LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska lawmakers have moved one step closer to removing licensing restrictions for horse massage therapists as they advanced the bill with significant support.
Sen. Mike Groene, of North Platte, said Tuesday the bill would replace burdensome licensing requirements with a registry and certification process. He says it will create career opportunities for rural Nebraskans and provide horses with necessary treatment. There are no licensed horse massage therapists in Nebraska currently.
Some opponents pushed to remove the certification process, saying the profession should not be regulated at all. They also say the punishment for not complying with the proposed certification process is too harsh.
The bill is part of a nationwide effort to reduce occupational licensing.
The bill advanced 38-0 to the second of three required votes.