PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia and three other municipalities in Pennsylvania are suing the state over what they say was an abuse of legislative power to block local bans or taxes on plastic bags that retailers give out to customers.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday asks a statewide court to declare the ban unconstitutional.
The other plaintiffs are West Chester, Narberth and Lower Merion Township. City officials, backed by environmental advocacy organizations, say the state’s ban violates environmental rights in Pennsylvania’s constitution and procedures used to pass it violate constitutional transparency protections.
Meanwhile, they say their cities and towns suffer health, environmental, aesthetic and financial implications of plastic bag litter and pollution.