prohibiting these sites completely in the state of Pennsylvania.READ MORE: Student, Brother In Custody After Shooting Near Lincoln High School Leaves Man Dead, 16-Year-Old Injured, Police Say
“If Mayor [Jim] Kenney and Gov. [Ed] Rendell believe so strong about safe injection sites, put it next to their homes,” Tartaglione said.READ MORE: Philadelphia School District Warns Of Shift To Virtual Learning If SEPTA Strike Occurs
“Government should not happen to the people, it should happen with the people,” Williams said.MORE NEWS: Prosecutors Outline Close Working Relationship Between John Dougherty, Bobby Henon In Corruption Trial
Community outrage last week led the owners of the Constitution Health Plaza to cancel a lease that would have been for the city’s first safe injection site.