Missouri Senate Set to Begin Budget Work KSN/KODE-TV "Budget is always a large task and we've had a short time to do it with the new governor so he got his budget to us late. We're in a hurry but still we'll prevail. We always get a budget finished. it's one of our constitutional duties so we'll get it finished one way or the other," Richard said.
MO Prescription Drug Monitoring Legislation KSN/KODE-TV Senator Richard says this paves the way for Missouri's own version of the program to go into effect. "I figured sooner or later we would get it, but this quick, because the opposition was pretty well entrenched, but, you know, compromise sometimes has a strange way of getting things finished, so yeah, I'm pleased, i'm pleased, and that'll just save time that we can work on other issues," Senator Richard says.
Senate finally confirms gubernatorial appointments after Greitens visit Missouri Times Freshman Sen. Bill Eigel added there was a sense of “relief” among the caucus that Greitens had made the visit, a term echoed the next day by Richard. The Senate president said he would continue to ensure the three branches of government stayed separate in their duties. “I’m ever watchful of intrusion of the legislative branch,” Richard said, adding that in his long career as a state legislator the judiciary and executive branches occasionally both tried “to do our job.”
Greitens, Missouri lawmakers remain at odds over family leave St. Louis Post Dispatch “I think there is a realization that it takes all branches of government to work together,” Richard said following the meeting. Richard said he hopes the meeting results in the block on appointments being lifted. “We’re pressing forward on gubernatorial appointments,” Richard said. As for convincing Greitens to alter his approach to family leave, Richard would only say, “Too early to tell.”
Project focuses on U.S. government Neosho Daily News So far, the sole official to respond has been Senator Richard who stated, "It sounds like a great project and very interesting to see the laws they passed. It is so important for students to get involved early in the political process."
Senate decides against confirming UM curators again Missouri Times At a press conference after session Thursday, Richard did not expand on the caucus’ decision to hold up the appointees. “The Republican caucus wants to visit with the governor on a couple of issues,” he said bluntly, adding that Majority Caucus Chair Dan Hegeman had set up a meeting with Greitens next week.
Steve Kraske: It's time for for Missouri and Kansas to rethink all things judicial Kansas City Star The leader of the Missouri Senate has fired a warning shot: He wants to replace Missouri’s long-standing process for selecting judges.
Bill Martz likes the big flag Neosho Daily News At 2 p,m. on Sunday, March 26, (a week later if there is rain) a new flag will fly for Martz to mow under. State Senator Ron Richard will donate the new flag and give the rededication speech.
For his charity and his contribution to the people of Neosho, Bill Martz is this week's good neighbor.
Joplin City Clerk Receives 2017 Outstanding City Clerk Award KOAM-TV Former Mayor and now the President Pro Tem of the Missouri State Senate, Ron Richard, her greatest fan, has described her as bringing “CLASS” to Joplin City Hall and she will leave a great legacy when she retires.
At midway point of session, Missouri Republicans on track with changes to legal system St. Louis Post Dispatch For Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, the goal of changing the laws regarding lawsuits and courtrooms would allow businesses to expand and grow without worrying about legal costs. “In January, we pledged to make Missouri more competitive with our neighbors,” said Richard, R-Joplin. “Every piece of legislation the Senate has passed so far has been an effort to make the Show-Me State more attractive to investments. We are focused on legislation that will help facilitate economic growth and build stronger communities across the state.”
On the trail: Taking the temperature of the legislature on paid parental leave St. Louis Public Radio Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, also broached the possibility last week of providing paid leave to all state employees. “We haven’t had any discussions just yet on a particular piece of legislation. But we’d like to make it fair. If there’s something out there, it should be fair for everybody,” Richard said. “We just want to make sure if there’s anything for employees in the state of Missouri, it’s fair. And it’s applied fair.”
Susan Redden: Sen. Richard says drug monitoring bill should pass in this session Joplin Globe Some version of a prescription drug monitoring bill should be passed by the Missouri General Assembly in this session, Sen. Ron Richard, president pro tem of the Missouri Senate, said Friday. Richard, of Joplin, made the prediction after a gathering in which local lawmakers reviewed bills under consideration in Jefferson City. Ryan Johnson, president of Missouri Alliance for Freedom, said the region also gets clout from the seniority of local lawmakers — most in their final terms in the state Senate and House. "Especially Sen. Richard; he can get a bill passed, or kill it," he said.
GOP leaders tout successes at Spring Break arrives Missouri Times “We’ve had an outstanding session,” Senate President Pro Ten Ron Richard said. “We’ve done some labor reform, tort reform, and some other legislation that I never thought we’d sign in my lifetime, and it was a pleasure to sign it.”
'Show Me Your Glory;' MBC's Yeats to keynote prayer event at Capitol The Pathway Missouri Baptist Convention Executive Director John Yeats is set to be the keynote speaker at “Show Me Your Glory Lord,” a prayer event at the Missouri State Capitol, March 28. Participants will hear briefly from Speaker of the House Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff), Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin), Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and Attorney General Joshua Hawley.
Marion County Farm Bureau members meet with state legislators Hannibal Courier Post Farmers and ranchers heard from Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard and Speaker of the House Todd Richardson, as well as the agriculture committee chairs from both chambers, Sen. Brian Munzlinger and Rep. Jay Houghton.
Jay Wasson: The Most Influential Senator? Missouri Times Wasson’s support for Richard was in part drawn from the way he served as the Speaker of the House. “The way he ran the House was different than in the past, and once I got to the Senate I immediately knew that after running the House in really a more senatorial way, that it would work well over here.” He said he was pleased with his decision to vote for Richard, and credits Richard with the success of the Senate. “While we have had some bumps in the road, we haven’t had anything like what we had in my first two years, and I think that Ron and his style of leadership is a big reason why.”
Legislative roundup: What's next on REAL ID, drug monitoring Springfield News Leader Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, expressed support for Silvey's position on Thursday. Asked whether REAL ID had a chance, Richard said, "If it's up to me, it does." "I think Sen. Silvey made some good comments about the volunteerism part," Richard said. "If you want to submit your information, you should be allowed to. ... I think (Silvey) did a great job."
Greitens rounds out 10-member tax credit committee Missouri Times While Greitens may have taken his time selecting the four men to join the committee, House and Senate leadership have already had their delegates chosen for weeks. Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard selected Sens. Will Kraus, Andrew Koenig and Dan Hegeman to the committee just days after Greitens announced the formation of the committee.
Chamber Eggs and Issues or Biscuits and Gravy Carthage Press State Senator Ron Richard, President Pro Tem of the Senate talked about the passage of the Right To Work bill. He has been working on this type of legislation for the past 15 years and discussed how this will help MO when companies are looking at relocating.
Joplin Lincoln Day March 4th KZRG Radio Featured speakers include Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson, Missouri GOP Chairman Todd Graves, Congressman Billy Long, and Senator Ron Richard. Tickets are $40, and are available at joplinlincolnday.com.
Greitens complains of lack of coverage, but won't talk with reporters St. Louis Post Dispatch While the president railed at the media during a contentious press conference Thursday in the nation’s capital, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard and House Speaker Todd Richardson — both of whom are, like Greitens, Republican — conducted their weekly appearances answering questions from the media under the statehouse dome, without restrictions. Richard said the practice was good for transparency. “Ever since I’ve been Speaker of the House, I thought that was a fair way to do it, to give you a chance to talk to me and I can talk to you,” said Richard, the only Missourian to serve in the top leadership spot in both the House and Senate. “I’ve always thought that sunshine and knowing how I feel about certain things — even if you don’t agree — is probably a better way to understand how I envision governing and leadership in the Senate,” said Richard, R-Joplin.
GOP renews push to limit liability lawsuits Columbia Daily Tribune Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard told reporters Thursday that the goal of changing tort laws is to ensure "business can do what they do, which is hire and grow without having the undue burden of lawsuits." "We want to make sure that consumers are protected but also make sure it's fair for both sides," the Joplin lawmaker said.
Susan Redden: Lawmakers say tax hike for roads unlikely this session Joplin Globe Richard said the state's general revenues, which have dipped in recent months, are not sufficient to fund any new transportation projects. There is enough money for the state to match federal funding it receives each year, Richard said, but not enough to match any additional federal grants. "That means if there was any big, federal infrastructure push, Missouri could be left out," he said.
Richard on Right to Work Becoming Missouri Law KZRG Radio “I believe it’s going to put us on a list that companies and individuals will be looking at Missouri keep to companies, expand and bring in new (companies).” There are still complaints that right to work will reduce wages and weaken unions. Richard says southern states which have right to work tell a different story. “Their jobs and pay have increased for both union and non-union over the years…and the fact that they all have more work and they’re looking to get more employees and expand the jobs and have people moving in.”
Gov. Greitens celebrates "right-to-work: at abandoned Springfield warehouse Springfield News Leader Greitens thanked several of the lawmakers present, including bill sponsors Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, as well as Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, who raised the hand of Sen. Jay Wasson as if to declare the Nixa Republican victorious in a boxing match. "I congratulate Governor Greitens, Pro-Tem Richard, and Speaker (Todd) Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) on making Missouri the 28th Right to Work state and putting us on the path toward economic prosperity," Treasurer Eric Schmitt, a Republican, said in a statement.
Quick Action Expected in MO Legislature on Several Issues KSN/KODE-TV "All these reforms that the governor talked about we've been working towards over time anyway, we just had a governor that wouldn't sign them, and some of this legislation we've passed numerous times, we just couldn't get them signed, and didn't have enough votes to override," Richard says
Republican Lawmakers Happy about Right-to-Work Law KOLR-TV While the ALL-CIO union gathered to demonstrate against the measure in the Capitol Rotunda Thursday, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard signaled the celebration was just beginning for him. “This may be one of the greatest days in the history of Missouri as far as I’m concerned, on an issue that I’ve been working on for close to 16 years.”
Missouri lawmakers send 'right-to-work bill' to Gov. Greitens' desk Houston Herald Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said he had been pushing for the change for 16 years. “This may be one of the greatest days in the history of Missouri, as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “If nothing else happens the rest of my life, I am pleased.”
