Ron Richard is the only member to be elected both Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader in 100 years.
Feb 27, 2015 Full Story Richard's proposal would cap punitive damages Joplin Globe: Another year has brought another push by Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard to place a cap on damages a plaintiff can collect from a lawsuit. “The fact is that the Supreme Court is out of control,” Richard said. “I believe that the trial lawyers are running businesses out of town, doctors out of the state, and we need to go to a vote of the people to take care of it.”
Feb 26, 2015 Full Story State auditor's apparent suicide prompts shock, sadness locally, across state Joplin Globe: Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, joined other lawmakers in prayer near the back of the darkened House chamber. In a joint statement with Senate President Tom Dempsey and Senate Minority Leader Joseph Keaveny, Richard expressed sadness for Schweich’s death. “Tom’s experience as a talented federal prosecutor, diplomat and ambassador made him become a brilliant auditor. In his service to the state of Missouri, he led hundreds of audits, making it his mission to fight corruption and bring transparency to many offices across the state,” the Senate leaders wrote. “Our heartfelt prayers go out to his family at this difficult time.”
Feb 25, 2015 Full Story State's high court sides with Joplin gym in sales tax case Joplin Globe: “It’s about overreach by the Department of Revenue, taxing and going back on businesses that haven’t been taxed before," Richard said in an interview. "They’re using authority that we don’t believe they have. I think this is just the start of pushing back on the department, and now the court has too.”
Feb 25, 2015 Full Story MO Senators want to keep geo-spatial agency in St. Louis St. Louis Post Dispatch: “The city of St. Louis can’t afford to lose the quality jobs or benefits to the local economy that NGA provides,” Richard said.
Feb 23, 2015 Full Story House committee advances bill to ban lobbyist-paid travel outside Missouri Columbia Daily Tribune: Richard’s bill would ban lawmakers from working for other legislators as paid political consultants, a provision some reformers have been seeking since former House Speaker Rod Jetton accepted payments from several lawmakers while holding life-and-death power over their bills.
Feb 21, 2015 Full Story New Republican chair takes reins Joplin Globe: The vote came as Republicans were gathered in Kansas City for their annual Lincoln Days gathering. The weekend featured a whose who of Republican politicians, including House Speaker John Diehl, Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, and the entire slate of candidates seeking statewide office next year, including U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt.
Feb 21, 2015 Full Story Pressure growing to expand Medicare in Missouri Joplin Globe: Many lawmakers say they are worried about the costs the program would impose on Missouri in the long-term. “Some reforms are being considered, but expansion is not,” Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said last week.
Feb 14, 2015 Full Story Lawmakers discuss ethics, right-to-work at Carthage Chamber gathering Joplin Globe: Missouri currently has no limits on campaign contributions to candidates and none are proposed in Richard's bill. "My goal is transparency," he said. "It's a small step, but it's a step in the right direction." Richard, who is Senate floor leader, noted that right-to-work legislation has been sent to the Senate after being passed in the House. "I don't know if the votes are there, but we'll make every effort," he said.
Feb 16, 2015 Full Story Schweich, Hanaway layout opening arguments in governor's race Joplin Globe: During an interview, Richard said he supports Hanaway out of loyalty because of the support she gave him early in his political career. “She was a speaker, I’m a former speaker, out of respect for sharing that job,” he said. “I’ve had a relationship with her since 2002, so naturally I’m going to support her early, but her or Schweich, I’m going to support them. She got me on a start. Why wouldn’t I give her the same courtesy?”
Feb 13, 2015 Full Story Carthage Eggs and Issues KSN/KODE-TV: "We'll see what happens in the committee in the Senate, and if we can move it on to debate. But still to early to tell, we'll just have to see," said Ron Richard, Missouri Senator.
Feb 13, 2015 Full Story Lawmakers discuss ethics, right-to-work at Carthage chamber gathering Joplin Globe: "My goal is transparency," he said. "It's a small step, but it's a step in the right direction." Richard, who is Senate floor leader, noted that right-to-work legislation has been sent to the Senate after being passed in the House. "I don't know if the votes are there, but we'll make every effort," he said.
