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Politically Speaking: Speaker Richardson tackles the House's future policy challenges

Jul 1, 2015

On this edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcome back House Speaker Todd Richardson to the program.

When he was on the show earlier this year, the Poplar Bluff Republican was serving as the House majority leader. But things changed drastically during the last week of the Missouri General Assembly’s session: House Speaker John Diehl, R-Town and Country, resigned after the Kansas City Star revealed that he had been exchanging sexually suggestive texts with a 19-year-old intern. Richardson was then elected to become speaker of the Missouri House on the last day of session.

Since Diehl’s resignation, Richardson established a task force to review the House’s policies surrounding interns. He’s also promising to make “ethics reform” a major priority next year, including curbing lobbyist gifts and establishing a timeline when legislators can become lobbyists. He’s also expected to deal with some major issues during the September veto session — including whether to override “right to work” legislation.

Richardson talks with St. Louis Public Radio's Jo Mannies before a taping of the Politically Speaking podcast.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum I St. Louis Public Radio

Here’s what Richardson had to say during the show:

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Follow Todd Richardson on Twitter: @rep_trichardson

Music: “Two-Headed Boy Part 2” by Neutral Milk Hotel