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State lawmakers seeking to reform water shut-off process

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LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

Lawmakers introduced a package of bills that would ease the financial burden on people paying for their water.

"There is a moral goal here, and that's to defend the rights of every Michiganer in the state of Michigan," said state Rep. Sheldon Neeley.

Neeley was joined by fellow Democrats at the capitol to introduce a bipartisan package that would address the flood of high rising water prices in Flint, Detroit and Highland Park.

"It's important to the governor and all alike to come on board. Let's fix this problem for the state of Michigan," Neeley said.

Melissa Mays of Flint said this measure is long overdue.

She has neighbors facing shut-off notices for delinquent bills for lead-filled water they said they can't use.

Neeley and others are seeking to reform the shut-off process.

"This package of bills will do just that and I will ask them to ask the governor to stand with us on the moral right of what needs to happen here in the state of Michigan," Neeley said.

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