Ron Richard is the only member to be elected both Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader in 100 years.
Dec 15, 2014 Full Story Tour underscores toll years have taken on Missouri Capitol Joplin Globe: Richard, a former speaker of the House, said he has been working to get funding for Capitol repairs for the past 12 years. Nixon, he said, was the first governor he has actually taken and shown the deteriorating foundation. In 2012, Richard helped shepherd a project through the Legislature to renovate another Capitol staircase that had begun to sink into the ground. “There’s a safety issue,” Richard told reporters.
Dec 15, 2014 Full Story Nixon, key lawmakers endorse plan to finance Capitol repairs Columbia Daily Tribune: The Capitol was built after a 1911 fire that destroyed the previous Capitol building. Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, has been an advocate of the repairs for several years. “We have got water infiltration that is undermining the foundation of the building and it is going to cave in upon itself if something is not done in the not too distant future,” Richard said after the tour.
Dec 15, 2014 Full Story Nixon makes Capitol upgrades a priority St. Louis Post-Dispatch: On Monday, he and a number of lawmakers toured some areas of the Capitol basement most affected by water damage. Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, was one of them. He's been pushing for capitol renovations throughout his legislative career, about 12 times, he said. "It's an unsafe place to work," Richard said Monday. "Something better happen or we'll all be working in the mud."
Dec 10, 2014 Full Story Old labs at Missouri Southern may get upgrade Carthage Press:"I was here in 1969, I graduated when (these labs) were built. I understand what's going on here," Richard said. "We were on board last year when we passed the initial phase on this on the disbursement on how each institution would be treated. We just have one little thing to do in January, and I suspect this is on the right track."
Dec 8, 2014 Full Story Koster denies companies influenced decisions Joplin Globe:Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, has filed his own bill addressing lobbyists. His bill would not ban or limit the gifts, like tickets and free meals, that are given out to the tune of nearly $1 million each year. He does, however, aim to add more transparency, including an effort to eliminate a loophole that allows members of individual legislative committees to skirt reporting requirements.
Dec 7, 2014 Full Story Ethics law changes coming to the forefront Columbia Tribune: Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard of Joplin, in the only bill he has filed for the upcoming session, addresses issues raised in those reports. His bill would bar out-of-state travel and entertainment paid for by lobbyists and would require invitations 48 hours in advance for any meal or entertainment reported as being provided to the full House, Senate or both. Other provisions in Richard’s bill would bar lawmakers from hiring colleagues as political consultants and make retiring lawmakers wait two years before taking a job as a lobbyist. “These are what is abused the most, I think,” Richard said in an interview last week.
Dec 4, 2014 Full Story R-9 District looking to add safe rooms Carthage Press:It took a state law, sponsored by State Rep. Tom Flanigan and Sen. Ron Richard and signed by Gov. Jay Nixon, for the district to receive one-time authorization to move more money than it would normally be allowed from its general fund to its capital improvements fund for safety and security purposes.
Dec 3, 2014 Full Story Sen. Richard: Transparency is goal of proposed ethics legislation Joplin Globe:"But this would make things more transparent, and I'm trying to do what I think is doable," said Richard, of Joplin, who is chairman of the Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee.
Dec 1, 2014 Full Story Governor reverses call for special session Joplin Globe:“We’re looking for the truth. Some of the local elected officials couldn’t get a response that Monday when they are asking for a call from the governor. We’re going to try to figure out why there was no response,” said Richard, the Senate majority leader. “We’re going to use subpoena powers if we have to and swear people in.”
Dec 1, 2014 Full Story MO lawmakers want explanation from the governor KZRG Radio, Joplin:State Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard tells News Talk KZRG he'd like to hear from the Governor. "If it was up to me, I'd go ahead do it (hold hearings) right away. But it's not up to me. It's up to Senator Tom Dempsey from St. Charles, who's the President Pro Tem of the Senate and newly elected Speaker John Diehl, so it's up to them. But if it was up to me, I'd do it right now."
Dec 1, 2014 Full Story Nixon backtracks on special session for Ferguson funds, now says it isn't necessary St Louis Post Dispatch:But after the Legislature conducted an analysis, four Republican leaders cast doubt on the need for the session: Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles; Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin; House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka; and House Majority Leader John Diehl, R-Town and Country.
