Senator Arthur Rusch — 2019


Picture of Senator Arthur Rusch

Party: Republican
Term: Incumbent
District: 17
Counties: Clay, Turner
Occupation: Retired Circuit Judge/Writer

Home Address:
PO Box 312
Vermillion, SD 57069

Home: 605-624-8723
Capitol: 605-773-3821


Email: Arthur.Rusch@sdlegislature.gov

Session Committees

Government Operations and AuditMember Call of Chair 7:45 AM Room 363 
Health and Human ServicesMember MWF 10:00 AM Room 412 
JudiciaryVice-Chair TTh 7:45 AM Room 413 

Interim Committees

Government Operations & AuditMember 

Prime Sponsor

SB 5codify legislation enacted in 2018. 
SB 59revise certain provisions regarding public records. 
SB 60require the secretary of public safety to provide recommendations to the Legislature on a statewide threat assessment plan. 
SB 68define certain acts as misbranding of food products. 
SB 71prohibit capital punishment of any person with severe mental illness. 
SB 147provide certain provisions regarding commercial pesticide applicators. 
SC 5Congratulating and recognizing Chris Nilsen from the University of South Dakota on breaking the NCAA Championship men's pole vault meet record. 
SC 6Commending and honoring the University of South Dakota Women's Track and Field Team for their outstanding athletic performance upon winning their first Summit League Outdoor Championship in the 2018 season. 
SC 7Commending and honoring the Parker School District Board of Education on their selection as the Associated School Boards of South Dakota School Board Award of Excellence recipient for 2018. 
SC 10Commending and honoring the University of South Dakota Women's Volleyball Team for their outstanding athletic performance upon winning the 2018 Summit League Tournament Championship. 
SC 11Commending and honoring Carla McMurry-Kozak, a high school English teacher at Vermillion High School, on being named English Teacher of the Year by the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English and Speech Communication Association. 
SC 13Commending and honoring the University of South Dakota Women's Cross Country Team for their outstanding athletic performance in winning their fifth consecutive Summit League Championship. 
SC 14Commending and honoring the University of South Dakota Women's Basketball Team for their outstanding athletic performance in winning their third regular season Summit League Championship in four years. 
SCR 6Urging the President of the United States to make agricultural exports a priority and protect agricultural products from all current and future tariffs. 
SJR 1Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election an amendment to the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, related to terms of office for members of the Legislature. 
HB 1090repeal certain provisions regarding the exercise of certain powers over certain property. 
HB 1164revise certain provisions regarding the operation of vehicles upon the approach of authorized emergency vehicles. 