Governor's tax credit cutting committee starts to take form Missouri Times Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard also named Sen. Dan Hegeman and Sen. Andrew Koenig to the governor’s committee. Koenig is a new senator, but he served in the House for the last eight years, and chaired the House Ways and Means Committee for the last six. He has long been opposed to additional tax credits.
Legislation would create tax credit for political donations Joplin Globe Though he sat on the Senate panel that heard the bill, Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said he didn’t want to comment on it, just yet. However, he did say he has been a supporter of ethics legislation since his days as speaker in the Missouri House. This year, he has co-sponsored a bill that would cap lobbyists gifts to $10. “We wanted to get something passed that was reasonable,” said Richard, who is the Senate president pro tem. “We’ll see how it goes.”
Missouri lawmakers take up Greitens' call to revamp tax breaks KBIA Radio Senate president pro-tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, doesn't think Swan's bill is practical for every tax break. "Some of them you could (appropriate annually), but those that have a three and five-year span … you can't budget more than one year," Richard said. "So if you're going to give certainty to a business or organization about a (tax) credit, you've got to have a more than one-year certainty."
Missouri Legislature to Work on Labor Reform KSN/KODE-TV Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard says Right to Work will pass through the Senate, and then they will turn their attention to several other bills designed to increase the number of jobs. "We understand that's going to happen, now we're moving on to other issues on labor reform and tort reform, and i'm focusing on three dozen bills," Richard says. Richard says with so many issues to tackle this session, they are likely to have a busy debate schedule in the Senate. He says he hopes to have many of these bills passed through the Senate before the spring break in March.
State Rep. Steven Roberts participates in MLK celebration at the Missouri State Capitol Missouri Times The event, which was sponsored by the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus, included guest speakers such as Governor Eric Greitens, House Speaker Todd Richardson, and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard.
Sen. Richard on Missouri's new legislative realty St. Louis Public Radio Rosenbaum interviewed the Joplin Republican in Richard's Jefferson City office. Here’s a part of what Richard said during the show: The legislature is in sync with Greitens on a multitude of issues, including restricting the parameters of lawsuits and curbing regulations. “With a new Gov. Greitens, it’s going to be an even more interesting dynamic," he said, "because he wants to go full force on job creation and do things that I agree with.”
Missouri state representative has a plan to reduce health care costs KSN/KODE-TV State Senate President Ron Richard of Joplin says he wants the measure passed as soon as possible. "Senator Sater has a pretty good plan--I sent it to committee last week. I think we've got a really good opportunity, we're waiting on the fed to react, but we want to apply early, even before the inauguration to make sure we're in the pipeline because a number of other states are doing the same thing," explained Missouri State Senate President Ron Richard.
Gary Romine Capital Report: 2017 legislative session now underway Farmington Press On Wednesday, I was honored to be sworn in for my second and final term as state senator for the 3rd Senate District. I was blessed to have my staff and my wonderful wife, Kathy, with me in the Senate Chamber as my friend and colleague, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, escorted me to the dais. A short time later, the Honorable Judge Patricia Breckenridge, Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, administered the oath of office to myself, 11 re-elected senators and five newly elected senators.
Right-to-work measures advance, unlikely to appear before voters St. Louis Post Dispatch Senate President Ron Richard, R-Joplin, called the effort “sour apples” last week. House Speaker Todd Richardson said voters have already spoken by electing Gov. Eric Greitens, who vowed to sign right-to-work into law on the campaign trail.
Rolla's Dan Brown is Chairman of Appropriations Committee Rolla Daily News Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, announced today 21 Senate committees that will hold public hearings and draft legislation this session. This year, the committees have been restructured to better hear testimony on the issues that are important to Missourians today. "As the times change and the environment of Missouri evolves, we saw a need to update our committee structure," said Richard. "We have revamped some of the committees to ensure important issues like job creation and economic development get more time in public hearings. We have also structured them so there is less overlapping of committees so senators don't feel torn between hearing one important issue over another."
Inauguration day in Jefferson City, 5 Republicans sworn in to statewide office Springfield News leader Greitens then gave his inaugural address, thanking former Gov. Jay Nixon, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin) and House Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff).
Hurdles await Greitens as he steps onto stage St. Louis Post Dispatch Although GOP officials agree on his approach to anti-union, pro-business legislation like making Missouri a right-to-work state, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard is offering less insight into some of Greitens’ other proposals. “I’m trying to be respectful of the governor-elect until he’s made his State of the State [speech],” Richard said. “I just don’t want to get out in front of him. I want to give him a chance to make his statements and then we’ll try to talk to him. I don’t want to step on his toes.”
Susan Redden: Republicans focus on gubernatorial, presidential inaugurations Joplin Globe Inauguration events are on the minds of Republicans in Missouri and nationally, with Gov.-elect Eric Greitens set to be sworn into office on Monday in Jefferson City and President-elect Donald Trump less than two weeks later in Washington, D.C. Sen. Ron Richard, Senate president pro tem, will be on the main stage and will open and close the swearing-in ceremony at 11:30 a.m.
Missouri Senate GOP to move on conservative agenda with Republican Governor Missourinet Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard of Newton County said making Missouri a right to work state would be the first order of business. “Look at the states around us that are growing and prospering” said Richard. “We are going to send this on a calendar and we are going to pass it.”
Missouri Legislature back in session Jefferson City News Tribune And Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard urged his colleagues to set a "tone" of respect this year, even when they disagree on issues. In his six-minute address to the Senate, Richard, R-Joplin, said he would announce the chamber's agenda at another time, then reminded colleagues: "What we do here matters, and how we do it matters." Pointing to the state's history, he cited several examples of Missourians who took bold steps, even against others' advice. "Without a knowledge of history, there can be no patriotism," Richard said. "Without a reverence for our pioneer forbears, there can be no respect for the government they sacrificed to build."
On one key issue, Gov.-elect Greitens faces uphill battle with Missouri lawmakers St. Louis Post Dispatch In a press conference Thursday, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard gave an emphatic thumb’s down to Greitens’ proposal to limit how quickly lawmakers can become lobbyists. “I think there’s a better way to do that,” the Joplin Republican said. “I do think there needs to be a timeout, whether it is one year or four or five years,” Richard said. “I think it needs to be a finite term.”
Missouri legislative leaders say they're open to Scottrade Center funding St. Louis Post Dispatch Richard said voters should have a say on such issues. “My personal opinion over the years on any stadium is that if there is a vote of the people of the city or county or either one, and if there is a significant participation by ownership, the state would be wise, in my view, to look at the return on investment,” Richard said. “If there is, there ought to be participation by the state if there is good return on investment.”
Missouri House, Day 1: Kander slams voter ID, no public vote on 'right-to-work' and more Springfield News Leader Across the building, senators elected as President Pro Tem Ron Richard, a Joplin Republican. In a news release following the Senate's adjournment, Richard said the Senate would work on legislation to reduce the size of government and help create jobs. “We need to be more competitive with our surroundings states and the south,” Richard said. “We need to better compete for high skilled manufacturing opportunities. We will be focused on legislation that will help facilitate economic growth and build stronger communities across the state.”
New senators sworn in for 2017-2018 Missouri Times “These great Capitol decorations are not placed simply for the purpose of expounding beauty and art, but to inspire in succeeding generations of patriotism,” Richard said after gesturing to the Senate chamber itself. “Without a knowledge of history, there can be no patriotism. Without a reverence for our pioneer forbears there can be no respect for the government they sacrificed to build.” He went on reference Missouri legends like Thomas Benton, Daniel Boone, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, and especially Union Gen. Frank Blair who was the first Democrat to give a public speech in Missouri after the Civil War. Richard celebrated Blair’s courage and urged that chamber to follow his example.
Kander upstages republicans, Greitens watches Senate as lawmakers sworn in St. Louis Post Dispatch Rather than a speech outlining his policy goals in the upcoming session, Richard’s address focused on the grandeur or the state Capitol and the importance of civility under the statehouse dome. “I’m not big on long windy speeches,” Richard said. “I’m hoping we are remembered for respecting the institution of the Senate and each other; for restoring civility to the chamber; and that we were able to be passionate about our convictions without being combative with one another,” Richard said.
Missouri Legislative Session starts Wednesday at noon Missourinet Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin) will address the Senate. House Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) and House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) are both scheduled to address the House. Richard, Richardson and Beatty are expected to outline their 2017 legislative priorities.
Susan Redden: Steve McIntosh, longtime Blunt aide, retiring after 20 years Joplin Globe State Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said McIntosh will be missed by local officials and residents who knew they could turn to him when they had problems or questions involving the federal government. Now president pro tem of the Missouri Senate, Richard said his work with McIntosh has spanned his years in politics, going back to Richard's days as Joplin's mayor. "He's always been able to bring federal politics and policies to a local level so people could understand what was going on. You could call him on anything and he'd help you work through it," Richard said. "He's always been accessible; he's trusted and well-respected."
Lawmakers returning to Jefferson City with GOP agenda on tap St. Louis Post Dispatch Along with right-to-work, Richard expects lawmakers to alter prevailing wage laws and take steps to make it harder for plaintiffs in lawsuits to win large awards, another early priority for Greitens.
After 8 years, Nixon's governorship leaves important lessons St. Louis Public Radio Nixon maintained a good relationship with Senate Pro Tem Ron Richard through most of his term. Richard was speaker of the Missouri House during Nixon's first two years in office.
Big changes are coming to Missouri politics KSN/KODE-TV "I suspect in the first 40 or 50 bills, you're going to see about a third of it in labor reform, then some of it education reform, then the rest of it in legal reform, tort reform," said MO Senator Ron Richard--R.
State Senator and President Pro Temp of the Senate Ron Richard is looking forward to a busy session. He expects to pass right to work legislation. There's also discussion of lowering or eliminating corporate income taxes, but Richard isn't convinced. "I'm not sure of it, I don't want to end up like Kansas and make sure our revenue allow us to meet expectations on what we have to do to meet government obligations," Richard added.
Nixon looks back at public career Fulton Sun Throughout his two terms, Nixon, a Democrat, worked with a Republican-led Legislature and complimented several of those leaders, including current House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, and current Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, who was House speaker when Nixon took office in 2009. "Ron Richard and I have always gotten along very well," Nixon said.
