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

Senate Democrats Expand Unemployment as Federal Benefits Expire

// on Thu, Jul 2 2020 / Press release

LANSING — The Senate Democratic Caucus has introduced a comprehensive plan to boost Michigan’s unemployment system to expand benefits for unemployed individuals starting July 25, 2020 — the last date of federal benefits for unemployment. Currently, unemployed Michiganders can access a more generous unemployment compensation… Read More

Brinks Leads Bipartisan Call for Federal Response to Revenue Shortfall

// on Thu, Jun 11 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) today introduced a resolution asking the U.S. Congress to help the State of Michigan, schools, and local governments address revenue shortfalls experienced as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic is both a public health… Read More

Senators Brinks and Geiss introduce legislation to support workers

// on Thu, Jun 4 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sens. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) and Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) today introduced a package of bills that would permit local communities to set their own standards for employee benefits, and for Michigan workers to earn paid leave to care for themselves and sick family members during a… Read More

Brinks introduces bill to establish Task Force on Racial Disparities

// on Thu, May 28 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) today introduced a bill to create the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities, codifying Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-55 into law.  Senate Bill 944 would create an advisory task force for the governor to study the causes… Read More

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