LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, announced Tuesday that he will serve on the Joint Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency. The committee will review the investigative findings surrounding the Flint water crisis, take testimony on the mistakes at all levels of government that led to this situation and explore potential policy solutions to prevent a similar disaster in the future.
“The government’s first priority is the safety of its residents,” said Hune. “It’s time for both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate to come together to help our fellow Michiganders in Flint by getting to the bottom of what happened. I look forward to working with my colleagues to review the work of the investigations taking place and ensuring that the citizens of Michigan never face a crisis like this again.”
The committee is made up of three members from each chamber of the Legislature, with Sen. Jim Stamas as chairman and Rep. Ed McBroom and Sen. Jim Ananich as co-vice chairmen. Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and House Speaker Kevin Cotter both accepted the recommendations for Democratic representation from their Democratic counterparts.
The purpose of the committee will be to provide recommendations for legislative action after reviewing the findings of ongoing investigations into the Flint water emergency. The committee will begin its work once it has received and reviewed the results of the first investigation, which is expected to be within the next few weeks.