The South Dakota House State Affairs Committee has unanimously amended the impeachment resolution against Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg to delay any action until after his criminal case has been decided.
The amendment also drops the articles of impeachment and replaces them with language saying Ravnsborg could potentially be impeached. It doesn’t require lawmakers to take up impeachment once the criminal case is over.
Ravnsborg faces 3 misdemeanors in Hyde County for killing 55-year old Joe Boever by hitting him with his car as the HIghmore resident walked along the highway near Highmore last September.
House Speaker Spencer Gosch brought the changes to the committee, saying a delay is necessary after a judge last week barred the release of any further evidence from the investigation of the accident.
Boever’s cousin, Nick Nemec, testified against the changes, saying they “gutted” the impeachment process. He complained about the way Gosch rushed it through, not posting the measure until yesterday afternoon.
Nemec asked lawmakers to think of Boever’s family and consider the events of the night he was killed, reminding them of graphic details from the investigation.
The amended resolution still needs to pass the full House, but that appears to be a foregone conclusion. The State Senate isn’t affected; it wouldn’t be involved unless the House impeaches Ravnsborg and sends it to a Senate trial.