News From Rep. Brinks

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) has introduced legislation that would implement two Michigan Department of Environmental Quality plans as an integrated, statewide rubric for environmental decisions and policymaking moving forward.

“Having this plan in statute protects the fair, non-discriminatory treatment of all people when environmental laws, regulations and policies are being made,” said Rep. Brinks. “This is a simple, common sense solution that guarantees the environment and the people of our state...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

LANSING — The Progressive Women’s Caucus (PWC) stands behind an effort to require paid sick leave for many workers in the state of Michigan. A new bill introduced by PWC Chairwoman Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) would allow workers to take earned, paid time off to recover from illnesses or care for a sick family member, and would require employers to allow workers to accrue one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours they work. PWC...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

“I am heartbroken by the footage released today of a caregiver abusing an 83-year-old patient at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, and I am gratified to hear that charges have been filed against the person who committed such a thoughtless act. Sadly, I am also not surprised by this information, given that two separate audits conducted last year found that abuse was rampant. I have been fighting for residents of the home since 2013,...

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

LANSING — State Reps. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) and Brian K. Elder (D-Bay City) in the Michigan House, and state Sens. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights) and Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) in the Michigan Senate, introduced legislation today that would exempt feminine hygiene products from Michigan sales and use tax. The exemption would include tampons, sanitary napkins and similar feminine hygiene products.

“Women continually and predictably will need to use feminine hygiene products for the majority...

Friday, January 27, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) has been elected to serve as chairwoman of the Progressive Women’s Caucus, a group of bicameral Lansing legislators committed to fighting for equal pay, paid sick leave, equal access to affordable health care and other critical issues affecting women and their families. Other leaders elected include state Rep. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) as vice chairwoman, state Rep. Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township) as secretary and state Rep. Leslie Love (D-Detroit) as treasurer.