LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation letting cities classify fire arson investigators as police officers.
Until now, only cities with a population of 750,000 could do so. That's a category that once included Detroit alone and now has no members since Detroit's population fell below that level.
The bill that Snyder signed Monday also extends state police officer certification to a person employed as a police officer in another state within the past year. It requires that the other state have substantially similar certification standards to Michigan.
Snyder's office says he also signed a bill Monday that establishes a special volunteer license for retired health care professionals who volunteer at health clinics that provide free or low-cost medical services for indigent or uninsured people.