Representative Holly Hughes

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Lawmakers in Lansing are focused on giving some crime victims more rights and protections. 

Governor Rick Snyder will have to decide if convicted criminals should be required to listen to their victims in court. The legislation, on its way to his desk, is in response to a defendant who was convicted of killing a woman – but who left the courtroom during the family’s statements.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state House has approved a bill to require vehicles to keep a distance of at least three feet when passing bicyclists. 

The legislation is largely a response to a fatal accident two years ago near Kalamazoo.

Five bicyclists were killed and four injured when a truck plowed into the group cycling in Cooper Township. That same year, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says 38 bicyclists died in crashes.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   People convicted of crimes would have to listen to victim statements at their sentencing hearings, if a bill making its way through the state Legislature becomes law. 

Last December, Jeffrey Willis was sentenced for murdering a woman while she was out jogging. He asked to leave the courtroom before the victim’s family gave their impact statements. The judge agreed.

Republican Representative Holly Hughes is a bill sponsor. She says Willis never should have been allowed to leave the courtroom.