RTAB Changes Course, Allows Flint to Sue State Without Needed Approval
The Receivership Transition Advisory Board set up by the state to oversee Flint after its exit from financial emergency has reversed an earlier decision and has now lifted the approval needed for the city to sue the state.
According to ABC 12, on Wednesday the board amended a resolution it passed in March just days after Flint served notice it might file a lawsuit against the state over lead contaminated water. The move comes just days after Michigan’s Democratic Congressional Delegation called for an investigation into the blocking of Flint’s ability to sue. A Michigan treasury spokesperson said that the RTAB change clarifies the earlier order and it was never the board’s intent to block the city from suing.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver issued a statement saying the city was still trying to work with the state to fix the water crisis and depending on how the work and relationship continue, they will have no reason to take legal action.