The state house of representatives is reportedly considering impeaching South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. It was recently announced Ravnsborg would face three misdemeanor charges, but nothing more after killing a man on accident while returning to Pierre from a GOP event in Redfield. Throughout the six month investigation Ravnsborg never took a leave of absence an even after investigators talked about all the unanswered questions about the night that left 55-year-old Joe Boever dead, Ravnsborg remains on the job. Impeachment would require a majority in the house and a trial in the senate.
If the legislature is going to move forward on something like this, articles of impeachment must be filed by 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. House majority whip Tim Goodwin of Rapid City is calling on Ravnsborg to resign saying he should spare the state more controversy. Goodwin is the first GOP member of the legislature to publicly discuss the potential impeachment. The South Dakota constitution gives a large list of reasons a office holder can be impeach, including misdemeanor offensive of which Ravnsborg faces three. If he were replaced Governor Noem would nominate a successor to fill out the rest of Ravnsborg’s term.