LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved legislation to provide $30 million to credit Flint residents for drinking-water bills, said Sen. Dale Zorn.
“Our first responsibility as a state is to protect the health and welfare of our people, which is why the Flint water emergency is so disturbing,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “I supported quick action on this relief, because no one in good conscience could defend people having to pay for water they cannot drink.”
Senate Bill 136 would provide $30 million of immediate funding for the city of Flint to apply to residents’ water bills retroactively, from April 2014 until state, federal and independent water quality officials certify the water is safe for consumption.
The Senate previously approved $37.3 million in emergency funds to reconnect Flint to Detroit-supplied water; supply free bottled water, filters and testing kits; put nurses in local schools to monitor student health; and provide better nutrition for students and infants.
“This is the next step in doing everything we can to help impacted families in Flint and end this crisis,” Zorn said.
SB 136 has been sent to the Michigan House of Representatives for consideration.