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South Dakota ethics board releases documents outlining investigation into Noem conflict of interest complaint

The complaint alleges malfeasance, conflict of interest and a handful of other abuses of office stemming from the July 27, 2020 meeting between Gov. Kristi Noem, her daughter Kassidy Peters and the then-director of South Dakota's appraiser certification program, Sherry Bren.

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem delivers her budget address on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, in the house chambers inside the state capitol in Pierre.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Government Accountability Board released a trove of documents outlining the committee’s investigation into one of the complaints against Gov. Kristi Noem claiming she abused her office in helping her daughter get a real estate license.

According to statute, the "information, reports, or complaints and the investigative records and files of the board are confidential and not a public record... until the board votes in favor of conducting a contested case hearing." The release of the documents indicates that a hearing, which would allow Noem the opportunity to respond to the complaint, could be on the way.

The entire contents , which include hundreds of pages of exhibits, transcripts and correspondence between key players in the probe, were posted to the Boards and Commissions website just after 8 a.m. on Sept. 9. An exhaustive table of contents can be found here .

The complaint was filed by Jason Ravnsborg, the former attorney general. It alleges malfeasance, conflict of interest and a handful of other abuses of office stemming from the July 27, 2020 meeting between Gov. Kristi Noem, her daughter Kassidy Peters and the then-director of South Dakota's appraiser certification program, Sherry Bren. The meeting was first reported by the Associated Press.

The Noem campaign has maintained her innocence and the politicized nature of the complaint filed by Ravnsborg.

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This is a breaking story, and Forum News Service will have a deeper dive into the contents of the release later today.

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Jason Harward is a Report for America corps reporter who writes about state politics in South Dakota. Contact him at 605-301-0496 or jharward@forumcomm.com.

Jason Harward covers South Dakota news for Forum News Service. Email him at jharward@forumcomm.com.
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