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Legislator Morton’s Made in America Law approved by Legislature


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We’ve all read the stories in the paper of the countless individuals suffering from the ongoing opioid epidemic. There has been a lot of talk of families being ripped apart by this tragedy, too often we hear talk but see little action.

Legislator Ted Morton joined Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard, Holland Central School Superintendent Cathy Fabiatos and Alden School Superintendent Adam Stoltman to announce continued funding for school resource officers (SRO) in several local districts. The SRO program provides a uniformed officer in schools as a way to promote student safety, conflict resolution and anti-bullying initiatives.


At a Legislative session held on September 21, 2017, Legislator Ted Morton honored Lancaster resident, Dick Young as the September 2017 Citizen of the month.


Today, in response to the County Executive’s offer to work with Legislator Morton to develop a compromise Made in America Act, Legislator Ted Morton wrote to him to begin the process.


Legislator Ted Morton first introduced the Made in America Act in support of local manufacturers and local workers in Erie County. After passing the Legislature by a vote of 9-1, the County Executive vetoed the law after instructing the County Attorney to draft a legal opinion.


At the Aug. 18, 2017 special session, the Erie County Legislature passed Legislator Ted Morton’s Made in America Act. Pending approval by the County Executive, the law amends the Erie County Charter to require that all county purchases over $10,000 be for goods manufactured or produced in the United States.

“Thank you to my colleagues for agreeing that we need to do what we can to support local workers and manufacturers. For far too long we’ve seen a decline in manufacturing jobs as they have been outsourced to foreign nations. We have an incredible opportunity to do something for all of the hardworking Americans right here at home. I urge the County Executive to stand with the workers of Erie County and support this law,” said Legislator Morton.

The Made in America Act would enable Erie County to support American manufacturers and encourage domestic economic growth. If signed by the County Executive in a timely manner, the law will be a ballot referendum this November for voters to ultimately decide.

For information or assistance, please contact Legislator Morton’s Legislative Office at (716) 858-8856 or email ted.morton@erie.gov