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Lawmakers will take longer on Flint report, recommendations

Posted: 5:25 PM, Jun 04, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-04 17:25:33-04

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.”