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House panel to recommend whether to impeach Ravnsborg at end of the month


House impeachment officials are directing their legal counsel to craft a written report on their findings.

The report is based on the committee's investigation into the fatal crash involving Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg.

That report will get approved on March 28, when lawmakers reconvene for a day to consider overriding any vetoes issued by the governor.

Once the report is approved, the committee will decide whether to recommend impeaching Ravnsborg. House lawmakers will convene on April 12 to vote on whether impeach the Attorney General.

House Speaker Spencer Gosch says the process has been difficult.

“And knowing what we’re doing is going to set the precedent for South Dakota, I think, going on into the future if this issue were to ever arise again,” Gosch says. “Keeping that mindful, trying to keep the process in a way that others can follow that model has always been an important thing to do. But it has been difficult, and mostly by interjecting outside factors.”

Gosch is referencing interjections by the governor’s office and the executive branch. Earlier this week, Department of Public Safety head Craig Price sent a letter to the committee calling Ravnsborg unfit for office.

Gosch called the letter ‘disgusting.’

Lee Strubinger is SDPB’s Rapid City-based news and political reporter. A former reporter for Fort Lupton Press (CO) and Colorado Public Radio, Lee holds a master’s in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.