National Guard bill receives Senate committee hearing

LANSING — State Rep. Ray Franz’s legislation to ensure employment protections for the men and women of the National Guard received a hearing in the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs on Thursday.

HB 4796 will protect the service members of the National Guard from losing their employment in the state of Michigan if they are called to military service in another state. Currently, the law only protects employment of a Michigan National Guard member when they are on active military service in this state.

“HB 4796 will resolve this issue by implementing common-sense legislation to protect employees called to serve out-of-state in the National Guard,” said Franz, R-Onekama. “This bill will correct the current oversight and appropriately afford the men and women serving our country the benefits they rightfully deserve.”

The bill would bring Michigan in line with the federal standard of employment protections for military service members as demonstrated by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994.

The bill was passed unanimously by the House in October and remains in the Senate committee for further consideration.

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