Brinks on announcement of draft PFAS standard

// on Fri, Sep 27 2019 / Press release

LANSING — State Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) has issued the following statement on the announcement that the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) board’s draft standard for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances is heading to Gov. Whitmer:   “I’m pleased to see that the task force charged with developing an enforceable PFAS standard… Read More


Brinks casts vote in support of better K-12 funding

// on Fri, Sep 20 2019 / Press release

No vote on education budget rejects proposal that would put students behind LANSING — Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) today issued a statement on her decision to vote no on a proposed K-12 budget that failed to address long-overdue investments in education, students and classrooms: “Our schools… Read More


Increasing underrepresented groups’ access to careers in law enforcement

// on Tue, Sep 10 2019 / Press release

Bills would establish scholarships and grants to improve local law enforcement diversity LANSING — Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) and Rep. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy) introduced legislation to improve diversity in local law enforcement agencies.  The two-bill package, Senate Bills 501 and 502, would establish… Read More


Legislators Join Forces to Hold Auto Insurance Companies Accountable

// on Thu, Sep 5 2019 / Press release

LANSING — Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), Sen. Betty Jean Alexander (D-Detroit) and Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield)today introduced legislation to protect consumers from predatory auto insurance rate-setting loopholes.  Senate Bill 500, sponsored by Sen. Brinks, would create a one-stop online information hub where residents could compare standard auto and home insurance premiums.  “Just as… Read More


Brinks introduces legislation to protect veterans’ drinking water

// on Thu, Sep 5 2019 / Press release

Bill requires lead testing and remediation at veterans’ facilities across Michigan LANSING — Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) today announced an expanded push to protect drinking water with a bill that would require lead testing of water in veterans’ facilities. The legislation comes as more communities and… Read More


Chang, senators call for resignation of civil rights department director

// on Mon, Aug 12 2019 / Press release

LANSING – Today, Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and members of the Senate Democratic Caucus — including Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and Sens. Betty Jean Alexander (D-Detroit), Rosemary Bayer (D-Beverly Hills), Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), Marshall Bullock II (D-Detroit), Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), Curtis Hertel Jr. (D-East Lansing), Adam Hollier (D-Detroit), Sean McCann (D-Kalamazoo), Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak), Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia), Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) and Paul Wojno (D-Warren) — are calling for the resignation of… Read More


Brinks applauds latest PFAS recommendations

// on Fri, Jun 28 2019 / Press release

Workgroup findings support senator’s call to set the strongest standards in the nation LANSING — State Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) issued the following statement on recommendations from the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team’s (MPART) Science Advisory Workgroup, supporting her call… Read More


Brinks moves to protect women’s health care

// on Thu, Jun 20 2019 / Press release

Legislation would guarantee access to affordable contraceptives and family planning LANSING — State Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) today introduced a bill to protect women’s access to affordable contraception in Michigan. Senate Bill 388 would require health insurance policies to cover the full cost of… Read More


Program lets people with disabilities save money without jeopardizing benefits

// on Thu, Jun 13 2019 / Article

In Michigan and nationwide, [a] $2,000 federal asset limit is imposed on people with disabilities who receive government benefits. Miller, a family support services program manager at Disability Advocates of Kent County, said the asset limit is a major concern for many families with disabled… Read More


Gov. Whitmer helps break ground on new Grand Rapids veterans home

// on Mon, May 20 2019 / Article

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined a number of West Michigan politicians Friday afternoon to break ground on the new $49 million Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. The 128-bed residence, expected to open by the end of 2021, will sit adjacent to the existing veterans home at… Read More

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