Ron Richard is the only member to be elected both Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader in 100 years.
Oct. 27, 2014 Full Story Missouri Hospital Preparations for Ebola Patients Missouri Hospital Association:The Missouri Hospital Association and its members continue to work closely with others in the medical community and state and federal officials to ensure our state is prepared for the possibility of a patient with Ebola. There currently are no suspected Ebola patients in Missouri. There have been two occurrences of Ebola being transmitted in the United States; a man contracted the disease in Liberia and then traveled to Dallas, Texas, where two health care workers were infected while treating him.
Oct. 25, 2014 Full Story Same-sex marriage advancing in state despite amendments, laws that prohibit it Joplin Globe:Missouri Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said in a statement after the recent rulings: “Each state has the authority to establish laws governing the institution of marriage. Missouri voters spoke loud and clear in 2004 by passing the constitutional amendment. This issue should now be brought to the Missouri Supreme Court for their review of the lower court’s decision. To do that, we will need the support of our Attorney General, Chris Koster.”
Oct. 21, 2014 Full Story Carl Junction receives copy of bill spawned by volunteer project Joplin Globe:The Department of Labor ruled in the affirmative. Davis said he worked with the Department of Labor in crafting the bill, and similar legislation was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin.
Oct. 19, 2014 Full Story Susan Redden: Republicans plan gathering Joplin Globe: Newton County Bean Feed: Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich, U.S. Rep. Billy Long and state Sen. Ron Richard will be featured speakers at the annual free bean feed hosted by the Newton County Republican Central Committee.The event is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the cafeteria of Neosho Middle School, 1400 Hale McGinty Drive. Presentations are planned on the amendments proposed for the Nov. 4 election ballot.
Oct. 16, 2014 Full Story Local Senate leader sharing wealth with other campaign committees Joplin Globe:He said his focus instead has been on helping his party. “If I can help with raising the majority and use the finances of my campaign to do that, it helps me and people in Southwest Missouri with a greater Republican majority,” he said. Richard said he has been traveling the state helping candidates raise money and build their campaign operations in three targeted races.
Oct. 8, 2014 Full Story Nixon tours Flex-O-Lators in Carthage to tout growth in auto manufacturing Joplin Globe:He thanked Missouri state Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, for his work on the measure. Richard, on hand for Wednesday’s events, at the time was speaker of the House.
Oct. 6, 2014 Full Story Senate Leaders Call on AG to defend Missouri's Laws Approved by Voters Missouri Times:“Each state has the authority to establish laws governing the institution of marriage,” said Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin. “Missouri voters spoke loud and clear in 2004 by passing the constitutional amendment. This issue should now be brought to the Missouri Supreme Court for their review of the lower court’s decision. To do that, we will need the support of our Attorney General, Chris Koster.”
Sep. 29, 2014 Full Story BILL LANT: The rising numbers of child abuse and neglect issues Neosho Daily News: Last Thursday, we attended the 25th. Anniversary Banquet for Life Choices.All of the Southwest Area Legislators were thanked for their support of Pro-life legislation and Sen Ron Richard and Rep. Bill White presented resolutions for the work Life Choices has done.
Sep. 25, 2014 Full Story Kevin Wilson: Richard Honored Neosho Daily News: I don’t want to brag too much on state Sen. Ron Richard because it might give him the big head but, when he served as Missouri Speaker of the House, he did just that. Even though the Republicans had a big majority, he told us to reach across the aisle and work with our Democrat colleagues on key issues. And, we had a very productive two years because of his leadership.
Sep. 21, 2014 Full Story Susan Redden: Richard Honored Joplin Globe: Members of the Missouri Prosecuting Attorney’s Association at a recent meeting presented an award honoring Missouri Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin. Dean Dankelson, Jasper County prosecuting attorney, said the award recognized efforts by Richard in the last legislative session to secure Senate passage of the reforms to the state’s criminal code. Richard is the Senate majority leader. The revision was the first in 30 years and was “much needed,” Dankelson said.
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.