Senate approves $30 million for Flint residents

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LANSING—The Senate took action today on legislation to provide $30 million to credit the residents of Flint for payment of their water bills since April 2014.

“Multiple levels of government have failed the people of Flint and the result is our citizens being exposed to contaminated water.  It simply does not make sense that we would expect the people of this community to pay for water they cannot drink.  I believe that swift action today is reasonable and necessary,” said Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive.

“The Senate has repeatedly responded to the outcry of the citizens of Flint.  First to reconnect to Detroit Water, then to provide resources for emergency action and relief and now to credit those people who have been responsible citizens and paid their water bills even when their drinking water was at risk.  I will continue to work with my colleagues through the budget process to pursue a long-term solution to the crisis in Flint.

Again, this was a failure at multiple levels of government and I expect those governments to join with the Michigan Senate in the pursuit of solutions,” said Meekhof.

Senate Bill 136 appropriates $30 million in the current fiscal year to the Department of Treasury to provide relief for water bills for residents in the city of Flint.  The bill requires the Department of Treasury to make quarterly reports to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees on distribution of the funds.

The bill next goes to the Michigan House of Representatives for consideration.

Text of the legislation is available via the Michigan Legislature website at www.legislature.mi.gov.