Michigan Legislature, state offices closed due to snow

LANSING, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — Michigan lawmakers have canceled voting and committee hearings in Lansing, and Gov. Rick Snyder has closed state offices in 51 counties because of emergency snow conditions.

Offices are scheduled to re-open Friday after Thursday’s closures.

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Nonessential state employees in counties with a declared winter storm warning will not report to work so crews can clear the roads. Certain offices will remain open for critical functions only.

All St. Joseph County offices closed at 1 p.m. Wednesday and will remain closed until Friday. All Montcalm County offices are closed on Thursday.

Legislators began canceling committee meetings Wednesday afternoon because of the snow. Many state offices also were closed early on Wednesday.

Snyder urged residents on Wednesday to be aware of potential carbon monoxide poisoning while using generators in the event of a power outage.

A generator hooked up to a propane tank in the basement of a Fenton Township, Michigan, home is believed to be responsible for the carbon monoxide death of a couple and their four children.

The home near Flint lost power during a storm Friday night.

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