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 26, 2016 | FULL STORYRichard creates three new interim committees Missouri Times Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard announced Wednesday three new interim committees for 2016. Various senators will return to Jefferson City this summer and fall to serve on the Senate Interim Committees on Utility Regulation and Infrastructure Investment, MO HealthNet Pharmacy Benefits, and Long-Term Care Facilities. Richard told MissouriNet Wednesday that the three committees are designed to investigate issues with rate-making and utilities, lower the cost of drugs obtained through Missouri’s Medicaid program, and improve conditions at Missouri’s long-term care facilities, especially veterans’ facilities.
May 26, 2016 | FULL STORYMissouri Senate begins scrutinizing Planned Parenthood files Kansas City Star Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard has designated three Republicans — Sen. Kurt Schaefer, Sen. Eric Schmitt and Todd Scott, an attorney for the Senate Republican Caucus — to review the documents Planned Parenthood provided as part of an April agreement to diffuse a legal confrontation with the Republican-led Senate.
May 26, 2016 | FULL STORYMissouri Panels to Study Long Term Care & Veterans Homes KOLR-TV The Department of Health told legislative budget makers it has some ways to cut costs but Richard says more will be needed. "We're going to have to figure out how we can trim those costs and make sure that we're getting a good bang for the buck," said Richard. "We need to be in that game and figure out what we can do to get the cost down so we can enhance benefits."
May 26, 2016 | FULL STORYOur View: Reconsider term limits Joplin Globe Sen. Ron Richard, of Joplin, will also end his tenure in the Legislature in two more years. He will have served eight years in the House and eight years in the Senate. He, of course, served as speaker of the House and now is the Senate president pro tem. Richard also has headed a number of committees. We aren’t saying that the same people need to be in office for years upon years, but one thing’s for certain: It will be quite some time before constituents in Southwest Missouri have as much representation in so many key areas as they have right now.
May 25, 2016 | FULL STORYMissouri legislative leaders considering MU study commission membership Missourinet The commission will include four members appointed by the House Speaker and four appointed by Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin). Richard said he wants the commission have membership that will consider all aspects of the system. “I’d like to see people that want to be on from different parts of the colleges on campus – the ag, engineering, etcetera,” said Richard.
May 25, 2016 | FULL STORYIncrease in services for deaf-blind awaits Nixon OK Fulton Sun Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard and House Speaker Todd Richardson are signing the passed bills today. Those bills are anticipated to be delivered to the governor's office this week, said Scott Holste, Nixon's press secretary.
May 22, 2016 | FULL STORYSusan Redden: August primary will decide most races for county office Joplin Globe Members of the Newton County Republican Central Committee are offering an opportunity for voters to get to know their candidates better with an event Thursday at the Farber Building on the campus of Crowder College in Neosho. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the program starts at 7 p.m. In addition to speeches from GOP candidates, Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, will review actions in the recently concluded session of the Missouri Legislature.
MAY 21, 2016 | FULL STORYMissouri GOP begins to coalesce behind Trump in quest to block Clinton St. Louis Public Radio The two camps each presented proposed 50-person slates of delegates and alternates, to counter the official “compromise slate" assembled by Hancock and other state party leaders. Hancock’s slate won handily. The slate members include Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson, state Senate President Pro Ron Richard, St. Louis County Councilwoman Colleen Wasinger and Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly.
May 18, 2016 | FULL STORYChange in education funding becomes law after successful override of veto Rolla Daily News “Because Missouri never got the gambling money that was projected, the state now faces the more than a half a billion dollar gap in school funding,” said Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin. “This measure, with bipartisan support, will make full funding of the foundation formula an attainable goal in the next couple of years.”
May 16, 2016 | FULL STORYAbortion Legislation Left on Table Despite GOP Supermajorities KOLR-TV Senate President Ron Richard (R-Joplin) said the failure to pass those bills doesn't mean his caucus is slipping from its pro-life platform.
"We've done a lot of pro-life issues. We've been probably one of the best pro-life states in the country and we'll continue that effort," said Richard.