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Gov. Ricketts Signs Major Occupational Licensing Reform Package

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LINCOLN – Recently, Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB 731 that contains provisions reforming the licensure of several professional occupations.  LB 731 was introduced by Senator Matt Williams of Gothenburg, and it contained several licensing reforms from bills proposed on the Governor’s behalf last year.  The bill was passed by a vote of 49-0-0 by the Legislature.


“One of my top priorities over the last two years has been reforming Nebraska’s occupational licensing requirements to create more upward mobility and new job opportunities for Nebraska families,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Nearly 25 percent of jobs in Nebraska require some kind of occupational license.  These reforms remove unnecessary restrictions and will help grow job opportunities.”  


While LB 731, in its original format, creates the remote dispensing pharmacy license, the bill in its final form also includes two occupational licensing reform provisions from other bills from the Health and Human Services Committee, LBs 790 and 1107.


  • LB 790 allows for mobile hair and nail salons to better reach clients who might not have access to transportation or who might be homebound or in nursing facilities.
  • LB 1107 contains portions of the legislation aimed at the reform of cosmetology occupational licensure.  More specifically, the bill removes the requirement to register cosmeticians and cosmetic establishments and lowers the number of hours required to be a cosmetologist from 2,100 to 1,800. 


“To grow Nebraska and build a stronger economy in our state, we must remove unnecessary barriers hindering job growth,” said Senator Lou Ann Linehan of Elkhorn.  “By reducing these unnecessary requirements for cosmetologists, and those in other occupational licensing fields, we are sending the message that Nebraska is open for business.  Thank you to Governor Ricketts for signing this legislation that will help create opportunities for future generations.”


Occupational licensing reform is key to attracting people considering a move to Nebraska who have already been licensed in another state.  Unnecessary licensing requirements and barriers to practicing can be a big deterrent when weighing Nebraska against other destinations.  By providing reciprocity or reform for these licenses, Nebraska is better able to attract these people and help those seeking job opportunities in Nebraska.