SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) — Whether or not South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg will be paid while suspended is unclear this afternoon.
Ravnsborg was suspended from his official duties as attorney general of South Dakota after being impeached in the state House of Representatives.
Ravnsborg Chief of Staff Tim Bormann said, “In reviewing Section XVI of the South Dakota Constitution, it sets out suspension from office in (Section) 5, but is silent on the issue of compensation. I haven’t found the answer myself yet.
Article XVI, Section 5 states: “No officer may perform the duties of his office after he has been impeached and before his acquittal.”
Ravnsborg is paid $121,449.51 a year, according to the Open Government website.
The House of Representatives ruled 36-31 on Tuesday to impeach Ravnsborg in connection with the death of pedestrian Joe Boever at the west end of Highmore. The South Dakota Constitution’s article on impeachment requires at least 36 votes to impeach.
The matter now moves to the State Senate for a trial. The trial could take place on June 9 and 10, according to Sen. Lee Schoenbeck, R-Watertown.