Co Sponsor

SB 51revise certain provisions regarding trusts. 
SB 52require a survey to determine the adequacy of civics and history instruction in accredited schools. 
SB 61provide certain provisions regarding nursing facility closures. 
SB 62provide for the use of certain general funds to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for existing Medicaid providers. 
SB 63increase the penalty for a subsequent conviction for trespass to hunt, fish, or trap. 
SB 65provide for the construction, renovation, improvement, remodeling, alteration, addition to and repairing of courthouses, jails, incarceration reduction facilities, and other necessary buildings. 
SB 70revise certain provisions regarding hospital liens. 
SB 74revise provisions regarding multiple convictions for certain offenses. 
SB 80make an appropriation to the Equal Access to Our Courts Commission. 
SB 84authorize the possession and administration of opioid antagonists by school district and nonpublic school personnel, and to declare an emergency. 
SB 85revise the deadline for the Department of Health's annual report regarding abortions. 
SB 86revise provisions regarding certain tax rates. 
SB 90revise provisions regarding certain financial interest statements filed by persons elected to state or local office. 
SB 93revise certain provisions regarding instruction and restricted driving permits. 
SB 106authorize a county gross receipts tax. 
SB 118establish certain provisions regarding advance care planning. 
SB 125revise the General Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2019 to fund the literacy intervention program. 
SB 148provide for state employee protection from retaliation for certain communications. 
SB 154authorize the production and transport of saltwater crustaceans. 
SB 163revise certain provisions regarding jury lists. 
SB 183revise certain provisions regarding buffer strips. 
SC 29Honoring Lois Henry for her outstanding commitment and dedicated service to the State of South Dakota and the South Dakota Legislature. 
SC 35Recognizing and honoring the bravery of the Beresford FFA students who quickly and courageously acted to help the residents of a burning apartment building. 
SCR 5Commending Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds for their votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the United States Supreme Court, and wishing Associate Justice Kavanaugh well in his new role. 
SCR 8Requesting Congress to lawfully change the Medicaid eligibility requirements to give states the option to provide Medicaid services to persons in jail pending disposition. 
SJR 5Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election an amendment to the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, relating to the authorization of certain games of chance in the City of Yankton. 
HB 1050revise certain provisions regarding the use and possession of scanning devices and reencoders. 
HB 1051establish the South Dakota state seal of civics literacy program. 
HB 1054revise certain provisions regarding the possession of firearms on certain vehicles. 
HB 1055require parental notification and agreement before the institution of an order to withhold resuscitation from certain patients. 
HB 1060make an appropriation for increased reimbursement for care of residents of nursing facilities and assisted living facilities. 
HB 1063revise provisions regarding engaging in sexual activity for a fee or other compensation. 
HB 1070revise the procedure for judgment by confession. 
HB 1071revise and repeal provisions regarding aviation. 
HB 1074provide a privilege for journalists and newscasters regarding refusal to disclose information. 
HB 1076revise certain real estate licensee advertising restrictions and grant rule-making authority regarding real estate teams. 
HB 1077revise provisions regarding designation of a no maintenance highway. 
HB 1080increase the property tax exemption allowed for certain veterans with a disability and the surviving spouses of certain veterans with a disability. 
HB 1081authorize certain paraplegic or amputee veterans or their surviving spouses to retain a property tax exemption without having to reapply each year. 
HB 1088prohibit the use of certain electronic devices while driving. 
HB 1092revise certain provisions regarding campaign finance disclosure reports. 
HB 1111provide for professional or occupational licensure for certain active duty military personnel and spouses. 
HB 1120appropriate funds for forest health and resilience. 
HB 1121repeal certain provisions regarding health inspections of food service establishments. 
HB 1124require health care facilities that perform mammography to inform mammography patients on breast density. 
HB 1125create a property tax relief fund and to provide for the transfer of certain unobligated cash balances. 
HB 1137revise certain provisions regarding pharmacy benefit managers. 
HB 1155provide for certain privileged communications between social workers and students. 
HB 1160revise certain provisions regarding emergency management. 
HB 1163establish the Tax Revenue Study Task Force to study tax revenue in this state. 
HB 1165establish the South Dakota prepaid college program and to make an appropriation therefor. 
HB 1175establish the Early Learning Advisory Council. 
HB 1193provide a criminal penalty for causing an abortion against a pregnant mother's will. 
HB 1194revise provisions regarding reports of crime statistics. 
HB 1209revise certain provisions regarding vapor products. 
HB 1210authorize the direct shipment of wine by wine clubs. 
HB 1243revise provisions regarding hate crimes. 
HB 1252increase the state's percentage of video lottery revenues and provide for the deposit of certain excess revenues. 
HB 1253provide funding for advertising that addresses the negative aspects of gambling. 
HC 1002Honoring the life of Beverly Smith. 
HC 1003Commending and recognizing the numerous contributions made by South Dakota's social workers and recognizing March 2019 as National Social Work Month. 
HC 1006Celebrating and honoring Tabor's Annual Czech Days festivities on the occasion of its seventy-first anniversary on June 13, 14, and 15, 2019. 
HC 1007Honoring Calico Ducheneaux of Mobridge, South Dakota Girls State Governor and Seamus Duffy of Sioux Falls, South Dakota Boys State Governor and commending the South Dakota American Legion and Auxiliary for their sponsorship and coordination of the Girls State and Boys State programs. 
HC 1009Honoring Rena Ortbahn for her outstanding commitment and dedicated service to the State of South Dakota and the South Dakota Legislature. 
HC 1026Honoring the service of the South Dakota National Guard's Adjutant General, Major General Timothy A. Reisch, for his tenure serving as Adjutant Major General for the State of South Dakota Department of Military from April 2011 through June 2019. 
HC 1028Celebrating and commemorating the commissioning of the USS South Dakota. 
HCR 1005Petitioning Congress and the President to defend Israel against hostile actions; expressing the strongest support for, and unity with, the people and State of Israel; and strongly condemning the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement and the increasing incidents of anti-Semitism against Israel and the Jewish people. 
HJR 1002Rescinding an adopted joint resolution regarding a federal balanced budget amendment. 

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