District 32 State Senator Laura Ebke will attend a Town Hall meeting tonight at Metropolitan Community College’s South Campus in Omaha tonight. She is joining the Platte Institute and the ACLU to discuss streamlining Nebraska’s occupational licensing laws.
Ebke says, “We are talking specifically about my bill, LB 299, which really doesn’t get rid of any licenses at all. It creates a new structure for review of licenses. It assumes not that every license is bad but it assumes that every license needs to be reviewed periodically to determine we are using the least restrictive means of regulating an industry.”
Ebke says there are about 200 professions in the state that require a license that needs to be renewed on a regular basis. That is 25% to 35% of the workforce. Ebke says, “Nebraska licensing requirements are significantly higher in many fields than are other states surrounding us.” She says that is keeping people out of certain professions because of the cost and we need to open up our job opportunities if we want to grow Nebraska.
Tonight’s meeting will be held in the Industrial Training Center. It starts at 6 p.m.