97th General Assembly, 1st Regular Session
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Issue Development Standing Committee on Disadvantaged Communities, Chairman
Joint Committee on Corrections
Appropriations - Public Safety and Corrections
Crime Prevention and Public Safety
Downsizing State Government
Special Standing 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.
Establishes the Minority Business Enterprise and Women's Business Enterprise Oversight Review Committee to assist these business enterprises in bidding on state contracts
Specifies that a title lender is liable for the actions of the persons employed or contracted by him or her to take possession of titled personal property upon the expiration or default of a title loan
Authorizes a one-time expungement of certain criminal records including a conviction for any nonviolent crime, misdemeanor, or nonviolent drug violation
Specifies that no person applying for state employment, public assistance, or state housing assistance can be required to disclose any prior nonviolent felony plea or conviction with certain exceptions
Establishes the Malcolm X Day Commission to organize activities and events in honor of the civil rights leader
Repeals the provision allowing the Board of Probation and Parole to charge an offender an intervention fee as a condition of parole
Establishes the Economic Development Grant Program to be used to reopen a closed manufacturing factory
Allows certain small businesses to be eligible to claim any state tax credit, deduction, and other exemption from tax that specified corporations are allowed to claim
Requires all food or food products sold in Missouri that are derived from a cloned animal to be labeled indicating that the food is or contains products derived from cloned animals
Requires all food and food products sold in Missouri that are or contain genetically modified products to be labeled indicating that the food is or contains genetically modified products
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
Removes the statute of limitation 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
Increases, from no later than 15 days to no later than 60 days, 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
Limits the amount of interest a title lender can charge on a title loan and requires the average interest rate being charged by credit unions to be made available to the public and updated at least quarterly
Requires the Department of Corrections to perform specified actions to improve the ability of inmates to obtain employment upon release from incarceration
Requires the establishment of a process by which a student in an unaccredited district who is enrolled in a public school that is not A+ designated can receive reimbursement under the A+ Schools Program
Requires any criminal justice entity conducting eyewitness identifications to adopt specific procedures for conducting photo and live lineups that meet specified requirements
Changes the eligibility requirements for medical assistance under the MO HealthNet program