Sen. Brinks Responds to PFAS Lawsuit

// on Tue, Jan 14 2020 / Press release

LANSING – Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) has issued the following statement regarding the decision by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel to sue PFAS manufacturing companies: “Michigan must send a clear message that corporations… Read More

Brinks on tentative agreement to address PFAS in Kent County

// on Wed, Dec 11 2019 / Press release

LANSING — State Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) issued the following statement on Attorney General Dana Nessel’s announcement of a tentative agreement between the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Plainfield and Algoma Townships, and Wolverine Worldwide to address PFAS contamination in northern Kent County: “Every Michigander should… Read More

Legislators Announce Bills to Allow All Residents State ID, Driver’s License

// on Thu, Oct 31 2019 / Press release

LANSING — Sens. Stephanie Chang (D–Detroit) and Winnie Brinks (D–Grand Rapids), along with Reps. Alex Garza (D–Taylor) and Rachel Hood (D–Grand Rapids) and a broad-based coalition of organizations, today announced a bill package to allow all Michigan residents the opportunity to obtain state identification cards or driver’s licenses. The Drive SAFE (Safety, Access,… Read More

Legislators Announce Bills to Protect Domestic Violence Survivors

// on Wed, Oct 23 2019 / Press release

LANSING — State Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit), Rep. Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods) and Rep. Kara Hope (D-Holt), along with members of the state’s Progressive Women’s Caucus, today announced legislation that would help support domestic violence survivors as they try to flee abusive relationships and rebuild their lives.  “Michigan can be a… Read More

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

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