On August 1st, the Ohio Supreme Court issued a decision issuing a writ of mandamus and holding that Governor Strickland could not veto a bill prohibiting lawsuits over lead paint on his first day in office. The Court held that under Article II, section 16 of the Ohio Constitution, a bill can only be vetoed if the Governor files written objections with the Ohio Secretary of State within 10 days after the General Assembly adjourns. Although former Governor Taft had filed the unsigned bill with former Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, thereby allowing it to become law without his signature, Governor Strickland asked the new Secretary of State to send him bill on his first day in office. Although Strickland exercised his veto power that day, the Court subsequently held that the 10 day limit had previously expired, and he was 2 days too late. Justices Moyer, Stratton, O'Connor and O'Donnell concurred, and Justices Pfeifer and Lanzinger dissented.