Ron Richard is the only member to be elected both Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader in 100 years.
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.
Mar 15, 2015 Full Story Will Nixon's new strategy to expand Medicaid in Missouri work? St. Louis Public Radio: "If (Medicaid expansion) had life (in the Senate), we would have started talking about it some months ago," Richard told reporters. "Unless a group of people come to me that say they have a deal on (Medicaid) reform or expansion, then we'll talk about it, but they have not."
Mar 13, 2015 Full Story Lawmakers discuss court revenues, state budget before chamber crowd Joplin Globe: Richard said lawmakers are looking at measures that would limit court fines as a total revenue source for cities. "We don't want to hurt small towns, but what happened in Ferguson was awful," he said. "They were doing things like ticketing people for jaywalking and then putting out a warrant when people couldn't pay."
Mar 13, 2015 Full Story Missouri Traffic Ticket Revenue Concerns KSN/KODE-TV:"It's completely different abuses. North St. Louis is out of bounds and want to make sure small communities, small police departments aren't penalized at the same time," said Ron Richard, Missouri Senator.
Mar 12, 2015 Full Story Senate advances medical malpractice priority bill Missouri Times:“Doctors need certainty going forward,” said Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin. “Ultimately, changes in the law will attract more insurance providers to offer competitive liability insurance to doctors and care providers in Missouri.”
Mar 5, 2015 Full Story High Price tag could prevent MO Senate's transfer bill from passing St. Louis Post Dispatch: However, Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, expects the Senate to move forward with the House's bill. "The House bill is a little better anyway," Richard said.
Mar 5, 2015 Full Story MO Senate Passes Measure to Modernize Welfare Policies Douglas County Herald: 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.”
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.”