100th General Assembly, 1st Regular Session
Minority Caucus Secretary
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Rules - Legislative Oversight
Subcommittee on Appropriations - Public Safety, Corrections, Transportation and Revenue
Special Committee on Criminal Justice
MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City MO 65101
Representative Barbara Anne Washington, a Democrat, represents part of Jackson County (District 23) in the Missouri House of Representatives. She was first elected to the House of Representatives in a special election in November 2017 and was re-elected to office in 2018.
In addition to her legislative duties, Washington is a practicing attorney who also possesses an MBA.
Washington proudly fights for increased economic development in her district – including preserving the notable “18th & Vine” district, increased funding for education, and better opportunities for health care. Two of her primary passions are juvenile justice reform and mental health awareness. In her community she regularly presents programs aimed to educate on small business development, minority mental health awareness, crime reduction, and environment preservation.
When she’s not fighting for her district, she volunteers with her beloved sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She also volunteers with her church, St. James United Methodist; the Metropolitan Community Colleges Board of Trustees, Urban Summit, Freedom. Inc.; the Kansas City Boys Choir/Kansas City Girls Choir; and the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City.
Washington is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia’s famed School of Journalism. She obtained her Master of Business Administration from Avila University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Washington is a lifelong Kansas City, Missouri resident. She has one daughter and a new grandson, Knight, who is the apple of his grandmother’s eye.
Designates July as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Designates the third week of September as "Historically Black College and University Week" in Missouri
Adds public libraries to the list of places CCW permit holders are not authorized to carry concealed weapons
Changes the laws regarding landlord-tenant actions
Adds and changes penalties for offenses committed by landlords against tenants
Modifies provisions regarding property tax relief for senior citizens
Requires long-term care facilities to have on staff one person trained in suicide assessment, treatment, and management
Creates a new tax credit for first time purchasers of homes in a blighted area that will be used for owner occupancy
Modifies provisions for voter registration
Requires the court to expunge certain marijuana offenses
Modifies provisions relating to prefilled epinephrine auto syringes in schools
Requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to make certain considerations when granting medical marijuana licenses and certifications
Modifies provisions relating to teacher and school employee retirement systems
Authorizes a tax credit for producing an urban agriculture product in a food desert
Requires the state demographer to use last known permanent place of residence for counting inmates when reapportioning state house and senate districts
Authorizes a tax credit for providers of services to homeless individuals
Authorizes a tax credit for certain residential property owners
Adds provisions relating to minority stake interests in medical marijuana businesses
Modifies provisions relating to juvenile court proceedings
Changes the laws regarding tax increment financing
Calls for a referendum on the Constitution of Missouri, relating to the assessment of real property values