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.
“Many U.P. residents want freedom to install their own solar and have energy independence when possible,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “But they also need reliable and affordable energy when the sun is not out and the wind is not blowing. They also do not want tens of thousands of acres of their communities forced into being solar panels.”
“Local control is essential in all aspects of government, especially in projects that could change the entire landscape of a community,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “The people who know best about our community were elected by our friends and neighbors to make those decisions. It’s vital that our voices don’t get drowned out by Lansing Democrats who want to make the U.P. into a parking lot full of windmills.”
“This project will bring jobs and an incredible investment to the Calumet community,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “Anytime we can pair an investment in local business with an investment in our armed forces, it’s a win for Michigan.”
A pair of U.P. state legislators today took issue with a downstate effort to dictate the future of land in the U.P. Senate Concurrent Resolution 11 urges Congress to designate areas of the U.P. as federally protected Wilderness areas. The proposed area includes the Ehlco Area, Trap Hills, Norwich Plains, and a 2,000-acre addition to […]