Rep. Albert joins House Appropriations Committee for 2019-20 legislative session

State Rep. Thomas Albert is joining the House Appropriations Committee for the new legislative session,  protecting Michigan taxpayers while helping shape the state’s investments in education, law enforcement, the prison system and several other areas. Committee assignments for the Michigan House’s 2019-20 legislative term were announced this week by Speaker Lee Chatfield. Albert’s background makes…

Rep. Albert welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell welcomed Father James B. Wyse to the state Capitol to lead Thursday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Father Wyse is pastor of St. Charles & St. Joseph – St. Mary in the Belding and Greenville area. House tradition calls for a representative or clergy member…

Rep. Albert ceremoniously sworn into office

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell was ceremoniously sworn into his second term of office on Wednesday by Michigan State Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Markman. Rep. Albert represents the 86th District, which includes the cities of Belding, Ionia, and Lowell as well as the townships of Easton, Ionia, Orleans, Otisco, Ada, Bowne,…

Higher standards for large animal breeding signed into law

Reforms to the state’s laws governing large animal breeding, led by state Rep. Thomas Albert, were recently signed into law. Albert, of Lowell, said the legislation promotes conservation while making the safety of zoo visitors and animals a top priority. “The old system was broken and prevented Michigan’s zoos from playing an important role in…

Rep. Albert’s crime victim impact statement reforms signed into law

A proposal from state Rep. Thomas Albert allowing more individuals who are close to the victim of a crime to have their say in court was recently signed into law. Albert felt compelled to sponsor the legislation after reading an article from David Thompson in a March edition of the Michigan Bar Journal. Thompson’s brother…

Rep. Albert’s system to evaluate economic incentives headed to governor for consideration

The state House provided its final approval to Rep. Thomas Albert’s plan to determine the effectiveness of Michigan’s economic incentive programs, sending the measure to the governor for consideration. Albert’s measure would require the state to hire an independent outside contractor to evaluate and recommend changes to the state’s economic incentive programs, which generally provide…

Rep. Albert named House Legislator of the Year by Michigan organization

State Rep. Thomas Albert, of Lowell, was recently presented with the 2018 Legislator of the Year Award among Michigan state representatives by the Michigan Council for Maternal & Child Health. Albert’s work on House Bill 5222 was pivotal in his work to receive the honor. The proposal requires medical marijuana sold by provisioning centers to…

Michigan House approves Rep. Albert’s plan helping state police retirees

The state House today overwhelmingly approved Rep. Thomas Albert’s plan designed to ensure Michigan State Police retirees get their promised benefits while controlling long-term system costs. “These reforms will help troopers and taxpayers, which is a ‘win-win’ situation,” said Albert, of Lowell. “We’re another step closer to changes that will help Michigan State Police employees…

Rep. Albert votes to approve landmark ‘Raise the Age’ legislation

Plan will treat 17-year-olds as minors for most criminal offenses  A bipartisan move to change the age at which individuals are considered adults for the purposes of prosecuting and adjudicating criminal offenses was supported today by state Rep. Thomas Albert in a vote by the House Law and Justice Committee. Michigan is one of just…

State police plan continues Rep. Albert’s work to keep promises to retirees

Rep. Thomas Albert is continuing reforms to the state’s employee retirement systems with a new plan aimed at making sure Michigan State Police retirees get their promised benefits while containing long-term costs. Albert is working with the Michigan State Police and its troopers association on legislation improving the financial health of its retirement system. The…

Rep. Albert: Ionia County Veteran’s Resource Fair is just around the corner

State Rep. Thomas Albert, of Lowell, encourages local veterans and military members to attend the upcoming Veterans’ Resource Fair to receive information about certain services and resources available in Ionia County. The fair will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, and run from 9 a.m.-1p.m. at the VFW of Belding, located at 114 North Bridge Street…

Rep. Albert’s plan to evaluate state’s economic incentives approved by Michigan House

State Rep. Thomas Albert’s plan to determine the effectiveness of Michigan’s economic incentive programs was approved today by the state House. The plan would require the state to hire an independent outside contractor to evaluate and recommend modifications to Michigan’s economic incentive programs, which generally provide business tax incentives with the goal of promoting economic…