LANSING, Michigan – State Representative George T. Darany (D-Dearborn) was pleased to join Governor Rick Snyder at the Governor’s Summit on Veterans Talent today as he signed House Bill 4754 into law. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Darany, will allow certain military experience to be taken into account when applying for a contractor’s license under the Forbes Mechanical Contractors Act. That act licenses contractors engaged in heating and cooling, refrigeration, fire suppression, and other related specialties. Darany’s legislation is part of a package of bills that were also signed into law today that will further help and support Michigan’s veterans.
“Michigan’s military men and women are some of the most talented and skilled individuals in the state,” said Darany. “This legislation will allow our military members to apply this experience when trying to further their career after service.”
State law requires that an applicant for examination of a mechanical contractor’s license has a minimum of three years’ experience. Under the legislation, the term “experience” would include experience acquired while serving as an active member of the armed forces, as long as they are not dishonorably discharged. Veterans would have to submit an application for licensure and an affidavit from their military superior documenting their professional experience.
“I want to thank my colleagues in the State Legislature who helped support this legislation and I truly appreciate that it has been signed into law,” said Darany. “Our brave military individuals have sacrificed an incredible amount for our country and they should not have to face unnecessary obstacles in their career when returning home.”