Rep Holly Hughes introduces good government legislation

first_img Bill drafted in response to a constituent inquiryState Representative Holly Hughes, R-Montague, has introduced legislation in response to a situation a constituent brought to her attention. Rep. Hughes has described the bill as “good government legislation.”The constituent who contacted Rep. Hughes office for assistance described a situation where she was asked to respond to a state agency within 60 days. She postmarked and sent the response on the 56th day, yet the agency did not actually open the correspondence until the 61st day.  Although the agency in question acknowledges the postmark date, it has taken the position that its internal policy doesn’t consider something received until it is physically opened by staff, and because the correspondence was opened after the 60th day, the constituent’s response was not received timely, and her request was denied.House Bill 4844 would stipulate that in any correspondence with a state department, the postmark date is the date of receipt, unless otherwise provided for by law.“It is unfortunate that this bill is even necessary, however, I am happy that the constituent contacted my office and I am able to sponsor this bill on her behalf, as well as the countless other taxpayers across our state who have experienced similar situations,” Rep. Hughes said.  “Once a taxpayer puts their letter in the mailbox, what happens to it is out of their control.  For a state agency to penalize our hard-working taxpayers because their correspondence was delayed in arriving or delayed in being opened just doesn’t seem reasonable, and certainly doesn’t provide the level of service that we should expect from our taxpayer-supported state government.”HB 4844 will be referred to the House Government Operations Committee.##### Categories: Featured news,Hughes News,News Tags: #SB, HD91, House Bill 4844, Hughes center_img 20Aug Rep. Holly Hughes introduces ‘good government’ legislationlast_img

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