LANSING—Sen. Jim Stamas, chairman of the Joint Select Committee on the Flint Water Emergency, on Wednesday announced the release of the committee’s report.
“After many months of work and discussions, I am pleased to release a bipartisan, bicameral report of the joint committee,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “The report contains more than 30 policy proposals based on testimony and a comprehensive review of materials presented to the committee.”
The Joint Select Committee on the Flint Water Emergency met six times and took more than 18 hours of testimony from more than 60 participants. In addition to hearings in Lansing, the committee traveled to Flint to hear from residents affected by the water crisis.
The committee heard from officials from the Office of the Auditor General; members of the Flint Water Advisory Task Force; the directors of the Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Health and Human Services; representatives of the Genesee County Health Department, Flint Water Treatment Plant and Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association; and various government officials and residents from Flint.
“From the start, I have emphasized that the committee’s role was not to find fault or blame, but to offer solutions to help the people of Flint and to prevent a similar event from happening anywhere else in Michigan,” Stamas said.
The report details more than 30 policy proposals for consideration by the Legislature. Of those listed, 14 proposals are identified as short-term goals in the committee report.
Members of the House and Senate have already introduced legislation to further some of the short-term goals, such as the creation of a promise zone designation for Flint, the use of the Health Endowment Fund to provide relief services in Flint, the ability for Flint to create a recovery authority and more.
Other proposals, such as a comprehensive reform of the state’s emergency manager law and a revision of the Lead Copper Rule, will likely require additional discussion and review. The report identifies bills already introduced where applicable.
Stamas acknowledged that not all members agree with the proposals included in the report, but all members do agree that the residents of Flint deserve solutions.
“My goal has always been to bring positive change to our state and specifically to the families of Flint who have been adversely affected by the water crisis in their community,” Stamas said. “I do not expect us all to agree on each proposal, but I do expect the work of this committee to generate further legislative action.”
The Joint Select Committee on the Flint Water Emergency was created by Senate Concurrent Resolution 24. Members of the committee include Stamas; Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville; Sen. Jim Ananich, D-Flint, minority vice chairman; Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, vice chairman; Rep. Ed Canfield, R-Sebewaing; and Rep. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor.
“Most importantly, I want to thank the people of Flint for their willingness to participate in the committee process,” Stamas said. “We heard analyses from experts and government officials about the events that contributed to the failure in Flint, but it was the personal, passionate testimony of those most affected by this crisis that made the greatest impact on the committee.”
A copy of the Report of the Joint Select Committee on the Flint Water Emergency is available on the committee website here.