Rep. Hughes votes to bring an end to driver responsibility fees

Legislation also forgives outstanding debt   State Rep. Holly Hughes today voted to eliminate driver responsibility fees, forgive outstanding debt and give people a break as they seek to restore their driving privileges. Hughes, of Montague, said repeal of the fees will enable families that have been in dire financial straits because of the assessment…

Committee approves Rep. Hughes’ bill inspired by Bletsch case

The House Law and Justice Committee today approved Rep. Holly Hughes’ legislation requiring convicted offenders to hear impact statements from victims or their family during a sentencing hearing. The vote comes a week after Rebekah Bletsch’s sister and mother spoke to the committee, supporting the legislation following their experience in a Muskegon County case where…

Rep. Hughes invites Boy Scouts’ top popcorn salesman to the Capitol

Holly Hughes of Montague welcomed Mason Schlafer, 11, of Norton Shores to the state Capitol today. Schlafer has been recognized for not only being the number one popcorn salesman in the county, but also for breaking the national sales record for the Boy Scouts of America. In 2017, Schlafer sold $57,250 worth of popcorn by…

Bletsch family, Hughes testify to require victim statements be heard

Rebekah Bletsch’s mother and sister today joined state Rep. Holly Hughes to testify before the House Law and Justice Committee on the need to require anyone convicted of a crime to hear impact statements by victims or their families during a sentencing hearing. Rep. Hughes’ legislation was inspired by a Muskegon County murder trial where…

Rep. Hughes focused on families affected by West Shoreline closure

DOC decision affects 166 employees in Muskegon County region State Rep. Holly Hughes, of Montague, will work with the Michigan Department of Corrections to help families affected by the closure of West Shoreline Correctional facility, located in Muskegon County. The Department of Corrections today announced the facility’s closure, scheduled for March 20. West Shoreline housed…

Rep. Hughes votes to support income tax relief for seniors, families

Rep. Holly Hughes and the Michigan House today again voted to provide income tax relief to the state’s families and seniors. The bills continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents, while providing additional relief for senior citizens with a tax credit. “Our senior citizens and our hard-working Michigan residents have made…

Hughes bill allows motorists to lawfully use bike racks, trailer hitches

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Holly Hughes, of Montague, which was introduced and inspired after hearing of countless motorists receiving tickets, some for as much as $250, for simply taking their bikes on vacation, was approved today by the Michigan House. Under current law, license plates must be free from foreign materials that obscure…