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Capitol Report                        January 23, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

This past Tuesday, I attended a press conference addressing common sense gun legislation. The intent of the legislation I am proposing is to restore balance to state law.   Adopting reforms that better protect Missourians from gun violence by targeting known dangers while respecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners is what the proposed legislation seeks to do.

I have two bills on this topic that I spoke on.  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.


The things that I am asking for does not infringe on people’s Second Amendment rights.  The things I am asking for are common-sense gun legislation in order to keep people safe.

Less than an hour after the press conference,  some members of the majority party in a committee hearing laid out one of their ideas to combat the violence: locking up violent offenders longer. 

Lets work together to address the root causes that can lead to violence!

Yours in Service,


Rich
Legislative actions this week in the Missouri House of Representatives
Two Bills were perfected in the House this week by voice vote and will move on to the Third Reading Calendar.

HB 1450 - Changes the laws regarding controlled substance offenses

HB 2033 - Modifies provisions for eminent domain for utility purposes
During the Democrats weekly news conference, Rep. Brown raises concerns amidst published reports that Republican leadership has dismissed gun control efforts.
Rep. Brown explains to the media that HB 1260 does not infringe on Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.  It prohibits persons convicted of misdemeanor domestic abuse from owning firearms in the state of Missouri.  This is consistent with current federal law.
"The only persons that should be fighting me on HB 1260 are
wife beaters, not members of the legislature. 
Wife beaters are not law abiding citizens."
Waiting patiently to see if my bills get assigned to committee as requested.
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Some Missouri lawmakers say there’s plenty of blame to go around in KC nightclub shooting

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Fifteen people were injured and two killed, including the suspect, at the 9ine Ultra Lounge on Sunday night in Kansas City.

The nightclub shooting is lighting a fire under city leaders and some state lawmakers to institute new laws in a state that has some of the most lax gun laws in the country.

"It's not just Kansas City. This goes above and beyond the city. It's a state issue," said Jim Ready, manager of KCMO Regulated Industries.

Police say 29-year-old Jahron Swift was responsible for the shooting. They said he may have been in prison instead of at 9ine Ultra Lounge Sunday night -- if not for Missouri state law.
 

Read the full story and watch the video with my comments here.

Kansas City Nightclub Shooting Exposes Rift Between Democrat, Republican Solutions For Gun Violence

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Missouri lawmakers are at odds on how to solve the spike in gun violence and gun deaths in urban areas across the state, discussing it this week in the wake of one of Kansas City’s worst shootings in recent memory. 

Jahron Swift who allegedly shot 16 people, one fatally, outside of 9ine Ultra Lounge in southeast Kansas City on Sunday night was killed by a security officer. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said her office dropped charges against Swift in 2016 because a change in state law allowed adults to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.

Read the full story here.

GOP TRIES AGAIN FOR PHOTO VOTER ID AFTER COURT LOSS
 
Eight days after the Missouri Supreme Court – for the second time – ruled unconstitutional a Republican-backed photo voter identification law, the House Elections and Elected Officials Committee heard legislation seeking a third try. The committee took no immediate action on the bill but could vote to refer it to the full House of Representatives as early as next week.
 
The Republican-controlled General Assembly first enacted a law requiring voters to show a government-issued photo ID law in 2006, but the Supreme Court struck it down as unconstitutional within months.  A decade later, Republican lawmakers overrode a Democratic governor’s veto to enact another photo voter ID law, but a trial judge blocked its enforcement in 2018 due to constitutional issues. The Supreme Court issued a definitive ruling in that case on Jan. 14, upholding the trial judge and finding the 2016 version unconstitutional.
 
Undeterred by the earlier court rulings, Republican leaders have fast-tracked House Bill 1600, which would enact a photo voter ID requirement that is even stricter than the law the Supreme Court just invalidated. During committee testimony against the bill, St. Louis attorney Denise Lieberman, who was part of the legal teams that successfully challenged both the 2006 and 2016 photo voter ID laws, promised another lawsuit if the legislature passes HB 1600.
 
During the long push for a photo voter ID law, Republicans have contended it is necessary to combat fraud, even though there has never been a documented case of voter impersonation at the polls – the only type of fraud a photo ID requirement could prevent – in Missouri. Democrats note that the populations most likely not to have a government-issued photo ID include racial minorities and other groups that, not coincidentally, tend to support Democratic candidates.
 
The House moved to enact strict penalties for people caught with the highly lethal opioid fentanyl.

House Bill 1450 - If passed, the bill would add fentanyl and two substances sometimes used to commit rape to Missouri's drug laws. 
Fentanyl is already federally listed as a controlled substance.

What is fentanyl? 
Pharmaceutical fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever, approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer pain. 1 It is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It is prescribed in the form of transdermal patches or lozenges and can be diverted for misuse and abuse in the United States.


Under the bill, selling or trying to sell more than 10 milligrams of fentanyl would be punishable by five to 15 years in prison. Those convicted of trying to sell 20 milligrams or more of the drug would face 10 to 30 years in prison.
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
I had the pleasure to welcome Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice George Draper to the House Chamber for his State of the Judiciary Speech.

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

Congratulations to our
Kansas City 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
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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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