Lawmakers will take longer on Flint report, recommendations

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The chairman of a legislative committee investigating Flint’s water crisis says it will take longer than initially projected to produce a report with recommendations.

Republican Sen. Jim Stamas of Midland had hoped to issue findings by now. But he announced Friday that discussions continue, and the report will be issued “in the future.”

Among the panel’s goals is proposing revisions to Michigan’s emergency manager law. It was blamed as a factor in Flint’s lead contamination by a task force appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Stamas says other needed changes include improving “communication and culture” in state government and updating water infrastructure.

Another panel member, Senate Democratic Leader Jim Ananich of Flint, says there must be “meaningful, comprehensive changes to this broken system.”

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  • Ray Kinney

    Hey, why is there no additional blame placed upon the regulators of the regulators for the state, the legislators? The legislature sets the whole tone for anti-investigatory attitude by the state agencies responsible for water quality and public health protection! The legislators dictate very carefully just what gets, or does NOT get, looked at by sampling, analysis, and assessment for public health… by insisting that the agencies NOT make waves by finding more problems needing to be fixed. They will not fund sampling and assessment if the agencies or anybody else propose doing so. The legislature sees such essential work as being inherently politically and fiscally subversive, yet that work is essential for providing for public health. It is no wonder that we are in such an expensive and tragic mess harming untold numbers of citizens and costing society a vast quantity of money. Monitoring is essential to inform the science and the ability of government to function in a logical way for protecting its citizens. To the degree the legislators are opposed to supporting this essential monitoring, we have to pay over and over again off into the future for the mistakes we do not detect as they are happening. Vote for people that understand this kind of logic. Maybe the problem is due to something in the water that the legislature drinks. Lead is known to prevent exposed organisms from realizing the consequences of their actions.

    The state legislature sets the tone that corrupts the state agencies ability to accomplish their mission of public health protection. Fear of punitive budget cuts to other good work they do constrains them and institutionalizes the inability to monitor and assess water quality status and trends. I can’t believe that nobody is talking about this irresponsibility of the legislators… it is pivotal to preventing the functioning of essential work that could inform the decision-making at every level. We need to look very carefully at the voting records of the individual legislators to understand responsibility. Yes, the governor AND the EPA were at great fault… but the legislature created the institutionalized irresponsibility that enables and attracts people that are dysfunctional to fit their created politic. The EPA has the same problem of being constrained by the irresponsibility of congress to enable them to do their jobs of scientifically responsible water quality monitoring to inform decision-making toward a more sane future. Find more educated people to vote for, or suffer the consequences of institutionalized irresponsibility.

    Look what this is costing! The EPA AND the state agencies could have been funded to do their jobs with a tiny fraction of that…. and children would have not had to suffer for the rest of their lives. We need to fund the agencies to actually do the job they were mandated to do, it is essential. The legislators, both state and federal, are to blame for setting up this whole irresponsible politic. Vote for people that understand this! Do not vote for anyone that does not understand this!

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