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(Sec. 2) This bill amends the FAST Act to require the medical professional who may perform a medical examination and provide a medical certificate for purposes of compliance with requirements for operation by a veteran of a commercial motor vehicle to be a "qualified examiner" who:
(Sec. 3) The bill applies commercial driver's license standards for former members of the Armed Forces or reserves to current members of the Armed Forces or reserves.
The bill allows such covered individuals who have experience in driving vehicles similar to a commercial motor vehicle while serving in the Armed Forces or reserves to apply for an exemption from all or a portion of federal commercial motor vehicle driving test requirements.
the third day of January, two thousand and seventeen
To streamline the process by which active duty military, reservists, and veterans receive commercial driver’s licenses.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
This Act may be cited as the “Jobs for Our Heroes Act”.
(a) Qualified examiners.—Section 5403(d)(2) of the FAST Act (49 U.S.C. 31149 note; 129 Stat. 1548) is amended to read as follows:
“(A) is employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs as an advanced practice nurse, doctor of chiropractic, doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathy, physician assistant, or other medical professional;
“(B) is licensed, certified, or registered in a State to perform physical examinations;
“(C) is familiar with the standards for, and physical requirements of, an operator required to be medically certified under section 31149 of title 49, United States Code; and
“(D) has never, with respect to such section, been found to have acted fraudulently, including by fraudulently awarding a medical certificate.”.
(b) Conforming amendments.—Section 5403 of the FAST Act (49 U.S.C. 31149 note; 129 Stat. 1548) is amended—
(1) in subsection (a), by striking “physician-approved veteran operator, the qualified physician” and inserting “veteran operator approved by a qualified examiner, the qualified examiner”;
(A) by striking “the physician” and inserting “the examiner”; and
(B) by striking “qualified physician” and inserting “qualified examiner”;
(A) by striking “qualified physicians” and inserting “qualified examiners”; and
(B) by striking “such physicians” and inserting “such examiners”; and
(A) by redesignating paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) as paragraphs (3), (1), and (2), respectively, and by moving the text of paragraph (3), as redesignated, to appear after paragraph (2), as redesignated; and
(i) in the paragraph heading, by striking “Physician-approved veteran operator” and inserting “Veteran operator approved by a qualified examiner”; and
(ii) by striking “physician-approved veteran operator” and inserting “veteran operator approved by a qualified examiner”.
(c) Rulemaking.—The amendments made by this section shall be incorporated into any rulemaking proceeding related to section 5403 of the FAST Act (49 U.S.C. 31149 note; 129 Stat. 1548) that is being conducted as of the date of the enactment of this Act.
Section 31305(d) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—
(1) in the subsection heading, by striking “veteran operators” and inserting “operators who are members of the armed forces, reservists, or veterans”;
(2) in paragraph (1)(B), by striking “subparagraph (A) during, at least,” and inserting “subparagraph (A)—
“(i) while serving in the armed forces or reserve components; and
“(ii) during”; and
(A) by inserting “current or” before “former” each place the term appears; and
(B) by inserting “one of” before “the reserve components”.