Ron Richard is the only member to be elected both Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader in 100 years.
Jan 29, 2015 Full Story Editorial: Missouri speaker pulls off the ultimate in flip-flops St. Louis Post Dispatch: According to the Columbia Tribune, here’s how Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, put it as his committee passed his ethics proposal, Senate Bill 11: “There is enough nonsense in this building going on, not necessarily with meals and everything else, I am going to try to clear this up before somebody gets indicted.” Those are strong words coming from a former House speaker who is now the Senate’s floor leader.
Jan 28, 2015 Full Story Nixon official: State can spend for stadium without legislative vote St. Louis Post Dispatch: Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard disagreed with the idea that the executive branch could unilaterally extend the bonds. “After reviewing it, I believe they need legislative authority to agree to that,” said Richard, R-Joplin. “I don’t believe they can do it on their own. I believe we should be part of that discussion and that approval process,” he said. That being said, he doubted that the overwhelmingly Republican Legislature would agree to take on more debt for a sports stadium. “The sense of it is, right now, it’s meeting deaf ears,” Richard said. “It depends on what the owners are putting in,” Richard said. “I’ve talked to Dave Peacock about it. I’m not sure (extending the bonds is) even what they’re trying to do.”
Jan 27, 2015 Full Story Committee OKs ethics bill to close "revolving door" of legislators becoming lobbyists Columbia Daily Tribune: “There is enough nonsense in this building going on, not necessarily with meals and everything else, I am going to try to clear this up before somebody gets indicted,” Richard, R-Joplin, said. During discussion, the committee altered the provision addressing what is known as the “revolving door” of politics by setting an effective date of January 2017. “The goal is, when you sign up for the election of ’16 you have a decision to make,” Richard said. “Are you going to run for election or do you want to be a lobbyist?”
Jan 25, 2015 Full Story Susan Redden: Tax Amnesty bill better position to pass Joplin Globe:A bill sponsored by Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin and Senate floor leader, would impose some limits, including barring spending by lobbyists on lawmakers' gatherings held outside the state.
Jan 23, 2015 Full Story R-9 Superintendent announces retirement Carthage Press: Worked with Sen. Ron Richard and Rep. Tom Flanigan to get Senate Bill 907 signed into law which enables the district to transfer funds already on hand to construct tornado safe areas at the district’s five elementary schools.
Jan 23, 2015 Full Story Bond proposal would convert MODOT building for space for legislature Columbia Tribune: Dozens of House members are now crammed into offices stacked on the Capitol’s first floor. The upper offices are cramped, hot and inaccessible to people with disabilities. Anyone who has been speaker of the House understands the problem,” said Richard, who was speaker from 2009 to 2011.
Jan 22, 2015 Full Story Ethics bill gets early hearing as Senate leader pushes changes in lobbying rules Columbia Tribune: A bill banning lobbyist-paid travel outside Missouri and limiting when expenses can be reported for a group of legislators is “a small attempt” to address public concerns about the influence of special interests, Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard said Thursday. Speaking to the Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee, Richard said his bill was intended to address practices that most lawmakers agree should be eliminated.
Jan 22, 2015 Full Story Local senator shepherding bill to reform lobbyist rules Joplin Globe: Richard’s measure would block lobbyists from reporting meals as if they were accepted by entire committees. Instead, reports would have to cite the lawmakers who accepted the gifts.
Jan 22, 2015 Full Story Sen. Richard presents ethics bill Missouri Times: Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, presented his ethics bill earlier today. The hearing lasted only several minutes, and there were no testimonies for or against the bill. It is likely that bill will pass without much objection.
Jan 22, 2015 Full Story Jay Nixon calls for building plan, municipal court reform, change in use-of-force law St. Louis Post Dispatch: “It’s not going to happen,” said Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, even though Nixon tried to entice legislators with promised education funding boosts.
