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The Mother of All Omnibus Bills

The House is on hour three of discussion on SB 83, an act relating to “political subdivisions.” The bill had 100 amendments dropped on it – and covered all of the following topics:

  • burn bans
  • luxury boxes
  • gambling 
  • booze
  • tax credits
  • stamps
  • schools
  • stocks
  • annexation
  • the Border War
  • building codes
  • senior citizens
  • databases
  • international advertising
  • taxes
  • hotels
  • paperless documents
  • cars 
  • driver’s licenses
  • abortion
  • data centers
  • golf
  • new homes
  • emergency medical services
  • museums
  • fire
  • speeders
  • angels
  • jobs
  • welfare
  • the Internet
  • dams
  • religious freedom
  • storms
  • elections
  • 911 
  • trucks
  • TIFs
  • logging
  • second-hand clothing, and
  • food taxes

Bob Priddy Receives the Osmund Overby Award for His Book ‘The Art of the Missouri Capitol’


Bob Priddy, a living legend in the Capitol receives an award for his work documenting the historic art of our Missouri Capitol.

Celebrating 100 Years for the Missouri State Capitol


Senator Ron Richard speaks on the 100 year anniversary of the groundbreaking of the Missouri State Capitol. The timing is fortuitous as the Missouri Senate will soon consider $50 million in appropriations for much needed and long overdue repairs to the building.

House Approves Amendment to Spur Re-development at the Old Prison in Jefferson City

Today was one of the best days in a long time for Jefferson City in the General Assembly. By a vote of 131 to 26, the Missouri House approved an amendment to a budget bill to invest $50 million for long-delayed upkeep of the Missouri State Capitol and $38 million for construction of a new state office building on the grounds of the old state penitentiary. 

I was pleased to speak in favor and vote for the amendment, and look forward to progress in Jefferson City.

Presser on PCG Contract

House Adopts Amendment to Spur Re-development at the Old Prison

In debate late Wednesday night I offered an amendment to HB 698 which would spur re-development at the old Missouri State Penitentiary in downtown Jefferson City. My amendment would require the state of Missouri to sell at least 70 percent of the land and provide state tax credits to spur investment in the area.  

As our state capitol, every Missourian has an interest in spurring economic development in downtown Jefferson City. Many thanks to Reps. Mike Bernskoetter, Jeannie Riddle, and Chris Kelly for the comments in favor of the amendment. 

House Committee Substitute for HB 700

HCS for HB 700

The link above is to the House Committee Substitute for HB 700 to be considered tomorrow night.

The Way of Pope Francis

From First Things:

The Catholic Church is profoundly blessed to have at its helm a man of immense integrity, charity, and humility, and someone keenly aware of the need to reform and purify the Church. St. Francis, one imagines, would be pleased.

‘Power in Humility,’ Hope for Francis the Humble from Peggy Noonan

Peggy Noonan on Pope Francis

Congress Should Ignore the President’s Scare Tactics

The Washington Post reports the Obama administration has released a detailed state-by-state lists of the impact of sequestration. This list is intended to pressure Congress by scaring constituents and legislators in their home states. Congress, however, should ignore these scare tactics. 

As John Boehner explained in an op-ed last week in the WSJ, the federal government is in this situation at the insistence of the president himself. 

But President Obama was determined not to face another debt-limit increase before his re-election campaign. Having just blown up one deal, the president scuttled this bipartisan, bicameral agreement. His solution? A sequester.

With the debt limit set to be hit in a matter of hours, Republicans and Democrats in Congress reluctantly accepted the president’s demand for the sequester, and a revised version of the Budget Control Act was passed on a bipartisan basis.

Now President Obama wants to blame Congress for across-the-board cuts which are irresponsible because they don’t differentiate between good, decent, and terrible areas of public spending. House Republicans have passed two plans to replace the sequester with intelligent spending cuts. Democrats have done little but insist on new tax hikes.

Don’t be fooled by the scare tactics. The world will not end if the sequester happens. And its time for President Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress to get serious about cutting spending.