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Gov. Snyder Signs Legislation to Facilitate Veterans’ Career Search

BillVetSummitLegislation impacting veterans took center stage at the Governor’s Summit on Veterans Talent, which the Chamber co-hosted with the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency at Masco Corporation Headquarters in Taylor, Michigan. Governor Rick Snyder signed one bill of a five-bill package at the event.

The legislation was written to fully recognize veterans for their service to our country and break down barriers to employment by ensuring that education and training acquired in the military meet the qualifications required by civilian jobs.

Below is a summary of the legislation:

  • House Bill 4605, sponsored by state Rep. Gail Haines, allows veterans to use military experience as a qualifying factor to become an emergency medical technician. It is now Public Act 165 of 2013.
  • House Bill 4731, sponsored by state Rep. Ray Franz, recognizes the fire fighter training a veteran received while serving in the military and waives the required test to be a fire fighter in the State of Michigan. It is now Public Act 166 of 2013.
  • House Bill 4752, sponsored by state Rep. Robert Kosowski, allows military experience as the basis for registration for stationary steam engineers and boiler operators. It is now Public Act 167 of 2013.
  • House Bill 4754, sponsored by state Rep. George Darany, allows certain military experience to serve as the basis for licensing as a mechanical contractor. It is now Public Act 168 of 2013.
  • House Bill 4756, sponsored by state Rep. Bruce Rendon, allows eligible veterans to substitute military experience for up to 60 hours of education requirements toward a residential builders or residential maintenance and alteration contractor license. It is now Public Act 169 of 2013.