State lawmakers are pushing back on three paint manufacturers’ unusual attempt to circumvent a $1.1 billion verdict holding them liable for exposing customers to lead in their products.

Conagra Grocery Products Co., NL Industries Inc. and The Sherwin-Williams Co. are pushing to qualify a November ballot initiative that would eliminate their court-determined liability to remediate lead paint contamination, according to an analysis by the attorney general’s office. Instead, the measure would authorize a $2 billion state bond sale to pay for abatement work.

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