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…

House approves Rep. Hughes bill to protect bicyclists on Michigan roads

Motorists to maintain a three-foot distance when passing a bicyclist The Michigan House today approved state Rep. Holly Hughes legislation to require 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. “Requiring motorists to…

Rep. Hughes invites residents to her upcoming office hours

State Rep. Holly Hughes announced her upcoming office hours for March and April. “It is important for me to meet with residents on a regular basis to hear the questions and concerns they have regarding state government,” Hughes said. “I encourage everyone to join me for office hours.” Rep. Hughes will be available at the…

House approves Rep. Hughes’ bill requiring victim impact statements are heard

Legislation inspired by convicted murderer’s actions during Bletsch case The state House today overwhelmingly approved legislation requiring convicted criminals hear impact statements from victims or their family during a sentencing hearing. The bill was inspired by a recent Muskegon County case where the convicted murderer of Rebekah Bletsch requested to leave the court before the…

Rep. Hughes and Michigan House approve more money for road repairs

Plan includes money for West Michigan Roads in Muskegon County would benefit from legislation approved today by Rep. Holly Hughes and the Michigan House. The $175 million bill provides additional money for road preservation and construction across Michigan as early as this summer. “Roads funded by taxpayers shouldn’t be crumbling, it’s unacceptable,” said Hughes, of…

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…