News From Rep. Brinks

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) joined her House colleagues today to open the new legislative session at the ceremonial swearing-in held in the House Chamber at the state Capitol. Rep. Brinks was sworn in by state Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack.

“There are a number of important issues I look forward to tackling this term, particularly building on successes of the last four years,” said Rep. Brinks. “I plan to remain...

State Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) takes the oath of office from Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at the state Capitol in Lansing. With her are her staffers, Ramiro Galvan and Josh Hoebeke.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

LANSING — State Rep. Sam Singh (D-East Lansing), the House Democratic Leader-elect for the 2017-2018 session, has named state Rep. Vanessa Guerra (D-Saginaw) and state Rep.-elect Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) as assistant House Democratic Caucus leaders for the 99th Session of the Michigan House of Representatives. State Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) will continue to serve as the caucus’ policy chairwoman.

“I have full confidence these members of our caucus will help to lead the...

Thursday, December 15, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) praised the passage today of two Senate bills that would impose criminal penalties for child care providers who intentionally violate state rules, resulting in the death of a child. Senate Bills 746 and 747 were passed out of the Senate in March of this year and were voted out of the House today by a 76-31 and 74-33 vote, respectively.

“The circumstances that led to the need...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

LANSING — State Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapid) voted for proposals Wednesday that take steps toward improving the quality of care problems caused by privatization at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Two audits of the Grand Rapids facility have found widespread problems at the home following the privatization of direct care workers, including chronic understaffing, unanswered patient location or fall alerts and the failure of the home to follow up on allegations of neglect...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) and Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline) are introducing a seven-bill package of legislation that would enact stricter standards of transparency and accountability for people seeking public office, and reassure Michigan voters that their elections are free, fair and clean of political trickery.

“Voters deserve to know that political campaigns are run fairly and transparently, and that people running for office are being held to high ethical standards,” Rep. Brinks...