Ravnsborg impeachment referred to select committee
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Legislature has voted to create a select committee to investigate the possible impeachment of South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg.
The committee will be able to hear evidence, call witnesses, etc. No timeframe has been set.
Ravnsborg struck and killed a Hyde County man, Joseph Boever, in September 2020. Boever was walking along the shoulder of Highway 14 near Highmore at the time. Ravnsborg entered pleas of no-contest to misdemeanor charges of illegal lane driving and illegally operating an electronic device while driving before the case went to trial.
Impeachment would require a simple majority in the House (36 State Representatives).
If the House moves forward with impeachment, Ravnsborg would be suspended and face a trial in the State Senate.
Conviction in the Senate would require a two-thirds majority, or 24 State Senators.
If convicted, Ravnsborg would be removed from office.
If the Senate did not reach two-thirds majority, he could return to office.