100th General Assembly, 1st Regular Session
Bruce Franks Jr.
St. Louis City
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Special Committee on Urban Issues, Chairman
Crime Prevention and Public Safety, Ranking Minority Member
Corrections and Public Institutions
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.
Establishes the "First Amendment Protection Act"
Requires a firearm owner to report lost or stolen firearms
Modifies provisions relating to arrests made by law enforcement officers
Specifies that no individual shall be incarcerated for failure to pay a child support obligation
Modifies provisions for absentee voting
Creates civil rights for homeless persons
Authorizes a tax credit for establishing a new business in a distressed community
Modifies provisions relating to charter schools
Modifies provisions for qualification of voters
Modifies qualifications for elective public office
Requires the privatization of a public airport to receive voter approval from the citizens of the city that owns the airport
Specifies that a vote of whether to merge political subdivisions shall only be submitted to residents of political subdivisions subject to the potential merger