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Capitol Report
January 16, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

The 100th General Assembly, 2nd Session began on January 8, 2020.  These past two weeks have been busy - committee meetings, State of the State, Martin Luther King, Jr. program, etc.

The Governor had some positives in his State of the State such as his promise to rebuild the Buck O'Neil Bridge, but it was disappointing that he did not address the 100,00 kids who lost their healthcare, the 60,000 Missourians who lost their MO Rx prescription benefits or to adequately address the gun violence issue in our state. I believe in second amendment rights and I do not want to see any law abiding citizens lose any of these rights.  But on this note we must do something to curtail the violence in our urban areas.  Kansas City alone had 151 homicides, four short of our all-time record.  The governor's speech did not adequately address how we as a state can effectively assist our local leaders in Missouri's four biggest cities to curtail this ever growing problem.  

 

By now, everyone who reads my newsletters or sees me on TV knows how serious I am that now is the time to address violence in Kansas City and the rest of our state.  We need to stop this epidemic of the needless loss of human lives. 
Getting a flu shot or vaccination is preventive medicine for illnesses.  Gun violence is now an epidemic in our state and we need preventive medicine to help.  There is no quick fix to gun violence, but we have to start now to keep from it spreading even further.

We need everyone to work together to come up with a cure. There are too many innocent victims of this disease.

 
Each time one of these tragic incidents occur, a dialogue begins, but it seems little is done.  Sitting around doing nothing helps no one.

This has to be a team effort to alleviate this serious problem.  As my mom always told me, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." 


Yours in Service,

Rich
I have requested the Speaker of the House to assign my two bills to committee. I have filed these two bills previously but no action was taken.  Stay tuned to see what happens.

HB 1260
Modifies the offense of unlawful possession of a firearm.

HB 1261
Repeals provisions that prohibit political subdivisions from adopting orders, ordinances, or regulations relating to firearms.
CONGRATULATIONS TO SENATOR SHALON "KIKI" CURLS ON HER APPOINTMENT TO THE LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMISSION!
The State of Missouri has over 200 boards and commissions. They deal with issues ranging from agriculture to the judiciary to education. The governor appoints people to serve on these boards and commissions, and the senate considers and confirms the appointments. Citizens from across our state may sit on these boards and commissions. 
 
If you are interested in seeing what boards have openings, please find a full listing of our boards and commissions 
here.

Check MoDOT's Traveler Info Map for weather-related road conditions, flood closures & work zone locations
 Representative Brown visits with Mayor Quinton Lucas during his recent visit to Jefferson City.  Later that evening Mayor Lucas was the Keynote Speaker at the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the State Capitol.
THE CENSUS IS COMING

The US Constitution requires the federal government to take a count of people living in the United States every ten years -- and 2020 is it!   Everyone means everyone -- adults and children, citizens and non-citizens. The data collected from the Census will be used, among other things, to reapportion legislative districts.

The Census is hiringApply here.
The Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant is a new financial aid program for adults that began with the 2019-20 academic year. The grant addresses workforce needs by helping adults pursue a certificate, degree, or industry-recognized credential in an area designated as high need. Grant recipients must maintain Missouri residency and work in Missouri for three years after graduation to prevent the grant from becoming a loan that must be repaid with interest.

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COMMUNITY NEWS AND HAPPENINGS

Let's Go Chiefs!

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

GREATER KANSAS CITY CRIME STOPPERS
816-474-TIPS HOTLINE
 
PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
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 www.KCcrimestoppers.com, 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
Phone
573-751-7639
Email:
richard.brown@house.mo.gov
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