Art Rusch

The Senate Judiciary Committee has killed House Bill 1140, called a "poachers' bill" by its detractors.

The proposed legislation would have required Game Fish & Parks officers to have landowners' permission to do compliance checks on private land.

Opponents say current policies already encourage cooperation between the agency and landowners, and the bill protects hunters.

Victoria Wicks has more of this story for SDPB.

Meet the Candidates: Art Rusch

Sep 2, 2020
Art Rusch

In The Moment … September 2, 2020 Show 894 Hour 1

Senator Art Rusch opens today's Meet the Candidates segment. Rusch is an incumbent in District 17 which includes Clay and Turner Counties. A Republican, Rusch is a retired Circuit Judge and writer. Last month his campaign received the recommendation of the South Dakota Educators Political Involvement Committee (EPIC).


A highly controversial prosecution in Aberdeen is the apparent impetus behind changing a South Dakota law. House Bill 1134 responds to the prosecution of a former Brown County deputy state’s attorney, Brandon Taliaferro (pronounced “Toliver”). If passed, the law removes a prosecutor’s power to block arrest records from being expunged without a hearing, no longer giving prosecutors the last word when it comes to removing certain arrest records from public scrutiny.