Ron Richard is the first person to be elected both Senate President Pro Tem and Speaker of the House in Missouri. The only member to be elected both Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader in 100 years.
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Oct. 25, 2016 | FULL STORYOur View: Legal notices provide transparency Joplin Globe Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin and Senate president pro tem, says his staff goes line by line through unclaimed property notices printed in The Joplin Globe as legal ads and then attempts to notify as many residents as they can locate. “Many people would never know to go online and look this up,” Richard said. “Legal notices are a means of transparency.”
Oct. 21, 2016 | FULL STORYEaglePicher Technologies opens new lithium ion center in Joplin Joplin Globe Long was joined at the event by state Sen. Ron Richard, state Rep. Bill White and representatives from the offices of U.S. Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt. Also present were several of EaglePicher's customers and local partners, including Marsi Archer, department chair of chemical and physical sciences at Missouri Southern State University.
Oct. 20, 2016 | FULL STORYDyslexia task force meets for the first time to discuss screenings of Missouri students St. Louis Post Dispatch The panel is made up of lawmakers, private citizens who are parents to children with dyslexia, and experts on the disorder, including doctors and other advocates. Sixteen of the 20 members were appointed by Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson and Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard.
Oct. 5, 2016 | FULL STORYKCP&L acquisition to give Missouri another Fortune 500 company The Missouri Times Sen. Ron Richard, President of the Senate, and Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe have specifically made their support of the purchase known to state regulators. “I support this acquisition because it paves the way for future economic development, investment and continued prosperity for the State of Missouri,” Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, said in addressing the commission.
Sep. 27, 2016 | FULL STORYNixon withholds funds from Glass Hall renovation The MSU Standard “For years now, the Department of Revenue has been taking heat from businesses and legislators regarding their tax collection efforts, which many feel exceed the department’s authority,” Senate Leader Ron Richard said in a press release. “Whether for adults or children, instructional classes provide great opportunities for learning and exercise, and those are two things that should always be encouraged, not discouraged through taxation.”
Sep. 18, 2016 | FULL STORYLawmaker helps push Missouri Capitol preservation St. Joseph News Press In 2010, St. Rep Pat Conway (D) attended a presentation about the building’s past and struck up a conversation with then House Speaker Ron Richard, a Joplin Republican. Both had been history majors in college. Not long after, Richard, now Senate president pro tem, called Conway. “I think I’ve got something for you,” he said. A Democratic spot had come up on the statutorily created commission. Conway embraced the assignment. “It just was a good fit for me to get involved in the process, down here representing not only my area of the state but all the individuals of the state who want to see preservation of these historic structures,” he said.
Sep. 17, 2016 | FULL STORYPhill Brooks: A historic veto session for the governor Boonville Daily News Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said even department directors refused to work with committee chairs. "His people are not as engaged, particularly the department heads, aren't engaged with my chairmen as much as they should," Richard said shortly after the Senate adjourned the veto session. "We don't expect a governor to talk with everybody all the time, but some of his people (are) less than helpful in drafting legislation." Richard and Kehoe have a point. Nixon has been more disengaged from the legislature than any governor I've covered. Even some Democrats have voiced frustrations about Nixon.
Sep. 15, 2016 | FULL STORYMissouri voters will now get a say on vote ID, but acknowledge law could still be challenged in court St. Louis Post Dispatch Still, Republicans are bracing themselves for a fight in court. “Based on what’s going on around the country, I assume there’ll be some court action,” said Senate President Ron Richard, R-Joplin, on Wednesday. Republicans hoped that putting an amendment before voters would be “sufficient enough to make the courts happy," he added. "That’s why we went the extra mile.”
Sep. 15, 2016 | FULL STORYGov. Nixon slashes spending on schools, roads after Missouri lawmakers enact tax breaks St. Louis Post Dispatch n a statement Thursday, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said Nixon's move was a "smokescreen" to hide rapid growth in Medicaid spending. "The reason for the recent withholds by the governor has nothing to do with the Legislature’s actions last night. The effects of the bills overridden won’t be felt for months if not years down the road," Richard said.
Sep. 15, 2016 | FULL STORYEducation, Farmers, Roads take hits in Nixon's $57.2 million budget restrictions Missouri Times “The reason for the recent withholds by the governor has nothing to do with the Legislature’s actions last night. The effects of the bills overridden won’t be felt for months if not years down the road,” says Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin). “Missouri’s most overridden governor in history combined is using our veto session successes as a smokescreen to blur the real problem – the out-of-control growth in entitlement programs, especially Medicaid.”