SD House may delay Ravnsborg impeachment until after criminal proceedings
PIERRE, S.D. — Speaker of the House Spencer Gosch has proposed a new amendment to House Resolution 7001, which lays out articles of impeachment against South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg.
The new amendment states: After a conviction, or plea of guilty, or nolo contendere, or acquittal in case number 34MAG21-00001, State v. Jason Ravnsborg, the House of Representatives may evaluate whether articles of impeachment against Jason Ravnsborg, Attorney General of the State of South Dakota, are necessary and proceed accordingly.
The proposed amendment would delay the impeachment process until after the criminal proceedings finish in Hyde County. So far, no hearings have been scheduled and the criminal case remains at the charging stage.
“The recent court order complicates things, and the best way for the legislature to proceed at this time is to allow things to play out in the courts first. Once the courts have concluded their business, the legislature would be able to move openly and without delay or interference,” Gosch said Wednesday.
The Legislature would have to call a special session to address impeachment, but doesn’t require the House to take up impeachment proceedings. A special session would require two-thirds of the members of both the state House and Senate to agree.
The amendment still has to be voted on in order to be adopted.