Green legislation will help veterans re-enter the workforce

LANSING— Legislation that would waive initial state occupational license fees for honorably discharged veterans has been approved by the Legislature and is ready to be signed by the governor, said state Sen. Mike Green.

“It would be impossible to repay our veterans for their service to our country. They are American heroes and should be treated as such” said Green, R-Mayville. “Only those who served understand how hard it is to transfer back into civilian life and we should do as much as we can to help them.”

The measure is part of a two-bill package sponsored by Green and state Sen. John Moolenaar, R-Midland.

If the bills are signed into law, initial occupational license fees would be waived for veterans seeking to become private security professionals, accountants, builders, barbers, engineers, surveyors, real estate agents and many other occupations.

“Our veterans have some of the best occupational and leadership training in the nation,” Green said. “By allowing them to bypass the initial licensing fee, we are encouraging well-trained, highly skilled veterans to live and work right here in Michigan. This is good for veterans and it’s good for Michigan’s economy.”

Senate Bills 671 and 672 are awaiting Gov. Snyder’s signature.