News From Rep. Brinks

Friday, June 19, 2015

“The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans’ board of managers did the right thing today when it voted to apply for the license that will allow the facility to serve food to visitors, staff and volunteers. Along with many in the community, I was outraged to learn that the home had neglected to get the license and would no longer serve visiting family members meals from the cafeteria. I vowed to do anything it took fix...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS – The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans is refusing to purchase a $530 license that would allow its residents and family members to buy and share meals together at the facility, a move state Representatives Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) and Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) are calling insensitive to the unique needs of veterans and their families. The legislators have pledged to do all they can to get the home’s dining services licensed to...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS – State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) invites residents to join her at her upcoming coffee hours, including events with special guests from the Grand Rapids City Commission. Community coffee hours give constituents a chance to meet with Rep. Brinks in an informal setting to share thoughts, concerns or ideas. Coffee hours that feature special guests are unique because they bring state and local elected officials together to discuss what’s going on locally...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

“This afternoon, just minutes before the House budget was presented for a vote on the House floor, an amendment was introduced to block funding for family planning. This was a tradeoff to appease a handful of ultraconservative representatives in order to secure their votes on the budget. Cutting this funding is an unacceptable affront to women’s ability to decide if, when and under what circumstances to have a family.”

Thursday, April 23, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS – State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) is introducing legislation this week that would strictly regulate the sale and use of Lindane, an ingredient in some treatments for lice and scabies. The proposal would require that these products only be used under the supervision of a physician in his or her office. Lindane, a suspected carcinogen in human beings, has been connected to increased rates of miscarriage, liver toxicity and kidney failure. When...

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