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Lawmakers conclude Flint hearings, will make recommendations

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This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM) This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM)
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

Michigan lawmakers reviewing Flint's lead-contaminated water crisis have concluded their investigative hearings and will turn next to making recommendations.

A special committee heard testimony Tuesday suggesting that Michigan is underinvesting in its drinking water infrastructure by $284 million to $563 million annually. The Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association, a construction group, says that figure doesn't include funding that should be spent upgrading wastewater and storm water systems.

Despite Democrats' objections, majority Republicans didn't ask for testimony from GOP Gov. Rick Snyder, the state's former Department of Environmental Quality director or Flint's state emergency managers. The committee is instead considering Snyder's congressional testimony.

Among the options being considered is changing Michigan's emergency manager law. Flint was under an emergency manager when the city changed its water source, leading to the contamination.

I'm disappointed to see that the committee chair has chosen to stop taking testimony and that further meetings are not scheduled. We still have holes in the Flint water crisis timeline that cannot be filled by examining the emails. Key players in the crisis never testified before the Michigan legislature, including Gov. Rick Snyder, former Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant, former Treasurer Andy Dillon, and all of the emergency managers," - State Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) said.

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