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Thursday, March 10, 2016

State Representatives Phil Phelps (D-Flushing) and Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) introduced a package of four bills today to address various concerns stemming from the Flint water crisis, as the legislators work to correct several problems in state government that led to the humanitarian catastrophe in the community.

Rep. Phelps introduced two of the bills — instituting an emergency response plan to create clear guidelines for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Michigan Department of Health...

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

“Today, because it is in the best interest of the people of Michigan, I’m calling on Gov. Rick Snyder to resign for his actions pertaining to the Flint water crisis. This is a position I’ve come to after serious thought, reflection and consideration. Given the actions of negligence and indifference by the governor, and a culture he has created that lacks transparency and accountability, the very serious call for resignation is warranted. Gov. Snyder has...

Friday, February 26, 2016

“When House Speaker Kevin Cotter and House Republicans tried to sweep Courser and Gamrat’s misconduct under the rug by expelling them from the House without a criminal investigation, House Democrats boldly insisted that the attorney general and the Michigan State Police investigate criminal wrongdoing as part of the expulsion. The results of their investigation prove that was the right move. We hope that all elected officials, including Speaker Cotter and Gov. Rick Snyder, will be held...

Friday, February 26, 2016

“Emails from top aides and staffers, including former Snyder Chief of Staff Dennis Muchmore, indicate that the governor must have known about the concerns last spring. It is absolutely necessary that this committee require the governor to testify under oath. There was clearly a debate in the executive office, and his top aides were recommending action. Mr. Muchmore seemed to be on the losing side, and Gov. Snyder apparently chose not to act. If somebody...

Thursday, February 18, 2016

LANSING — Today, the House passed Senate Bill 136, a supplemental appropriations bill that would allocate $30 million to pay some of the cost of water bills owed to the city of Flint by its residents. Unfortunately, this bill would only cover up to 65 percent of the water portion of bills owed by individuals, meaning the community’s residents would still have to pay for some of the lead-laced water they were unable to drink...

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