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Flint faces hurdle in possible lawsuit against state

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The city of Flint faces a new hurdle nearly two and a half years since the start of the water crisis.

City leaders learned their threats to sue the state for the water crisis have been practically meaningless because only the state can approve the city to file suit.

"People wonder why it's difficult to build up trust. Well they've made it so we've got to go to the R-TAB. R-TAB is the state, so I'm sure they are gonna say 'yeah, sue us,'" Mayor Karen Weaver said.

R-TAB stands for Receivership Transition Advisory Board. The board oversees the city's transition from emergency management status. All five members of the board were appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Those rules were changed seven days after Weaver gave notice the city might sue the state. The governor's office said the changed were not intended to keep the city from suing.

"No, it wasn't done in response to that. This was done as part of the phase out of emergency management in Flint. So this is expanding power back to the city," said Anna Heaton, press secretary for the state.

She said the changes made would better include the mayor and city council on city-wide decisions.

"How does that include us? Putting another hurdle up for us to be able to do what's in the best interest of the city," Weaver said.

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