Two Flint Democrats want the statute of limitations extended for public official criminal misconduct cases. Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D–Flint) and state Rep. John Cherry (D-Flint) announced Wednesday legislation they say would help prosecute those responsible for the Flint water crisis.
The legislation would increase the window to 10 years for prosecutors seeking legal action against emergency managers, department leaders, local officials or any other public official who had a role in the crisis. This is a four-year increase.
“This legislation is necessary to ensure that the people of Flint have the opportunity for justice to be served and not cut short because the previous investigation was conducted irregularly and ineffectively,” said Cherry. “We need to ensure that investigators have the time needed to properly review the 99% of documents that were not turned over to prosecutors until this summer.”
House Bill 4834 and Senate Bill 462 are not yet online.
“Flint will not be able to truly recover until those who poisoned our city are held accountable by the law,” said Ananich. “While we know that this is an extremely urgent matter that needs to be brought to a conclusion, the most important thing is that, at the end of the day, the people of our community see justice.”