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Poloncarz vetoes "Made in America" law for Erie County

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz Friday vetoed a local law that would require county contractors to guarantee the goods or materials they provide are manufactured or produced in the United States.

Although the "Made in America" law approved last month by the County Legislature may be intended to boost the county's support of American-made products and goods, the law as written is ambiguous and likely unenforceable, Poloncarz said in his veto letter to lawmakers.

Poloncarz posted his veto missive on his Twitter account Friday.

"Unlike most other proposed laws presented for my consideration (the Made in America law) is absent of proper definitions and is not clear on what types of products/materials it affects, leaving the law open to misinterpretation and an inability to achieve its intended goal," Poloncarz said in the veto letter.

The law, sponsored by Legislator Ted Morton, R-Depew, was approved by the Legislature, 9-1.

If the Legislature overrides the veto, the measure will appear on the ballot in the Nov. 7 general election.

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