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Capitol Report                        March 12, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

With fears of coronavirus growing across the country, I just learned this afternoon that the Missouri House of Representatives will be in Technical Session (meaning we do not have to be in attendance) this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (March 15, 16 & 17).  The Senate has already cancelled for next week.  The following week (March 23-27), both chambers of the legislature will not be meeting as we were already scheduled to be on spring break.  

At this time, House leadership will make the decision on how we will proceed.  Constitutionally, the House of Representatives is bound to prepare the budget for the state.  By Constitution, the members of the legislature must meet in Jefferson City to approve the budget.  The budget process always begins in the House.

The budget is divided into several bills according to state departments. Each corresponding appropriations committee puts together a workable budget bill that is then moved through the House Budget Committee for final approval. All of the appropriations bills must receive the Budget Committee’s stamp of approval before moving on to the House floor for discussion. Once on the House floor, the bills can be amended by individual members. An interesting thing about this process is that changes to the budget on the floor must either be revenue neutral or revenue positive. In other words, if you place additional funds in one area of the budget, you must reduce corresponding funds in another area. With this, the size of the budget cannot grow on the House floor.

If you would like to follow the 2021 fiscal year budget that we will be working on this session, click on the button below.

Wishing you and your family good health!

Yours in Service,

2021 Fiscal Year Budget

Missouri Senate shuts down amid coronavirus concerns


JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate is shutting down for at least two weeks over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

In announcement late Wednesday, Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden said the Legislature's upper chamber will not be in session next week "as we work to ensure the safety of our members and Capitol guests from the ongoing #COVID19 realities."

The announcement came after members of the Republican caucus met behind closed doors after the day's session ended. Some members had expressed worries about the spread of disease as the Senate debated legislation over the course of the afternoon.

A full statement from Rowden, R-Columbia, and Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, is expected Thursday.

The House, meanwhile, has not declared its intentions heading into next week. Leaders had been planning to put approval of the state's $30.9 billion budget on a fast-track, with an eye toward sending it to the Senate by next Friday.

House Speaker Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, could make an announcement Thursday. 

Both chambers were scheduled to start a 10-day-long spring break on March 19, but those plans came under scrutiny this week as the spread of the coronavirus transformed into a global pandemic.

The Missouri Legislature meets annually from January until mid-May. The House and Senate are constitutionally required to approve a budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, but are not mandated to make other changes to state law.

Illinois lawmakers also on Wednesday canceled their scheduled session for next week over the same concerns about the safety of meeting in a large group.

Mayor Quinton Lucas issues
State of Emergency in Kansas City

Chris Oberholtz
March 12, 2020

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Mayor Quinton Lucas has issued a proclamation declaring a State of Emergency in Kansas City.

All events with more than 1,000 attendees within the city are canceled or delayed until the emergency has been lifted.  

“We’re working diligently across departments to prevent potential spread – and we’re asking our community members and business owners to do their part in helping to prevent potential spread,” said Lucas. “Protecting all of our residents remains our top priority, which means that how we interact over the weeks and months ahead will need to change dramatically as we confront our current public health challenge. I appreciate our community’s understanding during this ever-changing time and encourage all residents to continue exercising good judgment.”

Lucas also placed a moratorium on all non-essential travel for city employees until the emergency has been lifted. 

“This is the time for residents to take social distancing seriously,” said Health Department Director Dr. Rex Archer. “In addition to washing your hands, covering your cough and avoiding handshakes, we encourage all Kansas Citians who feel ill to stay home and avoid crowds of any size. People with high risk factors should not go to crowded events.”

Under a State of Emergency, the mayor may exercise the authority to:

(1) temporarily waive routine administrative and budgetary requirements that may impede the effective delivery of essential public services;

(2) order the evacuation of areas where there is a threat to public health and safety, and to designate any public place, public street, thoroughfare, boulevard or parking area and any other place closed to motor vehicles, persons and pedestrian traffic;

(3) impose a curfew upon all or any portion of the city as designated therein as the mayor may deem advisable during such hours of the day or night as the mayor determines necessary in the interest of the public safety and welfare, and during which all persons shall remove themselves to their places of residence and remain off and away from the public streets, sidewalks, parkways, parks and all other public or open places, and no persons shall assemble, gather, loiter or otherwise congregate in any manner in groups, assemblies or meetings in any place for any purpose whatsoever; provided, however, that persons performing medical services, essential public utility services, public officials, police officers, firefighters, and all other persons explicitly enumerated in such proclamation may be exempted from curfew;

