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Capitol Report                        January 30, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

I had the opportunity to visit with Gov. Mike Parson and House Speaker Elijah Haahr this week with members of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus. In each meeting, I voiced your concerns about the growing violence issue and the spike in homicides in Kansas City.  To illustrate this point, on Tuesday morning, I awoke to the news that the 14th killing in Kansas City took place overnight.  As I walked to the governor's office, I saw reports on my phone that Kansas City's 15th homicide had just occurred and then I later learned that afternoon that the 16th murder had been recorded in our city while I was addressing the issue with the governor.

I urged both the governor and speaker to schedule hearings as soon as possible on the legislation aimed to curb violence in our state so the people have an opportunity to come to the capitol to testify on how this is impacting their lives and we move proactively to address this growing problem through common sense legislation.   


Yours in Service,

Rich
Legislative actions this week in the Missouri House of Representatives
HOUSE BILL PERFECTED
HB 1467 -- LAGERS RETIREMENT

HOUSE BILLS THIRD READ AND PASSED
HB 1450 - CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE OFFENSES
HCS HB 2033 -- EMINENT DOMAIN
HCS HBs 1511 & 1452 -- PROFESSIONAL LICENSING RECIPROCITY
HCS HB 2046 -- PROFESSIONAL LICENSE RECIPROCITY

 
I discussed the urgency of passing legislation to address the growing gun violence problem across the state with Governor Parson during a meeting this week with the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus.  
Good conversation with the Speaker, Elijah Haahr.  We are working on what we can do rather than what we can't do to deal with the violence issue in Kansas City and across the state.
Waiting patiently to see if my bills get assigned to committee as requested.
House Bill 1260 would bring Missouri law into conformity with federal law by prohibiting certain people, including those convicted of misdemeanor domestic abuse, from possessing a firearm.  Why would you support a convicted domestic abuser owning a firearm and potentially putting their spouse or domestic partner in danger?  House Bill 1261 would repeal the section of Missouri law that prohibits local municipalities from creating their own gun legislation. The mayor and city council of Kansas City have recently enacted local ordinances to try and remedy some gun issues in our community such as minors in possession of firearms.
As of the time I have sent this mailing, there have been
21 homicides in the Kansas City metro area in 2020.

In Kansas City, Missouri, 16 people have been killed.
HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES
GAMBLING EXPANSION
 
The House Special Committee on Government Oversight approved legislation on Jan. 28 that would legalize and regulate video slot machines and sports wagering in Missouri. The measure, House Bill 2088, would also bolster penalties for establishments that offer unlicensed video gambling terminals.
 
HB 2088 in part targets the proliferation of unregulated video gambling terminals in convenience stores and other establishments. The Missouri Lottery Commission says such terminals are illegal under existing law, a contention the companies that supply them dispute. Under the bill, only machines regulated by the lottery commission would be allowed. Also, wagers on such devices would be subject to taxation, which unregulated machines currently avoid.
 
In addition, the bill establishes a framework for allowing wagering on sporting events to be offered at Missouri casinos and entertainment districts. The latter would include places such as Ballpark Village in St. Louis and Kansas City’s Power and Light District.
 
The Missouri Constitution generally prohibits the legislature from legalizing “games of chance.” However, voter-approved constitutional amendments over the last 40 years have carved out exceptions for charity bingo, the state lottery and gambling in state-licensed casinos.
I am humbled and honored to be working for the people of Missouri's 27th House District. Thank you for the privilege.
During our meeting this week, the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus spoke with the governor about appointing qualified minorities to the various state boards and commissions.  I am reaching out to raise your awareness to these openings and to help raise a pool of applicants for these positions.  If you or someone you know has an interest in serving our state, please apply.  There are paid and unpaid positions available.  Many of these appointments have yet to be filled.   Please check out the available positions.
 
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

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 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

Governor Parson Orders Capitol Dome to Shine Red in Celebration of Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl Appearance

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Governor Mike Parson has ordered the Missouri State Capitol dome to shine red on Friday evening, January 31 in celebration of the Kansas City Chiefs’ first Super Bowl appearance in 50 years. 

The Chiefs defeated the Tennessee Titans 35-24 in the American Football Conference (AFC) Championship on Sunday, January 19, earning the team its third trip to the Super Bowl in franchise history.  

“As long-time fans and season ticket holders, Teresa and I couldn’t be more excited for the Chiefs. This is well-deserved for a team that has played an important role in Kansas City and the State of Missouri for many years,” Governor Parson said. “Sports are a big part of Missouri’s heritage, and we’re proud to have the Kansas City Chiefs represent our great state in the Super Bowl this year.”

The Chiefs have had a longstanding presence in Missouri since 1963 when founder Lamar Hunt brought the franchise to Kansas City from Dallas.

The team last appeared in the Super Bowl in 1970, defeating the Minnesota Vikings 23-7. This remains the Chiefs’ only Super Bowl title to date.  

“I think it’s about time we had another big win,” Governor Parson said. “Let’s bring it home. Go Chiefs!”

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Congratulations to our
Kansas City Chiefs!
The Stanley Cup found its way to the Capitol this week.  Now its time to bring the Lombardi Trophy home.  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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