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SD bill says military training counts for licenses

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- The South Dakota Legislature has given final approval to a bill allowing military training and experience to count toward getting state licenses or certifications in civilian occupations.

The Senate voted unanimously Monday to pass the measure, which was approved earlier by the House. The bill will become law if signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

Senate Democratic Leader Jason Frerichs of Wilmot says 36 state regulatory agencies require that people get a license or certificate before entering a profession or occupation. The bill would allow state agencies to pass rules permitting people seeking licensing or certification to get credit for the training and experience they received in the military.

Military veterans would still have to pass any examination required for entry into a profession or occupation.