Proos: New laws will help veterans entering the workforce

LANSING—Beginning in August, honorably discharged veterans will be able to take advantage of new laws designed to assist them entering the workforce in certain professions, said Sen. John Proos, who supported both measures.

“We owe our freedoms to the brave men and women in uniform who put their nation before themselves,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Unfortunately, when our veterans return home they often face real challenges transitioning into civilian life and into new careers. I was proud to support common sense reforms to help our veterans find work here at home by removing unnecessary barriers to getting a job in Michigan.”

Public Act 127 of 2014 requires the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to waive the license or initial registration fee for honorably discharged veterans in certain fields. The change applies to several occupations, such as barbers, public accountants, foresters, architects, community planners, funeral directors and residential builders.

PA 128 waives the same fees for honorably discharged veterans who apply for licensure as a private security guard or to become a member of a private security guard business.

The bills build on already enacted reforms from 2013 that allow certain military training and experience of honorably discharged veterans to be counted for purposes of professional licensure as an emergency medical technician, firefighter, boiler operator and stationary engineer, mechanical contractor, and residential builder.

“The enormous sacrifice and selfless dedication of our veterans and their families is a debt we can never fully repay,” Proos said. “However, these reforms are a real, meaningful way to express our appreciation for the service of our veterans and to do something that is good for the entire state — our veterans, our local communities and our economy.” 

PAs 127-128 go into effect on August 20.

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Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Proos are available on the senator’s webpage at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Audio” under the Media Center tab.