Jan 21, 2015 Full Story Gov. Nixon applauds past successes of bipartisan efforts Joplin Globe: Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, was named directly by Nixon during his address for his work to pass the auto incentives in 2010. Richard said he and other lawmakers are “always in the mood to create jobs,” but that he hoped Nixon was sincere in his pledge to work more closely with lawmakers. “If I was the leader, I’d have been on the third floor, the second floor and the first floor from the first day I was elected. No governor has done that since Kit Bond, and they should, regardless of who is in charge. If he does it, he’ll have better success,” Richard said. “I’m sure he’s working on a legacy. We’ll see what that comes to.”
Jan 21, 2015 Full Story Missouri House Rejects Elected Official Raise KOLR-TV: Senate Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard (R-Joplin) says he might allow that raise to go through by holding that issue when it comes to a committee he chairs. He called its chances “50-50.”
Jan 17, 2015 Full Story Lawsuit caps get renewed attention from Republican lawmakers KMBC-TV: “Missouri will continue to be a judicial hellhole” if caps are not put in place, said Senate Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, who lists a constitutional amendment capping punitive damages as his top priority for the session.
Jan 13, 2015 Full Story Devil in the details: Missouri lawmakers weigh ethics reform Missouri Times: “I appreciate Senator Richard’s willingness to lead the ethics discussion in the Senate this year,” Rep. Rowden said. “I have met with him and his office several times and believe there is a path forward in both bodies to pass ethics reform. The strategy in the House is a little different than the Senate, which is to be expected, but I think the final product can be one that both bodies will endorse and support.”
Jan 9, 2015 Full Story Legislators: No appetite to use more public money Joplin Globe: The owner of the St. Louis Rams should not expect more help from Missouri taxpayers if he wants to keep his team in the state. “I doubt if there’s an appetite to do public money for that, when we have education issues, highway issues and infrastructure issues,” state Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said Wednesday, as the 2015 legislative session began. Richard also is the Senate Majority Leader.
Jan 9, 2015 Full Story New riverfront stadium - Who pays for it? KTVI-TV, St. Louis: Missouri legislators made it perfectly clear earlier this week taxpayers are tapped out. “I doubt if there is an appetite to do public money for that,” said State Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, (R-32nd District). “We have education issues…highway issues, infrastructure issues for buildings.”
Jan 7, 2015 Full Story Area lawmakers outline strategies for new session Joplin Globe: In the Senate, Ron Richard, R-Joplin, will begin another two years as the No. 2 man in the chamber. As majority leader, Richard said he will seek legislation that would cap monetary damages in some civil cases and change the rules that govern ethics in the Legislature. “I”m going to start with something that can be done,” he said of his ethics bill, which would add a cooling off period for lawmakers before they can work as lobbyists in the Legislature but does not include limits on campaign contributions.
Jan 7, 2015 Full Story House ceremony quiet, but protest interrupts Senate ritual Joplin Globe: Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, ordered the Senate to go into recess while Capitol police and members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol cleared protesters from the gallery, which was then closed to the public. Lawmakers’ family members were allowed to stand on the Senate floor for the swearing-in ceremony.
Jan 7, 2015 Full Story Ron Richard takes aim at ethics reform Kansas City Star: “I will be pushing an ethics reform bill that will create transparency of the meals legislators receive from lobbyists, tighten laws on who and what has been reported, and ban out-of-state travel.” — Missouri Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, a Joplin Republican.
Jan 7, 2015 Full Story Missouri lawmakers kick off session with Republicans fully in command Kansas City Star: Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, a Joplin Republican, said his top priority is ethics reform. Missouri is the only state with no limits on campaign contributions, no caps on lobbyist gifts to lawmakers and no restrictions on a legislator becoming a lobbyist after leaving office. Richard said he hopes to rein in gifts and improve transparency in the campaign finance system. But contributions limits, he said, are off the table.
Jan 7, 2015 Full Story St. Louis Leaders: Rams owner won't return our calls New York Times:There appears to be no appetite for new public funding. Missouri Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, a Republican, said it was doubtful that lawmakers would approve new spending for a football team when the state has so many other needs.
