Thomas Albert

DHHS lifts more restrictions, but Republicans threaten to halt gov’s appointments without full reopening

BY: - January 13, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced Wednesday that some pandemic restrictions are being loosened. Legislative Republicans, however, continue to push for a full reopening and have threatened to hold up Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointees and withhold federal COVID-19 relief dollars. “We are starting with a cautious approach,” DHHS Director Robert Gordon […]

Whitmer wants federal COVID-19 relief doled out. Republicans want remaining restrictions lifted first.

BY: - January 12, 2021

Michigan House Republicans say that in order for the state’s GOP-led Legislature to consider allocations for federal COVID-19 relief, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will first need to reopen restaurants for indoor dining. House Appropriations Chair Thomas Albert (R-Lowell) said last week he “can’t envision starting conversations about how to allocate additional federal COVID-19 relief funds until […]

New marijuana safety warnings signed into law

BY: - February 19, 2020

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist signed two bills into law Wednesday that would regulate safety warnings for marijuana products for pregnant women and minors.  Together, House Bills 4126 and 4127 — sponsored by state Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell) and state Rep. Daire Rendon (R-Lake City), respectively — require the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) and the Licensing […]

Data center tax break bill dead — for this year

BY: - December 12, 2019

Legislation to expand tax breaks for the Switch data center in Kent County passed out of the state House on Wednesday on a razor-thin margin, but is now dead at least for this year.   Senate Bill 455 took more than 30 minutes to get the needed votes before ultimately passing the lower chamber on a […]