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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May 2, 2016 | FULL STORYVote ID requirement advancing in Missouri Senate San Francisco Gate "We were going to pass it one way or the other," said Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin
4/28/16 | FULL STORYState bill tied to Stevens fatality gathers steam Neosho Daily News “After numerous witnesses had testified in the House, we knew this was an urgent issue that needed to be solved this session,” said Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin. “Sen. Kraus and I worked together on this bill to make sure this measure moved through the Senate so it can make it to the governor’s desk by May 13.”
Apr. 24, 2016 | FULL STORYSusan Redden: Ron Richard calls for passage of 'business friendly' measures Joplin Globe He said Missouri needs "more proactive salesmanship" when working to attract new business. "We're good after the sale because we have such a good workforce," he said. "If we can get them (new businesses), we can keep them."
Apr. 20, 2016 | FULL STORYMissouri lawmakers rebuff Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's 'border war' peace offering Kansas City Star “Do I have any desire to amend the Missouri Works program?” said Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, a Joplin Republican. “No. I don’t.”
Apr. 19, 2016 | FULL STORYSenate advances bill on sentencing options for first-degree murder by juveniles Joplin Globe Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, supports the underlying issue the bill represents, but said he hasn't looked at all of the additional topics. His biggest concern is that the additional topics are fiscally responsible and don't dip into the state's general revenue fund. Richard said after the Senate, the bill still needs to face the House. "(The bill's) not going to be unchanged," Richard said. "It's definitely going to come back less voluminous than right now."
Apr. 14, 2016 | FULL STORYMO Senate Mystery KZRG Radio The Missouri Senate is missing the large wooden gavel used to call the chamber to order. The gavel hasn’t been seen March 18, the day after lawmakers left Jefferson City for their annual spring break. Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard of Joplin says he doesn’t know the value of the handmade gavel, but he is most upset that someone would take something from the Senate chamber.
Apr. 13, 2016 | FULL STOPRYNixon meets with Richard about trade options Fulton Sun “As most folks know, Ron and I have a long history of working together on a number of issues, on economic development and the budget and other things like that,” Nixon told the News Tribune as he left Richard’s office. “We’ve always been able to work things out.” Richard, R-Joplin, said economic development was the topic. “Trade missions overseas, and he wanted to know if I was, possibly, interested,” he said. “That’s about all it was.” Richard said Nixon thinks there are some opportunities for business in Missouri. “He’s pretty confident, and wanted to know if I would be able to help,” the speaker continued. “I said, ‘We’ll see.’”
Apr. 13, 2016 | FULL STORYMissouri Senators Weigh in on Order to 'Ban the Box' KOLR-TV Nasheed proposed a bill to require private businesses to stop asking about criminal background until later in the application process, but Senate President Ron Richard (R-Joplin) opposes that. “I think that’s a dangerous precedent, but I understand that as something for public employees. I would hate to do that for my own business. I might be able to swallow it for publics, but I wouldn’t want to do it for my own company,” said Richard.
Apr. 7, 2016 | FULL STORYMeet in Missouri Act KSN/KODE-TV "We can draw up to a million dollars to help pay for the event, and attract this event, and we believe that it's going to be paying for itself," said Senator Ron Richard, (R)-District 32.
Apr. 7, 2016 | FULL STORYPlanned Parenthood official could face jail time over Missouri Senate subpoena dispute St. Louis Post Dispatch Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, issued a subpoena in November to Mary Kogut, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri. Senators sought from Planned Parenthood six years worth of documents pertaining to fetal tissue and other information about Planned Parenthood operations.