Ron Richard is the only member to be elected both Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader in 100 years.
July 22, 2014 Full Story Republicans to host annual watermelon feed Thursday Neosho Daily News:Nick Myers said, “...we’ve got free watermelon and water, which we generally have. Then something new we’re doing this year, (Sen.) Ron Richard is sponsoring Anderson’s Ice Cream, which is now produced in Newton County at the Candy House on [Missouri Highway] 86. In addition to providing free ice cream, he said Richard will introduce the two Senators.
July 18, 2014 Full Story Missouri court throws out challenge to gun rights ballot Joplin Globe:Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, co-sponsored the measure in the Senate. In a statement, he praised Friday’s ruling. “I have always been an unwavering advocate of our Second Amendment rights,” he said. “This measure ensures that Missourians have the right to bear arms, and the state will do everything in its power to protect that right. I would also like to thank Sen. (Kurt) Schaefer for representing the Senate’s position on the summary language in front of the Supreme Court.”
July 16, 2014 Full Story R-9 Schools allowed to transfer money for safety Carthage Press:Gov. Jay Nixon last week signed a bill sponsored by State Sen. Ron Richard and State Rep. Tom Flanigan that will allow it to transfer funds from its general operating fund to the capital improvements fund to pay for projects geared toward safety and security around the district.
July 11, 2014 Full Story Will Kraus announces campaign for Missouri Secretary of State Lee's Summit Journal:“Sen. Kraus has consistently shown an ability to find consensus and compromise, even on the toughest issues. He is not afraid to take on a difficult task, and I look forward to having him tackle some of the problems facing Missouri voters and businesses as Secretary of State.” Sen. Ron Richard, Majority Floor Leader.
July 12, 2014 Full Story Our Voice: 'Think policy, not politics' Springfield News Leader:Those issues were resolved because people from all sorts of political persuasions put politics aside to do the right thing for Missouri. Nixon has expressed his confidence that the likely new leadership, John Diehl (R-Town and Country) in the House and Ron Richard (R-Joplin) in the Senate, are "smart, capable guys."
July 2, 2014 Full Story Our View: Signed, sealed, delivered Joplin Globe: Patty Richard learned about the problems associated with dense breast tissue while helping a close friend deal with breast cancer. She made passage of this legislation a personal mission, testifying before committees and likely collaring lawmakers in the hall to make sure they were aware of the importance of their vote. The bill passed with nearly unanimous support. Patty Richard’s work came to fruition with the Democratic governor’s signature on Tuesday. Patty Richard was also an advocate for legislation in Missouri that required insurance companies cover behavioral therapy costs for children with autism.
July 1, 2014 Full Story Missouri Governor Signs Bill Designed to Help Breast Cancer Detection KSN/KODE-TV:It's a cause that led advocate, Patty Richard, to push for the bill. "I have so many people that I love that's been affected by this, and I want to do something to help with early detection with those people who may get diagnosed with this," said Patty Richard, Breast Cancer Advocate.
July 1, 2014 Full Story Nixon visits Joplin to sign breast density bill Joplin Globe:The legislation passed with nearly unanimous support out of the Missouri Legislature. Patty Richard, wife of Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, traveled to Jefferson City this spring to lobby and testify for passage of the bill.
June 11, 2014 Full Story Legislation would provide more information to patients undergoing mammograms St. Louis Post Dispatch:Patty Richard, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, also played a role in advocating for the legislation. "The purpose (of this bill) is to create consistent reporting, to raise awareness and to educate women," Patty Richard said.
June 1, 2014 Full Story Susan Redden: Capitol may get more Carthage marble Joplin Globe: “We’ve appropriated some money for building repairs to address water infiltration in the basement and to make repairs around the building,” Richard said. “There is some extra marble in inventory in Carthage, and the state is in negotiation to buy it.”
May 27, 2014 Full Story Citizens hear about more issues from local representatives, senator during meeting Neosho Daily News: Richard was the first of several elected officials to discuss the ¾-cent transportation sales tax lawmakers approved sending to voters in November to make up for reduced funding for the Missouri Department of Transportation. “Whatever we have to pay, I think it will pay some dividends in job creation, job growth, and I hope you keep an open mind to that,” Richard said.
May 26, 2014 Full Story Session Scorecard: Missourians will see more take-home pay and better access to a quality education El Dorado Springs Sun: Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said this bill will give Missouri businesses the opportunity to reinvest into the economy. “Missouri’s economy is not growing at a fast enough rate,” said Richard. “This will allow individuals the opportunity to reinvest their hard-earned dollars back into our economy. It will increase our ability to bring more quality jobs to the state and will send a strong message that Missouri is open for business.”
May 18, 2014 Full Story Susan Redden: Legislators to review results of session Joplin Globe: Another bill, sponsored by Richard and Rep. Tom Flanigan, R-Carthage, allows the Carthage School District to make a one-time transfer of school funds for building projects in the coming school year. Tornado safe rooms will be at the top of the project list, according to Superintendent Blaine Henningsen.
May 17, 2014 Full Story VIDEO: Recapping the 2014 session of the Missouri General Assembly KSPR-TV: Sen. Ron Richard, (R) Joplin says it was a civil session of the Missouri General Assembly this year.
May 16, 2014 Full Story GOP state lawmakers claim victories on taxes, education and criminal code Joplin Globe: “Those are noteworthy on their own, if we didn’t do anything else,” he said. Richard said “it’d be my goal” to move the two labor bills, as well as caps on medical malpractice lawsuits and changes to the state’s tort laws when they return next year.
May 16, 2014 Full Story Lawmakers reflect on end of legislative session KRCG-TV: As for what might appear on next year's calendar, Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, offered a glimpse when he said he wanted to continue pursuing so-called Right-to-Work legislation and tort reform.
May 14, 2014 Full Story Our View: Women need to know Joplin Globe: Legislation that could save lives is sitting on Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk, awaiting his signature. A change in the health care of women began right here in Joplin through the efforts of one woman. Patty Richard, the wife of Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, has been a fierce advocate of a measure that would require women to receive information about breast density after a mammogram.
May 12, 2014 Full Story Missouri Legislature hits final week with full plate St. Louis Post Dispatch: The House passed a tax credit overhaul, but the bill has stalled in the Senate. Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, doesn’t expect that to change. “I don’t see any tax credit issue happening this year,” he said. He said he had promised bill handler Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, that he would have time to debate the bill this week.
May 11, 2014 Full Story Rare procedure might force votes in Missouri Senate this week Columbia Daily Tribune: "We do not have previous question motions prepared" Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said Thursday. "Sater has asked for the 72-hour and I'd be inclined, but we'd have to talk to the other senators. Nothing has been determined and that is someone wishing or wanting to start a conversation that hasn't happened yet."
May 7, 2014 Full Story State legislation on mammogram reports sent to Missouri governor Joplin Globe: The measure — pushed for by Patty Richard, the wife of Senate Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin — passed with unanimous support in the Senate and had only minimal opposition in the House. Patty Richard said she had three reasons for supporting the legislation: increased awareness, the need for consistent reporting, and the chance of early detection of breast cancer.