Michigan Senate unanimously approves $28 million emergency spending bill

Jan 28, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Senate has unanimously approved $28 million in additional funding to address the lead contamination of Flint's water.

The emergency spending bill includes money for more bottled water and filters and services to monitor for developmental delays in young children. The funds also will help the city with unpaid water bills and cover testing, monitoring and other costs.

Michigan State Capitol Building
Credit Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

It is the second round of state funding allocated since the lead contamination was confirmed in the fall.

The House is expected to send the legislation to Governor Rick Snyder later Thursday.

State regulators permitted Flint to not treat water for corrosion after the city switched its supply in 2014. That allowed lead from old pipes to leach into the water.

Snyder has promised to set aside more funding for Flint in his upcoming budget proposal.