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HOW BOUT THEM CHIEFS!
Capitol Report                        February 6, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

How 'bout them Chiefs! 

It has been a slow week at the Capitol as we were only in session on Monday and Tuesday.  I did work on two pension bills this week,  The first, HB 1467 that would improve the LAGERS Retirement system for local government employees.  It changes the contribution rates for various employers within the LAGERS System.  This is very important because most people do not realize that many local government employees such as fire fighters, EMT's, and office workers do not participate in Social Security and rely on their retirement system to provide their much needed retirement income.  The second bill was HB 1934.  This bill modifies the Public School Retirement System by making it a statutory requirement that the employees for that system This bill exempts information pertaining to the salaries and benefits of the executive director and employees of the Board of the Public School Retirement System of Missouri (PSRS/PEERS) from being confidential.  It gives more public transparency to this retirement system valued at $45.3 Billion.  It is the 44th largest defined benefit plan in the United States and is the 95th largest investor in the world.  There are 278,000 members in the plan so this bill provides greater transparency on the salaries of those who manage the money in the plan. 

I will always keep an eye on money.

Yours in Service,

Rich
Legislative actions this week in the Missouri House of Representatives

HOUSE BILL PERFECTED
HB 1521 - ESTABLISHES THE "CAPITOL POLICE BOARD"

HOUSE BILLS THIRD READ AND PASSED
HB 1467 -- LAGERS RETIREMENT
Still 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.
MO Tax Filing Now Open
 
The Department of Revenue is now accepting electronically filed state tax returns for tax year 2019. The filing deadline for both state and federal income tax returns is April 15th.
 

Free Electronic Filing
 
Many Missourians qualify for free e-filing services through the Free File Alliance, a system which allows taxpayers to file both federal and state taxes for no cost.  For more information on how to file online for free, visit the IRS Free File website or the Department of Revenue's Online Filing resource page.
Members of Swope Health Services visited the capitol this week.  From left to right: Jeron Ravin, President and CEO, Rep. Brown, Dr. Naiomi Jamal and Mark Miller, Vice President, Behavioral Health Services.

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

In Kansas City, Missouri, 18 people have been killed.

Click here for the Homicide Tracker.

COMMUNITY NEWS AND HAPPENINGS


VOLUNTEER AT HMC-1'S FAMILY SUMMIT
 
Last year, we had more than 80 people sign up to volunteer for our Family Summit event. We are proud to say that with their help, we put on an award-winning event that had a positive impact on HMC-1 families.

Our next Family Summit is March 7, 2020. More than 60 local organizations will come together to help HMC-1 parents find resources for their family, home, and career.

Highlights for Family Summit 2020 include:
 

•  
Resource fair with 60+ organizations
•  English Language Development resources
•  
Job fair with businesses looking to hire
•  
Dental clinic, courtesy Hope Dental
•  
Mammograms, courtesy Diagnostic Imaging
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Health clinic, courtesy Swope Health
•  LOTS of great giveaways
•  Childcare featuring MAD Science and entertainment, all provided by LINC
•  And more


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are in need of volunteers to ensure Family Summit is once again a success. If you or your organization would like to assist during this major event, please sign up. Click below or call Amanda Fischer-Penner at (816) 316-7040.
Reservations required by February 18, 2020
 

Register Now!
 
For questions or special dietary needs, please contact Vickie Wolgast at 816-761-7660
or
vwolgast@southkcchamber.com
 
Cancellations must be received at least 48 hours prior to the event to avoid being charged.  If you cannot attend, you are welcome to send someone in your place.

 
Photos from the Superbowl Celebration at Union Station. I had a great time after waiting 50 years and so did the folks I am pictured with. From left to right, top to bottom: State Rep. Dan Stacy; Chiefs on the main stage; State Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove; Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and Diane Cleaver; County Legislator Jalen Anderson with County Executive Frank White; Actor Paul Rudd and Chiefs Linebacker Frank Clark..

Federal Timeline of Events in African American History
In Memorium
Rev. Dr. Wallace S. Hartsfield
1929 - 2020
Funeral services Friday, February 7, at 11:00 am at Macedonia Baptist Church, 1700 Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO.  Emtombment  at Mount Moriah Cemetery.  Body will lie in repose on Friday, February 7, 8:00 am-11:00 am at Macedonia Baptist Church. Community night service Thursday, February 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church.

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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