South Dakota lawmakers split over records lawsuit payment

October 18, 2021

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Top South Dakota lawmakers are considering whether taxpayers should pay for the state House speaker’s legal defense as he faces a lawsuit for refusing to release the names of House legislators who supported a special session this year.

State Sen. Lee Schoenbeck  (pictured) of Watertown asserts that House Speaker Spencer Gosch, a fellow Republican, should personally foot the legal bill to avoid expense to taxpayers.

But Gosch says state statute calls for the attorney general to defend him.

The Legislature is planning a special session to consider whether to advance impeachment charges against Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg for his conduct following a crash that killed a pedestrian last year.