Rep Maturen testifies in support of bills to assist military spouses who

first_imgState Rep. Dave Maturen, left, testifies Thursday in front of the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs in support of House Bills 5288 and 5289, bipartisan legislation he introduced with Rep. Robert Wittenberg, right.State Rep. Dave Maturen spoke Thursday before the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs in support of bipartisan legislation he introduced with Rep. Robert Wittenberg to ease professional restrictions for spouses of active military members stationed in Michigan.House Bills 5288 and 5289 would allow spouses of active-military members to be admitted to the Michigan Bar, given they meet Michigan’s requirements and are licensed as an attorney in another state.“While these brave men and women serve our country their families are frequently asked to relocate. If they move to Michigan, spouses who are lawyers cannot currently practice law until they pass the Michigan Bar Exam, even if they have successfully practiced in other states,” said Rep. Maturen, R-Vicksburg. “The Michigan Bar is only offered twice a year, and in the time it takes for someone to study, take the exam and wait for results, it’s not unfeasible that the family would already be getting relocated to another state.“Our legislation will help military spouses avoid the time and expense it takes to complete multiple bar exams, and make life a little less stressful for these families who are already asked to make a lot of sacrifices to our country. I think we owe them this.”The lawmakers were joined Thursday by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian Zahra, who also spoke in support of their legislation.“The bottom line is it’s time for Michigan to join the 18 other states that have similar licensing accommodations for military spouses,” Justice Zahra said during his testimony. “We can never do enough to thank the women and men who serve in America’s military, but these bills are a step in the right direction to show how much we appreciate not just their service and sacrifice, but also the service and sacrifice of their families.”### 09Sep Rep. Maturen testifies in support of bills to assist military spouses who practice law Categories: Maturen Newslast_img

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