Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell; audio on amusement ride safety legislation

Rep. Albert talks about his multi-bill package of legislation that would allow amusement ride operators to display a star-rating reflecting the safety training of employees and inspection of rides.  The plan, currently pending in the House Regulatory Affairs Committee, creates the Michigan Safety and Amusement Star Program and the Fair and Festival’s Partners Program.  The…

Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell; audio on new Michigan vaping laws

Rep. Albert talks about Michigan’s new laws that prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors as well as minor possession of the devices.  The new Public Acts, Senate legislation sponsored by Senators Rick Outman and Marshall Bullock II, reflect legislation sponsored by Rep. Albert last term.  

Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell; audio on House passage of 2020 DOC budget

Rep. Albert, the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees spending for the Michigan Department of Corrections, says the 2020 spending plan for Corrections works to improve staffing and make efficiencies in a departmental budget that accounts for about one-fifth of the state’s unrestricted expenditures.  

Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell; audio on House passage of anti-vaping legislation

Rep. Albert talks about House passage Wednesday of Senate legislation that would ban the sale of vaping paraphernalia to individuals under the age of 18, while also making possession by minors illegal.    Representative Albert, who has sponsored similar House legislation, says vaping has become a serious health issue for Michigan’s young people.  

Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Kent County; audio on legislation protecting Michigan deer

Rep. Albert talks about his new legislation that prohibits the importation of live deer – including whitetail deer, elk and moose – into Michigan.  Current law already prohibits bringing a deer carcass into the state.  The legislation is part of a three-bill package designed to limit the exposure of Michigan cervids to Chronic Wasting Disease….

Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell; audio on signing of school retirement reform legislation

Rep. Albert talks about the signing into law Thursday of legislation reforming the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System, or MPSERS, a move he says will ultimately lead to more dollars in the classroom, while capping future retirement liabilities and providing a modernized retirement system for new school employees.  Rep. Albert spearheaded the plan in…