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Flint loses its ability to sue the state for the water crisis

Sep 19, 2016

Days after Flint's mayor served notice the city might sue Michigan over Flint's crisis with lead-tainted water, the state removed the city's ability to sue.

Flint hasn't been under a state-appointed emergency manager since April 2015, but the state still exerts partial control over the city through a five-member Receivership Transition Advisory Board, whose members are appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The Detroit Free Press reports the board moved quickly following the notice in late March to change the rules so the city cannot sue without first getting approval from the board.

At the time, Mayor Karen Weaver said the city had no plans to sue the state, but had to serve the notice in case it wished to sue in the future.

The state has provided some funding to help Flint, but costs are estimated to run into the hundreds of millions of dollars, and could easily surpass what has been provided so far.