A plan from State Rep. Greg Markkanen helping veterans use acquired skills to excel professionally has been signed into law by the governor.
House Bill 4787, now Public Act 148 of 2021, waives a knowledge test for a person with military experience who is applying for a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in Michigan. CDL applicants must take a skills and knowledge test, and Michigan currently provides a skills test waiver for those who have at least two years of experience operating heavy military vehicles.
Since the state did not previously waive the knowledge portion, it was unable to access a federal program 14 other states participate in allowing for qualified drivers to easily obtain CDLs.
“This new law offers practicality, recognizes the experience these individuals have and allows Michigan to be competitive for workers,” Markkanen said. “This is going to save our military members, including ones in the U.P., time and hassle when they choose to enter this vital industry.”
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 40,000 service members and veterans have taken advantage of this program across the country.
State Rep. Greg Markkanen recently voted to advance a budget proposal paving the way for needed tax relief for people throughout the U.P. while committing resources to schools, roads, workforce development and other crucial services.
Rep. Markkanen says as the House version of the state’s 2023 Fiscal Year budget heads to the Michigan Senate, he is pleased to see a focus on paying down the state’s long term debt, as well as on tax relief.