Job Licensing Reform

Job Licensing Reform

Bureaucratic red tape is putting too many good jobs out of reach for hardworking Nebraskans.

About 24 percent of jobs in Nebraska require a government license. These permission slips to work are needed in nearly 200 different professions, and many of us can’t afford the expensive and lengthy requirements.

Fortunately, in 2018, the Nebraska Legislature passed the Occupational Board Reform Act. This new law requires the Legislature to review all state job licensing laws every five years.

The purpose of the review is to identify less restrictive alternatives to licensing, placing fewer unnecessary barriers in the way of Nebraska’s workers and businesses.

Over the next five years, the Platte Institute will remain engaged in Nebraska’s new job licensing review. At this page, we’ll report on the progress the Legislature makes when it comes to removing barriers to more and better businesses and more and better jobs.

Check out the research and articles below for more information about job licensing reform in Nebraska:

Click here to read Job Licensing: Questions You Should Ask

Click Here to Read the 2018 Occupational Licensing Review


Licensing with Laura: An Article Series on Job Licensing Reform by Laura Ebke

  1. When and Why Should We License Jobs? And When Shouldn’t We?
  2. Seeking Legitimacy Through Licensing
  3. Punishing Initiative and Innovation
  4. Medieval Guilds and Modern Occupational Licensing Reform



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