Ron Richard is the only member to be elected both Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader in 100 years.
Jul 1, 2015 Full Story Beetum rules for state senate in committee complaints Missouri Times: "The judge’s decision appropriately recognizes the authority of the Senate.” The statement was signed by Kehoe, Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and two other committee chairs, Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, and David Sater, R-Cassville.
Jun 30, 2015 Full Story Court backs Schaefer on Gun Amendment Missouri Times: Schaefer argued the case before the court himself, along with briefs submitted on behalf of Missourians Protecting the Second Amendment, and separate briefs filed by Senate Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, and former House Speaker Tim Jones.
Jun 27, 2015 Full Story Another attempt to fix school transfers is vetoed St. Louis Post Dispatch: “My staff and I will be taking a good look at the governor’s veto message to see what he claims is wrong with the bill,” Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said.
Jun 26, 2015 Full Story Majority Floor Leader Says Efforts on Student Transfer Bill Won't Go to Waste Missouri Times: “I’m pleased the governor has signed bills to increase economic development like the measure that will help keep the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in the Show-Me state, and legislation that will help veterans and military members,” said Richard. “However, after two years of work, we still cannot guarantee every child in Missouri has equal access to a quality education.”
Jun 26, 2015 Full Story Missouri reacts to gay marriage ruling Washington Times: Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard said the Friday decision encroaches on states’ rights.
Jun 26, 2015 Full Story Sen. Richard comments on Supreme Court ruling Joplin Independent: “We are deeply concerned about the ripple effects of this decision. Will certain religious organizations and people of many different faiths now have to choose between violating their deeply held beliefs or risk being dragged into court?” said Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin. “The Constitution of the United States which every member of the Supreme Court is sworn to uphold specifically reserves powers not explicitly given to the federal government to the individual states. Elections have consequences. We can have majorities in both Chambers, but until we get a president who will appoint Supreme Court Justices who will fight for states’ rights, we will be left with insufficient authority.”
Jun 26, 2015 Full Story Nixon vetoes student transfers legislation Missourian: Senate Majority Leader Republican Ron Richard says he's looking to craft another plan to address the current transfer law. He said lawmakers might try to override the veto.
Jun 22, 2015 Full Story Nixon signs bill to keep National Geospatial Intelligence Agency in St. Louis St. Louis Post Dispatch: The measure, added to a House bill by Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, provides state tax-increment financing, or TIF, for the area of north St. Louis bordering a former public housing site. The state could contribute up to 50 percent of withholding revenues from the agency, up to $12 million per year.
Jun 22, 2015 Full Story New MO laws include tip tax fix, business growth KFVS-TV Cape Girardeau: Senate Bill 194 extends a special tax credit intended to bring in corporate headquarters to Missouri and help the state's existing headquarters expand. Senate Bill 194 was sponsored by Sen. Ron Richard, a Republican from Joplin.
Jun 15, 2015 Full Story Council pulls Prime ordinance/Searchers honored Joplin Globe: The council honored members of the Joplin-based Four State Search and Rescue Team for their work in Nepal after a deadly earthquake on April 25. Team members, including dogs that made the trip, were guests at the meeting. Mayor Mike Seibert presented plaques from the city and from the Missouri Senate, on behalf of Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin.
Jun 13, 2015 Full Story District to move funds for shelters Carthage Press: Henningsen said $6 million transfer includes about $2 million that would have been moved under normal circumstances and $4 million that will be allowed for only this year under Senate Bill 907, sponsored by Sen. Ron Richard of Joplin, and Rep. Tom Flanigan of Carthage.
Jun 7, 2015 Full Story Susan Redden: Sen. Richard, governor disagree on impact of Right-to-Work Joplin Globe: Richard said post-recession growth has become stagnant and that Missouri's population is dwindling as residents move to other states for better opportunities. Manufacturing employment in right-to-work states is up, along with wages, while Missouri lags behind, he said.
Jun 4, 2015 Full Story Governor Vetoes Right-to-Work bill Joplin Globe: "Post-recession growth has become stagnant, and our population is dwindling as more and more Missourians move to surrounding states to seize better opportunities," Richard said in a statement. "Missouri’s real manufacturing GDP has declined 4 percent over the last 10 years, while right-to-work states in the Midwest saw a 25.5 percent increase. Employee pay has also risen in those states while the Show-Me State lags behind."
Jun 4, 2015 Full Story Majority Leader Responds to Governor's Veto of Right-to-Work Legislation KOAM-TV: "Ever since I became the mayor of Joplin, and throughout my political career, my main goal has been job creation. This legislation could have helped us bring more businesses to the Show-Me State, increase our job numbers, and foster a better environment for workers," Richard said.
May 28, 2015 Full Story Important vote missed Southeast Missourian: When a few senators sought to prevent a vote, President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey and Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard gave valuable debate time in an effort to overcome the filibuster.
May 23, 2015 Full Story Business issues focus of session Neosho Daily News: While trying to recruit Toyota to Missouri, Richard said officials with the Japanese automaker insisted that Right-to-Work is their first consideration when looking for a location. “I’ve visited with BMW, Kia, Mercedes Benz, Nissan, every major automotive manufacturer that came to the South from overseas and asked him why they go where they go,” he said. “And they say workforce, tax policy, Right-to-Work.”
May 22, 2015 Full Story Local lawmakers discuss legislative session results Joplin Globe: "There is union growth in a lot of those states because there's job growth," he said. "I've worked in economic development all the time I've been in Jefferson City and major manufacturers will tell you their top three issues are work force, tax policy and right-to-work." Gov. Jay Nixon has said he will veto the measure, and whether lawmakers can override "is moot, because this needs to be a campaign issue in 2016," Richard said.