SD House voted to delay the impeachment hearing of AG Jason Ravnsborg

PIERRE, S.D.(KCCR)- The South Dakota House of Representatives has approved delaying impeachment proceedings against South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg.

House Resolution 7001 was brought by District 24 Representative Will Mortenson of Pierre who was the only member of the House to comment on the action Monday on the House Floor.

Ravnsborg’s first court appearance to answer to three misdemeanor charges in connection to a fatal vehicle/pedestrian crash is this Friday, March 12th.  The charges include use of a phone while driving, driving out of the lane of travel and careless driving.  Ravnsborg struck and killed 55 year-old Joseph Boever just west of Highmore on September 12th of 2020.

House representative Drew Dennert who voted in favor comments:

“I didn’t view the resolution as a delay but rather a path forward for the legislature to consider this and allow it to be a point of discussion after the court hearing is complete.”

House representative Carl Perry who opposed it comments:

“I thought impeachment is premature.  I would like to see Testimony before judgement.  I am okay with the Governor’s resignation request.  I am not against impeachment but I believe you are innocent until proven guilty.”

Jason Ravnsborg spokesperson Mike Deaver provided this statement in response to the House passing HC7001 earlier Monday:

Jason Ravnsborg: “The House’s action today will allow the legal system to proceed without further interference and with due process. I have cooperated fully with investigators and law enforcement in this matter and look forward to its resolution. I will continue to work every day for the people of South Dakota.”