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Rep. Schroeder: Occupational licensing reciprocity plan will help military families as they move to Michigan communities
RELEASE|November 10, 2020

Rep. Andrea Schroeder today joined Gov. Whitmer and a bipartisan group of state legislators to announce a plan helping military families secure employment when they move to Michigan.

The plan would make it easier for military family members’ professional and occupational licenses to be accepted in Michigan when service members are transferred to the state or when veterans move here.

“This is an important change that would allow health care professionals, skilled trades experts and many others to find jobs in Michigan more quickly – cutting through red tape that causes needless delays,” said Schroeder, of Oakland County’s Independence Township.  “These reforms will support our military families, who have sacrificed so much to protect us, and the communities in which they live.”

The package introduced in the Legislature would allow family members of active duty military personnel and veterans with out-of-state professional licenses to be issued Michigan licenses without examination – if they meet certain criteria. Protections for the public are built into the plan.

The license or registration must be in good standing and the holder must demonstrate competency in their profession through education, training or work experience. When applicable, criminal background checks and other processes – if already required for a specific profession in Michigan – would be maintained.

The measures would apply to active military and veterans, their spouses, surviving spouses, children, and surviving children under 26 years old.

A bill sponsored by Schroeder would expand the initial fee waivers associated with a new license or registration, as well as the application processing fee, for military families.

“A move across the country – or back to the United States, if a military member has been stationed overseas – can happen suddenly and be extremely stressful,” Schroeder said. “Hurdles related to a spouse or dependent with a professional license can make that process even more challenging.

“These practical changes will help military families adapt to their new communities more quickly – and benefit our entire state as they bring much-needed skills to Michigan.”

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