Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague; audio on Senate passage of victim statement legislation

Rep. Hughes talks about Senate passage Thursday of her HB 5407,  which requires convicted criminals to hear impact statements from victims or their families during a sentencing hearing.  The plan was submitted in response to a recent Muskegon County case where the convicted murderer of Rebekah Bletsch requested to leave the court before the victim statements. …

Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague; audio on bike passing legislation

Rep. Hughes talks about House passage Wednesday of her legislation requiring motorists to maintain at least a three-foot distance to increase safety when passing a bicyclist. Over 39 states have some type of provisions in law regarding safe passing of bicyclists.  According to a report by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, 38 bicyclists…

Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague; audio on victim impact statement legislation

Rep. Hughes talks about House passage Thursday or her HB 5407, legislation requiring convicted offenders to hear impact statements from victims or their family during a sentencing hearing. The convicted murderer of Rebekah Bletsch left the courtroom before her family members made their statements in a 2017 Muskegon County case.  

Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague; audio on new legislation for foster parents and kis

Rep. Hughes talks about her HB 4955, introduced Thursday, that makes it clear that a state agency should not consider the legal possession of a firearm or the possession of a concealed pistol license when placing children into foster care or adoption.  Rep. Hughes says with a shortage of foster parents in Michigan, the  state needs…

Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague; audio on Capitol 9/11 commemoration

Rep. Hughes talks about the 9/11 commemoration at the state Capitol Thursday and her guest, Muskegon County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Schmidt.  Rep. Hughes also read a tribute during today’s House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs to Deputy Schmidt, who was named Officer of the Year by the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police following his…

Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Whitehall; audio on school bus safety legislation

Rep. Hughes talks about testimony Tuesday in the House Transportation Committee on her HB 4046, that would mandate new school buses have enhanced lighting to help protect students getting on or off the buses.  HB 4046 is also called the “Privacky Law,” named for Bruce and Antonia “Toni” Privacky of Ravenna who were tragically killed…