Who will run state government under Gov. Eric Greitens St. Louis Post Dispatch Observers and those involved in the transition say they are not concerned about the pace or the tight-lipped approach to the process. “I’ve been with three governors. They’re all slow,” said Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, who also served as speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives.
Duquesne city residents honor former mayor Monday night KSN/KODE-TV Before the meeting got started, Missouri Senator Ron Richard and State Representative Charlie Davis addressed the council and the audience about the former mayor. They spoke highly of White's role in economic development throughout his 8 years as mayor. And, they focused heavily on his ability to get funding to help rebuild the city after the Tornado.
Our View: More than a name Joplin Globe The choice of Nixon’s name for the hall came with the backing of Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, who had talked with Nixon about the need for the money to make improvements for the building.
Veterans commission tours former state hospital Nevada Daily Mail State Sen. Richard wants the special committee to see whether the state can get a federal waiver to allow the state to send veterans to homes where they can get proper care if there isn't room in the state's veterans homes, until the state can address the shortage of bed space in the state homes. The committee, chaired by Senator Mike Cunningham (R-Rogersville), will also look for ways to improve the quality of care and reduce the costs in long-term care facilities.
Gov. Nixon breaks ground on eponymous hall Joplin Globe During the last legislative session, the governor signed off on more than $16 million that went toward the renovation of Reynolds Hall and the construction of what will be Nixon Hall. Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said he spoke with Nixon about needing money to make improvements for the project and that they shook on the deal. "The greatest compliment I can give anybody in the state Capitol is that when they give you their word and they shake your hand, they keep their word," Richard said. "Gov. Nixon always did that with me, and I treasure that."
MSSU Breaks Ground for Nixon Hall KZRG Radio While speaking at the ceremony, Nixon praised Republican State Senator Ron Richard for his bipartisan efforts to secure the funding for the new building. Richard, who graduated from MSSU, says it’s not uncommon for legislators to work across party lines when it supports higher education. He also says the need to improve MSSU’s science facilities was overdue.
“The lab space was outdated and hadn’t been remodeled since I was out here in 1968 and 69,” Richard says. “So it was time. He (Nixon) recognized the need, and so did the legislature, and we’re lucky to do it and proud to have it done.”
MSSU holds groundbreaking ceremony for Nixon Hall on Tuesday KSN/KODE-TV Sen. Ron Richard (R-Joplin) says he couldn't think of a more fitting figure for the honor. "Because he's been such a partner in this community for a number of reasons, not only because he helped finance this building it's because he was here everyday through that tornado and that storm," added Missouri State Senator Ron Richard.
Missouri Supreme Court Judge Richard Teitelman dies KY3-TV “I was saddened to hear the news today of the passing of Missouri Supreme Court Justice Richard Teitelman. As one of the Court’s senior justices, we are thankful for the years of service he gave to the Supreme Court and Missouri. He will be missed." - Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, District 32
MSSU schedules groundbreaking for new Nixon Hall Joplin Globe Missouri Southern State University will break ground at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on the campus oval for a new building that will bear the name of outgoing Gov. Jay Nixon. Among those scheduled to speak during the groundbreaking ceremony are Alan Marble, president of Missouri Southern; Mike Seibert, mayor of Joplin; Sen. Ron Richard, president pro tem of the Missouri Senate; and Gov. Jay Nixon.
Right-to-work likely coming to Missouri Joplin Globe Richard said it is premature to discuss when that legislation might advance, given that he hasn’t appointed senators to committees that are absent of chairmen. “Right-to-work is a bit of a misnomer,” Richard added. “It’s more of ‘freedom to work.’” Richard said that with right-to-work he hopes Missouri will become more attractive to more companies — especially those in the automotive industries — and create more jobs. "There were a lot of issues,” Richard said. “Right-to-work was part of the equation.”
Our View: Richard worthy of honor Joplin Globe State Sen. Ron Richard was permanently linked with one of his legislative heroes on Tuesday when Missouri Southern State University awarded him its inaugural Richard M. Webster medallion. “He is a tireless advocate for the university,” Marble said of Richard, speaking before a crowd that included members of Webster’s family and many current and former members of the local legislative delegation with whom Richard has served.
Missouri State Senator Ron Richard awarded with MSSU's Richard M. Webster Medallion KSN/KODE-TV Ron Richard was presented with the first Richard M. Webster Medallion today. He received this award at Missouri Southern for his hard work in support for higher education in Missouri. The medallion is named after the late Richard M. Webster, who was elected in 1948 to the Missouri House Of Representatives--and named Speaker of the hHouse in 1954. Webster later served as a Missouri state senator from 1962 until his death in 1990. "It's nice seeing the Webster family again and I'm just humbled by my name being put with his," explained Missouri State Senator Ron Richard.
How Greitens as governor presents big opportunities for GOP state lawmakers St. Louis Public Radio “He has a different vision, he hasn’t been here before,” said Richard, who will depart from the Senate after 2018. “But I’m not too concerned about infighting. There’s always disagreement anyway in the legislative process. There’s supposed to be in the legislative, judicial and the governor’s office. I’m not concerned about that. I mean, there needs to be.”
Richard to be first recipient of MSSU award to elected officials Joplin Globe “Sen. Richard has played an integral role, both in front of and behind the scenes, in many pieces of legislation that have benefited this university,” said Brad Hodson, executive vice president at Missouri Southern. “He is an advocate of our goals at Missouri Southern to improve the lives and the futures of our students, and has worked diligently to provide resources for that mission. He sees the importance of what we do here, as well as the potential for this university’s future.”
Missouri Republican lawmakers get priorities in line for next legislative session KSN/KODE-TV Missouri State Representative Charlie Davis and Missouri State Senator Ron Richard both say passing three reforms will be top priority under the next governor. "We are going to pass all of it -- all the issues that we've been trying to dip for 50 years. We are going to pass by large numbers," Missouri State Senator Ron Richard explained.
Greitens meets with governor, GOP lawmakers Columbia Daily Tribune Richard said lawmakers are interested in working on health care at the state level if President Barack Obama’s health care law is repealed after he leaves office. The Senate president pro tem said he’s “talking about providing health care to those that don’t have it.” He said there’s a gap of working people without coverage and that he would “like to be able to help those people.”
Legislative leaders optimistic about working with Greitens despite corruption Missouri Times Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard also noted his pleasure at getting a chance to work with a Republican governor, something he has not done as either House Speaker or as President Pro Tem. Thursday, Richard responded to the prospect of Greitens’ campaign talk about corrupt government officials, in his trademark blunt gruffness. “I’m not corrupt, so I don’t worry about it,” he said.
Senate Majority Caucus re-elects as Ron Richard Present Pro Tem Missouri Times The Senate Majority Caucus re-elected Richard, who served as Pro Tem at the end of the first session of the 98th General Assembly. Prior to that Richard had served as Senate Majority Floor Leader and Speaker of the House. “I am excited to work together with my current and newly elected colleagues, and we won’t waste time getting ready for next session,” said Richard. “We will have a new governor this year, and I’m encouraged that we will work together to bring jobs to the Show-Me State. We will act quickly so Missourians can get back to work.”
Right-to-work law is priority for Missouri GOP lawmakers, Greitens KY3-TV House Speaker Todd Richardson and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard both say barring mandatory union fees and restricting liability lawsuits to help businesses are goals next session.
Even with Republicans in control of state government, Greitens faces challenges as new governor of Missouri St. Louis Post Dispatch Senate President Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said he is “encouraged” to work with Greitens. “I congratulate him and his family and all of their hard work over the last few months, and I’m looking forward to a successful session next year,” Richard said in a statement.
University of Missouri Names Choi New System President ABC News Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard said most of the senators "are willing to give the university a second look" and want to wait and see what decisions Choi makes.
Missouri ballot to include amendment that could have big impact on state parks KSN/KODE-TV The measure would call for a 10-year renewal of an existing sales tax in the amount of 1/10 of a cent. State Senator Ron Richard says a "yes" vote would help maintain one of the best start park systems in the country. "I think they do a pretty good job job generally with maintenance of parks and expanding some parks. I know there's been some controversy about park land purchases by the state, but overall they've done a great job and I'm optimistic it will pass," said State Senator Ron Richard.
Susan Redden: GOP lines up busy week just before election Joplin Globe He (Ted Cruz) will appear with Blunt at a rally set for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Connor Ballroom at Missouri Southern State University. In addition to Blunt, other speakers at the Neosho event will be Greitens, Parson, Ashcroft, Schmitt and state Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, Senate president pro tem. The program will include information on proposed constitutional amendments and other issues on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Our 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.”
EaglePicher 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.
Dyslexia 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.
KCP&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.
Nixon 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.”
Lawmaker 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.
Phill 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.
Missouri 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.”
Gov. 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.
Education, 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.”
Release: Former President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey Honored at he Capitol Missouri Times “Former Sen. Dempsey has been an inspiration to us all, and it’s my great pleasure to honor him and his family by unveiling his portrait for all Missourians to see,” said Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin.
Richard defends Senate Republicans against Grietens' campaign attacks Missouri Times Richard reiterated that the account was meant to feed staffers when the Senate worked late, which it has a number of times over the past couple of years. That includes last sessions filibuster over SJR 39, which lasted 40 hours. “I mean, I can’t expect the employees to buy their own when they’re working 24 hours. That just isn’t right,” Richard said. “There wasn’t anything nefarious about it, just trying to do the right thing by our employees.”
Release: Senate Leader Announces Appointments to the Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia Missouri Times “The members of this task force will improve the support system for students in this state who are struggling with dyslexia,” said Richard. “We want to help those students achieve their full potential and be the successful Missourians they are capable of becoming.”
Greitens talks right-to-work at Joplin office opening Joplin Globe "He has a unique campaign ... a new face," state Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, who is the Senate president pro-tem, said. "Eric's got a unique ability to see through the mist."
Neosho approved as magnet site of foreign trade zone Joplin Globe Those attending the designation at 11 a.m. Friday will be representatives of the Springfield Airport Board, U.S. Rep. Billy Long, representatives of NABIFI board of directors, Newton County commissioners, Missouri state Sen. Ron Richard, Missouri state Rep. Bill Reiboldt, and representatives of area businesses.
