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Whitmer signs bills to smooth transition from military service to careers

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs four bills easing the transition of military members and their...
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs four bills easing the transition of military members and their families into civilian careers in Michigan.(source: State of Michigan)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 4:20 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - Military members ending their service and their families will have an easier transition to civilian careers in Michigan with legislation Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law Wednesday.

Four bills are designed to encourage military personnel or their family members with medical and health care experience to continue their careers in Michigan. Two bills allow soldiers and their families easier access to professional health care licenses and two others waive fees and testing requirements.

“I am proud to sign these bipartisan bills to clear the path for our military service members, veterans, and their dependents to enter a licensed profession,” Whitmer said. “This legislation will help us attract and retain talent in Michigan and boosts our broader effort to put Michigan back to work. Our veterans and their families have made countless sacrifices, and it is time that we give back to those who have bravely served our nation.”

Senate Bills 157 and 312 amend current laws to ease the process of military members and their families who need to obtain a health care or occupational license if they hold certification in another state.

House Bill 4376 extends the waiver of license or registration fees for occupational licenses to active duty military members. The waivers already are available for veterans.

House Bill 4377 directs the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to issue certain occupational licenses to military members, veterans and their families if they are registered elsewhere and meet other conditions.

“Combined with tuition assistance, job training and leadership development, these bills demonstrate the commitment we have made to ensure state government recognizes the tremendous sacrifice made by our military members, veterans and their families,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veteran Affairs. “These new laws will eliminate a significant burden often faced by our military families.”

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