To The Point: Flint water crisis

Michigan National Guard Staff Sgt. Stephen Robel, left, holds the door open while helping Flint resident Herbert Biggs, 59, as they carry cases of free bottled water to his truck as the first seven Michigan National Guard soldiers are on the ground at fire stations on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 throughout the city, assigned by Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday to help distribute water and relieve residents in relation to the Flint water crisis.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan legislature has come back into session and will hear from Gov. Rick Snyder with his State of the State on Tuesday, but one big issue they may have to deal with is the Flint water crisis.

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“Obviously you have a public health crisis and we are trying to address that as best we can, so we stand at the ready to do what we need to do when we’re asked,” state Rep. Chris Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township, said.

It is not clear what the legislature may be asked to do, but state Rep. Winnie Brinks, D-Grand Rapids, says that what needs to be done overall is clear.

“The Flint water crisis is really a disturbing development that we have had happen here in our state. It’s really unfortunate that’s it’s got to this. Clearly things should have been done differently much sooner,” she said. “So I think first and foremost we need to make sure that the problem is being solved and that the people of Flint have good clean safe drinking water right now.”

Also on this Jan. 16, 2016 episode of “To The Point,” Brinks and Afendoulis talk about important agenda items for the year ahead and how an election could get in the way.

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