Tornado shelters are now elementary for Carthage schools Joplin Globe The district paid for the upgrades using operating fund reserves. Normally operating funds cannot be used for new construction, but Rep. Tom Flanigan, of Carthage, and Sen. Ron Richard, of Joplin, moved a bill through the Missouri Legislature in 2014 allowing Carthage a one-time exception.
University of Missouri Commission to hear from MU Chancellor on Wednesday Missourinet When he announced his four Commission appointments in June, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin) said that there was “a lack of leadership at the UM System’s highest level” last year, and that the Commission “will help gain back trust and respect from people across the state.”
Elementary school shelters completed Carthage Press State Rep. Tom Flanigan and State Sen. Ron Richard pushed through a bill in the Missouri State Legislature that allowed the Carthage School District a one-time chance to transfer more money than normally allowed from its operating fund to its capital fund to pay for the elementary storm shelters.
Duquesne street paving repair projects begin Joplin Globe Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and city officials in Duquesne worked with state legislators that included state Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and state Reps. Bill White, R-Joplin, and Charlie Davis, R-Webb City, as well as Joplin city officials such as planning director Troy Bolander, and Chris Erisman, of Allgeier, Martin and Associates, to obtain the grant.
Globe celebrates 120 years Joplin Globe State Sen. Ron Richard presented a resolution from the Senate. "In all my years in government — 30 years — the Globe has been very respectful of politics and treated particularly me fair." He also mused that "When I open the Globe, I check above the fold to see if I'm on it. If I'm below the fold, I guess that's one of those moments when you say, 'OK, I guess it wasn't quite that bad.'"
AT&T designates area business parks fiber ready Joplin Globe John Sondag, president of AT&T Missouri, made the announcement during a ceremony at the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. Also in attendance were Ryan Stanley, Joplin city councilman and mayor pro tem; Lynn Ragsdale, Webb City mayor; state Sen. Ron Richard, of Joplin; state Rep. Charlie Davis, of Webb City; and representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt and U.S. Rep. Billy Long.
Republican Women of Newton County Watermelon Feed KSN/KODE-TV "People can come and make up their mind. Visit with the candidates one-on-one. Let the candidates get to know them, know what's important to them, and have the voters get a feel for who it is they're going to vote for," said Nick Myers, chairman. Along with the candidates, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, Congressman Billy Long, and State Senator Ron Richard spoke at the Watermelon Feed.
Court Strikes Down Missouri Law Cutting Jobless Benefits ABC News Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard called the ruling an "unfortunate" precedent for how vetoed bills must be handled. But it may not spell the end of Republican attempts to further curb unemployment benefits and build up the trust fund. "My ask of the Republican Senate would be, 'Let's get ready and try it again,'" Richard said.
Missouri 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.
Jasper 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.
Courthouse 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."
Watermelon 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.
Hegeman 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.
Nixon 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.”
University 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.
Richard 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.”
Missouri 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).
Our 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.
Michael Williams appointed to University of Missouri system review committee St. Louis American Michael Williams was appointed to the University of Missouri System Review Commission by Missouri Senate Leader Ron Richard. He is a partner of Williams Dirks Dameron LLC who specializes in labor and employment law. The commission will review the UM System’s rules, regulations, administrative structure, campus structure, auxiliary enterprise structure, degree programs, research activities and diversity programs.
Greenfield to celebrate 175 years Cedar County Republican Greenfield will celebrate its 175th birthday Saturday, June 25, at Greenfield City Park in conjunction with the Celebrate American event sponsored by the Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Missouri state senator Ron Richard will present a Missouri Senate Resolution to Greenfield mayor James Evans marking the historic birthday.
Hulshof sees role of UM Review Commission as huge undertaking Missouri Times Richard said with the appointments that he hopes the work of the commission will help “gain back the trust and respect” from people across the state. The University of Missouri-Columbia campus’s leadership was questioned last fall after protests over issues of race and the future of Melissa Click, an assistant professor of communication who was fired in February.
Susan Redden: Missouri senators differ on gun control legislation Joplin Globe While GOP candidates are making local stops individually, many will be back in force next month — for the GOP ice cream social July 18 at Carthage Memorial Hall and for the Newton County watermelon feed July 26 at Big Spring Park in Neosho. Ice cream will be served along with watermelon at the Newton County event. U.S. Rep. Billy Long and state Sen. Ron Richard will be featured speakers, and statewide and county candidates also will address the crowd.
Renee Hulshof, three others named to UM System Review Commission Columbia Missourian Richard said the appointees "each possess strong experience and expertise in governance, management, and understanding of school leadership and instruction," according to the release.
First members of Mizzou review commission named St. Louis Post Dispatch “Last year we witnessed a lack of leadership at the UM System’s highest level. The Legislature saw the need for objective oversight. This commission will help gain back trust and respect from people across the state,” Richard said in a prepared statement Thursday.
Nixon signs two budget bills in Joplin giving $16 million to MSSU Joplin Globe Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said the budget bills, which hit the governor's desk early, were truly a bipartisan effort. "When you are doing it for the right things, it doesn't make a difference what party you belong to," Richard said.
UM System Review Commission appointees excited by "opportunity to make a difference" Columbia Missourian Dave Spence has a philosophy: You listen first, then you learn, then you lead. It’s a philosophy Spence plans to implement as a member of the UM System Review Commission. Spence was appointed Thursday by Missouri Senate President Pro Tempore Ron Richard, R-Joplin, along with Renee Hulshof, Neal Bredehoeft and Michael Williams.
Richard 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.
Missouri 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.
Missouri 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."
Our 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.
Missouri 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.
Increase 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.
Susan 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.
Missouri 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.
Change 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.”
Abortion 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.
Legislative Leaders on Achievements, Disappointments of 2016 Season KOLR-TV The Senate's President, Ron Richard (R-Joplin), is disappointed his chamber fell one vote short of passing a measure that would've required public employees' annual permission before union dues could be taken from their checks. It was one of two bills that Governor Nixon has vetoed so far this session.
Hammer to hall: Joplin man crafts gavels used in Missouri Senate chamber Joplin Globe The gavel he created, or “hammer” as he likes to calls his creations, was a personal gift he presented to former Joplin Mayor Ron Richard, now president pro tem of the Missouri Senate. Richard took possession of the gavel, made of Missouri ash and Osage orange, and immediately put it to good use. Last month, Richard wrote out a State Courtesy Resolution honoring Rhoads and his gaveled gifts, saying that his hammers “had been used by Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and numerous other presiding officers of the Senate since April 30, 2009.”
Missouri lawmakers pass ethics laws but fail on gift ban KMBC-TV Richardson said the first bill the House will pass next year will limit lobbyist gifts. If that's not successful, both Richardson and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard said they'll consider changing internal House and Senate policy to cut down on gifts.
General Assembly ends session: now what will Nixon do? St. Louis Public Radio In a break from the criticism he has leveled at some previous legislative leaders, Nixon offered some measured praise for the current crop – notably, the two GOP legislative leaders, Speaker Todd Richardson and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard. Nixon praised both for being upfront and open.
'Stand your ground' and voter ID highlight Missouri GOP wins as 2016 session ends Kansas city Star “Thanks to the hard work of my colleagues, we had a very successful session,” said Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, a Joplin Republican. “We passed legislation that will help improve the communities across the state.”
Planned Parenthood wins suit over Columbia clinic license Columbia Daily Tribune “This judge has a track record of left-leaning rulings, and I am confident, that if appealed, the higher court will promptly overturn this poorly reasoned opinion,” Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said.
United Hebrew Congregation begins centennial celebration Joplin Globe Proclamations from state Sen. Ron Richard and Gov. Jay Nixon as well as letters of congratulations from Sen. Claire McCaskill and Rabbi Ken Kanter, director of the Rabbinical School at Hebrew Union College, were presented by members of the congregation.
Senate Passes Voter ID Bill El Dorado Springs Sun Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said he believes this bill will help prevent in-person voter impersonation. “Facts show voter ID laws are intended to protect voters from dishonest tactics from people looking for an advantage at the expense of our fundamental right,” said Richard. “Photo identification requirements improve security at the polls to ensure Missouri voices are heard.”
Missouri lawmakers appear poised to pass voter ID bill Joplin Globe "This time we worked through it," Sen. Ron Richard, Senate president pro tem, said. "I think Sen. Keaveny understood we were going to pass it one way or the other. I think this is one way rather than the other."
State 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.”
Susan 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."
Missouri 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.”
Senate 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."
MO 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.
Nixon 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.’”
Missouri 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.
Meet 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.
Planned 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.
Missouri Senate OKs $27 billion budget St. Louis Post Dispatch “Cooler heads prevailed,” Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard said of restoring cuts to Mizzou. “I think some of the things that MU has done has helped defuse the situation.”
Bill 1087 heard in Senate committee Daily Journal, Park Hills, MO A new bill, Senate Bill 1087, sponsored by State Senator Gary Romine, R-Farmington, and backed by Lobbyist Kerry Messer, was heard by a Senate committee Tuesday morning. The bill will create a new state government position and new requirements aimed at helping families cope when loved ones go missing and it is being co-sponsored by 23 senators. The position would serve as an advocate for missing persons and their families. Senators co-sponsoring SB 1087 include Ron Richard, District 32.
Editorial: Voters endorse and reinvest in their cities and schools St. Louis Post Dispatch In Jefferson City, Senate President Ron Richard, R-Joplin, correctly reacted Wednesday by shelving legislative efforts to ban the e-tax. The question may come up in future years, he said, but future legislatures should respect the wisdom of city voters.
Missouri death penalty bill KSN/KODE-TV "Most of the debate circled around some people doing such terrible, horrendous acts that imprisonment without parole wasn't sufficient. And the majority of the senators felt that the death penalty was justified, but it never came to a vote yet, and I doubt it will be brought up again this year," said Senator Ron Richard, (R)-Distrct 32.
More stalling in Missouri Senate, this time on contentious Voter ID measure St. Louis Post Dispatch Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, was asked afterward if people should expect the bill to come up again. "You can expect that, yeah," he said. "I don't know when, but yes it will."
