McCready invites local residents of the 40th House District to meet with him from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. to discuss state or local issues. Office hours will take place in Meeting Room 3 of the Bloomfield Township Public Library, located at 1099 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield.
No appointment is necessary with the representative. Residents who are unable to attend the meeting may contact Rep. McCready’s office by phone at (517) 373-8670 or via email at MikeMcCready@house.mi.gov.
Bills allow veterans to use military training as experience
State Rep. Mike McCready today voted for a package of five bills to allow veterans to use their military training when seeking civilian licensure in a variety of trades and professions.
The measures – House Bills 4605, 4731, 4752, 4754 and 4756 – allow training and experience gained during military service to count toward licensing as a law enforcement official, residential builder, emergency medical service technician, mechanical contractor, stationary steam engineer and boiler operator or firefighter.
Currently, many Michigan veterans may not receive credit for their military training when seeking licenses, certifications, or degrees, preventing them from quickly entering the workplace following their time in uniform.
The five-bill package is the latest in a series of measures designed to help military veterans returning to civilian life and looking to gain employment.
“By allowing military training to be applied to certain professional licenses, we can help our veterans enter the workforce more quickly and with fewer hassles,” said McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “It’s the least we can do to thank them for their service to our country.”
The measures now go to the Senate for consideration.
Measure adjusts funding levels for natural disaster relief
The House of Representatives recently approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Mike McCready that expedites the state emergency response process, helping to ensure communities receive assistance more quickly during natural disasters.
House Bill 4670 adjusts statutory funding levels for the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to a minimum of $1 million and a maximum of $8.5 million. The bill also provides that any unused funds would remain in reserve for future use.
The measure was passed by a unanimous vote in the House.
Michigan has spent more than $12 million responding to disasters since 2005, including $3.1 million for the Duck Lake fire in 2012. In the past, legislative action was required to authorize relief. By increasing funding levels, House Bill 4670 would eliminate the need, in most cases, for the Legislature to appropriate funds for disaster response.
“Natural disasters have a considerable impact on residents, communities and state resources,” said McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “By maintaining the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund at a higher level than in the past, we can improve our response time and make sure that our communities get the funds they need more rapidly. No community should have to wait for a bill to be passed in order to get help from the state.”
The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.