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…

Rep. Albert: Corrections budget addresses staffing shortfalls while saving taxpayer dollars

State Rep. Thomas Albert, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections, today said his budget recommendations reduce taxpayer dollars spent on the state prison system while making investments to improve work conditions and staffing shortfalls for corrections officers. Albert, of Lowell, said the subcommittee’s budget recommendations include a 1.8 percent reduction in general fund…

Grand Rapids-area representatives participate in veterans home groundbreaking

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: State Representatives Mark Huizenga, Lynn Afendoulis, Thomas Albert, Rachel Hood, and Joe Tate participated in a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday for a new Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. The facility is part of a statewide plan to modernize long-term care for veterans in need and will include a total of 128…

Rep. Albert helps protect Michigan youth from dangers of e-cigarettes

State Rep. Thomas Albert today voted in favor of 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 in February. The bills received overwhelming support…

Rep. Albert requests Attorney General opinion on pension payment skimping

State Rep. Thomas Albert today requested that the Michigan attorney general weigh in on when the Office of Retirement Services (ORS) is required to implement changes that will improve the financial health of the state’s school employee retirement fund, protect retiree benefits and improve classroom funding. Albert, of Lowell, seeks an attorney general opinion related…

Rep. Albert introduces bills to promote fair and amusement safety

Lawmaker unveils plan better protecting carnival-goers Representative Thomas Albert of Lowell today detailed legislation to better protect customers at fairs and carnival amusement centers. Albert says a Grand Rapids family that experienced tragedy at a local family center was influential in the drafting of this bill. Two bills in the package will create voluntary programs…