Motor fuel tax hike faces final vote in Missouri Senate Joplin Globe The bill passed out of committee Feb. 2, and Wednesday was the first time the full Senate debated the proposal. In the meantime, House Speaker Rep. Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, and Senate President Pro Tem Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, expressed their doubts about moving forward with a gas tax hike and said they were open to other transportation fixes.
Senate votes to expand Secretary of State's powers Washington Times Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard rejected that implication, saying he sent the bill to Kraus because of his experience on the topic. “We don’t have any senator in the Senate that has more integrity than Will, so I trust him on election issues,” he said.
Voter ID, ethics measures up next in Missouri Legislature Southeast Missourian "Fractured or not, we're still 23," Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard said, referencing the 23 Republicans in the now-32-member Senate. "We're still going to move on our business as the majority party."
Area lawmakers weigh in on mid-session priorities Joplin Globe Richard said he didn't want to reveal his priorities, lest "a number of people might leverage that against me." As for the slow-down of the Senate, Richard said his main priority is to see the budget passed. "I'm not necessarily in favor of passing a bunch of legislation," Richard said. "Sometimes, not passing stuff is just as important."
MO Senate Considering Bill Changing How Utility Rates Would Change KZRG Radio “We know rates are going to increase over time. We’re trying to figure out the most efficient, the most inexpensive way for rate increases to raise.” Richard adds that the cost of holding hearings on utility rate increases is passed on to consumers. Those opposed to the bill say it would prevent the Missouri Public Service Commission from examining proposed rate increases.
Lawmakers speak and Chamber forum Carthage Press Richard said the Senate, by nature, deliberates much more slowly, but he has changed things up, allowing committee chairmen more of a say in what bills make it to the floor for a vote. Richard talked about some of his priorities, such as a legal reform bill to require courts to make sure people called to testify in cases as “expert witnesses” were experts in the topic they planned to talk about. He also talked about the “paycheck protection” bill, which would make public employee unions get permission from workers annually before they can take dues from their paychecks. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed that bill on Friday, but Richard said he thought the Senate had the votes to override Nixon's veto. He said the Senate still had to take up a transportation bill.
Susan Redden: Ron Richard says lawmakers 'not done' with ethics reform Joplin Globe Richard, a Joplin Republican who is Senate president pro tem, noted the passage of one ethics bill that prohibits statewide elected officials from serving as paid political consultants. He said he also expects restrictions to be imposed barring former lawmakers from shifting money from campaign accounts to fund future lobbying jobs or for personal gain. While Missouri has funds available in the coming year to match federal funding for transportation projects, Richard said the senators in the last half of the session will focus on ways to address the long-term needs of the state.
Missouri State Budget Moves to the Senate KSN-TV "We try in the Senate to make sure legislation is as good as we can, and to take it slow and make sure there are no errors in it," says Senator Ron Richard of Joplin.
Webb City Eggs and Issues KSN-TV Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard says second half priorities include passing that budget, as well as focusing on MoDOT funding. "What we do with long term funding on the highways and then counties and cities, they have a piece of that, too," said Ron Richard, Missouri Senate President Pro Tem.
Senate leader skeptical of Ameren rate plan St. Louis Post Dispatch Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard signaled he is not yet on board with efforts by Ameren and other Missouri utilities to impose near-automatic annual rate increases that could pump up residential rates by more than 30 percent in the next decade. “Sooner or later we’re going to have to do something about our infrastructure,” the Joplin Republican told reporters as lawmakers exited the Capitol Thursday for their spring break. “Whether that happens or not this session I do not know.”
Missouri Senate leader thinks tension among GOP and Democrats is easing Missourinet.com Senate leader Ron Richard (R-Joplin) believes the stalling this week by Democrats on Senate business is easing, at least for now. “It’s seems to be. It’s a little early to draw lines in the sand,” said Richard. “We don’t want to do that. We aren’t going to do that. I’m not going to do that.”
Oversight panel for the UM System gets initial support St. Louis Public Radio The Review Commission would have eight members, four appointed by Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and four appointed by House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff.
Top Missouri lawmakers claim exemption from open-records law Columbia Daily Tribune “If it is what other pro tems have ruled and that’s our policy, then I’m certainly going to stay with that,” said Richard, a Republican from Joplin. He also said constituents sometimes share personal problems with lawmakers. “What happens if you have an email talking about child abuse and family issues and the fact that you’re trying to help somebody?” Richard said.
Missouri license plate causes controversy KSN/KODE-TV Senator Ron Richard has said that while the actual meaning of the word "Jihad" can be interpreted as "struggle," the word's meaning in our society is far different and is often linked with terrorism. At first, according to Richard, the Department of Revenue was reluctant to have the plate removed at all.
Richard noted that the motion was made after being contacted by people from his district.
Richard encourages senators to have more decorum Fulton Sun “The traditions of the Senate are extremely important, and I believe they are important to every member in this (body) who’s ever served or who ever will serve,” Richard, R-Joplin, told colleagues. “Rules regarding decorum will be strictly enforced from this day forward.” However, Richard reminded the Senate on Thursday, “The King’s language is the language of this room — I will tolerate no foul language in this room. This room has a tradition of open and fair debate, and that is where we’re going to be proceeding.”
Relationship between U of Missouri, lawmakers on the mend Kansas City Star Tensions between the University of Missouri System and state legislative leaders appear to be dying down after months of turbulent talk and threats of budget cuts following protests at the Columbia campus that attracted widespread, and sometimes negative, attention. "I do believe it's getting better," Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, a Joplin Republican, said Thursday.
Release: Senate Sends Paycheck Protection Back to House with Veto-Proof Majority Missouri Times Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said this bill has been a primary concern for years, and it’s long overdue. “We believe employees have a right and the power to choose what to do with their paychecks,” said Richard. “This is about fairness and compassion for all public union employees so they can provide for their families while adding value to their meaningful work.”
Cruz, Rubio appear to be GOP favorites in two-county area Joplin Globe Richard, of Joplin and Senate president pro tem, is a co-chairman of the Rubio campaign in Missouri, along with Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson. Richard, who was once Missouri House speaker, said Rubio held that same position in Florida.
“He has experience with bringing people together to get things done,” Richard said.
A primary source of his appeal, Richard said, is that national polling indicates he is the only one of the GOP candidates who could beat Democrat Hillary Clinton. “He needs to clarify his immigration policy and he’s doing that,” Richard said. “But he’s very strong on foreign policy and on domestic issues that would get the economy going.”
Utilities push for overhaul of Missouri rate regulation St. Louis Post Dispatch The proposed legislation, sponsored by Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, and co-sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, would allow utilities to set rates based on what they spent in the prior year. Rates would be based, in part, on a financial report, with several adjustments, that the utilities already are required to file with federal regulators. And allowed profit would be determined by a strict set of guidelines.
Susan Redden: John Ashcroft keynote speaker at Lincoln Days banquet Joplin Globe Other banquet speakers who have confirmed thus far are U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, U.S. Rep Billy Long and State Sen. Ron Richard of Joplin.
Bill requiring sale of 4,200 state-owned acres advances to Missouri Senate St. Louis Post Dispatch The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration, where Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, has voiced support.
Ethics overhaul gets skeptical reception from Missouri Senators St. Louis Public Radio But the Joplin Republican didn’t think the disagreement over ethics overhaul would strain relations between the House and Senate. “I’ve been visiting with the speaker several times a day since we started. I’ve been over there. I’ve been in his shoes,” said Richard. “When you have a priority and you think it is really important and you want that to happen really, really bad and it doesn’t happen – I mean I’ve been frustrated with the Senate. It’s easy to get frustrated over here."
Editorial: If St. Louis wants to win NGA, message must be loud and clear St. Louis Post Dispatch When Mayor Francis Slay traveled to Jefferson City on Feb. 2 to discuss this high-stakes competition, the bipartisan support he received was resounding. “Whatever you’ve got to do, go get it and we’ll back you up on the cost,” Republican Sen. Ron Richard of Joplin, the Senate president pro-tem, told Slay.
Senate makes final push to keep NGA in St. Louis Missouri Times “If we were to miss out on the opportunity to our neighbors, Missouri will lose more than $8 million per year in income taxes alone,” Richard said. “The chance to grow won’t exist. Staying in St. Louis City will bring a huge economic development advantage to the entire state.”
Missouri Senate urges NGA to stay in STL St. Louis American “If we were to miss out on the opportunity to our neighbors, Missouri will lose more than $8 million per year in income taxes alone,” said Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin.
R U 4 txtng, drvng? House speaker addresses issue with NMH (not much here) Daily Star Journal, St. Joseph, MO Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard said he opposes texting and driving regardless of the drivers’ age. “I’m of a mind with Clint Eastwood – hang ’em high,” Richard said while meeting with the press Thursday at the Governor’s Mansion.
Sen. Ron Richard to be honored by Mizzou Alumni Association Joplin Globe Sen. Ron Richard acknowledged there was some irony when he was honored last week by the Mizzou Alumni Association with an award recognizing "continued efforts supporting higher education public policy." Richard said MU administrators have ignored concerns raised by lawmakers. "If they're not paying attention, we'll get their attention, and apparently we'll have to do it through the budget process," he said.
Nixon hopes to move quickly on UM curator vacancies St. Louis Post Dispatch Richard, a Republican from Joplin, has said he has no plans to fill the board vacancies until next January, when there's a new governor. "If they're not reform minded, they need not apply," Richard said Thursday.
St. Louis seeks state support for NGA St. Louis Post Dispatch Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, told Slay to leave no stone unturned in pursuit of the $1.6 billion project. He said the Legislature would support the mayor if the city decided the site needed state-backed infrastructure improvements to help lure the project to the north side. “If there is something out there that is missing, go get it. Do not lose this deal on an exit ramp. Go do what you’ve got to do,” Richard said.
Why Ron Richard should be president of MU Missouri Times What they desperately need is someone who can speak clearly and candidly, make quick, logic-based decisions without being bogged down by debating societies, can communicate with the legislature and out-state Missourah, and perhaps most importantly doesn’t have a PhD and can make the tough choices that won’t be popular on campus but will ultimately save the university.
