98th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session
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Special Committee on Urban Issues, Vice-Chairman
Appropriations - Public Safety and Corrections, Ranking Minority Member
Ways and Means, Ranking Minority Member
Energy and the Environment
Interim Committee on Missouri State High School Activities Association
Joint Committee on Corrections
Select Committee on Financial Institutions and Taxation
Special Committee on Security Infrastructure of the Capitol Complex
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.
Repeals the provision allowing the Board of Probation and Parole to charge an offender an intervention fee
Requires same-day service for driver's license issuance and renewal
Authorizes a state and local sales and use tax exemption for items purchased at a prison canteen or commissary
Designates May 19 of each year as "El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Observation Day" in Missouri
Requires all food and food products sold in Missouri that are or contain genetically modified products to be labeled as such
Establishes the Economic Development Grant Program to be used to reopen closed manufacturing facilities
Specifies that a person applying for state employment, public assistance, or state housing assistance cannot 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
Designates May 19 as "Malcolm X Observation Day"
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
Requires uniformed law enforcement officer to wear a video camera while on duty to record any interaction between a law enforcement officer and a member of the public
Increases the state minimum wage to $10.25 per hour
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
Modifies provisions authorizing a one-time expungement of certain criminal records including a conviction for any nonviolent crime, misdemeanor, or nonviolent drug violation
Creates provisions relating to racial profiling, searches and seizures, and traffic stops from law enforcement
Requires a peace officer to obtain written consent prior to conducting a consensual search of a vehicle
Requires the Department of Public Safety to create a law enforcement identification numbering system to track complaints against officers from one agency to another agency
Requires any criminal justice entity conducting eyewitness identifications to adopt specific procedures for conducting photo and live lineups
Allows marijuana convictions to be expunged for certain persons contingent upon the passage of a constitutional amendment or other statutory enactment legalizing marijuana
Removes the statute of limitations 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.
Revises the definition of "liquor store" as it applies to provisions regarding public assistance benefits
Requires the Department of Corrections to perform specified actions to improve the ability of working inmates to obtain employment upon release from incarceration
Increases 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
Establishes the Customer Utility Protection Act
Prohibits grand jury proceedings for police officer-involved shootings resulting in death and requires the appellate court to determine if there is enough evidence for an indictment
Specifies that students shall take a world history course in order to graduate from high school
Enacts various provisions relating to video cameras worn by peace officers
Requires election authorities to make available at least one electronic voting machine per polling location for blind or visually impaired voters at an election in order to comply with federal law.
Allows school districts to create magnet schools and changes provisions regarding the powers of superintendents
Provides a method for judicial consideration of whether race played a role in decisions to impose or seek the death penalty
Designates the John Jordan 'Buck' O'Neil Memorial Bridge
Proposes a constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana for persons 21 years of age or older
Proposes a constitutional amendment to require public approval in the relevant county before authorizing tax increment financing