Gov. Ricketts Signs Occupational Licensing Reform Legislation
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Gov. Ricketts signs LB 77 which reduces barriers to entering the property appraisal profession.
LINCOLN – Recently, Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB 77, a bill that reduces the time and hours required to obtain appraiser credentials, reduces the education requirement from a post-secondary degree to a high school diploma or GED, and authorizes residential credential holders to upgrade their credentials in a more streamlined manner. The bill was approved by the Legislature on a vote of 44-0.
“Thank you to the Real Property Appraiser Board for its leadership in bringing down barriers for Nebraskans looking to enter this profession,” said Governor Ricketts. “We are constantly looking for new ways we can cut red tape and make it easier for people to find good-paying jobs in Nebraska. LB 77 removes unnecessary restrictions on property appraisers so they can more easily obtain credentials and begin their careers in Nebraska. We will continue to push forward and work with the Legislature to eliminate more onerous regulations that are barriers for working Nebraskans.”
LB 77 was introduced by Senator Matt Williams of Gothenburg.
GOV. RICKETTS’ RECORD OF CHAMPIONING OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING REFORM
Over the past few years, Governor Ricketts has worked with State Senators and agencies to deliver numerous occupational licensing reforms. Reforms delivered over the past few years include:
- LB 88e, introduced by Senator Carol Blood of Bellevue, broke down barriers for military spouses with occupational licenses. The bill authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, with the recommendation of the appropriate board, to issue temporary licenses for occupations regulated under the Uniform Credentialing Act to military spouses. The bill also incorporated elements of LB 343 by Senator Merv Riepe of Ralston, which eliminated the requirement for audiologists to obtain an additional license in order to sell hearing equipment.
- LB 341, introduced by Senator Brett Lindstrom of Omaha, was the first bill from the Governor’s occupational licensing reform bills passed by the Legislature in 2017. This reform allowed banks to opt out of licensing their executive officers.
- LB 342, introduced by Senator Steve Erdman of Bayard, provided reciprocity for military spouses all over the country by updating language for adoption of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact, which allows nurses to have one multi-state license.
- LB 345, from Senator John Murante of Gretna, eliminated a requirement of one year of land title-related experience for issuance of a certificate of registration or a temporary certificate of registration for Nebraska abstracters. Before this bill was signed by Governor Ricketts, Nebraska was one of only six states to license abstracters, and the only state with this experience requirement.
- LB 346, by Senator John Lowe of Kearney, eliminated licenses for motor vehicle salespersons. The bill also eliminated the $20 licensing fee that served as a tax on employment in the industry.
- LB 347, introduced by Senator Suzanne Geist of Lincoln, eliminated 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.
- LB 454, introduced by Senator Lindstrom, is another occupational licensing reform which allowed credit unions to opt out of licensing their loan officers.
- LB 596, introduced by Senator Mike Groene of North Platte, exempts equine, cat, and dog massage practices from licensure and regulation.
- LB 731, introduced by Senator Matt Williams of Gothenburg, includes two occupational licensing reform provisions from other bills. 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 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.
Rule 21 was revised in 2018, and approved by the Governor, to allow military spouses to receive a three-year teaching permit in Nebraska with a valid out-of-state license.