Stamas to chair new joint committee reviewing Flint water emergency

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LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas will chair the new Joint Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency 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.

“Every Michigan resident deserves effective government at all levels and assurance that it meets its primary purpose — protecting the public’s health and safety,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “No parent should have to worry about the safety of their children’s drinking water. I share the frustration and outrage that so many people feel about the breakdowns that led to this terrible situation.

“I have been entrusted with leading this joint committee, and we will work together to review the investigative findings and recommend solutions so that this never happens again.”

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter on Tuesday announced the creation of the joint committee, made up of three members from each chamber of the Legislature, with Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, and Sen. Jim Ananich, D-Flint, as co-vice chairs. Other members of the committee include Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg; Rep. Ed Canfield, R-Sebewaing; and Rep. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor.

The purpose of the joint committee will be to provide recommendations for legislative action after reviewing the findings of ongoing investigations into the Flint water emergency. The committee will begin its work once it has received and reviewed the results of the first investigation, which is expected to be within the next few weeks.

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Caption: Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, talks to the press about his recent appointment as chairman of the new Joint Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency. The joint committee will 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.

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