Courthouse ceremony marks 175th anniversary for county Joplin Globe City officials and state lawmakers representing Jasper County attended the anniversary gathering. Proclamations honoring the day were received from Gov. Jay Nixon, and state Rep. Tom Flanigan, state Sen. Ron Richard and U.S. Rep. Billy Long.
Senate leader says legislature's relationship with University of Missouri 'terrible' Missourinet Senator Richard said part of the reason there’s been a strained relationship between Mizzou officials and lawmakers is the handling of communications professor Melissa Click, who asked for “some muscle” to block a student journalist’s access during the anti-racism protests on campus. Click was suspended this week by the MU Board of Curators. “I understand she’s on leave, but she’s on paid leave. That’s unacceptable,” said Richard.
Missouri business groups divided on LGBT-discrimination ban Kansas City Star Associated Industries of Missouri President and CEO Ray McCarty said adding LGBT protections could open businesses up to new lawsuits, a concern GOP Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard has said he shares.
Legislators, activists rally against sex trafficking Missouri Times Nasheed was joined by legislative colleagues Rep. Tracy McCreery, Rep. Elijah Haahr, Sen. Jill Schupp, President Pro Tem Ron Richard, and Rep. Tommie Pierson. Assistant U.S. Attorney Teresa Moore, U.S. Attorney’s Office Human Trafficking Coordinator, served as the mistress of ceremony.
Jones takes on multistate role in Rubio presidential campaign Columbia Daily Tribune But available reports only show contributions through Sept. 30, before 20 state lawmakers including House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and two local legislators, Reps. Caleb Jones and Caleb Rowden, endorsed Rubio.
PR Senate is off to Engergetic Start Missouri Times Bills regarding key issues are already on the move as week three of the Second Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly comes to a conclusion. One issue Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, has stated as a top concern this session is tort reform. “Missouri’s unfair and outdated civil judicial system has forced businesses and job creators out of the state,” said Richard. “I believe by addressing some basic, common-sense reforms, we are building a better business environment and improving our state’s litigation climate.”
Our View: Gov. Nixon's 'victory lap' Joplin Globe In 2009, Nixon set his goals as governor; increasing jobs was first and foremost. He didn’t do that alone. Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, has also made that his focus both as a House member and now in the Senate.
Gov. Nixon reminisces in last State of the State address Joplin Globe Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said his chamber will see ethics reform before long and that those bills were moved forward because of Republican leadership. “We’ve got the Legislature working faster than it has in recent years,” Richard said.
Missouri group forms to support women in state politics Kansas City Star The event sponors include Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe, House Speaker Todd Richardson, Senate Minority Leader Joe Keaveny and House Minority Leader Jake Hummel.
Gov. Nixon gives last State of the State address KTVI-TV Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard said the Senate will not heed the governor's call to add sexual orientation and gender identity to nondiscrimination laws.
The Chat: And...Missouri Senate leader Ron Richard again extends olive branch to Gov. Jay Nixon Kansas City Star “We need to have a partnership with the executive branch and work toward job creation and getting people back to work.” — Missouri Senate President Ron Richard, a Republican, talking about the need for cooperation with Gov. Jay Nixon in his final year in office. Richard has been sounding this theme for several years, and it’s a good one. For this part, Nixon, a Democrat, pointed out that the state has 5,135 fewer employees now than when he took over in 2009. Balancing the budget, he said, means making tough choices.
Nixon Prepares to Release FY 2017 Budget Plan KOLR-TV Senate President Ron Richard (R-Joplin) hopes bi-partisan issues will bring Republicans and Nixon together during the Governor’s last year in office. “I think we need to have a partnership with the executive branch and work toward job creation and getting people back to work,” said Richard
First four ethics bills pass the house Missouri Times With the bills headed to the Senate, Richardson did not confirm whether or not the bills would be expedited in that chamber, but said that he and President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, had been in “constant communication” for the past few months on ethics legislation. “Sen. Richard joined me on the dias as we took up ethics bills,” he said. “He came to express his support for the work we were doing, and I’m very optimistic the Senate’s going act on what we send them.”
Missouri Senate bill for fuel tax hike receives support Joplin Globe Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard said he sent Libla's bill to committee to start debate immediately. Richard, R-Joplin, said he wants to see the final language of the bill before voicing an opinion. However, he said, he voted for a similar bill that passed through the Senate last session, though it ultimately failed.
Missouri 2016 elections likely to affect state Legislature Southeast Missourian Before the start of session, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard predicted it will be slow-moving with "a lot of speeches." He opted not to speak in depth on the first day of session Wednesday. "In an election year, there are probably enough speeches on this floor," said Richard, who is not running for higher office. "I thought I'd save the speeches for my distinguished colleagues."
Our view: Kicking the can down Missouri's troubled roads Joplin Globe Even skeptics on occasion can be hopeful. That’s how we would characterize our reaction to Ron Richard’s top priority for the new legislative session. Richard, a Republican from Joplin, also holds the top position in the Senate as president pro tem. Richard told the Globe that the Senate will be working on transportation bills that will generate funds for roads and bridges in Missouri. U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, Gov. Jay Nixon and Richard are all telling the Legislature that this must be the year.
The New Year opens with pain, pride and promise The Missouri Times On the eve of the opening day, members of the General Assembly attended an open house at MoDOT headquarters where they had an opportunity to meet new Director Patrick McKenna, hear his hopes for the coming year and personally speak with commissioners. Those attending included Sen. Ron Richard, president pro tem, Sen. Mike Kehoe, majority floor leader, Sen. Doug Libla, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, and Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer, chairman of the House Transportation Committee.
Missouri lawmakers could lock horns over new lobbying rules St. Louis Post Dispatch In the Senate, however, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, favors a two-year waiting period. Richard pushed last year a two-year revolving door law, but found few takers among his colleagues. “I compromised to one year and I couldn’t even get that through,” Richard said.
Footing the bill with the taxpayer dime Houston Herald Sen. Richard informed the mayor that not only does the Senate not agree with the St. Louis city government’s assumptions of continued payments, the annual $12 million a year will possibly be cut off before its proposed sunset date in 2022. I (State Senator Mike Cunningham) wholeheartedly back Sen. Richard’s letter, as do many of my colleagues, constituents and fellow Missourians. The state’s General Revenue fund monies should not be bound to the building of a new, costly, unnecessary NFL stadium in a city that already has one, with a team that might not even be located in the state in the coming years.
Senate studying contempt proceeding against Planned Parenthood Columbia Daily Tribune Speaking to reporters Thursday, Richard, R-Joplin, said he intends to enforce the subpoena despite those objections. “I just want to make sure people and institutions are respectful of a Senate subpoena,” he said. “That’s my goal.”
Local lawmaker optimistic over right-to-work despite sign it's on the back burner Springfield News Leader "I've indicated to the Speaker we probably won't take it up this year. He doesn't think he can muster the 109 (the number of votes needed for a super majority to overcome a veto), so we're going to do things we agree on this year," Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, told reporters Wednesday. Richard said things could change by the end of the session.
Sponsor of one transportation funding plan: 'We can't keep kicking can down road' Joplin Globe Legislators were urged Thursday by several officials to find a solution for a likely revenue shortfall for fiscal year 2017. The officials included U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, Gov. Jay Nixon and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, of Joplin.
Missouri Senate boots press corps off floor St. Louis Post Dispatch Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard later admitted he was still angry after an incident last year in which a private conversation between senators was posted to a social media site by an individual sitting at the press table. “Some of the press violated the code of ethics by tweeting out discussions between senators, The Senate floor, that’s our space. That’s not your space," he told reporters.
Missouri Senate Moves Media off Floor after Tweets ABC News Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard says he initiated the move because some reporters had violated the Senate's trust in recent years by tweeting private discussions and negotiations they overheard on the Senate floor. The Senate floor is "our space, that's not your space," Richard, a Republican from Joplin, told reporters after the vote. The press isn't allowed on the floor of the U.S. Senate either, he said.
Governor Nixon wants license law changed to meet federal requirements WDAF-TV Nixon signed a law in 2009 barring Missouri from complying with the federal law. After the governor’s prayer breakfast Thursday, Nixon said that law needs to be changed. Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard says an attorney is looking into possible solutions.
Little Legislative Support for Splitting Missouri Water and Highway Patrols KOLR-TV ozarksfirst.com The President Pro Tem of the state senate, Ron Richard (R-Joplin), says he favors preserving the merger. “It’s a great cost saver, and I think the Highway Patrol is well-trained,” said Richard. He said the drowning of an Iowa man, Brandon Ellingson, on the Lake of the Ozarks while in Patrol custody in 2014 should not prompt splitting those agencies up. That issue at the Lake [of the Ozarks] was unfortunate. It shouldn’t have happened,” said Richard.
Missouri lawmakers map out goals for legislative session Joplin Globe Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said the Senate's top priority will be to work on transportation bills, especially in view of the damage caused by recent flooding.
Missouri 2016 legislative session begins with guns, roads and ethics getting attention St. Louis Public Radio Senate President Pro-tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, sounds optimistic that some sort of ethics bill could make it to the governor's desk this year. "I notice everybody in the House has an ethics bill, but I'll have one, (too)," Richard said. "I've had one the last two years (but) haven't managed to get it through the House … (but) Todd (Richardson) is committed, he and I have visited, so I think we're going to have something we can agree on."
Possible fuel tax increase one of top budget issues as lawmakers begin session Columbia Daily Tribune Funding for the university is “going to take a haircut,” Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard told The Associated Press last month.
Missouri lawmakers to tackle ethics reform, transportation funding St. Louis Post Dispatch The tone of the legislative session will be set at noon, when both chambers convene to hear opening speeches from their leaders, House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin.
The Day the Stadium Died St. Louis Post Dispatch “The bottom line is this,” Richard continued, “it would be speculative at best for the City of St. Louis and for the NFL to act in reliance upon this stream of $12 million from the state’s general revenue fund being continued into the foreseeable future as they negotiate a deal concerning the building of a new stadium.”