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(4) order the closing of any and all business establishments throughout the city or any portion thereof during the period for which the state of emergency exists or during the curfew hours;

(5) order the closing of all retail and wholesale liquor stores, taverns and other places dispensing, serving or permitting the consumption of intoxicating liquor or nonintoxicating beer;

(6) order the discontinuance of the sale, distribution or giving away of intoxicating or nonintoxicating liquors;

(7) order the closing of all private clubs or portions thereof wherein the consumption of intoxicating liquor or nonintoxicating beer is permitted;

(8) order the discontinuance of selling, distributing or giving away gasoline or other liquid flammable or combustible products in any container other than a gasoline tank properly affixed to a motor vehicle;

(9) order the closing of gasoline stations and other establishments, the chief activity of which is the sale, distribution or dispensing of gasoline or other liquid flammable or combustible products;

(10) order all regular, special and auxiliary police officers, firefighters and other conservators of the peace to report for duty assignment, such reporting to be in accordance with prearranged plans or under the direction of lawful authority;

(11) issue orders deemed necessary to protect life and property and to preserve critical resources within the purposes of this ordinance.

Click here to read all bills that have had actions in the House so far this legislative session.

What do you think?
In the last three years, a significant trend has emerged as nine states have enacted legislation to provide for year-round daylight saving time (DST)—if Congress were to allow such a change by amending the Uniform Time Act of 1966. States are allowed to change to year-round standard time under current federal law.

The debate over the biannual clock-changing exercise took place in 40 state legislatures last year and is a topic of consideration this year in 32 states, where at least 77 bills and resolutions are under review. Two-thirds of the pending bills advocate for year-round DST, while the remainder favor staying on standard time.

HB 1356 establishes the "Daylight Saving as the New Standard Time Pact" consisting of this state and any other state desiring to abstain from observation of daylight saving time. The bill exempts all areas of the state from the federal daylight saving time provisions. As of today, this bill has not received a hearing.
The Missouri House of Representatives gave final approval for proposed changes to state laws regarding the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools.

House Bill 1568 would require public schools to have seclusion and restraint policies in place.

Restraint is defined as physical or mechanical (use of any device or equipment to restrict freedom of movement); seclusion is the involuntary confinement of a student alone in a room or area that the student cannot leave.
Missouri Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline by calling 1-800-392-8222 or you can file a complaint online.

DHSS and the CDC are responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

Presumptive Positive cases in Missouri: 1

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I recently met with Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice George Draper III and discussed criminal justice reforms in our state.
Do You Have Your Real ID?
Chat with a representative from the Department of Revenue concerning Real ID here
MO Tax Filing Now Open
The Department of Revenue is now accepting electronically filed state tax returns for tax year 2019. The filing deadline for both state and federal income tax returns is April 15th.

Free Electronic Filing
Many Missourians qualify for free e-filing services through the Free File Alliance, a system which allows taxpayers to file both federal and state taxes for no cost.  For more information on how to file online for free, visit the IRS Free File website or the Department of Revenue's Online Filing resource page.
Important KCMO tax updates and deadlines
Tax season is just around the corner, and the City of Kansas City, Missouri, is reminding businesses and residents about a few important 2019 tax-year updates and deadlines.
New Tax Forms are available online

The current 2019 tax information on City tax requirements is available
online .
File Online

You can file and pay all required City taxes anytime using our
Quick Tax system. If you use Quick Tax, you can ensure timely and accurate processing of tax returns and payments. With Quick Tax, you can also view all tax-related activity on your account including filings, payments and tax notifications.
Mark the Calendar

April 15, 2020
            2019 Wage Earner Earnings Tax and Extensions Deadline
            2019 Calendar Year Profits Earnings Tax and Extensions Deadline
Media inquiries may be directed to Commissioner of Revenue Mari Ruck, 816-513-4990.

First term Representative Mark Sharp (District 36) and I
are hard at work for our constiturents in South Kansas City.
As of the time I have sent this mailing, there have been
42 homicides in the Kansas City metro area in 2020.

In Kansas City, Missouri, 31 people have been killed.

Click here for the Homicide Tracker.


There’s plenty of toilet paper in
the US –so why are people hoarding it?

