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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Jul. 21, 2016 | FULL STORYMissouri Senators Propose Legislation to Stop Attacks on Law Enforcement KOAM/KFJX-TV Senator Richard expects the legislation to move through the senate quickly. “Targeting police officers is unacceptable and we're going to move forward on that. Also Mike and I have talked about body camera legislation and additional safety issues that we can help law enforcement with,” says Senator Richard.
Jul. 21, 2016 | FULL STORYJasper County law enforcement press conference KSN/KODE-TV State Senators Ron Richard and Mike Parson held a press conference at the Jasper County Courthouse on Thursday. It focused on recent events, where law enforcement agents were shot and killed. Parson said something had to be done to prevent incidents like that in the future. That's why he plans to introduce legislation in December that would charge anyone who attempted to kill or killed someone in law enforcement with a hate crime.
Jul. 19, 2016 | FULL STORYCourthouse project may grow to include sidewalks, lighting Joplin Globe Theis noted the additional funds comes from a $100,000 state allocation, adding, "We appreciate Sen. (Ron) Richard, because he got the extra funding for us."
Jul. 16, 2016 | FULL STORYWatermelon feed slated Neosho Daily News U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, U.S. Congressman Billy Long, and Missouri State Senator Ron Richard will attend as this year's featured speakers. Additional guest speakers will be candidates seeking nomination as Republicans for statewide office and all Republican contested countywide office seekers on the Aug. 2, 2016 Newton County Primary Ballot.
Jul. 13, 2016 | FULL STORYHegeman fears MoDot could stop using sheltered workspaces Missouri Times “From our perspective, this is a marked shift that devalues MoDOT’s relationship with sheltered workshops,” Hegeman wrote. Hegeman’s letter was cosigned by a bipartisan group of senators, including Sens. Wayne Wallingford, Gary Romine, Jeanie Riddle, Mike Cunningham, Gina Walsh, Ryan Silvey, Dan Brown, Brian Munzlinger, Bob Onder, Kurt Schaefer, Bob Dixon, Ron Richard and Doug Libla.
Jul. 7, 2016 | FULL STORYNixon vetoes photo voter ID law Missouri Times “The Senate has not only spent hours but years working with both sides to make sure this bill was a good balance of protecting the fairness of Missouri elections while making sure no voter is disenfranchised,” said Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin. “I expect the Senate will be able to easily override this veto, and this action only makes it more important for people to get out and vote in November and show their support for voter ID.”
Jul. 7, 2016 | FULL STORYUniversity of Missouri Review Commission Members pledge to carry on despite Nixon's budget restriction Columbia Tribune Members of the commission held conference calls Wednesday with legislative leaders. Senate-appointed members spoke with Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and House-appointed members talked with House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff.
Jul. 6, 2016 | FULL STORYRichard Responds to Nixon's Budget Withholding KZRG Radio Wednesday’s (7/6) decision by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to withhold over $115 million in state spending caught many state lawmakers by surprise. Including Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard of Joplin. “Yeah, and I don’t understand it, either. The numbers at the end of session were up, budget numbers were up, revenues were up. Even going into the new (fiscal) year we’re up a little bit.”
Jun. 28, 2016 | FULL STORYMissouri Senate leaders respond to veto of gun bill KTTN/KGOZ Radio “I am disappointed to hear the governor vetoed a common-sense bill that expands the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families,” stated Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin).
Jun. 25, 2016 | FULL STORYOur View: Joplin residents left to guess Joplin Globe Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, during the past legislative session worked with the Missouri Press Association, of which the Globe is a member, to help make changes amending the law. We, on behalf of the public, want that work to continue in the 2017 session.