Gov. Noem Signs Workforce Bills into Law

Gov. Noem Signs Workforce Bills into Law

PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Noem signed six bills to enhance South Dakota’s workforce. Earlier this legislative session, Governor Kristi Noem signed SB 76 into law, which enhanced workforce freedom by recognizing out-of-state licenses for nearly every profession.

“South Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, but we still have 25,000 open jobs,” Governor Noem said. “We’re tackling this workforce shortage head-on. And we’re making it easier for those moving here to pursue the American Dream to join our booming economy.”

The six workforce bills that Governor Noem signed include:

  • SB 59 – Makes an appropriation to the Department of Education for grants to support career and technical education programs;
  • SB 173 – Makes an appropriation for design costs related to the new Lincoln Hall at Northern State University;
  • HB 1059 – Establishes a community paramedic endorsement;
  • HB 1153 – Updates travel expenses, moving expenses, and other reimbursements;
  • HB 1183 – Authorizes the state’s participation in the interstate compact on occupational therapy licensure; and,
  • HB 1185 – Prohibits certain restrictions in employment contracts.

Governor Noem has signed 154 bills into law and vetoed four this legislative session.


4 thoughts on “Gov. Noem Signs Workforce Bills into Law”

  1. How about striking Down “right to work” laws in SD? That would really help workers! Workers rights are so weak in this state that companies like Amazon want to build here.

    1. What constitutional rights are workers in SD being denied? Or is it privileges that you are talking about?

      So you complain that “worker’s rights” are weak in SD but you would rather change the laws to set up a situation so that in order to work in SD you would have to belong to a union…against your will?

  2. P.P., your posts about all the bills she’s signing are generating approximately 1 comment per. We’re blowing the roof off this one with 3! So, to Rich’s POOR point, he sounds like AOC. Jobs? We don’t need no stinking jobs. Screw Amazon! Put anti-job-creation laws in place to make sure businesses thumb their noses at SD. We can enjoy being miserable together as we rely on the working class to pay money for programs to put food on our table.

    Now, hopefully the Gov will get down to signing the largest tax cut in the state’s history. THAT will generate some chatter! And then she can get to work on leading to make it permanent before her term is over.

  3. sd won’t drop right-to-work. it’s more likely that a future congress will restart efforts to enact a nationwide card-check union vote plan of some sort. re: these bills – yeah. good.

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