The GEAR UP case will continue to be prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office after a resolution to appoint a special prosecutor was tabled.
Senate Concurrent Resolution 8, which would have requested South Dakota's attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to handle all criminal and civil cases regarding EB-5 and GEAR UP, was withdrawn last week.
The bill's sponsors noted the "grave consequences" from the two scandals and the government's "susceptibility to corruption, cronyism and nepotism."
Sen. Stace Nelson, R-Fulton, a sponsor of the resolution, said the bill was withdrawn because his colleagues did not believe it would get the hearing it deserved in the State Affairs Committee. Unsure whether it had been formally withdrawn, the State Affairs Committee did briefly address the bill, voting 8-1 to table it.
Although that puts an end to the bill for this year, Nelson still thinks appointing a special prosecutor would be appropriate.