LANSING (AP) — In the year since Flint’s man-made drinking water crisis exploded and was exposed primarily as a failure of state government, Michigan has allocated $234 million toward the public health emergency that exposed children to lead and has been linked to a deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak.
The state has been much slower, however, in enacting policy reforms to address problems uncovered.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Two Stars With Motor City Ties Lighting Up Entertainment World
It’s likely that no major action in the Republican-led Legislature will occur until 2017, angering Democrats who are pushing for changes to the emergency manager law and lead testing.
It’s been four months since a bicameral legislative committee concluded hearings about Flint’s crisis. It has yet to issue a report and recommendations.READ MORE: 23rd Annual 'A Home For The Holidays At The Grove' Comes To CBS On Sunday, December 5th
They are now expected by year’s end. Democrats say there’s no reason to wait to start debating legislation.
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