LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the city of Flint's emergency involving lead-tainted water (all times local):
The Michigan Legislature has created a joint oversight committee to review findings and take testimony on the mistakes that lead to the Flint water crisis. The panel will also examine possible policy actions to prevent similar events elsewhere.
Legislative leaders announced the committee Tuesday, as the Senate finalized legislation to grant $30 million in supplemental aid to help pay Flint residents' water bills.
Midland Republican Sen. Jim Stamas, who will lead the panel, says it is not an investigatory unit because it lacks subpoena power. But Democratic Sen. Jim Ananich of Flint, one of the vice-chairs, openly calls it an investigation.
Flint failed to treat river water with anti-corrosion chemicals when it switched water sources in 2014, allowing lead to be scraped from aging pipes and into drinking water.
The Michigan Senate has acted quickly to finalize legislation authorizing $30 million in supplemental aid to help pay Flint residents' water bills amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water.
Lawmakers approved the legislation unanimously Tuesday after the House passed the bill last week with minor revisions. It now goes to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.
Senators voted to send the final version of the legislation to Snyder a day after a University of Michigan Flint professor said the city has more than 8,000 old lead pipes running from water mains to homes and businesses.
State regulators failed to require Flint to treat river water with anti-corrosion chemicals when its water source was switched in 2014, allowing lead to be scraped from aging pipes and into drinking water.
Hall of Fame basketball player Magic Johnson is joining an effort by the owner of the Detroit Pistons to help Flint amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water.
The FlintNOW campaign announced Tuesday that the partnership with Johnson will focus on education initiatives to benefit schools, children and families. Johnson and Tom Gores say they'll explore a scholarship program like one they worked on for Lansing students.
Johnson grew up in Lansing and played for Michigan State and the Los Angeles Lakers. He says in a statement that "fixing the water alone won't solve the long-term problems in Flint." He says efforts to support education are a key part of Flint's future.
Gores, a Flint native, earlier pledged to raise $10 million to address the city's short- and long-term needs.
Federal officials will be in Flint this week to investigate rashes reported amid the city's water crisis.
Dr. Eden Wells, the state's chief medical executive, says in a statement the four-member federal team's work is "an important next step." She says officials hope the investigation will help address any concerns related to rashes or other skin issues.
The state says the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services requested the Assessment of Chemical Exposure from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Federal officials including the Environmental Protection Agency previously were helping with the investigation into rashes.
Flint is facing an emergency over the city's lead-contaminated water supply. Rashes are among a number of other health concerns raised by residents.
Details on assessment program: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/ntsip/ace.html