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Jonathan Oosting
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Lansing – Legislators on Wednesday approved Gov. Rick Snyder’s request to extend a “state of emergency” in Flint through Aug. 14.

Snyder first declared an emergency on Jan. 5 due to the city’s ongoing water contamination crisis. The declaration was later extended but set to expire Thursday.

“The approval of the emergency extension further demonstrates the state is committed to continue working with the city to provide strong support and continue drawing on all resources available to support Flint residents during the city’s recovery,” Snyder said in a statement.

The latest extension adds another 122 days to the state declaration and coincides with a recent federal emergency extension by the Obama administration.

“Our understanding is that will be the last (federal) extension, there won’t be another one after that, so we just matched that,” Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, said Wednesday.

Snyder’s office noted that the state has so far approved roughly $67 million in supplemental spending for Flint. The governor has proposed another $165 million in related spending in the current and upcoming fiscal years.