PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — Representatives strongly backed legislation on Tuesday that would establish a liaison in the South Dakota attorney general’s office to concentrate on murdered and missing indigenous people.
“It’s a step toward a solution,” Pourier told representatives.
No one was listed yet as a Senate sponsor Tuesday.
Representative Spencer Gosch suggested the same result could be accomplished if the attorney general’s office had simply been asked. He urged the bill’s defeat.
Representative Randy Gross noted that the House was scheduled to debate HB 1269 later Tuesday that would provide $175,000 to the attorney general for creating and developing a new missing persons clearinghouse website.
The two bills were passed just hours after Representative Will Mortenson, House Republican leader Kent Peterson and House Democrat leader Jamie Smith filed two articles of impeachment against Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. Earlier, Governor Kristi Noem called on Ravnsborg to resign. He ran over and killed pedestrian Joe Boever the night of September 12, 2020.