Ron Richard is the only member to be elected both Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader in 100 years.
May 15, 2015 Full Story Ron Richard Talks with Mike Parson Columbia Missourian: Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, left, talks with Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, in a hearing room after the Senate adjourned early Friday in Jefferson City, Mo. The Senate adjourned early after days of Senate Democrats stalling work to demonstrate their frustration over Republican passage of a bill limiting union powers earlier this week.
May 15, 2015 Full Story Last Day of Missouri Session, Issues Remain KOLR-TV: Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard (R-Joplin) says he'll see if his caucus agrees with the ideas that came from his meeting with Minority Floor Leader Joseph Keaveny (D-St. Louis). "I think we can find a path forward on [the Federal Reimbursement Acceptance bill] and maybe one other piece of business, but he's going to go to his caucus and I'll go to mine," said Richard. "I think there's probably a way to get something done."
May 12, 2015 Full Story Missouri Senate passes right-to-work, tossing issue back to House St. Louis Public Radio: The bill’s chief Senate sponsor, Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, contended that the procedure was necessary to advance the bill. "This legislation will bring more businesses to the Show-Me State, increase our job numbers and foster a better environment for workers," said Richard, the former mayor of Joplin, Mo.
May 10, 2015 Full Story Fight over labor unions looms in Missouri legislature's final week St. Louis Post Dispatch: Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, controls the debate calendar in the Senate. He said Friday that the right-to-work bill was his top priority for the last week.
May 10, 2015 Full Story Sen. Richard: Showdown on right-to-work looms Joplin Globe: “There's priorities on both sides of the aisle," Richard said. "If mine don't make it, nobody else's is going to, either. We're going to do our stuff first, which is my stuff, which is right-to-work.
May 8, 2015 Full Story With budget out of the way, Missouri legislators may take on controversial issues in final week St. Louis Public Radio: Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said the two issues are among his top priorities for the final week. Richard and his allies accused Democrats of delaying consideration of unrelated legislation on Friday, as a preview of their tactics if "right to work" is brought up.
May 6, 2015 Full Story Legislature Overrides Governor's Veto of Welfare Reform Measure Wayne County Journal-Banner: Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said our current welfare system provides such a high level of benefits that it acts as a disincentive for work. “We want to strengthen personal accountability in welfare policies to help people become independent,” said Richard. “These changes will give us more flexibility when addressing the challenges TANF recipients face. This measure was one of our main priorities this session, and I’m happy we worked through our differences to get it across the finish line.”
May 4, 2015 Full Story Area House members keep feet on brake on posed gas tax hike Joplin Globe: The measure earned first-round approval by a 18-13 vote, earning support from Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin. The bill needs another vote to be sent to the House, where lawmakers from Southwest Missouri have voiced their opposition.
May 1, 2015 Full Story State Senate leader from Joplin pushing to keep intelligence operation in St. Louis Joplin Globe: “If you end up having this in the particular place that’s been there since the Civil War, I think you enhance Lambert Field, which might give connectivity to airports like Joplin and Springfield," he said. "And, it may help us to save Fort Leonard Wood. You cannot overlook these things to help Missouri overall.”
May 1, 2015 Full Story Governor vetoes another measure sponsored by Cassville senator Joplin Globe: But this time, they think they have time on their side. Since Nixon vetoed the bill while they were still in session, Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said he hoped the Senate would move to override Nixon’s veto before it adjourns on May 15.
Apr 30, 2015 Full Story "Strengthening Missouri Families Act" vetoed, legislature plans to override Missouri Times: “Missouri has failed to implement many of the reform policies adopted by other states,” said Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin. “As a result, we rank dead last in the country in welfare reform policies. We need to restructure our system, reinvest the savings back into the system and get people back into the work force.”
Apr 29, 2015 Full Story Measure could help keep National Geospatial-Intelligiance Agency in St. Louis St. Louis Post Dispatch: We're "talking about at least keeping 3,000 jobs and getting another 3,000 to 5,000," Richard said. "It's a dynamic in the region we haven't seen before."
Apr 17, 2015 Full Story Lawmakers speak in Webb City about Missouri Budget Issues KSN-TV/KODE-TV: Senator Richard is referring to the budget for the State of Missouri, which should be around $27 billion. The State House and the Senate have prepared separate versions of the budget, which will now be reconciled. "You know, it's a starting process. The Senate has a version, the House has their version, but we'll get it worked out. We always do," said Senator Richard.
Apr 16, 2015 Full Story Bill to raise gas tax in Missouri stalls KSDK-TV: The bill to raise the current 17 cent gas tax by 2 cents stalled in the Senate and Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard said that he doesn't want to waste more time on the bill.
Apr 15, 2015 Full Story Senate committee advances appointment of Lane Roberts as Public Safety Director Joplin Globe: Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, the Joplin Republican who is carrying Roberts’ confirmation through the Senate, said Wednesday the Senate would likely vote on it Thursday before members leave town for the weekend.
Mar 30, 2015 Full Story Nixon's choice: Examining the possibilities for Missouri's next state auditor KSMU/Ozarks Public Radio: The governor also could select people who he’s had a traditionally good relationship with in the past, like Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin.
Mar 29, 2015 Full Story Lawmakers 'nurturing' measures on legal reform, labor restrictions Joplin Globe: Richard said he also had concerns about a provision in the bill that would require police officers to wear name identification tags while they are policing protests. “I’m not happy with the tags on officers. I’m not comfortable with that yet,” he said.
Mar 29, 2015 Full Story Missouri GOP deals with party split at Legislature midpoint Washington Times: “It’s going to be our job to slow things down on purpose,” Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard of Joplin said, noting Senate procedures allow the chamber to have longer debates than the House. “We want to make sure we don’t make any mistakes.”
Mar 28, 2015 Full Story Lincoln Day rallies local GOP Joplin Globe: State Sen. Ron Richard, among featured speakers, outlined issues he planned to push in the remaining weeks of the legislative session, including tort and labor reform and right to work.
Mar 20, 2015 Full Story Rep. Reiboldt's dairy-farm measure on governor's desk Lake Expo: Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, a Joplin Republican whose third-floor office is right across from the Senate chamber — through a line of people circling the third floor on Thursday — said Silvey has not presented his expansion bill to a committee yet, and added that he thought the dairy bill was a good thing for farmers. “It is a program that you’re giving taxpayer money to try to save an industry. Do we need to do something about health care? As Sen. Tom Dempsey,” the president pro tem of the Missouri Senate, “said, at some point in time, I guess we’ll have that debate,” Richard said.
Mar 19, 2015 Full Story Lane Roberts to head state department of Public Safety Joplin Globe: Richard, who will carry Roberts' nomination through the Senate, said Nixon made "a great choice." "The guy not only led Joplin through the tornado — he's a class act — he also helped direct some of the Mount St. Helens response," Richard said, referring to the volcano that erupted in Washington state in 1980.
Mar 15, 2015 Full Story Superintendents: Pass a student transfer bill free of unintended negative consequences Springfield News-Leader: Thankfully, Southwest Missouri Senators Ron Richard, Jay Wasson and Mike Cunningham have demonstrated a commitment to ensure that a bill is crafted in a way that solely addresses the transfer issue. We urge the rest of the Senate to follow these Senators' lead and ensure that whatever bill passes seeks solely to address student transfers and does not include unintended negative consequences on schools here in Southwest Missouri.