Governor Pete Ricketts is proposing loosening requirements for Nebraskans to obtain occupational licenses.
Ricketts says it isn’t a small matter; that such licenses can be a step toward financial independence for Nebraska residents.
“And, the idea here is that we are looking at what are the barriers that we put up in front of job creators or people who are looking to make changes in their careers or seeking upward mobility; what are the occupational licenses that we put in place that are a barrier to that?” Ricketts asks during a news conference at the Capitol.
According to the governor’s office, a fourth of the Nebraska workforce hold one of around 200 occupational licenses. The governor is backing legislation that would lower requirements to obtain licenses for 20 occupations, including:
· Massage therapists
· Motor vehicle salespeople
· Nail technicians
· School bus drivers
· Title examiners
The proposed legislation would reduce the number of hours required to be licensed, provide credit for experience in lieu of additional education, eliminate duplicate licenses, and honor licenses awarded in other states.
For more information on the legislation click here.