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.
State Reps. Greg Markkanen and Dave Prestin expressed frustration after Michigan’s request for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was recently rejected despite major damage to the Upper Peninsula between April and May.
Thanks to the most recent round of Going PRO Talent Fund grants, businesses in Gogebic and Houghton counties will receive nearly $90,000 in funding to help local workers receive the training they need to gain and retain high-skill, high-wage careers.