Democrats accuse Schaefer of pressuring MU to boost political ambitions Columbia Tribune Lawmakers are likely to target the budget to show their anger, said Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin. “There’s a lot of people who don’t like Mizzou for various reasons,” Richard said. “We’ll see what happens.”
Ethics Bills to Take Lead out of the Gate in Missouri Legislative Session KOLR-TV ozarksfirst.com Asked whether campaign finance reform would be considered, Richardson said such bills could be discussed after the initial set is dealt with. Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin) said there has been discussion of that issue, “but you know the courts decided that’s a freedom of speech issue, too.”
Missouri legislators return to Capitol to fight old battles in 2016 Kansas City Star Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, a Joplin Republican, told Missourinet.com that the Senate won’t push the right-to-work issue again in 2016 unless the House can muster up a veto-proof majority of 109 votes. Only 96 representatives supported the measure in September.
Ron Richard denies being a "grumpy old man", but says he's serious about running the Missouri Senate St. Louis Public Radio Are there any misconceptions or misperceptions about Ron Richard, anything that people would be surprised to know about you? “Some think I’m a grumpy old man (and those) people are somewhat scared to approach me. I’m pretty serious about what I’m doing. I’m not as unapproachable as many would say and I’m not as grumpy (as they would say), (but I get) a little frustrated sometimes with the lobbyists and bureaucrats, (and) if they’d let us do our jobs we’d be a lot better off.
Kansas City Senator Silvey Voices Support for Campaign Limits KCUR Public Radio "We have a new [House] Speaker and a new [Senate] President Pro Tem in the middle of a legislative term for the first time ever," Silvey said. He was referring to new House Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Cape Girardeau) and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin), GOP leaders who have both voiced their desire to clean up Jefferson City.
Missouri officials vow to take up driver's license dispute St. Louis Post Dispatch That maneuver spurred further speculation that Missouri residents eventually will face hurdles trying to board airplanes. “That’s why I’m taking it seriously,” Richard said.
Missouri Transportation Funding a Priority, Fuel Tax Hike Uncertain KOLR-TV Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard calls transportation the most important and most talked about issue heading into the new session, but says the first challenge is admitting there is a problem. Richard said he believes something will get out of the legislature in 2016.
Presidential hopeful Rubio expected to visit Joplin Joplin Globe State Sen. Ron Richard, the Senate president pro tem, has endorsed Rubio, who was fourth among the top GOP candidates in Iowa, with 10 percent, in a recent poll by The Des Moines Register and Bloomberg Politics. Richard is the co-chairman of Rubio's campaign in Missouri. "I think it will be important for people in Southwest Missouri to understand who he is," Richard said. Rubio has served in the U.S. Senate since January 2011. He previously was speaker of his state's House of Representatives, a post that Richard held in Missouri.
Missouri Senate leader to AG: Fight harder against Planned Parenthood News Tribune Richard’s letter said the attorney general’s office didn’t try hard enough to stop the clinic’s license. “I have been advised that the plaintiff (Planned Parenthood) failed to establish that the federal court even has jurisdiction in this matter,” Richard, R-Joplin, wrote Koster. “As you are well aware, jurisdiction is of first and foremost importance as a matter of law and it must be addressed before a court can claim authority to even entertain the case.
St. Louis earnings tax on chopping block if Columbia lawmaker has his way St. Louis Post Dispatch Though Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said he hasn’t decided if he supports the measure, Republican Sen. Ryan Silvey, of Kansas City, is opposed to it. Should lawmakers pass the bill, Richard said he hopes they give the two cities a window to adjust to the revenue reduction, perhaps five to 10 years.
Rowden pre-files legislation to cut lobbying ties between legislators The Missouri Times President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, has stated in the past his own intentions to get ethics reform bills through the Senate as well.
Missouri legislators expect focus on abortion and University of Missouri in new session St. Louis Public Radio “What’s going on at the University of Missouri, and those tapes, is getting a lot of traction,’’ said Richard in a telephone interview. The Senate leader added that he plans to attend the next hearing that has been scheduled by a special committee headed by state Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, that is looking into both matters.
Richard Critical of AG's Handling of PP Lawsuit KZRG Radio "We believe the judge has not made the right decision..and getting a federal judge with that writ is just another overstep of federal authority. And we believe the AG had the authority to do this and remand it to a court for a quick decision."
Judge allows Planned Parenthood to hold onto its abortion license St. Louis Post Dispatch Richard said in the letter that Koster’s office showed “an apparent reluctance” to “vigorously defend the law.” But Richard said in his letter to Koster that Planned Parenthood failed to establish that the federal court had jurisdiction in the case. Additionally, Richard said that Planned Parenthood had previously agreed not to bring a lawsuit against the state in this matter again.
Lawmakers continue to oppose Syrian Refugees in Missouri Joplin Globe Sen. Ron Richard, of Joplin and Senate president pro tem, and Sen. David Sater, of Cassville and a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, are among a number of Republican senators who, after the Paris terrorist attacks in mid-November, urged Gov. Jay Nixon to suspend the acceptance of Syrian refugees.
Bill Lant: Too hard to positively ID refugees Neosho Daily News "There has been so much call for this statewide that Senate Speaker Ron Richard and House Speaker Todd Richardson have called for a special hearing to look into the problem."
Susan Redden: Missouri lawmaker leaders endorse Rubio campaign Joplin Globe "I believe Marco will restore the American dream for my grandchildren and make this a place where you can be and do whatever you want to," he said. Richard said he believes Rubio is the candidate with the most knowledge of foreign policy. He said be believes he has the best tax policy and plans to develop business and bring U.S. corporations back from overseas. He said he and Richardson also agree that Rubio "stands the best chance" of defeating Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Missouri legislative leaders set to review state system for taking in Syrian refugees St. Louis Post Dispatch The announcement by House Speaker Todd Richardson and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, the two top officials in the Republican-controlled General Assembly, says the hearing "will thoroughly examine the various programs the governor could utilize to provide assistance to refugees."
Majority Caucus Appoints Two Members to New Positions The Missouri Times “I am excited to see the whip team take on more responsibility, and I know they will perform their duties with respect and integrity,” said Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin.
Missouri legislators call joint hearing on Syrian refugees The Missouri Times "Because of our governor’s lack of leadership and this administration’s failed federal foreign policies, we will try to find ways to protect the safety and well-being of the citizens of the Show-Me State," Richard said. "While we are compassionate to the victims of the Syrian civil war, our first and most important duty as legislators is to keep our people safe from harm’s way."
Debate continues to rage over Syrian refugees The Missouri Times “We will always remember we are a nation of immigrants, and we are willing to welcome those who come to seek better lives for themselves and their families through legal channels,” Richard continued “But, we cannot allow poorly vetted individuals to come to our state without an in-depth screening process. I urge the governor to suspend the acceptance of Syrian refugees until the Department of Homeland Security can assure us the procedures are safe and a full review of security threats has been completed.”
Senators Urge the Governor to Suspend the Acceptance of Syrian Refugees Relocating in Missouri Lee's Summit Tribune “The State of Missouri will not be forced to make up for this administration’s mishandling of America’s foreign policy,” said Richard. “We will not idly stand by while our citizens are put in harm’s way. We call upon our governor to do his duty and protect the safety and well-being of the citizens of the Show-Me State by opposing this misguided plan.”
Crossroads interchange ribbon cutting ceremony KSN/KODE-TV The interchange at Prigmor now includes ramps connecting to the interstate. Representatives say there was a high demand for trucks to have direct access to the industrial park. Now with the new route, they say trucks will be off main streets, making it safer and faster for drivers. "The fact of getting access, additional access to our industrial park makes it good for everybody," said Sen. Ron Richard, Missouri Senate President Pro Tem.
State lawmakers receive update on Webb City-area project Joplin Globe Following a tour of the area, Richard said the combined efforts of the state and federal agencies as well as Webb City, Oronogo and Carterville could serve as a model for future statewide efforts. “You have three communities, the DNR and the federal government all working together, and it actually works,” Richard said.
Susan Redden: Gubernatorial races raking in contributions Joplin Globe The upcoming election could make it more challenging to get things done in the upcoming legislative session, state Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, told a gathering of local business people last week. "So many members of the Senate are running for statewide office," said Richard, who is Senate president pro tem. "In that environment, it's going to be hard to get to the issues." He also lamented that parties and factions in the Capitol have become polarized, which also has had an impact on what lawmakers can accomplish. "If you want to get elected to kill stuff, that's easy," he said. "But getting bills passed is hard because that takes compromise and so many people are unwilling."
St. Louis strikes down city's minimum wage increase Missouri Times Senate Pro Tem. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, agreed with that assessment. “We have laws on the books for a reason, and this was an obvious overreach of power by the city,” Richard said in a statement. “Having municipalities unilaterally raising the minimum wage would create a great deal of uncertainty for businesses, particularly small businesses, would make our state look less attractive to potential businesses and hamper much needed job growth.”
Small business owners call for right-to-work, reduction in rules, taxes Joplin Globe Richard cited the importance of transportation in the state. He said the state has managed to come up with enough money to secure federal matching funds for transportation projects "for the next year or two" but said transportation funding will be a major issue in the upcoming session. He said tax cuts and lawsuit reforms also will be priorities.
Public-private partnership driving STL NGA-West HQ bid Missouri Times Senate Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, offered the measure and said it could represent the largest development project North St. Louis has seen in decades. “Not only is NGA critical to our national defense, but it currently employs more than 3,000 people in high-tech, high-paying positions in St. Louis,” said Richard. “This is a bipartisan plan that will give the state the best chance to keep the jobs and tax revenues in Missouri.”
Senate releases official portrait of newly elected President Pro Tem Ron Richard Missouri Times JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Senate has released the official portrait of the newly elected President Pro Tem, Ron Richard, R-Joplin. Sen. Richard was elected by the body on Sept. 16, 2015 to serve as President Pro Tem of the Missouri Senate for the remainder of the 98th General Assembly. The President Pro Tem is responsible for appointing committee members, assigning legislation to committees, and ruling on points of order raised during debate in the Senate Chamber, among other powers.
Springfield finance director named to state tax panel KY3-TV “No one has thoroughly examined or done an overhaul on our tax code in nearly 40 years,” said Richard. “This Tax Study Commission will help us modernize our system and allow Missouri to grow the economy and foster job creation.”
