SD House State Affairs committee halts Ravnsborg impeachment
PIERRE, S.D. — The House State Affairs Committee Wednesday morning unanimously voted to amend HR7001, the articles of impeachment concerning State Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg.
The amendment halts impeachment proceedings until after a Hyde County criminal proceeding is finalized, at the earliest. This casts doubt on if or when the issue may be taken up in the future.
District 24 State Representative Will Mortenson introduced the original resolution last week. He testified that lawmakers have “an obligation to our constitutional duties” and that impeachment was an “exceptional mechanism” only to be used in “exceptional circumstances.” Mortenson says the Attorney Generals actions are such a circumstance.
House Speaker Spencer Gosch then moved an amended resolution, HR7001F, which effectively halts any discussion of impeachment proceedings until after a Hyde County court resolves the misdemeanor charges against Ravnsborg.
HR7001F will next go to the House floor. As a House Resolution, no Senate action is required.