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Impeachment committee schedules meeting next week

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg

A committee conducting an impeachment inquiry into Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg is meeting.

The group is looking at Ravnsborg's conduct following a fatal car crash that left Joseph Boever dead. The attorney general pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors.

The impeachment inquiry is focusing on the conduct of Ravnsborg following the fatal crash. The group will meet Tuesday and Wednesday at the Capitol in Pierre.

Democratic State Rep. Jaime Smith, of Sioux Falls, says he expects the committee will meet more in the future.

"I think we're going to be setting up what we're going to do and begin to go through the process," Smith says. "I don't believe we're going to come to any conclusions in those two days."

Smith expects portions of the meetings will be open to the public. Other aspects will be behind closed doors.

The committee will focus on a written report, which will eventually go to the House of Representatives with a recommendation of whether to impeach.

This is the first time in state history that lawmakers have opened an impeachment inquiry into a constitutional officer.

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.
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