State pulling back from Flint water committee after lawsuit threat

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FLINT (WJRT) (4/17/2018) - State officials are pulling back from the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee after Mayor Karen Weaver threatened to file a lawsuit on Monday.

The committee was scheduled to meet on Friday, but Gov. Rick Snyder's office released a statement Tuesday afternoon announcing that meeting has been canceled.

The statement says the state's legal counsel has advised against holding the meeting until Weaver either files the lawsuit or rescinds her threat.

"At that time, we will seek to provide clarification around meeting protocols and whether legal counsel would need to be present for FWICC to continue its work," the statement says.

Weaver threatened to sue the state on Monday after she left a meeting with Snyder frustrated. During the 35-minute meeting in Lansing, she wanted to talk about restoring free bottled water for residents, but he refused to consider the request.

After the meeting, Weaver said her administration is considering a lawsuit that would force the state to continue providing bottled water for residents until all lead and galvanized water service lines have been replaced.