South Dakota Legislature moves for subpoenas on Noem meeting (Audio)

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November 15, 2021

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers have moved to subpoena a document and a former state employee at the center of questions about whether Gov. Kristi Noem used her influence to aid her daughter’s application for a real estate appraiser license.

The Legislature’s Government Operations and Audit Committee (GOAC) is pressing for details about a meeting the governor called last year that included her daughter, Kassidy Peters, and key decision-makers in a government agency.

The agency had moved days earlier to deny Peters’ application for an upgrade to her appraiser certification.

Committee member Senator David Wheeler of Huron spoke in support of issuing the subpoenas…

The Republican governor has adamantly denied any wrongdoing. But the subpoenas that cleared a GOP-dominated committee Monday on an 8-to-2 vote show lawmakers want more answers.

The subpoenas could be finalized Wednesday.

Senators Wayne Steinhauer of Hartford and Jean Hunhoff of Yankton were the “no” votes on the committee.