Senate leader announces appointments to the Study Commission on State Tax Policy Missouri Times “No one has thoroughly examined or done an overhaul on our tax code in nearly 40 years,” said Richard. “This Tax Study Commission will help us modernize our system and allow Missouri to grow the economy and foster job creation.”
Opinion: Joplin's Richard in more powerful Senate seat Springfield Business Journal When Missouri's Senate recently elected Ron Richard as its president pro tem, they elevated the Joplin Republican to a position more powerful than it was a generation ago. While the lieutenant governor can preside over the Senate and vote to break ties as the ex-officio president, the real power rests with the president pro tem. This has not always been the case.
Senator's warning: Short-term boost in funds won't address transportation needs Joplin Globe Richard, elected earlier this month as Senate president pro tem, said he expects a proposal to boost transportation revenues will be introduced in the next legislative session. He said he's hopeful a bill can be passed, but acknowledged election-year politics may be an obstacle.
History in the Making Houston (MO) Herald "I am confident that President Pro Tem Richard will lead the Senate with the passion and dedication we need as we enter the Legislative session in January. With a history of strong leadership since joining the House of Representatives in 2002, and then during his time as House Speaker from 2008-2010 he has always shown fairness and a common ground for many issues that residents in the 33rd Senatorial District also support," stated Mike Cunningham, Missouri State Senator, District 33.
GOP picks Richard as Senate Pro Tem Neosho Daily News As the first to serve as leader of the House and Senate, Richard said he can’t compare the two positions because the job descriptions are different. “Everybody has their own mind and their own way to do things over here, and the rules are different over here,” he said. Richard noted the historical significance of his two leadership positions. “I am humbled and grateful knowing I have the trust and support of my fellow senators,” he said.
Missouri's parole board lumbers on in secrecy with unfilled seats St. Louis Post Dispatch “The governor has been real slow in making his recommendations on appointments,” Senate President Ron Richard, R-Joplin, chairman of the gubernatorial appointments committee, said in an interview last week. He said Nixon, who has also fallen behind by letting filled seats expire beyond the six-year term, should reappoint sitting members of the parole board and other boards if they are to remain.
Nixon maintains lawmakers missed chance at unemployment bill Springfield News Leader Richard and Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe declined to say whether they would sue to force Nixon's administration to carry out the cuts to unemployment benefits, if it does not do so voluntarily. Instead, Richard said he expected Nixon to treat the override as legitimate. "Gov. Nixon served in this body and he was attorney general, I believe he's going to abide by the law," Richard said.
Legislators resurrect restrictions on minimum wage, scholarships, unemployment aid KSMU Public Radio New Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, singled out the resurrection of the bill restricting local governments' actions. "These cities cannot have a different minimum wage and we had to reinforce that, since cities are ignoring that,'' Richard said. He was referring to St. Louis and Kansas City, which have approved bills to raise their minimum wages over the next few years.
A successful veto session with a newly elected pro-tem, the Legislature Missouri Times “We overturned some very important economic growth tools for small businesses yesterday. This included a stable minimum wage across Missouri and relief in unemployment insurance,” said Richard. “We made some tough decisions and worked hard during session to come up with long-term solutions to create and keep jobs in Missouri.”
New A+ residency requirement to take effect in October Joplin Globe Ron Richard, state Senate president pro tem, a Joplin Republican, voted in favor of the override, saying he felt that A+ resources were somewhat limited and that it seemed premature to provide funding to people who aren't citizens or residents.
"We’re just trying to take care of our citizens and residents in Missouri," he said.
Missouri legislature will be asked to consider "right-to-work" again Missourinet.com “The topic is not going to go away,” said Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin). “We’ve made it farther than it ever made it in the history of Missouri. I think it’s going to be an issue in debate with the governor’s race, and I think we’re going to be in for the long haul. It’s going to happen in Missouri sooner or later and I’m willing to be part of it.”
Joplin lawmaker elected to top Senate position St. Louis Post Dispatch Sen. Ron Richard made history Wednesday after he was elected to the top Senate position. Senators unanimously elected Richard, a Republican from Joplin, as president pro tem of the Senate.
Ron Richard elected to be Missouri Senate president pro-tem St. Louis Public Radio As its first order of business the Missouri Senate unanimously elected Ron Richard, R-Joplin, to be its president pro-tem. His fellow Republicans chose him for the post during a private caucus meeting Tuesday; his formal election at the start of the 2015 veto session was a foregone conclusion. Richard says he's honored, but added that he'll actually have less power than he had as floor Leader.
Missouri Senate GOP elects Ron Richard to be next Senate President KOLR-TV “I’m serious about this. I’m not here to make friends. I love the institution,” said Richard. “I think we’re here for a reason and I like getting things done, but there are some days you can’t get anything done, and maybe some days when you don’t get anything done that’s a success too.” Richard said is top legislative priority remains job creation and economic development. “I’ll treat all members’ bills, priorities the same but I like job creation and always have.”
Caucus elects Richard as new Senate President Joplin Globe The local lawmaker credited support from his Senate colleagues for further advancing in the leadership. "I've been very fortunate," he said. "When I got elected to the House, I thought it was a dream come true. Then I was named chair of the (House) economic development committee, and I thought I would be happy there forever. But doors opened and people supported me."
Richard, Kehoe ascend to leadership posts The Missouri Times Missouri Senate Republicans will likely formally elect Joplin state Sen. Ron Richard as their President Pro Tem tomorrow following his formal nomination tonight, making him the first person to ever hold the positions of both Speaker of the House and President Pro Tem of the Senate.
Minimum wage, scholarships for illegal immigrants highlights of veto session St. Louis Post Dispatch Before senators take on any vetoes handed down by Nixon, they must address a hole in their leadership team made after former Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey resigned. Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, would be a logical choice to take Dempsey's place. Republicans will nominate their choice Tuesday and the entire Senate will vote Wednesday.
Eli Yokley: Missouri right-to-work takes national stage Joplin Globe Sen. Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, employed a rarely used procedure to force what was ultimately a successful vote in the Senate, despite wariness from Republicans there who are seeking statewide office.
Missouri veto session could include A+ residency requirement Joplin Globe: Richard said he voted in favor of the A+ bill when it first came through the Senate and intends to vote to override the veto if it comes up at the session, noting that he was optimistic the veto could be overturned. “I believe that’s sound policy, and I believe that’s what most people believe, particularly in Southwest Missouri,” he said.
Our view: Ron Richard the right choice Joplin Globe Editorial: We don’t see Richard as part of that revolving door that is all too active at the state Capitol. In fact, earlier this year Richard introduced an ethics bill that would have set up a “cooling off” period for legislators, prohibiting them from becoming paid lobbyists for two years after completing their legislative term. Ron Richard, in our view, would be an excellent choice for the top position in Missouri’s Senate.
Susan Redden: Mike Parson stumps in Jasper County for lieutenant governor nod Joplin Globe: Richard and Flanigan said they believe Parson is the best candidate for the job because of his experience in the House and Senate. A former Polk County sheriff, Parson was elected to the House in 2004, and to the Senate in 2010. "Having someone in there who knows the process makes a big difference in how much you can get done," Richard said.
Right-to-work proponents, opponents use varying numbers to back debate Joplin Globe: Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, who has traveled with governors of both parties working to attract more jobs to the state, said he believes the right-to-work law would be an incentive to corporations and businesses looking to locate and expand. "We met with people from Japanese, Chinese and European companies and they said that right to work and a trained workforce were their top priorities," he said. Richard said Missouri "could have been in the running" for Toyota, Nissan and Kia automotive plants that located instead in right-to-work states.
Joplin's Ron Richard a candidate for Senate president post Joplin Globe: Missouri Sen. Ron Richard will make history again if he's elected president pro tem of the Missouri Senate next month. The Joplin lawmaker currently is Senate majority leader and is considered the top contender to take the spot vacated by Tom Dempsey, who resigned earlier this month. The vote is scheduled for a meeting of the GOP caucus in the Senate on Sept. 15, the day before the annual veto session. Richard is a former speaker of the House of Representatives and was the first to hold that office and then be elected Senate majority leader in over 100 years.
Lawmaker opposition casts doubt on new St. Louis stadium Foxsports.com: Setting aside money for bonding will be challenging without them. On top of that, Republican Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard said he's backing Schaefer and doesn't believe there's enough legislative support for the project.
Missouri unemployment benefits bill looks set for override St. Louis Post Dispatch: Kehoe's effort to override the veto is backed by Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, of Joplin, who said he also wants to enact the
Susan Redden: Republican candidates to be featured at Newton County watermelon feed Joplin Globe: Republican candidates for statewide office often say the road to victory runs through Southwest Missouri, and the lineup for the Newton County watermelon feed on Tuesday certainly suggests that is the case. It appears a full slate will be on hand for the annual event set for 6:30 p.m. at Big Spring Park in Neosho. Featured speaker will be state Sen. Ron Richard.
Richard to Seek Senate President Pro Tem Position KZRG Radio: "These Senators are asking me to move on and they think my leadership style suits a majority of them. I did (Senate) Majority Leader for three years and I'll do this for a while." The Senate President Pro Tem is the part-time presiding officer of the Missouri Senate and presides when the Lieutenant Governor is not in attendance. Richard says the new Senate President Pro Tem will be chosen during the September veto over-ride session.
On the trail: The Rise of Richard St. Louis Public Radio: “We’re going to see a different beat,” said Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis. “When it comes to the philosophical views from a Republican standpoint or to the Democratic standpoint, he’s going to hold his ground. Like right to work. He’s (Ron Richard) going to hold his ground.”
Missouri Senate Majority Leader: will move on after Dempsey resignation Missourinet: “We’ve decided policies on a consensus and pushed forward on our agenda items by consensus, so not any one person in the Senate is pressed upon everybody else,” Richard told Missourinet. Still, he says losing Dempsey means the Senate is losing an important strategist and negotiator. “He is good at bringing both sides together and thinking through the issues and not losing his temper and working with members regardless of what he though about their item or their legislation,” said Richard. “He’ll be missed. Diplomats like that are rare, and we’ll try to just forge ahead.”