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Ohio Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Strickland Veto

The fight over an early veto by Governor Strickland has moved to the Ohio Supreme Court.

On his first day, the Democrat vetoed a bill prohibiting lawsuits over lead paint that lawmakers had sent to his predecessor, Republican Bob Taft.

In oral arguments Tuesday, an attorney for the Ohio Legislature urged the state's highest court to order that the bill be treated as a law.

On the other side, Attorney General Marc Dann told the justices that Strickland was acting within his rights because the bill had not become law and Taft had failed to either sign or veto it.

The bill places a $5,000 limit on certain court damages and creates new protections for companies that once sold lead paint.

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