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State lawmakers open hearings on Flint water crisis


State lawmakers have kicked off legislative hearings on the Flint water crisis.

Members of the special joint committee began the first hearing remarking on the Legislature’s role in holding public officials accountable.

Democratic state Senator Jim Ananich represents Flint.

“We have a heavy burden. But we also have a true opportunity to begin to restore some of the faith that many of us in my community and others across the state have lost in our system.”

The first hearing focused on a state audit that pointed out problems with decisions made by state environmental regulators.

Meanwhile, a state board has approved a taxpayer-funded contract for outside legal counsel related to the crisis.