Ravnsborg awaits Senate hearing Tuesday

Ravnsborg ImpeachedPIERRE, S.D. – The impeachment trial for South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg begins Tuesday.

The trial will take two days, and this comes after the South Dakota House of Representatives voted in favor of impeachment 36 to 31. This is the minimum required votes to impeach under the constitution.

Back in 2020 Ravnsborg struck and killed 55-year-old Joseph Boever, who was walking along Highway 14 near Highmore, South Dakota.

Ravnsborg pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors: for using his phone while driving, and for driving out of lane.

Now the impeachment ruling goes to the South Dakota State Senate where 35 Senators will vote on two articles of impeachment.

After his impeachment, Ravnsborg was suspended as Attorney General pending his trial in the Senate.

The Senate will need a two-thirds majority (24 Senators) to convict.

If the two-thirds majority vote is reached in the State Senate, a third vote will be necessary to decide if Ravnsborg will be disqualified from holding any office, trust, or profit under the State of South Dakota.

Newscenter1 will cover the trial live from Pierre Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning at 8 a.m. CST/7 a.m. MST each day.

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