Capitol Report
September 26, 2019

Notes from Rich . . . . .

Dear Neighbor,

By now, everyone who reads my newsletters or sees me on TV knows how serious I am that now is the time to address gun 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 vaccinations is preventive medicine for illnesses.  Gun violence is now an epidemic in our country 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.

You would not want to travel to another state or country if you knew they had an epidemic or crisis.  Well, do you think people want to come to our city or our state if they hear of our epidemic? 
 FBI statistics note that St. Louis and Kansas City rank one and two in the 10 most dangerous cities in the Midwest.  As a member of the Tourism Commission and Ranking Member on the Special Committee on Tourism, I want people to know that we are doing something about this gun violence disease to keep it from spreading.  We don't need it to be any more contagious than it already is.

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."   Our state is weak on gun laws and is in need of some common-sense gun legislation.  I don't want to take away anyone's second amendment rights, I just want to stop the taking away of people's rights to a life.  Can we legislate morality?   No, but we need to move in the right direction to stop the proliferation of gun violence.

It's easier to stop something from happening in the first place than to repair the damage after it has happened.

Yours in Service,


We must address violence in Kansas City and our State now!

Medicaid enrollment drop

Nearly 130,000 Missourians, including 100,000 children, have lost coverage

I spoke with Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II and City Councilman Kevin O'Neil about the gun violence in Kansas City.

Joe Biden attends UAW strike in Kansas City

I had the pleasure of talking to presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden as we showed our support for the striking UAW members at the GM Fairfax Plant.
I was a union teacher for 24 years at KCFT Local 691.  I have been walking the picket line in support of the GM employees at the GM Fairfax Plant.
Rep. Ingrid Burnett and I spent time with Harvester's packaging meals for families.

If you fly in a airplane, you need to read this!

When can I get one?
Customers were able to apply for a REAL-ID compliant Missouri driver license or nondriver ID card beginning March 25, 2019. HOWEVER, your Missouri-issued license or ID card that was issued prior to March 25, 2019, will give you the same access as a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card until October 1, 2020.

Click here for more information.

Changes to state vehicle safety inspection requirements

The great U.S. Central Shake-Out

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:17 a.m. on October 17* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!

You can join them today by registering for the 2019 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel.

* If you cannot hold your ShakeOut drill on 10/17, you can select another day when you register.
Start here to be included in the 2019 ShakeOut


Fit in the Fifth

Kansas City United Against Crime Day

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
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