99th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session - 2018
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Subcommittee on Ports, Chairman
Children and Families
Special Committee on Innovation and Technology
MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City MO 65101
Rep. Becky Ruth, a Republican, represents part of Jefferson County (District 114) in the Missouri House of Representatives. She was elected to her first two-year term in November 2014.
In addition to her legislative duties, Rep. Ruth currently works as a real estate agent. She is also a retired teacher and taught at Festus High School.
Rep. Ruth is a 1982 graduate from Festus R-6 High School in Festus, MO. She received her B.A. with teacher certification from the College of the Ozarks.
Rep. Ruth attends Victory Church in Pevely, MO. She currently serves as a State Director for the Jefferson County Board of Realtors. In addition, she is a member of the Jefferson County Parents as Teachers Advisory Board and The Jefferson County Growth Association. In 2009 she was the State President of the Missouri State Teachers Association.
She has received the MSTA Friend of Education Award, The Local and State Legislative Award from the YMCA, and the Friend of Agriculture Award from the MO Farm Bureau.
Born September 27, 1964, Rep. Ruth currently resides in Festus with her Husband, Don. They have four children and four grandchildren.
Specifies that a teacher representative shall be appointed to the state board of education
Establishes the Waterways Trust Fund
Designates June 27 of each year as "Post Traumatic Stress Awareness Day" in Missouri.
Establishes the First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account Act and authorizes a tax deduction for contributions to a savings account dedicated to buying a first home
Changes provisions relating to teacher salaries
Changes the laws regarding the sales tax holiday that occurs in early August by adding an exemption for disposable diapers
Requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to develop a voluntary nonopioid directive form to allow a person to refuse the administration or prescription of opioids
Establishes the Advisory Council on Rare Diseases and Personalized Medicine
Requires a student to receive instruction in braille reading and writing as part of his or her individualized education plan unless instruction in braille is determined not appropriate for the child