Jason Ravnsborg impeachment committee will make its recommendation by month's end

The select committee contemplating an impeachment article against Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg for his role in a fatal crash 18 months ago met in secret again on Thursday. But this time members emerged with a timeline, saying they'd have a report prepared by month's end, with the full House meeting again in April to consider the report.

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PIERRE, S.D. — The committee investigating potential impeachment articles against Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg will release a report by month's end.

"The end is near," House Speaker Spencer Gosch said Thursday evening, March 10, in short remarks after a private executive session.

While the full Legislature wrapped up business for the 2022 session on Thursday, the House Select committee has been meeting under the auspices of a separate, special session since early November.

Gosch did not reveal on Thursday whether the committee would be recommending the House impeach Ravnsborg for striking and killing a pedestrian in September 2020. He did say the full House would meet again on April 12 to possibly take action on the committee's report, which he hoped would be available on or shortly after Veto Day, March 28.

Gosch, R-Glenham, said state law requires the report be made available to the House for at least 14 days.


"Our full body will meet on April 12 to discuss the report and [take] any action if necessary," Gosch said.

The family of Joe Boever, who was struck and killed by a car driven by Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, waits for a select committee considering impeachment of the AG to begin on Thursday, March 10, 2022.
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No other comments about the report were made on Thursday evening. On Wednesday, Gov. Kristi Noem's Public Safety secretary had encouraged the committee to impeach Ravnsborg, saying the Republican AG was to blame for the distracted driving in the crash that killed pedestrian Joe Boever, 55, of Highmore, South Dakota.

Ravnsborg last year pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor unsafe driving charges.

Boever's family attended the select committee's meeting at the Statehouse on Thursday but declined to make any comments.

Christopher Vondracek is the South Dakota correspondent for Forum News Service. Contact Vondracek at , or follow him on Twitter: @ChrisVondracek .

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Christopher Vondracek covers South Dakota news for Forum News Service. Email him at or follow him on Twitter at @ChrisVondracek.
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