SIOUX DROPS, S.D.– South Dakota’s attorney general of the United States claimed Tuesday he is reviewing concerns from state lawmakers over a meeting Gov. Kristi Noem held in 2014 that consisted of both her daughter and a state employee who was supervising her child’s application to come to be a certified genuine estate appraiser.
“I have been spoken to by concerned residents and also lawmakers,” Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg stated in a statement. “I am proactively assessing their concerns and also I will certainly be adhering to the actions prescribed in codified legislation in relation to those concerns.”
Ravnsborg really did not quickly react to an inquiry about what actions he could take. The chief law officer is tasked under state law with releasing lawful opinions to legislators.
The Associated Press reported Monday that Noem held the meeting shortly after the state agency had actually relocated to refute her daughter the certificate in 2015. Noem’s child eventually received her permit four months later. Later, the state staff member that directed the agency was allegedly pressured to retire by Noem’s closet secretary. The state staff member, Sherry Bren, eventually got a $200,000 settlement from the state to withdraw the issue as well as leave her job.
Ethics specialists claimed the episode raised problems that the guv had abused the power of her office.
The guv’s office declined to answer comprehensive questions from the AP, and also Noem’s representative disregarded the AP’s record as a political attack on the guv.
Though Ravnsborg and Noem are both Republicans, they have come to be political opponents over the in 2015 after the guv pressured Ravnsborg to resign following an auto accident in which he struck and also eliminated a man walking on a freeway. The chief law officer begged no competition to 2 violations in the crash. The Legislature is planning to convene in November to take into consideration whether to wage impeaching Ravnsborg.
Democrats in the Legislature, who hold just a handful of seats, have likewise required an examination into the governor’s conduct during her child’s evaluator accreditation application.