Rep. Albert hears testimony about Ionia community corrections program

Local officials appear before House Corrections Subcommittee State Rep. Thomas Albert, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections, today held a hearing to gather input from community correction programs across Michigan, including officials from Ionia County. “Community Corrections Advisory Boards play a critical role in reducing recidivism and addressing public safety concerns from a…

Rep. Albert: Governor’s vetoes put public safety at risk

Whitmer rejects corrections funding to address staffing shortages, improve work conditions, update electronic tethers State Rep. Thomas Albert today said he is both alarmed and confused about the governor’s decision to use her line item veto power on portions of the corrections budget, which contained critical funding for the operation of Michigan’s prison system and…

Rep. Albert: State budget invests more in essential services without tax increase

State spending plan headed to governor for final approval Rep. Thomas Albert today voted in favor of a new Michigan state budget that invests more in roads, public safety and mental health programs for corrections workers – without raising taxes. Albert’s votes came as the Legislature completed its work on a new state budget for…

Rep. Albert’s plan to add warning labels to marijuana products advances to Senate

State Rep. Thomas Albert’s plan to warn people about the harmful effect marijuana use can have on babies was approved today by the Michigan House with overwhelming bipartisan support. Albert, of Lowell, said his plan would place warning labels on recreational and medical marijuana products sold in Michigan. The labels, aimed at expectant and breastfeeding…

Rep. Albert plan addresses special education funding deficits

Bipartisan plan would benefit students in Kent and Ionia ISDs State Rep. Thomas Albert, of Lowell, has introduced a new model for school funding that if enacted could result in significantly increased special education funds. Albert said the bills came about because special education funding improvements have been neglected since 1994, when Michigan voters approved…

Rep. Albert introduces plan to protect Michigan deer from disease

State Rep. Thomas Albert has introduced a plan to protect Michigan deer from chronic wasting disease. “Chronic wasting disease has decimated deer, elk and moose populations in other states,” said Albert, of Lowell. “We must take the right precautions to prevent the spread of this disease in Michigan and protect our deer population.” Chronic wasting…

Rep. Albert to host local office hours

State Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell will host district office hours on Friday, June 28 to meet with local residents of the 86th District. “It has been a busy few months in Lansing and throughout the district,” Rep. Albert said. “I was happy to support a real, bipartisan solution for auto insurance reform, but there…

Rep. Albert: Public must be warned about dangers of using marijuana while pregnant

Plan adds warning labels to marijuana products sold in Michigan State Rep. Thomas Albert today testified before the House Judiciary Committee about the importance of warning pregnant and breastfeeding mothers of the harmful effects marijuana use can have on babies. Albert, of Lowell, said his plan would place warning labels on recreational and medical marijuana…

Rep. Albert, Michigan House approve responsible budget supporting schools, road repairs

Rep. Thomas Albert this week voted in support of a Michigan House budget plan that will improve roads, schools and working conditions for state prison corrections officers – without raising costs for taxpayers. “This is a responsible budget plan because it supports essential services for Michigan families without asking them for more money,” said Albert,…

Rep. Albert plan expands retirement options for public school and state employees

The House Financial Services Committee today voted to advance a pair of proposals, including one from state Rep. Thomas Albert, providing annuity options for public school and state employee retirement planning. The Office of Retirement Services would provide at least two fixed annuity options and may provide a variable annuity under House Bills 4274-75. Currently,…

House panel hears Rep. Albert plan promoting safety at fairs and amusement centers

Legislator authors plan better protecting Michigan carnival-goers Changes could be coming for carnivals just in time for the start of festival season across Michigan, state Rep. Thomas Albert said today before the House Regulatory Reform Committee. Albert, of Lowell, testified in support of his plan to better protect customers at fair and carnival amusement centers….

Rep. Albert: Governor signs plan banning sale of e-cigarettes to minors

State Rep. Thomas Albert today said the governor made the right decision by signing into law a plan to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and prevent individuals under 18 from possessing vaping products in Michigan. Senate Bills 106 and 155 make the same reforms Albert proposed in House Bill 4164, which he introduced…