99th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session
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Special Committee to Improve the Care and Well-being of Young People, Ranking Minority Member
Consent and House Procedure
Special Committee on Government Oversight
Subcommittee on Tax Credit Review
MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City MO 65101
Representative Barbara Anne Washington, a Democrat, represents part of Jackson County (District 23) in the Missouri House of Representatives. She was first elected to the House of Representatives in a special election in November 2017 and was re-elected to office in 2018.
In addition to her legislative duties, Washington is a practicing attorney who also possesses an MBA.
Washington proudly fights for increased economic development in her district – including preserving the notable “18th & Vine” district, increased funding for education, and better opportunities for health care. Two of her primary passions are juvenile justice reform and mental health awareness. In her community she regularly presents programs aimed to educate on small business development, minority mental health awareness, crime reduction, and environment preservation.
When she’s not fighting for her district, she volunteers with her beloved sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She also volunteers with her church, St. James United Methodist; the Metropolitan Community Colleges Board of Trustees, Urban Summit, Freedom. Inc.; the Kansas City Boys Choir/Kansas City Girls Choir; and the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City.
Washington is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia’s famed School of Journalism. She obtained her Master of Business Administration from Avila University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Washington is a lifelong Kansas City, Missouri resident. She has one daughter and a new grandson, Knight, who is the apple of his grandmother’s eye.
Designates the third week of September as Historically Black College and University Week
Designates July as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Requires children under the age of 18 to be prosecuted for most criminal offenses in juvenile courts unless the child is certified as an adult
Requires long-term care facilities to have on staff one person trained in suicide assessment, treatment, and management
Adds public libraries to the list of places CCW permit holders are not authorized to carry concealed weapons
Adds and changes penalties for offenses committed by landlords against tenants
Modifies provisions regarding property tax relief for senior citizens.
Changes the laws regarding landlord-tenant actions
Creates a new tax credit for first time purchasers of homes in a blighted area that will be used for owner occupancy
Changes the laws regarding tax increment financing