Snyder signs bills waiving veteran licensing fees

Also signs MDCH release form, victim protection bills

Thursday. May 22,2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation increasing veteran access to certain occupational licenses.

“These bills honor our veterans’ dedication and commitment to our state and country,” Snyder said. “They will help connect our veterans to job opportunities that may have not been available otherwise.”                                                                              

Senate Bills 671 and 672, sponsored by state Sens. John Moolenaar and Mike Green, waive initial occupational, security business and alarm licensing fees for veterans. To qualify, veterans must provide the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs with the proper documents to show honorable conduct and discharge.

The bills are now Public Acts 127 and 128, respectively.

The governor signed two other bills:

House Bill 5136, sponsored by state Rep. Matt Lori, creates consistency and improves quality of patient care by directing the Michigan Department of Community Health to develop a standard release form for the exchange of confidential mental health and substance use disorder information for use by all public and private health care organizations. The form must be available and accepted in both paper and electronic form. It is now PA 129.

HB 5263, sponsored by state Rep. Margaret O’Brien, allows a parent to submit a victim’s impact statement if the child involved in the crime is now an adult but was still a minor at the time the crime occurred. It is now PA 130.

For more information on legislation, visit legislature.michigan.gov.

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