Dec 1, 2014 Full Story Legislative Republicans want hearings on Gov. Nixon's handling of Ferguson Missourinet:In a joint statement, Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles), Senate Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard (R-Joplin), House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka) and House Majority Floor Leader John Diehl, Jr. (R-Town and Country) accuse the governor of a lack of communication and say that “has raised doubts about the validity of his request for a special session.
Nov 21, 2014 Full Story Sy Werner named citizen of the year Neosho Daily News:A business leader and a volunteer with various organizations was named the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year during Thursday’s annual banquet at the Civic in Neosho.Werner was presented with a Missouri House of Representatives resolution by Bill Reiboldt, an award from Sen. Ron Richard and the citizen of the year award from the outgoing president Eric Norris.
Nov 16, 2014 Full Story Susan Redden: Gubernatorial candidate Hannaway to address local Republicans Joplin Globe: The former speaker of the Missouri House has been a frequent visitor to the region, most recently at the Republican bean feed in Neosho and earlier at a lunch in Joplin held by Missouri Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin. Richard is a strong backer of Hanaway. He served under her leadership in the House and went on to become speaker of the House several years later.
Nov 10, 2014 Full Story From powerful perch, Ron Richard mulls lobbying reform POLITICMO.com:It’s not going to have campaign contribution limits in it — the courts have already spoke on that – but it will have a lot of other things,” he said. “We’re going to try to get more transparency.”
Nov 7, 2014 Full Story Missouri Republicans choose Senate leadership team KSPR-TV, Springfield:Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, elected as Majority Floor Leader. This will be Richard’s second session in this role. The Majority Floor Leader is responsible for setting the schedule of bills up for consideration by the full body, the time allotted for floor debate on legislation, and session meeting times and dates.
Nov 6, 2014 Full Story Ron Richard re-elected to post as Senate Republican leader Joplin Globe:“I represent the people of my district, but also the whole state being majority leader,” he said during an interview at the Capitol. “I treat everybody fair, and I think that people have some confidence in me to do the job right.”
Nov 6, 2014 Full Story St. Charles lawmaker endorsed again as President Pro Tem St. Louis Post Dispatch:Senate Republicans also chose Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, to remain Senate Majority Floor Leader. The floor leader sets the schedule of bills up for consideration and the time allotted for floor debate on those bills, among other things. It is a caucus position that does not require approval of the full chamber. Richard was first elected to the House in 2002 and named Speaker in 2009. In 2010, he was elected to the Senate.
Nov 5, 2014 Full Story Capitol Roundup: New House GOP Leaders St. Louis Public Radio:Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are scheduled to announce their new leaders Thursday at the State Capitol. Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, is the current President Pro-tem, but it's possible that the Senate GOP caucus could instead choose Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin. Richard also served as House Speaker from 2009 to 2010.
Nov 1, 2014 Full Story Republicans hear pre-election pep talk Joplin Globe:Hanaway worked the serving line shaking hands as diners picked up their beans and cornbread. Her speech was more patriotic than political, but Sen. Ron Richard made up for it in his introduction, praising her for "integrity and leadership," and calling her "my choice for governor." Hanaway was a state representative and the first woman to serve as speaker of the House of Representatives, a post she held when Richard was elected in 2002.
Oct. 27, 2014 Full Story Missouri Hospital Preparations for Ebola Patients Missouri Hospital Association:The Missouri Hospital Association and its members continue to work closely with others in the medical community and state and federal officials to ensure our state is prepared for the possibility of a patient with Ebola. There currently are no suspected Ebola patients in Missouri. There have been two occurrences of Ebola being transmitted in the United States; a man contracted the disease in Liberia and then traveled to Dallas, Texas, where two health care workers were infected while treating him.
Oct. 25, 2014 Full Story Same-sex marriage advancing in state despite amendments, laws that prohibit it Joplin Globe:Missouri Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said in a statement after the recent rulings: “Each state has the authority to establish laws governing the institution of marriage. Missouri voters spoke loud and clear in 2004 by passing the constitutional amendment. This issue should now be brought to the Missouri Supreme Court for their review of the lower court’s decision. To do that, we will need the support of our Attorney General, Chris Koster.”