A plan from state Rep. Greg Markkanen removing burdensome regulations for temporary emergency service personnel was approved overwhelmingly by the Michigan House today.
Under current law, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs can grant temporary licenses to medical first responders, emergency medical technicians, specialists or paramedics who have completed requirements for licensure outside of department required examinations for 120 days from the date of an accepted application.
But those working full-time can have difficulty getting to the exams within the 120-day window, Markkanen said, which leads to the risk of medical workers being taken out of the workforce until they can complete them. House Bill 6088 extends the temporary license for emergency personnel to one year to allow for a more practical window.
“Demand for medical staff is high, and this plan understands that we have to look for practical ways to help hard-working people in the medical field remain there instead of sticking with procedures that risk removing them from it,” Markkanen said. “This is a common-sense change that is going to have positive impacts.”
The forward-thinking workforce development legislation now moves to the Senate for further consideration.
“Pvt. Karna served his country bravely in its time of greatest need,” Markkanen said. “As a fellow veteran, I’m honored to introduce a bill to memorialize his service and sacrifice in the Painsedale and South Range communities.”
“The governor’s new Good Jobs 2.0 proposal has a lot in common with Hollywood’s recent obsession with remaking classic movies; the only difference being, unlike many of the movies, the original Good Jobs program was terrible too,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “Michigan doesn’t need to lure coastal corporations into our state so we can have more big fancy ribbon cutting events. We need a real economic development strategy to support our struggling small businesses across Michigan.”
“There are so many Yoopers with Finnish heritage, making celebrating Finnish history all the more important in the Upper Peninsula,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “Saunas are essential to Finnish culture. Finns of all generations enjoy traditional saunas for cleansing and as a vital source of relaxation and socializing.”
“The U.P. depends on reliable mail service just like any urban area would,” said Rep. Greg Markkanen, R-Hancock. “It sure feels like, on a good day, the U.P. is merely forgotten. On days like today, we get targeted. If I had to choose, ignoring us would be preferable. It isn’t broke, please leave it alone. The federal government promises that only five non-management employees will be laid off, however, others may be required to transfer. Losing more of our jobs and citizens is not what the Upper Peninsula and the state of Michigan need right now.”