Professional License Bill Becomes Nebraska Law

Communications Associate

April 20, 2016

Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nebraska’s legislature has overridden Gov. Pete Ricketts’ veto of a bill to grant lawfully present immigrants access to professional and commercial licenses, making it law.

Today’s vote on LB947 was 31-13, following an initial vote last week of 33-11. Overriding the veto required at least 30 votes.

The law will allow deferred action recipients to work in more than 170 professions.

Jim Partington, Executive Director of the Nebraska Restaurant Association, said last week, “This legislation is great news for Nebraska businesses. LB947 will allow hardworking immigrants to fully contribute to our local economy and provide our business community with the trained and motivated employees they need to grow and prosper in Nebraska.”

“Conservative state leaders recognized that this law is a practical solution that will help all Nebraskans thrive,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “Fortunately the legislature has agreed. This law will help Nebraska keep its homegrown talent and boost its economy.

“Legislators in the heart of the country continue to set an example for other states and for Congress. We need practical immigration solutions that strengthen our economy and communities.”