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Capitol Report                        April 24, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

The House gaveled in and out of technical session today and adjourned to another technical session on Sunday, April 26 at noon.

The full House will reconvene this Monday, April 27th to take up the budget for debate on Monday.  We are currently scheduled to meet Monday thru Friday for the next three weeks to conclude the business of the House.

I have yet to see the substitute amendments that we will be debating on, but I know that COVID-19 has taken a toll on our state's tax collections and will have an impact on the proposed budget for the upcoming year.

I will continue to work in your best interest as we head to the finish line in our regular session.  I am anticipating the governor calling us back sometime this summer for a special session, but that has yet to be determined.

Please be safe and stay healthy. 

Yours in Service,

Rich
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Gov. Parson says Missouri businesses can reopen May 4, but local orders stay in force

BY CAITLYN ROSEN  Kansas City Star


APRIL 22, 2020 06:47 PM, UPDATED APRIL 22, 2020 07:54 PM
 

Most Missouri businesses will be able to reopen shortly after the state’s stay-at-home order expires May 3, Gov. Mike Parson announced Wednesday.

“We’re encouraged by the recent data which is why we feel that we’re in a place to move forward with the recovery plans and begin reopening our economy,” Parson said at his afternoon press briefing.

The green light does not cover the state’s two largest metropolitan areas, which have longer stay-at-home orders in place. Kansas City’s directive runs until May 15. St. Louis City and County have extended theirs indefinitely.

His announcement came a day after after hundreds of protesters rallied at the Capitol calling calling for an end to stay-at-home restrictions.

Last week Parson extended his order, set to expire April 24, to May 3. He said the decision was based on cautious optimism that spread of the infection is slowing.

Parson also announced an expansion of criteria for who can be tested in state laboratories. State laboratories will be able to test both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients, as well as more first responders.

“This expansion recognizes our increased availability of tests and reflects our strategies moving forward as we move out of the acute phase to box in new outbreaks as they arrive and to give doctors and other providers... a broader decision-making ability as to who gets tested,” said Randall Williams, the state health director.

Parson’s plan to re-open the economy also relies partially on expanding the state’s reserves of Personal Protective Equipment. Next week, hospitals, healthcare providers and first responders will be able to utilize a machine that can decontaminate N95 masks.

The system, manufactured by Battelle, a science and technology development company based in Ohio, has been deployed in other states, including California and Connecticut. It is federally funded and will come at no cost to Missouri.

“Through this system, we will have the maximum capacity to decontaminate up to 80,000 N95 masks per day if needed,” Parson said. “By helping conserve PPE, this will be a huge benefit to our overall recovery plan.”

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USDA approves Missouri waiver for online food stamp purchases


By Clare Roth Columbia Daily Tribune
Posted Apr 21, 2020 at 10:59 AM
   

Missourians who use food stamps will be able to order groceries online soon.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a waiver request submitted by the Missouri Department of Social Services on Monday to allow people to pay for online grocery delivery with SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps.

The USDA sent Kip Kendrick, D-Columbia, an email confirming that Missouri, Kentucky and Texas’s requests to join the program have been approved, along with Maryland and New Jersey.

The state’s Department of Social Services predicts benefits will probably roll out in a month, Kendrick said.

“This is a big program to get up to get moving at the state level,” he said, adding they’re cautiously optimistic it may be available sooner than that.

Kendrick started advocating for the state to join the program a few weeks ago when a constituent with a disability, who typically depends on her high-risk mother to help her shop at the grocery store, sent him an email frustrated she couldn’t purchase groceries online with food stamps.

The state submitted a waiver to join the pilot program Friday.

States have begun to expedite planning to allow online purchasing, according to the USDA. Since last week, Florida has been added to the program, and Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Idaho and North Carolina have been approved to start offering the online option in the next month.

The 2014 Farm Bill-mandated program launched in New York in April 2019. Washington state was approved in January, and since the start of the pandemic, Alabama, Iowa, Oregon and Nebraska have been approved to the program.

Amazon and Walmart have agreed to be retailers for online purchases in the state, and Missouri has requested to include additional grocery options.


 
SOME GAVE ALL

Missouri flags flew at half-staff at all government buildings in the Kansas City area on Wednesday to honor an emergency medical technician who died from the coronavirus.

Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday also ordered the U.S. and Missouri flags to be flown at half-staff at the Fire Fighters Memorial of Missouri in Kingdom City in honor of 69-year-old Billy Birmingham.

Birmingham, an EMT for the Kansas City Fire Department, died April 13 from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. He had responded to several service calls involving patients with the virus. His death is the first-

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As of the time I have sent this mailing, there have been
66 homicides in the Kansas City metro area in 2020.

In Kansas City, Missouri, 44 people have been killed.

Click here for the Homicide Tracker.

COMMUNITY NEWS AND HAPPENINGS

Wednesday was Administrative Assistants Appreciation Day.  I want to give a HUGE SHOUT OUT to my Legislative Assistant, Donna Gentschz.  She is an invaluable asset to me and the residents of District 27 and I appreciate all her hard work and efforts!  Three cheers for Donna!

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
Please don't hesitate to contact me with any feedback, questions or ideas!​
 
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