Republican lawmakers in Ohio say they hope a bill requiring more transparency in certain asbestos exposure claims is expected to be approved this week
If that happens, the bill would then go to Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, who has indicated be might veto it over concerns about preserving the rights of ill people to pursue claims for compensation.
The bill deals with asbestos trusts, which pay the liability of companies that have been forced into bankruptcy and subjected to asbestos litigation. Claimants suffer from a lung disorder after exposure to asbestos, which has been used in manufacturing and construction.
The issue has split the Legislature along party lines in its
lame-duck session likely to end next week. The
Republican-controlled Ohio House will become Democrat-controlled in
January. The senate will remain in Republican control.
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