News From Rep. Brinks

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) hailed the passage of Senate Bill 809 by the House of Representatives today as a move that will help ensure veterans and their families receive quality care at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. The bill, patterned after Rep. Brinks’ House Bill 5088, would establish an ombudsman’s office to respond to concerns raised by the residents of state veterans...

Thursday, June 2, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) and Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak) voted against House Bill 5677 and House Joint Resolution MM as they left the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee today. The bill removes workplace protections for civil servants and makes it easier to fire them for mistakes made by their superiors, setting them up to be political scapegoats.

“This legislation makes it easier to fire a low-level...

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) said she was grateful that her House Bill 5186, part of a bipartisan package of bills that change the terminology used to refer to hard of hearing people, was signed into law on May 26. The bills replace the terms “deafness” and “hearing impaired” with “deaf,” “deafblind” or “hard of hearing.” In particular, Rep. Brinks’ bill amends the Revised School Code to use those terms when referring...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

                “I am pleased that state Attorney General Bill Schuette has opened an investigation into the quality of care at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. This is the investigation I have been requesting for three years, ever since veterans and their families began telling me about substandard care, abuse and neglect at the home. Our veterans are counting on us to give them the absolute best care we can provide, and I’m glad that...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) voted for the Michigan House of Representative’s budget today despite having concerns that the proposal fails to help working families and entrepreneurs in Michigan. While she hopes the budget will be improved in the Senate, she said that there were several positive features in the House budget that merited her support.

“I’m grateful that the House adopted an amendment that mirrors my House Bill 5088, which will...

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