Rep. Albert urges MDOC to allow bootcamp-style facility to remain open

State Rep. Thomas Albert today expressed frustration with the Michigan Department of Corrections for announcing plans to close a facility and relocate a critical program without informing or seeking input from the Legislature. Albert, who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections, said he was surprised by the department’s announcement that it will close the…

Rep. Albert stands with Caledonia Schools in opposing Switch tax break

State Rep. Thomas Albert today stood in opposition to legislation that would exempt Switch, a data company located in Kentwood, from certain taxes. Albert, who represents the affected Caledonia School District, voted in opposition to the bill after learning about the negative impact the policy change would have on the local school district’s finances. “There…

Rep. Albert schedules local office hours

State Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell will host district office hours in December to meet with local residents of the 86th District. “I’m proud of our legislative achievements of 2019,” Rep. Albert said. “I welcome all to attend for a legislative update and learn more about my priorities moving into the New Year.” Office hours are…

Rep. Albert continues fight to restore funding for critical programs

Rep. Thomas Albert today voted with the state House to reverse the governor’s cuts to public safety, education, veterans’ services, health care, and several other programs the people of Michigan rely on every day. In total, $459 million was restored to critical government programs and $114.5 million was restored to the school aid fund. “This…

Rep. Albert leads hearing on wellness of prison workers

Corrections subcommittee looks for ways to improve employee morale State Rep. Thomas Albert, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections, today held a hearing to discuss the mental wellness of corrections officers and others employed by the Michigan Department of Corrections. Albert, of Lowell, said the topic is of critical concern because studies have…

Rep. Albert casts plan that would increase fishing opportunities

State Rep. Thomas Albert this week testified before the House Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committee in support of his plan to expand the methods of fishing currently allowed by Michigan law. Albert, of Lowell, said his plan would allow the use of trotlines and juglines on inland lakes and rivers for nongame fish species…

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…