Todd Richardson’s first year as speaker of the Missouri House includes plans to dispel the conventional wisdom that lawmakers can’t be productive during an election year – especially one that will transform the leadership of Missouri’s government.
The incomplete list of plans includes bolstering transportation funding, revamping higher education programs and adopting policy proposals inspired by the Ferguson unrest. Richardson also wants to pass a robust overhaul of the state’s ethics laws, an endeavor that traditionally failed to pass muster in the General Assembly.
Many lawmakers are optimistic about Richardson’s first year of speakership – even House Democrats who diverge from him on some hot-button issues. They contend Richardson will treat them fairly – and be focused on results.
Update: Jan. 5 at 11:30 a.m.
The headline to this story was changed. A previous version said “sets,” instead of “looks.”