HARRISBURG (News Radio 1020 KDKA) – Gov. Tom Wolf says he intends to veto a bill on his desk that would prevent cities like Pittsburgh and other municipalities from banning or taxing plastic bags.

The state Senate gave final legislative approval last week to a bill that would prevent municipalities from banning, taxing, surcharging or assessing fees for recyclable plastic bags.

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Gov. Wolf, at the time, said he would reserve judgment until he reviewed the bill. On Wednesday, he said he had decided on a veto.

“It would be inconsistent for me. I believe that we ought to be allowing local officials to make decisions that they in their estimation and their constituents – local constituents – feel are in their best interests,” said Wolf.

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The governor also says the bill raises constitutional issues, citing a state Supreme Court ruling that he says addressed local officials’ authority to enact laws to protect the environment.

Supporters of the measure said, among other things, it was a jobs issue, citing facilities in the state involved in the packaging industry.

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