Jay L. Zagorsky  The Conversation  March 11, 2020 8.23am EDT

The other day I went into Costco to buy some toilet paper. It came as a small shock when I couldn’t find a single roll.

The new coronavirus is inspiring panic buying of a variety of household products such as toilet paper in cities across the U.S. and world.

While it makes sense to me that masks and hand sanitizer would be in short supply because of the outbreak, I wondered why people would be hoarding toilet paper – a product that is widely produced and doesn’t help protect from a respiratory virus like COVID-19. Toilet paper is becoming so valuable there’s even been at least one armed robbery.As an economist, I am fascinated by why people hoard products that are not having supply problems. Toilet paper hoarding in particular has a curious history and economy.

Read the entire story here.

I am pictured with members of the US Census Bureau recruiting team during a recent job fair at Memorial Church International.  Pictured left to right are Kenneth Yancy, Rep. Brown,
Carla Adams, Larry Denmon and Emmett Morris.

Every ten years the federal government conducts the decennial census which collects basic information from every household in the United States. 

You will start receiving census forms in the mail as early as March 12.  Responding via mail or online is the most efficient way to have your household members counted.  There are 9 total questions for you, and 7 additional questions per family member.  You will not be asked to disclose anyone's social security number. 

Your Census Information is PROTECTED By Law!  Read the Law from the U.S. Census Bureau here.
With an accurate count of Missouri residents, we receive money back from the federal government in the amount of about $16 billion annually!  That's correct, $16 billion per year for the next ten years to support our roads, our hospitals, our schools, transportation and more! 

When you, your family members or neighbors do not reply to the census, we lose $1,300 per person per year!  That adds up.  Everyone needs to be counted:  children, seniors, citizens, residents, students, documented and undocumented immigrants, homeowners and renters.  Every single person in our state who gets counted helps us receive the resources we need to make Missouri's infrastructure stronger. 

This is the first year the U.S. Census Bureau is accepting responses online, and you can still respond by phone or mail if you prefer.  In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in-person with households that have not yet responded. You can learn more about the 2020 Census by visiting
To get additional information about the census in your specific community, please view this interactive map.

The reward has been raised to
$30,000 for Dominic

FROM:           Det. Kevin Boehm, Crime Stoppers Coordinator
SUBJECT:    Reward Increase – 9 Year Old Dominic Young Homicide
KANSAS CITY, MO ---  The Kansas City, Missouri Police Department and the Greater KC Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline continue to seek information in the January 20, 2018 homicide of 9 year old Dominic Young Jr. at 71 Highway and Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd.
  Dominic Young Jr. was apparently hit by a stray gunshot while occupying a vehicle driven by his father and died as a result of his injuries.  Dominic, his father and brother were en route to Grandview at the time.  The vehicle driven by Dominic’s father was hit by gunshots from other vehicles apparently engaged in a gunfight according to statements.
  KCPD found a possible crime scene near the intersection where the father said the shooting happened.  When the father arrived home in Grandview, Dominic was not responsive.  Grandview police initially responded to the father’s home and found the boy in critical condition. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

 A number of community leaders and organizations including State Representative Richard Brown, Mayor Pro Tem Kevin McManus, former City Councilmen Scott Taylor, Scott Wagner, John Sharp; the City of KCMO and Concord Fortress of Hope Church (Pastor Ron Lindsay) have come forward to increase the existing reward in the case up to $30,000.00.  Those leaders are available for comment in regard to the case.
  Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers Greater Kansas City TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477), TIPS may also be submitted electronically at, or by downloading our NEW mobile app, P3TIPS, on Google Play or the Apple iOS stores for FREE.  Information leading to an arrest and/or filing of charges could be eligible for up to $30,000.00 in reward money.  ALL INFORMATION IS ANONYMOUS. 
* A program of the KC Metropolitan Crime Commission
My office in Jefferson City is available to assist you with questions you may have about state government or legislative issues. Please call, email or write anytime. If you are unable to reach me, my assistant, Donna Gentzsch is ready to help you. If you are in Jefferson City, come by my Capitol office in room 109-G, and introduce yourself. The door is always open and I encourage you to visit.
Please forward this email to your friends and family who want to know how what is happening in Jefferson City will impact them here at home.

Rep. Richard Brown
MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Avenue
Room 109G
Jefferson City, MO  65101
Please don't hesitate to contact me with any feedback, questions or ideas!​
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