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      New Mich. law waives fees for vets seeking job licenses

      Approximately 680,000 veterans live in Michigan.

      LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has signed laws waiving fees for Michigan veterans seeking certain job licenses from the state.

      Two bills unanimously approved by the Legislature would waive fees for veterans applying for occupational, security and alarm licensing fees if they were honorably discharged.

      Snyder says the bills "will help connect our veterans to job opportunities that may have not been available otherwise." Approximately 680,000 veterans live in Michigan.

      An analysis of the change estimates the state could lose roughly $22,000 a year. Michigan collected about $9.5 million in total licensing fees in the 2011 budget year.

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