Rep. Hughes announces seventh annual Veterans Job Fair

State Rep. Holly Hughes invites residents to the seventh annual Veterans Job Fair on Friday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the LC Walker Arena, 955 4th St. in Muskegon. The job fair is open to veterans, family, friends and the general public who are interested in starting a career, changing a…

Hughes: Rebekah Bletsch law will give victims a right to be heard

New law adopted after convicted murderer’s actions during Muskegon County case A new law requires convicted criminals to hear impact statements from victims or their families during sentencing hearings, state Rep. Holly Hughes announced today. The plan was submitted in response to a Muskegon County case where the convicted murderer of Rebekah Bletsch requested to…

Rep. Hughes’ bill to address substitute teacher shortage becomes law

Legislation helps put experienced teachers back in classroom, helping students State Rep. Holly Hughes’ plan to help students by allowing retired teachers to return as substitute teachers without losing retirement benefits has been signed into law. “This new law will help put talented educators and professionals in front of our students to maximize each instructional…

Senate approves Hughes plan requiring victim impact statements are heard

Legislation is in response to convicted murderer’s actions during Bletsch case The state Senate today unanimously approved Rep. Holly Hughes’ legislation requiring 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…

‘Kayak Tax’ is up the creek without a paddle

Hughes leads the effort in opposing annual paddle watercraft fees The House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee today approved a resolution sponsored by Rep. Holly Hughes to oppose the “kayak tax,” proposed by the Michigan State Waterways Commission, which would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state. Hughes, who…

Hughes bill addressing substitute teacher shortage sent to governor

Plan will return qualified teachers to Michigan classrooms The state Senate and House this week voted to approve Rep. Holly Hughes’ plan to give local districts flexibility and allow retired teachers to continue substitute teaching without losing retirement benefits. “Our students need classrooms with experienced educators and professionals to maximize each instructional day,” Hughes said….

Hughes opposes kayak tax with House resolution

State Rep. Holly Hughes today introduced a resolution to oppose the “kayak tax,” proposed by the Michigan State Waterways Commission, which would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state. Hughes, who chairs the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee said people should not be penalized for supporting Michigan’s tourism…

Hughes’ plan to address substitute teacher shortage approved by committee

Legislator: This bill will give ‘our students a better overall education’ The Senate Education Committee today approved legislation to give local districts continued flexibility in finding qualified substitute teachers to work in Michigan classrooms, state Rep. Holly Hughes announced. “To hear that over 1,000 Michigan classrooms a day do not have substitute teachers is absolutely…

Hughes says proposed registration fees for kayaks, canoes will sink

Tourism Committee chair opposes financial burdens for Michigan outdoor enthusiasts State Rep. Holly Hughes today expressed her frustration with a recent proposal by the Michigan State Waterways Commission to require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state. Hughes, who chairs the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee said people should…

Rep. Hughes, Bletsch family testify for victim statements bill

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Holly Hughes (right) today testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, supporting legislation to require convicted criminals hear victim impact statements during a sentencing hearing. The committee later unanimously approved the bill. The legislation was inspired by a Muskegon County case where the convicted murderer of Rebekah Bletsch was allowed to leave…