Lawmakers summon key figures for Gov. Noem inquiry

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FILE — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks during the Family Leadership Summit in this July 16, 2021, file photo in Des Moines, Iowa. The four retired judges who make up South Dakota’s Government Accountability Board usually meet just a handful of times a year, almost entirely unnoticed by the public, and have never advanced a complaint to a public hearing. They’re now preparing for the high-profile task of weighing whether Gov. Kristi Noem twice abused the power of her office. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, file)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers have summoned two people who were present at a meeting Gov. Kristi Noem held last year that included her daughter, Kassidy Peters, and state employees who were overseeing Peters’ application for a real estate appraiser license.

The Legislature’s Government Operations and Audit Committee sent letters requesting Noem’s secretary of labor and the former director of the state’s Appraiser Certification Program, Sherry Bren, to show up at a meeting next week.

While it was not clear what will be asked of the women, the move showed lawmakers want more answers from the Republican governor on an episode that that has sparked concerns from ethics experts.

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