SD Supreme Court rules Gosch doesn’t have to release names of legislators supporting special session to consider Ravnsborg impeachment

PIERRE, S.D.(DRGNews)- The South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled the state Speaker of the House doesn’t have to release names of legislators supporting a special session to consider the possible impeachment of the state’s attorney general.

House Speaker Spencer Gosch of Glenham tells DRG Media Group the information being requested by the South Dakota Newspaper Association and the Argus Leader is available, but not in the format they wanted.

Gosch did disclose that at least two-thirds of the House members supported holding a special session. One of those is Representative Will Mortenson of Pierre, who, back in February, filed the resolution proposing two Articles of Impeachment to remove Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg (rounds-berg) from office.

South Dakota House members will hold the special session to consider the issue Nov. 9, 2021.

In August Ravnsborg pleaded “no contest” to two misdemeanor traffic charges related to the death of Joeseph Boever near Highmore just over a year ago. The judge ordered no jail time, but ordered Ravnsborg to pay a $500 on each of the two misdemeanor counts as well as associated court costs.