Legislators Introduce Bills to Modify Michigan’s Amusement Park Safety Requirements

// on Wed, Mar 17 2021 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. (March 17, 2021) — Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) and Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell) have introduced legislation to improve the safety measures of Michigan’s various carnivals and amusement park attractions.Senate Bill 253 and House Bill 4527 would increase requirements carnival and amusement… Read More

Senate Democrats Introduce Bills Protecting Workers’ Rights, Safety

// on Tue, Feb 23 2021 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. (Feb. 23, 2021) — A coalition of Senate Democrats have reintroduced legislation to protect workers from unscrupulous employers who may not have their employees’ well-being at the forefront of their operations.Sens. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Sean McCann (D-Kalamazoo), Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), and Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) have introduced Senate Bills 161-165… Read More

Democratic Legislators Offer Bills to Repeal Michigan’s ‘Tampon Tax’

// on Fri, Feb 19 2021 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. (Feb. 18, 2021) — Sens. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) and Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), along with Reps. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy) and Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods), have reintroduced legislation to exempt feminine hygiene products from the sales and use tax in Michigan.Currently, tampons, sanitary napkins, and similar feminine hygiene products are subject to… Read More

Sen. Brinks, Rep. Hood Introduce Legislation to Provide Property Tax Relief for Homeowners, Businesses

// on Wed, Feb 10 2021 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. (Feb. 9, 2021) — Today, Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) and Rep. Rachel Hood (D-Grand Rapids) introduced legislation to waive penalties and interest for certain property and business owners who didn’t pay their summer 2020 property taxes due to financial and economic hardships created by the COVID-19… Read More

Senator Brinks echoes Governor’s call to find common ground, advance legislative priorities to improve lives

// on Thu, Jan 28 2021 / Press release

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Jan. 27, 2021) — Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee, released the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 3rd State of the State address:  “I was pleased to see Gov. Whitmer focus on a bold… Read More

Sen. Brinks Welcomes Budget Support for United Methodist Community House in Grand Rapids

// on Wed, Sep 30 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) has issued the following statement regarding Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s signing of the state budget bills today, which includes funding for the United Methodist Community House (UMCH) in Grand Rapids:“The United Methodist Community House is a staple of our community… Read More

Senator Brinks on Passage of Budget in Michigan Senate

// on Wed, Sep 23 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) has issued the following statement regarding the passage of the budget for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2020-21: “I am pleased to support a budget that keeps its focus on people in need. It has been a challenging year for… Read More

Senator Brinks Introduces Bills Strengthening Legal Options to Support PFAS Victims, Hold Polluters More Accountable

// on Wed, Sep 16 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), with support from Attorney General Dana Nessel, introduced a two-bill package to help victims of PFAS contamination seek justice and to better hold corporate polluters accountable for leaking dangerous chemicals into the environment. Senate Bill 1122 would allow… Read More

Sen. Brinks Introduces Legislation to Improve Postpartum Care, Reduce Health Disparities Among Mothers of Color

// on Thu, Jul 23 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) today introduced Senate Bill 1033 to expand temporary, pregnancy-related Medicaid coverage to one year after childbirth in order to improve maternal health outcomes and decrease postpartum mortality rates.Emergency measures taken to ensure the health and safety of new mothers during… Read More

Democrats Introduce Bills to Pause Standardized Testing

// on Wed, Jul 22 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sens. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia), Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), Rosemary Bayer (D-Bloomfield Hills),Curtis Hertel Jr. (D-East Lansing), Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), Sean McCann (D-Kalamazoo), and Paul Wojno (D-Warren) today introduced a bill package to pause most standardized tests for the 2020-2021 school year.  Identical bills are expected to be introduced in the House by Democratic Representatives. “Our… Read More

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