Committee approves Rep. Hughes bill to protect Michigan drivers from government overreach

Michigan motorists could leave an unattended vehicle idling in a private driveway under legislation approved today by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. State Rep. Holly Hughes introduced the legislation after a Michigan motorist was issued a $128 ticket for leaving his car unattended in a driveway while warming his vehicle. “People across our nation…

Rep. Hughes hosts joint meeting of Tourism and Agriculture Committees

State Rep. Holly Hughes, of Montague, chaired a joint committee of the House Tourism and Recreation Committee and Agriculture Committee on Wednesday. Hughes, along with Agriculture Committee Chair Rep. Tom Barrett, of Potterville, welcomed presenters from various industries related to the cross economic ties between agriculture and tourism, including the Michigan Brewers Guild, Michigan Wine…

Rep. Hughes receives Energy Freedom Award

State Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague has been awarded the 2017 Energy Freedom Award by Constellation Energy. The Energy Freedom Award was presented to Rep. Hughes for her work on energy bills that were passed last term, which preserves the current electric choice market, protects ratepayers and eliminated proposed fees for customers. “Protecting residents from…

Rep. Hughes’ resolution aims to return veteran assistance to county level

State Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague introduced a resolution to make the process of applying for emergency veteran assistance more efficient. The Michigan Veterans Trust fund was established to provide assistance to eligible Michigan wartime veterans and their families experiencing economic hardships. Assistance includes hospitalization, medical services, food, clothing or shelter. In 2015, the Legislature…

Rep. Hughes visits Muskegon Winter Sports Complex

State Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague, chair of the House Tourism and Recreation Committee (right), is joined by state Rep. Terry Sabo (left) at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex where they participated in a luge run today. Rep. Hughes said this was a great opportunity to promote tourism in Muskegon County and she thanks all…

Rep. Hughes takes a stand against aquatic invasive species

State Rep. Holly Hughes has introduced a House Resolution to encourage environmental leaders to continue work to prevent the introduction of new aquatic invasive species into the Great Lakes and to consider new research and technologies in that regard. Rep. Hughes, who chairs the Michigan House Tourism and Recreation Committee, says people, industries and communities…

Rep. Hughes invites residents to March office hours

State Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague has scheduled four office hours in March, inviting her fellow Muskegon County residents to meet with her to talk about issues related to state government. “Open and honest communication with residents is crucial to having a state government that is accountable,” said Hughes, of Montague. “Office hours help me…

Rep. Hughes’ bill would allow vehicles to idle in driveways

State Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague has submitted legislation to allow state residents to have an unattended vehicle idling in a private driveway without being issued a citation. Hughes emphasized that having a vehicle “warm up” is a common practice. “We have to take into account that we live in Michigan and it is cold…

Rep. Hughes’ bill removes protection of sex offenders

State Rep. Holly Hughes, of Montague, has submitted legislation to remove the statue of limitations’ protection for sex offenders in Michigan. Hughes’ bill follows a Muskegon County case where multiple victims, who are now adults, came forward to report sexual abuse that happened when they were children. Unfortunately, the offenses took place before 2001 legislation…

Rep. Hughes sponsors Go Red Day resolution

State Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague was the main sponsor of a resolution to bring awareness to women’s health issues related to heart disease and stroke on Thursday. The Go Red For Women measure was unanimously approved by the state House of Representatives, encouraging everyone to wear red on Friday, Feb. 3. Hughes (center) was…

Rep. Hughes co-sponsors transparency package

State Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague co-sponsored an 11-bill package which expands government transparency throughout the offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, state House and Senate. “This bipartisan legislation is proof that we’re not only hearing our state’s residents, we’re acting on it,” Hughes said. “We must be accountable to the people of Michigan and…