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

State Senator Winnie Brinks Justice Equality Opportunity Newsletter

// on Mon, Aug 31 2020 / Newsletter

Dear Neighbor,At the beginning of every session of the legislature, we recite the pledge of allegiance, ending with the words, “… with liberty and justice for all.” While I’ve always recognized these as ideals toward which we strive as a nation, this year it is… Read More

Senator Winnie Brinks Summer Newsletter

// on Mon, Aug 31 2020 / Newsletter

Dear Neighbor,As the sun begins to set on another beautiful Michigan summer, I want to take a moment to update you on some of the work being done by the Legislature before heading into the fall. In this newsletter, you will find updates on the… 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

State Senator Winnie Brinks Voter Education Newsletter

// on Thu, Jul 16 2020 / Newsletter

2020 MICHIGAN ELECTION GUIDE This year, an incredibly important election will take place and I want you to have the information you need to be prepared. We don’t know what the future holds or how this election will look as we continue to navigate 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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