Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell; audio on vaping epidemic

Rep. Albert, who authored House legislation banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors in Michigan, says news stories across Michigan and the United States about a spike in vaping-related lung infections demonstrate the need for the legislation, which is now state law.  Rep. Albert calls the impact of vaping on Michigan’s young people a “wild…

Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell; audio on special education funding

Rep. Albert talks about his new legislation to grant all Intermediate School Districts in Michigan that raise at least $690 per pupil through their local millage for special education an additional 1 percent reimbursement from the state.  Rep. Albert says inequitable funding in special ed is a statewide issue and that all students suffer when…

Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell; audio on amusement ride safety legislation

Rep. Albert talks about his multi-bill package of legislation that would allow amusement ride operators to display a star-rating reflecting the safety training of employees and inspection of rides.  The plan, currently pending in the House Regulatory Affairs Committee, creates the Michigan Safety and Amusement Star Program and the Fair and Festival’s Partners Program.  The…

Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell; audio on new Michigan vaping laws

Rep. Albert talks about Michigan’s new laws that prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors as well as minor possession of the devices.  The new Public Acts, Senate legislation sponsored by Senators Rick Outman and Marshall Bullock II, reflect legislation sponsored by Rep. Albert last term.  

Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell; audio on House passage of 2020 DOC budget

Rep. Albert, the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees spending for the Michigan Department of Corrections, says the 2020 spending plan for Corrections works to improve staffing and make efficiencies in a departmental budget that accounts for about one-fifth of the state’s unrestricted expenditures.  

Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell; audio on House passage of anti-vaping legislation

Rep. Albert talks about House passage Wednesday of Senate legislation that would ban the sale of vaping paraphernalia to individuals under the age of 18, while also making possession by minors illegal.    Representative Albert, who has sponsored similar House legislation, says vaping has become a serious health issue for Michigan’s young people.  

Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell; audio on anti-vaping legislation

Rep. Albert talks about his HB 4164, which would ban the sale of any device that allows minors to consume vaporized nicotine.  The Representative says 20th century tobacco laws are not sufficient to combat vaping among Michigan’s young people.  

Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Belding; audio on signing of victim impact legislation

Rep. Albert talks about the signing into law by the Governor of his HB 5798, now PA 370 of 2018,  which expands the list of individuals who are statutorily granted the ability to provide a victim impact statement at the defendant’s sentencing, if the victim consents.   The legislation is part of a package of…