There were some wins and losses in this the 2018 legislative session but Jim Vokal with the Platte Institute is very pleased that occupational licensing was addressed.
Vokal says there are other barriers that slow our ability to thrive economically because entrepreneurs are bogged down with occupational licensing. There are nearly 200 professions need permission slips to pursue a career and he is pleased there was significant reform in those areas.
Vokal says, “We got some bills over the finish line in addition to a comprehensive bill, LB 299 that is awaiting the governor’s signature, that would provide a framework that these licenses be looked at at least once every five years.”
Vokal says we have to provide a pathway for people to become entrepreneurs and in Nebraska the requirements in these professions exceeds most states in the U.S. and in some cases were higher than New York.