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Michigan Senate, House launch joint investigation into Flint water crisis

A bottle of contaminated Flint tap water sits on the witness table during break in a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Flint, Michigan water crisis on Capitol Hill February 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
A bottle of contaminated Flint tap water sits on the witness table during break in a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Flint, Michigan water crisis on Capitol Hill February 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan House and Senate announced Tuesday a joint investigation into the water crisis in Flint. 

Special Section: Flint Water Crisis

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter announced the "Joint Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency" has been formed to "review the findings surrounding the Flint water crisis, take testimony on the mistakes at all levels of government that led to this situation and explore potential policy solutions to prevent a similar disaster in the future."

“What happened in Flint is a tragedy, and the people who are affected deserve answers,” said Speaker Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, in a news release. "People were hurt by widespread government failures, and changes need to be made as soon as possible.  I am committed to doing everything I can to provide answers and prevent future disasters."

The committee is comprised of the following members: 

From the House: 

  • Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan -- Vice Chair
  • Rep. Ed Canfield, R-Sebewaing
  • Rep. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor

From the Senate: 

  • Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland – Chair
  • Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg
  • Sen. Jim Ananich, D-Flint – Vice Chair

Officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, local officials from the city of Flint, public health officials and residents already have testified at U.S. Congressional hearings in Washington. 

Recap: House Oversight Committee's Flint water crisis hearing


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