Omnibus health licensure bill passed

A bill that makes numerous changes to state health licensure requirements passed Aug. 11.

Sen. Carol Blood
Sen. Carol Blood

LB755, introduced by Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue, requires barbers who work at a client’s home to obtain a permit from the state Board of Barber Examiners. The bill also allows nail technicians to offer in-home services.

The bill includes provisions of Blood’s LB752 that require the state Department of Health and Human Services and the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs to encourage their service providers and state and local agencies to ask applicants if they or their family members have served in the military.

LB755 also includes provisions of the following bills:
• LB37, introduced by Sen. Robert Hilkemann of Omaha, which amend the Podiatry Practice Act to allow a physician’s assistant to perform services that are delegated by and provided under the supervision of a podiatrist and are within the podiatrist’s scope of practice;
• LB772, introduced by Sen. Matt Williams of Gothenburg, which remove restrictions on physician assistants regarding the details of their collaborative agreement and their ability to work in a hospital and prescribe medication, including allowing a physician assistant to serve under several specialists who may work at the same practice rather than solely under a single physician;
• LB811, introduced by Sen. John McCollister of Omaha, which amend the Parkinson’s Disease Registry Act and require that a patient’s date of birth rather than Social Security number be included in a pharmacist’s semi-annual report to DHHS;
• LB825, introduced by Hilkemann, which add Spinal Muscular Atrophy to the list of 32 required screenings for all infants born in Nebraska; and
• LB834, introduced by La Vista Sen. John Arch, which allow architecture candidates to begin taking their professional licensure exam as they are completing their education and experience requirements, and allow engineers to take one of their two exams prior to completing four years of post-accredited degree experience.

Lawmakers passed LB755 on a 47-0 vote.

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