“Ravnsborg report” and investigation file published


PIERRE, SD (KELO) — The House Select Committee on Investigation released its final report Wednesday and a public redacted version of its filing on the Legislative Research Council’s website regarding the possible impeachment of South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg.

The link to the hundreds of files is here.

KELOLAND Media coverage of the Ravnsborg report

The nine-representative panel considered whether a wrongful offense was committed during or after the accident on September 12, 2020, when a car driven by Ravnsborg struck and killed pedestrian Joe Boever at the west end of Highmore.

The state released hundreds of pages of documents and photos from the investigation, including photos of the attorney general’s car and Boever’s broken glasses, which were found in Ravnsborg’s vehicle.

Photos included in the Ravnsborg report

The committee voted 6-2 Monday night against Ravnsborg’s impeachment recommendation. The full House of Representatives returns to the state Capitol on April 12 to vote on the issue.

Publishing the 30 gigabyte file took legislative staff several days.

The House is considering his impeachment in a special session that began Nov. 9, 2021. House Republican Leader Kent Peterson of Salem sponsored the resolution establishing the select committee. It went 58-10.

Rep. Will Mortenson, R-Pierre, had sponsored an impeachment resolution during the 2021 regular session. Peterson and House Democratic Leader Jamie Smith of Sioux Falls co-sponsored it.

House Speaker Spencer Gosch, R-Glenham, then amended Mortenson’s resolution. Gosch’s version said the House “could assess whether the articles of impeachment” were appropriate.

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