May 16, 2022

S.D. House panel’s use of shut session appears legal underneath S.D. legislation

PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — A issue about the Dwelling Pick out Committee on Investigation as it regarded as no matter if to endorse impeachment of South Dakota Lawyer Typical Jason Ravnsborg: Was it lawful to hold nearly all of the two-day conference behind shut doorways?

State regulation specifically makes it possible for for govt or shut meetings in selected instances and this situation appeared to fit two of them.

Among the them: “Discussing the skills, competence, performance, character or health and fitness of any public officer or staff or prospective public officer or worker. The term, employee, does not contain any independent contractor.”

Another: “Consulting with lawful counsel or reviewing communications from lawful counsel about proposed or pending litigation or contractual issues.”

The committee met with its authorized counsel, Sara Frankenstein, to discuss regardless of whether to advocate that Ravnsborg must be taken out from office by means of impeachment and conviction as outlined by the South Dakota Constitution.

The committee chairman, House Speaker Spencer Gosch, issued a news launch Tuesday night immediately after the conclusion of that day’s get the job done. It said no formal motion was taken and two things were mentioned. They had been:

“Review the law concerning grounds for impeachment and the directions presented by Residence Resolution 7001.

“Begin a assessment of the substantial investigative file made by the Office of General public Safety in order to start the committee’s impartial evaluation of the evidence.”

The panel was nevertheless in shut session as of 3 p.m. Wednesday.