Feb 12, 2015 Full Story Springfield legislator behind new push to make Missouri a "right-to-work" state KY3-TV:Richard said the votes may be there to override Nixon’s veto on the “paycheck protection” measure. He said right-to-work might be more likely under a like-minded governor.
Feb 12, 2015 Full Story Race for governor heats up as Hanaway touts legislative support Missouri Times:“Speaker Hanaway has unique leadership qualities that will suit Missouri well in the Governor’s Mansion,” Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said. “Speaker Hanaway is the one person in Missouri politics who can bring all sides of an issue to the table and walk away with a solution. I encourage all Missourians to get to know Speaker Hanaway. Having worked with her, I know she possesses the qualities and attributes to be an outstanding Governor.”
Feb 6, 2015 Full Story Careful what you say: Your Kansas and Missouri Legislators are listening Kansas City Star:A Senate committee debated a measure that would require lawmakers to cool their heels for two years before taking jobs as lobbyists. But the sponsor, Republican Ron Richard of Joplin, said he would kill his own bill if anyone succeeded in amending it to require limits on campaign contributions.
Feb 6, 2015 Full Story Bills aimed at chipping away at Legislature's reputation as "Wild West of ethics" Joplin Globe:“In the era of term limits,” Richard said, “I think sometimes elected officials need a little bit of guidance of what the laws are and ethics means. Sometimes they’re not well trained and haven’t served in elected office before. This law needs to be clarified to keep people out of trouble.”
Feb 4, 2015 Full Story Missouri Senate backs more disclosure but doesn't ban lobbyist gifts St. Louis Post Dispatch: The bill’s sponsor, Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, fended off attempts to broaden the bill to include a ban on lobbyists’ gifts and limits on campaign contributions. Richard said ethics bills had died for the last four years because they attempted to cover too many issues. “We’re going to start on this whole process and try to get at a few of the transgressions I’ve seen happening recently,” he said.
Feb 5, 2015 Full Story Senate approves lobbying changes as ethics bill moves ahead Columbia Daily Tribune:The Senate voted 31-0 in favor of Majority Leader Ron Richard’s proposal after attempts to add campaign contribution limits and a provision preventing the governor from becoming president of the University of Missouri were blocked by Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, who decided the amendments did not fit on the bill.
Feb 5, 2015 Full Story Impact of Eric Schmitt's municipal court reform bill's could be felt far from St. Louis PolitcoMO: Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said he, too, was skeptical about applying the tighter cap beyond St. Louis County. “I think municipal court reform is fine for St. Louis County, but I’m not sure it is good for anybody else. I don’t know if there’s any problems in small towns,” he said. Asked about Diamond or other cities in his Senate district, Richard said, “I don’t hear anybody complaining about it.”
Feb 5, 2015 Full Story Senate Republicans to caucus over surprise use of rule to shut off Columbia Daily Tribune: “As floor leader I don’t like surprises and that was a surprise,” Richard said. “He told me he was going to talk for a while. I said ‘go on and knock yourself out, talk all you want’ … My responsibility as being an elected officer of the Senate is to manage the floor and I don’t like surprises.”
Feb 3, 2015 Full Story Ethics amendment sponsor sees little chance for effective action by lawmakers Columbia Daily Tribune: “We are going to start on a slow process and try to get at a few of the transgressions I have seen recently,” Richard said as he opened debate. When debate ended for the day, an amendment to ban all lobbyist-paid meals, gifts and entertainment was pending.
Feb 3, 2015 Full Story Missouri House and Senate Considering Wide Range of Ethics Reforms St. Louis Public Radio: Meanwhile, another ethics proposal is currently idling in the Missouri Senate.A wide-ranging bill by Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, was brought up Tuesday for first-round approval, or "perfection," as it's officially called.