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Senate adopts emergency budget bill to help Flint residents with water bills

money-coinsThe Michigan Senate has adopted a 30 (m) million emergency spending measure to help Flint residents with their water bills. Governor Rick Snyder asked for the appropriation this week after Flint residents complained they should not have to pay for water they can’t drink because of the threat of lead contamination.
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Fate of straight-ticket ban, no-reason absentee voting uncertain in state Senate

Capital_Building_LansingA bill to allow no-reason absentee voting in Michigan could have a tough time in the state Senate.

The state House approved House Bill 4724 late Wednesday night. It also tied the bill to one eliminating the straight-ticket voting option on Michigan ballots. That means one bill can’t become law without the other.
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Legislature moving quickly on emergency funds for Flint water fix

bottled waterThe Legislature is close to approving the state’s portion of the money to re-connect Flint to the Detroit water system, and eliminate lead from the city’s drinking water.

The state House approved the funding Wednesday and state Senate approval’s expected on Thursday.

Children started showing elevated lead levels after a state-appointed emergency manager – with the approval of city officials — decided to switch from the Detroit water system to using the Flint River. Continue reading