Other senators have had less time to do their homework on the crash investigation. Republican Sen. Ryan Maher said he is already “agitated” because he will have to take a two-day break from running a new business to spend long hours in a Senate chamber likely baking in the summer heat. Lawmakers usually meet during the winter months, making air conditioning or cooling ventilation unnecessary.
“It’s going to be hot and we’re just going to sit there and sweat,” Maher said [Stephen Groves, “South Dakota Senators Silent on AG Impeachment Vote,” AP, 2022.06.16].
The forecast for Pierre on Tuesday, June 21, the first day of the Senate impeachment trial, is 62°F at dawn, high of 87°F later, with a nice refreshing northwest wind all day. Open the windows Monday night, bring some ice tea, and quit complaining about doing the job you were elected to do.
And hey, if you really listen to prosecuting attorney Mark Vargo‘s gripping presentation, you won’t even notice the heat.
Day 2 of the trial will be 87°F again, with a lighter southerly breeze. But hot or cold, Ravnsborg’s precipitation of this historic trial may mean he’s toast:
[Maher] said he did not know how he would vote, but said if Ravnsborg is convicted, he would probably vote to bar him from holding any future state office “just because he’s wasting my time now when he should have resigned” [Groves, 2022.06.16].
Hey, I’ll take a conviction and removal of an incompetent liar and killer from public office any way Senator Maher is willing to serve it.
The LRC has posted a trial agenda here. It notes that Senate gallery seating is first-come, first-served. Overflow seating will be available in Capitol Rooms 412, 413, and 414… all of which have air-conditioning.