House approves Rep. Albert plan allowing qualified zoos to breed large carnivores

State Rep. Thomas Albert’s plan establishing strong standards for the breeding of large carnivores in Michigan was approved this week in the Michigan House. Albert, of Lowell, said the legislation promotes conservation while making the safety of zoo visitors and animals a top priority. “Breeding programs play a critical role in the education and conservation…

Rep. Albert: Responsible budget focuses on priorities important to Michigan families

Spending blueprint completed months ahead of deadline   State Rep. Thomas Albert today voted to approve a fiscally responsible budget that addresses priorities important to hard-working taxpayers and families. Rep. Albert, of Lowell, said the budget has been approved months before the constitutional deadline. “During Michigan’s ‘lost decade,’ budget plans were late and paid little…

Michigan House committee approves Rep. Albert’s plan to evaluate state’s economic incentives

  A state House committee today approved Rep. Thomas Albert’s plan to determine whether Michigan gets its money’s worth with economic incentive programs. Albert’s proposal would require the state to hire an independent outside contractor to evaluate and recommend modifications to Michigan’s economic incentive programs. The state has several such programs, generally providing businesses tax…

Rep. Albert applauds federal ruling that will help Michigan veterans buy a home

A new ruling from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will put Michigan on the same playing field as other states when it comes to VA loan options. Previously, Michigan veterans were often denied from using a VA home loan when purchasing a single-family home in a site condo development. Site condos are common in…

Albert’s victim statement bill approved by state House

Plan is part of bipartisan package in response to Larry Nassar scandal The state House today approved state Rep. Thomas Albert’s plan to ensure that victims, parents and other loved ones are given a voice by sharing victim impact statements during a court proceeding. “Victims, their families and loved ones all should have the right…

Rep. Albert helps advance funding for local recreation projects

State Rep. Thomas Albert today advanced plans to add nearly $50 million to recreation projects in Michigan, including three local projects. Albert, of Lowell, said funding for local projects totals more than $2.1 million. Funding is comprised of revenue from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. “These grants are going to fund projects which will…

Victim impact statements to be expanded by Rep. Albert bill

Plan is part of House bill package in response to Larry Nassar scandal State Rep. Thomas Albert today testified in the House Law and Justice Committee on his legislation to ensure that victims, parents and other loved ones are given a voice in court. The legislation is part of a bipartisan reform plan developed following…

Rep. Albert to host senior seminar in Ionia County

State Rep. Thomas Albert will host a consumer education seminar for senior citizens in Ionia County. The seminar will focus on ways that seniors can protect themselves from phone, mail and e-scams. Rep. Albert will be joined by Carol Hillman from the attorney general’s office. “It is essential to inform the community on how to…

Reps. Albert and Afendoulis to host senior seminar

State Reps. Thomas Albert and Chris Afendoulis will host a seminar for senior citizens in Kent County. The senior seminar will focus on consumer protection and information to defend against identity theft. Reps. Albert and Afendoulis will be joined by Harry Werkema from the attorney general’s office. “It is important to keep the community informed…

House plan protects Michigan deer from deadly disease

State Reps. Jim Lower, Tom Barrett and Thomas Albert today introduced a proactive plan to protect Michigan deer from chronic wasting disease. Chronic wasting disease, a lethal illness that has decimated deer, elk and moose populations in other states, was first identified in Michigan in May 2015. As of March 2018, 57 free-ranging deer have…