AUGUSTA, Maine — Legislators in Maine have rejected a bill that would have permitted medically supervised facilities where people could use illegal drugs.

The Press Herald reports ( that the Health and Human Services Committee voted against the bill Thursday and recommended that the proposal be rejected. Democrat Rep. Mike Sylvester, who sponsored the bill, says the centers would help to stop the spread of disease and allow users to get help.

The alternative approach received mixed reviews from the committee.

Democrat Rep. Patricia Hymanson says she supports the concept but doesn’t believe Maine is ready for it. Other members of the committee said the safe sites violate federal drug laws and could send the wrong message to young people.

Several cities in the U.S. already have safe sites.

Information from: Portland Press Herald,