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“I think it’s unnecessary regulation, the more I learn about it,” Hunhoff said. “We’re all trying to keep government simple and reduce duplication and unnecessary paperwork and regulations. This seems to be just an unnecessary burden on the whole system. “

Novstrup said he decided to propose the measure after reading that U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had said the federal government does not require background checks for health care navigators, but the states could do so.

“Secretary Sebelius handed us the particular responsibility to make sure that that particular profession was registered or regulated and licensed,” Novstrup said.