Jan 7, 2015 Full Story Nixon sees a larger role for himself persuading lawmakers Columbia Daily Tribune:Dempsey said he welcomed the new engagement from Nixon and said it was already bearing fruit. At a news conference with Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Minority Leader Mike Keaveny, D-St. Louis, Dempsey said a bill dealing with student transfers from unaccredited schools and a measure addressing agriculture issues will be moved quickly with controversial provisions removed.
Jan 7, 2015 Full Story Senate leaders lay out priorities Missouri Times:Sen. Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, has filed an ethics reform bill and says several more are to be heard in committee. Richard’s bill will likely move the quickest onto the floor, although he clarified that it would not include campaign contribution limits, which he said the courts “have ruled is free speech.”
Jan 7, 2015 Full Story Agriculture, school transfers, municipal court reform top priorities for senate in 2015 St. Louis Post Dispatch:One of Richard's goals this session is to work on ethics reform, though he said campaign contribution limits would not be a part of that reform. Currently, Missouri has no limits on lobbyist gifts and no “cooling-off period” before a former legislator can work at the legislature as a lobbyist. Additionally, Missouri repealed its campaign contribution limits in 2008. He also hopes to pass some kind of job creation bill during the 4-1/2 month long session, but said he does not anticipate "an appetite" to support the use of state money to keep the Rams in St. Louis.
Jan 6, 2015 Full Story Kevin Wilson: Time for ethics reform Joplin Globe:Fast-forward five years and Richard, now the Senate majority leader, is bringing this back to the front of the priorities for another shot at meaningful reform. Faces change in the Capitol, but somehow the politics stay the same. I know how much Richard is committed to reform. I just hope that enough things have changed in Jefferson City over the last few years so that this time the effort is successful.
Jan 6, 2015 Full Story Our View: Maybe this is the year Joplin Globe:Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, has put forth ethics reform measures that would keep members of the Legislature from serving as paid political consultants, require lawmakers to wait two years after leaving the House or Senate before becoming registered lobbyists and makes other changes in rules on lobbyists’ expenditures for lawmakers.
Jan 4, 2015 Full Story Legislators, state group outline goals for upcoming session Joplin Globe:Several local lawmakers on Friday also weighed in on their goals for the session, with state Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, citing ethics reform and job creation as key priorities. Richard said he’ll also advocate for bills to create more jobs in the state, adding, “That’s always been my priority and I’ll have my fingerprints on whatever comes out.”
Jan 4, 2015 Full Story Publishers' parties highlight reporting issues in Missouri ethics laws Columbia Daily Tribune: Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard of Joplin has proposed banning out-of-state travel and entertainment and to require invitations 48 hours in advance for any meal or entertainment reported as being provided to the full House, Senate or both. The bill would also bar lawmakers from hiring colleagues as political consultants and require retiring lawmakers to wait two years before taking a job as a lobbyist. “The objective is to push through some stuff we know we can get over the Senate,” Richard said.
Dec 29, 2014 Full Story Sen. Blunt praises tourism programs that boost local, U.S. economy Joplin Globe: U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (left), Missouri Sen. Ron Richard (center) and State Rep. Tom Flanigan talk before a luncheon on local tourism efforts held Monday in Carthage.
Dec 23, 2014 Full Story Flanigan to lead top MO House committee Carthage Press: "I started out as a freshman, I was appointed as a freshman in 2008," Flanigan said in an interview with The Carthage Press last week. "Ron Richard was then Speaker of the House and he wanted me for the budget committee. I have been on that committee ever since. When I was first appointed as a freshman, there were only two freshmen on budget committee. I was vice chairman (of the Budget Committee) last year, and as vice chairman I was also chairman of a committee entitled fiscal review, a committee that reviewed legislation that had a price tag of $100,000 or more. There are a lot of those, it was a very busy committee and our charge was to understand the fiscal impact to the budget."