March 04, 2021

Ravnsborg May Face Impeachment Proceedings

Feb 22, 2021 | ,

(KVHT) – Lawmakers in Pierre are considering impeaching South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg after prosecutors announced he is facing misdemeanor charges following an investigation into a fatal crash. Articles of Impeachment could be brought in the State House this week. According to reports, South Dakota House members have been privately discussing impeachment since late last week when Hyde County authorities announced the filing of three misdemeanor charges against Ravnsborg in connection with a September 2020 fatal crash near Highmore. Impeachment would require a majority of the 70 member house to move to remove Ravnsborg from office. A trial in the State Senate would follow before South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem could appoint a successor to serve the balance of his term, which expires in 2022. The South Dakota House has never before voted to impeach a constitutional officer. The last time impeachment was even discussed was in 1935, but no articles were actually filed. The state Democratic Party called for Ravnsborg’s resignation last week. The attorney general says he has no intention of resigning.

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