Gov. Noem's Second-Chance Licensing Bill Becomes Law

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July 1, 2024 

Contact: Ian Fury 


Gov. Noem’s Second-Chance Licensing Bill Becomes Law  


PIERRE, S.D. The South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation’s second-chance licensing bill, SB 57, became law today. The bill creates uniform procedures for consideration of criminal histories and conviction in professional or occupational licensure.  


This important legislation ensures that an unrelated criminal past won’t stop qualified applicants from filling our open jobs and successfully reentering the workforce,” said Governor Noem. “We want to give people every opportunity to build a career and provide for themselves and their families.” 


Governor Noem signed the bill in February alongside Jack Brewer, a nationally recognized advocate for criminal justice reform. A photo from the bill signing can be found here. Governor Noem and Jack Brewer also jointly celebrated the bill signing on Fox & Friends, and that can be found here.