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Capitol Report
October 31, 2019

Notes from Rich . . . . .


Dear Neighbor,

As we get closer to the start of the new legislative session, I have been working on some projects and gathering my proposed legislation to file on December 1st. 

I had the opportunity to meet with Governor Parson last week to discuss workforce development in South Kansas City to coincide with the expansion of Cerner and the construction of an office complex on the site of the old Bendix GSA facility.  As I pointed out to Governor Parson, with low unemployment in the state, employers are more willing to fund programs to train and hire workers.   We as a state need to be partnering with these employers.  We also discussed work force housing and returning low income housing tax credits.

I continue to work on common sense gun legislation.  I intend to refile two bills from last year; the first will repeal the state law that forbids municipalities like Kansas City and St. Louis from enacting their own gun laws and the second
specifies that any person who has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic assault cannot possess a firearm in Missouri.  Mayor Lucas has proposed a similar city ordinance. 

I do support the second amendment and the right to own a firearm but I also believe in responsible gun ownership.

Yours in Service,

Rich

Yvonne S. Wilson
March 22, 1929 – October 14, 2019
I welcomed former Sen. Yvonne Wilson
back to the Capitol this past Spring.
Don't forget to exercise your right to vote!
Election Day is November 5th
 
To find your voting location click
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Residents of Kansas City click here for information and voting location

Residents of Raytown click
here for information and voting location
After meeting with Governor Mike Parson last week and discussing economic development in South Kansas City, our group took a photo.  From Left to Right:  Pastor Ronald Lindsay, Rep. Brown, Pastor Darron Edwards, Gov. Parson, Phyllis Hall, Anthony Butler, Kelvin Simmons and Troy Nash.
Click here to watch my Facebook Live interview
with the Kansas City Star Editorial Board.
LEGAL MEDICAL MARIJUANA USE WON’T JEOPARDIZE TANF BENEFITS
The Missouri Department of Social Services won’t penalize poor people with loss of state benefits if they test positive for marijuana use so long as they have a state-issued card allowing them to legally purchase cannabis for medical use, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Oct. 1. The department’s position came in a statement responding to an inquiry from the paper.
 
With 65.6 percent support, Missouri voters last November ratified a constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana for medical use. The state Department of Health and Senior Services is in the process of implementing the amendment, but it will still be many months before medical marijuana is available.
 
Under a 2011 state law, low-income Missourians who receive benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, which is administered by the social services department, can be subject to testing for illegal drug use. A positive test can result in the loss of TANF benefits for up to three years.
I recently visited and helped induct the scholars of the Millennium at Santa Fe Elementary School into the National Elementary Honor Society in the Hickman Mills School District.
Speaking at the Millennium at Santa Fe National Elementary Honor Society Induction Ceremony.
Groundbreaking for the new Culinary Arts Center
in the Raytown School District.
The Fair Chance Job Fair is an opportunity for Ex-Offenders to secure employment.  

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.
Provided by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety
There have been 181 homicides in the Kansas City metro area in 2019. 7 children, 16 years of age or younger, have been killed.
Homicide Tracker

COMMUNITY NEWS AND HAPPENINGS


Go for the Gold

Fundraiser for Hickman Mills
Educational Foundation

November 8, 2019
at the Armacost Car Museum

$40/advance ticket
Sponsorships are available. Call Marissa Cleaver Wamble at (816) 316-7003
.

Reserve Your Seat & Sponsorship Now

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.
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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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