99th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session
Bruce Franks Jr.
Crime Prevention and Public Safety, Ranking Minority Member
Rules - Administrative Oversight, Ranking Minority Member
Corrections and Public Institutions
Special Committee on Tax Policy for Working Families
Subcommittee on Corrections Workforce Environment and Conduct
Conference Committee on SS SCS HB 1350
MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City MO 65101
State Representative Bruce Franks, Jr., a Democrat, represents part of St. Louis City (District 78) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2016 and re-elected in 2018.
Franks is a community activist, father and battle rapper, whose priorities are fighting crime, getting guns off the streets and encouraging minorities to become police officers. A St. Louis native born in 1984, Bruce graduated from Lindbergh High School in 2002. He soon became a world renowned battle rapper known as Ooop’s as well as becoming a small business owner.
After the events of August 9, 2014, Bruce was compelled to get involved as a protester/ peacekeeper in Ferguson. This led him to start mentoring youth by giving guidance and support to those in need. Working with Youthbuild and St. Louis’s Workforce development, Franks has helped many at-risk youth graduate and attain gainful employment.
In January of 2015, he was appointed as Police Community Liaison by then-St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Sam Dotson. This position allowed Franks to facilitate the necessary and crucial conversations between community members and the police department paving the way for police accountability reform.
Modifies provisions relating to good time credit for offenders committed to the department of corrections
Modifies provisions relating to charter schools
Specifies that no individual shall be incarcerated for failure to pay a child support obligation
Requires the state board of education to terminate the transitional school board under certain circumstances
Requires the director of the department of public safety to initiate disciplinary action when the director is presented with any information demonstrating cause to discipline a peace officer licensee
Requires the secretary of state to establish a system for automatic voter registration
Designates June 7th as "Youth Violence Prevention Day"
Establishes the "Protestors' Bill of Rights"
Requires reporting of lost or stolen firearms
Authorizes a tax credit for establishing a new business in a distressed community
Creates civil rights for homeless persons.
Creates the veterans' bill of rights.
Specifies procedure in officer-involved deaths and shootings by requiring the officer take a drug test and undergo a psychiatric evaluation
Modifies provisions for absentee voting.
Authorizes municipalities and counties to pass ordinances requiring a CCW permit to carry a concealed firearm within the municipality or county
Declares youth violence as a public health epidemic and declares June 7th as "Christopher Harris Day" in Missouri