State officials to consider two petitions to recall Gov. Snyder over Flint water

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Update: State officials denied the petition requests.

By Steve Neavling

Two separate recall efforts to remove Gov. Rick Snyder are moving forward after the Board of State Canvassers said it is expected to take up the issue as early as today.

The petitions are from a Detroit resident and a Flint resident who said Snyder failed to protect residents from being poisoned by elevated lead from drinking water in the Flint River.

A total of 790,000 signatures are required to force a ballot initiative to remove Snyder from office.

Snyder’s final term ends in 2018.

In a separate development, a Republican-led Congressional hearing won’t include Snyder, even though he accepted blame for thousands of Flint residents being poisoned.

It’s unclear why they won’t invite Snyder to the hearing.

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence expressed anger over the decision not to call Snyder to testify.

“I am deeply disappointed at the majority’s lack of commitment to a thorough and meaningful hearing,” U.S. Rep. Brenda sLawrence, a Southfield Democrat, said in a statement.
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 “A sincere search for truth and justice requires a full review by the entire committee of the decisions and policies of all those involved.”

It’s still unclear who will be called to testify, but U.S. House officials said Snyder won’t be on the list

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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