Rep. Albert: Legislation further helps improve school retirement fund

State Rep. Thomas Albert today detailed legislation to build upon recent improvements for erasing debt in Michigan’s school employee retirement system. Albert’s legislation provides a more predictable and reliable method of paying into the employee retirement system for the state and public schools. His new bill is a follow-up to the landmark legislation signed into…

Rep. Albert invites local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Thomas Albert (right) welcomed Pastor James Karsten to the state Capitol to lead today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Karsten is a former Navy chaplain and current pastor at Cascade Fellowship Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. Speaker of the House Tom Leonard joined them at the rostrum. House…

Rep. Albert announces January office hours

State Rep. Thomas Albert welcomes residents to join him for office hours during the month of January. “It is important for me to hear from people on a regular basis and listen to their questions and concerns regarding state government,” Albert said. “I encourage all residents to attend one of my local office hours.” Rep….

Rep. Albert to present Outstanding Educator Award

Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell is seeking outstanding educators throughout the 86th House District to present with an Outstanding Educator Award. Each month, from January through May, one educator will be recognized for their amazing work and will be presented with a tribute from Rep. Albert’s office. All citizens of the 86th House District are…

Rep. Albert named ‘Freshman of the Year’ by MIRS

State Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell was selected “Freshman of the Year” by the Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS). According to MIRS, Albert “was recognized for his work in driving change in the teacher retirement system and on the municipal employment retirement benefit package.” Albert was selected from among more than 40 members of…

Rep. Albert votes for bills to expand career skills education

State Rep. Thomas Albert recently voted for a bipartisan five-bill package to enhance skilled trade and career education in Michigan’s public schools. “It’s a benefit to Michigan’s children to explore their own interests within education,” said Albert, of Lowell. “This legislation will give our local school districts more course flexibility, better access to experienced instructors…

House approves bill to add warning labels on marijuana products

The House today overwhelmingly approved legislation by state Rep. Thomas Albert requiring all medical marijuana products to include a health warning label, similar to what’s found on alcohol or tobacco products. Rep. Albert said the label is necessary because women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may use marijuana to treat conditions such as morning sickness….

House approves Rep. Albert bill improving student loan disclosure

The House today approved legislation by state Rep. Thomas Albert to require state colleges and universities to provide annual updates on their federal student loan status to help young people better manage their debt. “It’s crucial that these schools work with their students to discuss where they stand with their federal loans, especially with our…

Rep. Albert bill seeks warning label on marijuana products

State Rep. Thomas Albert today called for all medical marijuana products to include a health warning, similar to labels on alcohol or tobacco products, during testimony before the House Law and Justice Committee. Albert emphasized the need for labelling, especially as women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are increasingly using marijuana. “Marijuana is marketed as…

Rep. Albert announces biggest buck contest

  State Rep. Thomas Albert has announced he will host a biggest buck contest for residents of the 86th House district, but deer can be taken from anywhere in Michigan. To enter simply take a picture of your buck, include its number of points and inside rack spread, and email it to ThomasAlbert@house.mi.gov by Dec….

Rep. Albert introduces bill to help college students plan finances, track debt

Legislation introduced today by state Rep. Thomas Albert would provide college students with more information about the implications of their student loans, which evidence shows leads to better financial planning. Albert’s bill would require colleges and universities to inform each student with a federal student loan about certain details each year. The report would tell…