99th General Assembly, 1st Regular Session
Ways and Means, Ranking Minority Member
Special Committee on Homeland Security
Special Committee on Urban Issues
MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City MO 65101
Representative Brandon Ellington, a Democrat, represents part of Jackson County and Independence in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in a November 2011 special election.
During his time in the House of Representatives, Rep. Ellington has served as the Chairman of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus (2015-2017), the Vice Chairman of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus (2013-2015), and he is currently serving as the House Minority Whip.
Rep. Ellington is actively involved in the community by working with food pantries, starting programs to initiate neighborhood cleanup, mentorship, elderly assistance and community outreach, and coaching youth basketball. He is the cofounder of Voices of the People, a member of We the People, and serves as president of I Am My Brother’s Keeper. He is also a member of Giving Yourself Real Love (G.Y.R.L.).
Rep. Ellington is dedicated to being an advocate for the underprivileged and disenfranchised. He has introduced legislation proposing full decriminalization of marijuana-related offenses in the state of Missouri and supports legislation that expunges the records of those charged with marijuana-related offenses. Rep. Ellington also supports the immediate release of those incarcerated for marijuana-related offenses, should decriminalization pass.
Rep. Ellington lives in Kansas City and was born on November 18, 1980. He is a 1999 graduate of Paseo High School in Kansas City and attended Penn Valley University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Requires the Department of Public Safety to create a law enforcement identification numbering system to track complaints against officers from one agency to another agency
Requires uniformed law enforcement officer to wear a video camera while on duty to record any interaction between a law enforcement officer and a member of the public
Allows a victim or witness of a crime to be granted an automatic full order of protection if such victim or witness is fearful of his or her safety
Establishes the Missouri Innocence Commission
Modifies when a person may be eligible for parole if such person was under twenty-one years of age when the offense was committed and was sentenced after January 1, 1976
Requires the Department of Corrections to perform specified actions to improve the ability of working inmates to obtain employment upon release from incarceration
Allows school districts to create magnet schools and changes provisions regarding the powers of superintendents
Requires a peace officer to obtain written consent prior to conducting a consensual search of a vehicle
Allows the victim's family or next of kin to sign a notarized statement directing the funeral home to be a claimant and deal directly with the Crime Victims' Compensation Fund
Designates May 19 of each year as "El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Observation Day" in Missouri
Designates May 19 as “Malcolm X Observation Day” in Missouri
Establishes the Malcolm X Day Commission to organize activities and events in honor of the civil rights leader
Specifies that students shall take a world history course in order to graduate from high school
Increases the state minimum wage to $15 per hour
Establishes the Missouri Supporting Families Income Tax Holiday Act, which allows an exemption from state withholding taxes for state employees in a specified month determined by the Department of Revenue
Prohibits employers from discriminating in providing compensation based on gender for the same work
Removes the statute of limitations for certain actions to recover damages regarding child abuse and sexual offenses committed against a child and allows prosecutions for child abuse to be commenced at any time.
Requires election authorities to make available at least one electronic voting machine per polling location for blind or visually impaired voters at an election in order to comply with federal law
Requires all food and food products sold in Missouri that are or contain genetically modified products to be labeled as such
Establishes a pilot program in St. Louis City and in Kansas City to be known as the Intervention and Compliance Unit Pilot Program to address rising serious violent crime in the two cities
Allows certain small businesses to be eligible to claim any state tax credit, deduction, or other exemption from tax that specified corporations are allowed to claim
Establishes the Death with Dignity Act to allow patients with terminal illnesses to end their life in a humane and dignified manner
Requires same-day service for driver's license issuance and renewal
Establishes the Economic Development Grant Program whose funds are used to reopen closed manufacturing facilities
Establishes the Customer Utility Protection Act
Creates provisions relating to racial profiling, searches and seizures, and traffic stops from law enforcement
Increases the time after a child's birth that the father has to file an action to establish paternity prior to an adoption or to file a notice with the Putative Father Registry
Modifies provisions authorizing expungement of certain criminal records
Requires any course on driver's education offered in public schools to include instruction concerning law enforcement procedures for traffic stops
Requires the Department of Revenue to include in the Missouri Driver Guide educational material on vehicular stops and searches by law enforcement
Changes certain laws regarding complaints filed with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights regarding discrimination based upon a person's sexual orientation or gender identity
Allows MO HealthNet participants with sickle cell disease who are 18 years of age or older to receive benefits
Proposes a constitutional amendment to require public approval in the relevant county before authorizing tax increment financing
Proposes a constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana for persons 21 years of age or older