A House leader said the South Dakota Legislature would consider whether to try to impeach Attorney General Jason Ravensborg for a car accident last year that killed a pedestrian.
Republican Speaker Spencer Gosh said Saturday that there is enough support in the Rajya Sabha to discuss impeachment. The state Senate had already gathered enough signatures to do so.
The impeachment will be discussed when lawmakers are in Pierre for a special session that begins on November 9 to address the redrawing of the state’s 10-year electoral maps.
Gosh said the move does not mean that Ravensborg, a Republican, will face impeachment proceedings. Once in session, lawmakers will have to decide whether to consider a separate proposal to create a select committee to review evidence from the accident on September 12, 2020, Argus Leader reported.
Ravensborg pleads no competition to a pair of traffic misdemeanors for the crash that killed Joseph Bower, who was driving on the shoulder of a rural highway late at night. Ravensborg was driving home from a Republican fundraiser, and he did not return to the crash site until the next day, telling investigators that he had hit a deer.
Ravensborg avoided jail time and was sentenced to a fine of more than $4,500 for making illegal lane changes and using a cellphone while driving.
Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has repeatedly called for Ravensborg to resign. He has insisted that he will not, however, and that he can perform the duties of his office.
Leaders of the Republican-led Legislature decided that the names of the lawmakers who signed the petitions would not be made public.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Republican