Ron Richard is the only member to be elected both Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader in 100 years.
Sep 10, 2014 Full Story State lawmakers override $60 million in Nixon vetoes Joplin Globe: The Senate voted to override Nixon’s veto of a bill that would require the Missouri Department of Revenue to notify businesses when sales taxes change, with the support of Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin. “The DOR has been practicing a system of ‘notification by audit’ by not telling Missourians of changes in sales tax policies, causing them to pay thousands in back taxes and penalties,” Richard said. “This is not only unfair, but it’s also unevenly enforced, putting some businesses at a competitive disadvantage.”
Sep 7, 2014 Full Story Robert Corn Court unveiled Joplin Globe: And Robert received a proclamation from the Missouri Senate presented by Sen. Ron Richard.
Sep. 7, 2014 Full Story Battle over money anticipated during Missouri veto session St. Louis Post Dispatch: Still, Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, hopes to wrap up the veto session in two days.
Aug 29, 2014 Full Story Governing by amendment Webster Kirkwood Times: Leaders of the lopsided Republican majority in the state House and Senate, where many of the amendment proposals have originated, argue that it's good to let the people have a say at the ballot box. Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, argues that amendments are necessary to get around the veto pen of Gov. Jay Nixon, who has vetoed an unusually large number of bills passed in the 2013 and 2014 sessions.
Aug 25, 2014 Full Story Pg 24-25 Keeping Business Out of the Gutter Missouri Business Magazine: Growing up in Joplin, State Senator Ron Richard had plenty of opportunities to learn about the hard work required to run a business.
Aug 24, 2014 Full Story Susan Redden: Lawmakers to be honored Joplin Globe:State Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and state Rep. Tom Flanigan, R-Carthage, will be honored on Friday by the Carthage School District for sponsoring legislation that allowed the district to transfer funds to be used for the construction of tornado-safe areas in district buildings. A presentation is set for 6:30 p.m. at K.E. Baker Stadium, just before the start of the Carthage Tigers football game with St. Joseph Lafayette.
Aug 21, 2014 Full Story Heartland Pet Foods Manufacturing plant opens Springfield News Leader:Republican state Sen. Ron Richard, of Joplin, said economic development teams in Joplin and at the state level helped secure the pet food company's investment.
Aug 20, 2014 Full Story Heartland Pet Foods Manufacturing plant opens Joplin Globe:“When you expand here, Missouri and Joplin pride themselves in service after sales,” Richard said. “That’s what differentiates us from the other states.”
Aug 17, 2014 Full Story Susan Redden: Resident, law makers join Hanaway's 'grass roots team' Joplin Globe:Since announcing her candidacy in February, Hanaway, a Republican, has traveled to events in more than 40 counties. She made a stop last month in Joplin that was hosted by Missouri Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, now the Senate majority leader. He served with Hanaway when both were in the Missouri House.
Aug 10, 2014 Full Story Why are proposed amendments to Missouri Constitution proliferating St. Louis Post Dispatch: “The governor wouldn’t sign what the Legislature was going to pass, so they had to go to the people,” Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said.
Aug 9, 2014 Full Story Bar report injects new standards into public defender debate Joplin Globe: State Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, believes the caseload issue can best be resolved through privatization of the system. “We can do it a lot cheaper and not have that overhead as far as health insurance and other things,” Richard said.
Aug 6, 2014 Full Story Missourians Approve Measure Strengthening Right to Keep and Bear Arms NRA Institute for Legislative Action: I applaud the people of Missouri and call on all Americans to support similar efforts in their states. On behalf of the NRA's five million members, I thank the ballot's sponsors, Senator Kurt Schaefer, Majority Leader Ron Richard, Speaker-elect John Diehl and members of the Missouri General Assembly who supported this measure.
Aug 5, 2014 Full Story Smart Decision 2014 - reviewing Tuesday's ballot initiatives KOMU-TV, Columbia: (Regarding Amendment 5) That bill was vetoed by Nixon, who said the proposal was unconstitutional. Republican lawmakers came within one vote of overriding Nixon's veto, however the bill ultimately died in the Senate when Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey (R-St.Charles) and Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard (R-Joplin) voted against the bill alongside Senate Democrats.
Aug 3, 2014 Full Story Susan Redden: Local lawmakers get high scores in chamber ranking Joplin Globe:Three local lawmakers — Sen. Ron Richard, Joplin; Rep. Charlie Davis, Webb City; and Rep. Bill Lant, Pineville — received 100 percent ratings, “voting in support of Missouri employers in every case,” according to Dan Mehan, Missouri chamber president and CEO.
July 27, 2014 Full Story Susan Redden: Gubernatorial Hopefuls make area appearances Joplin Globe:Introducing Catherine Hanaway as “my speaker and the next governor,” Richard noted that Hanaway was Missouri House speaker the year he was elected to the House, was the first GOP House speaker in 48 years, and is the only woman to hold the post. “She has rare leadership abilities, character and vision,” Richard said. “I’m sure you’ll be convinced she’s the lady for the future.”
July 26, 2014 Full Story Schaefer explains Amendment 5 Neosho Daily News:Schaefer said, “If we pass this, we will have the strongest right to keep and bear arms in any state in the United States, and I look forward to that day when we get this passed.I personally was sued in that lawsuit since I wrote it, Ron Richard was sued because he’s the floor leader, so we argued that case in Cole County and a circuit judge in Cole County said we were right, that language was fine and it went on the ballot,” he said.
July 24, 2014 Full Story Hanaway says leadership missing under Gov. Nixon Joplin Globe:Tuesday’s event, organized by state Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, a Joplin Republican who was an early endorser of Hanaway, was informal in nature: It took place at lunchtime, at a modest venue, and more than two years before Hanaway will face voters.