News From Rep. Brinks

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...

Thursday, November 10, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), the co-chairwoman of the Legislative Dutch Caucus, has introduced a resolution that would designate Nov. 16, 2016, as Dutch-American Heritage Day in the state of Michigan. Nov. 16 marks the day in 1776 when the Dutch fort on St. Eustatius in the West Indies fired the first salute to the flag representing the newly independent United States.

“As the daughter of Dutch immigrants, I’m proud of my...

Thursday, October 6, 2016

LANSING, Mich. —  State Representative Winnie Brinks (D–Grand Rapids) and State Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. (D–East Lansing) and have introduced legislation that would amend Public Act 515 of 2014 to include breast cancer as an eligible condition under the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund.

“This is about parity,” Sen. Hertel said. “Like their male colleagues, female fire fighters make priceless contributions in the name of public safety. When fire fighters develop cancer because of the hazards...

Thursday, September 22, 2016

"The ideas to improve veteran care outlined by the workgroup have the potential to reverse the course Michigan has been on and begin to take us in the right direction. Our veterans have waited too long for real solutions. I'm pleased to see many of the ideas I've called for over the last few years incorporated into the report, such as building additional veterans homes and establishing a more comprehensive set of services to meet the diverse needs of our veterans....

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) is calling for immediate action on a plan to protect student borrowers and contain the escalating cost of a college or university education in the wake of a recent study on higher education funding, tuition and student debt from the Michigan League for Public Policy. Brinks, who sponsored legislation in the Democrats’ Student Borrower Protection Package introduced in April, is urging committee hearings on the legislation so...

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