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Gov. Ricketts Signs Common Sense Occupational Licensing Reform Legislation

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Governor Ricketts and Senator Geist with the signed copy of LB347


LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts signed into law LB347, a bill introduced by Senator Suzanne Geist of Lincoln aimed at reforming requirements on acquiring school bus permits.  LB347 was introduced on behalf of Governor Ricketts as part of his broader occupational licensing reform package.


“Working with the Legislature, we are successfully making state government more customer-focused by eliminating wasteful red-tape and unnecessary professional licensing requirements,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Thank you to Senator Geist for introducing this common sense legislation and to each senator who voted for this bill.  This is another step towards getting government out of the way of Nebraskans pursuing opportunities in our state, and we look forward to continued work on occupational licensing reform during this session.”


LB347 will eliminate certain fees involved in acquiring school bus permits as well as eliminating examinations by the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and various other requirements for obtaining this permit.  LB347 will not make changes to the requirements set forth by the Nebraska Department of Education for school bus drivers.  Drug and alcohol testing, behind the wheel training, criminal background checks, and other various requirements remain in place.


“Thank you to my colleagues in the Legislature for passing LB347 and to Governor Ricketts for signing the bill into law,” said Senator Geist.  “This bill will help simplify the licensing requirements for obtaining school bus driver permits by removing burdensome and unnecessary hurdles for Nebraska’s school bus drivers.”