HB 185, introduced by Representative Curtis Trent (Republican - District 133) adds some improvements to the oversight of the AMBER alert system, as well as requires it to be integrated into systems that law enforcement already use. This will allow for quicker and more widespread AMBER Alerts, which will improve the effectiveness of the system.
Tony Lovasco's Voting Record
Vote explanations will be listed below for recorded "roll call" votes made on pertinent matters (amendments, bill passage, committee actions, etc). Roll call votes on routine procedural actions such as approving the daily House journal are not generally listed. If a particular action is notable for special or unusual reasons, it may be included in this list despite falling into a category not normally documented.
HB 280, introduced by Representative Becky Ruth (Republican - District 114), is a relatively simple bill. It requires vehicles approaching a railroad crossing to stop at the tracks not only when a train is coming (existing law), but also when other on-track equipment operated by the railroad is approaching.
HB 182, introduced by Representative Noel Shull (Republican - District 16), is a simple bill that allows voluntary payments made by insurance companies to use the interest rates laid out in existing law (section 32.065). While I admit I don't fully understand why this is needed, I could not find anything in the language that was objectionable, and no opposition was voiced on the floor by other members. As a result, I voted yes. It passed easily.
My blanket statement on dedication bills:
I am realizing that bills that dedicate a day of the week, month, etc to a particular cause are not uncommon at the State Capitol. As a result, moving forward I will generally issue the same explanation regarding such bills, without commenting on the underlying cause or issue the bill seeks to address:
This amendment, introduced by Representative Doug Beck (Democrat - District 92), would require that contracts on public improvements allow a preference (in certain circumstances) for local bidders over non-resident ones that may be cheaper. It also did a few other things, but that provision was sufficient for me to vote no. While I am okay with preferring local bidders when bids are equal, governmental contracts should always accept the lowest bid for the specified quality of work. To do otherwise is a misuse of taxpayer funds.
I am very much against Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP) for many reasons. First, they don't work -- Missouri is often criticized for being the only state that has not implemented a PDMP, yet its level of overdose deaths remains in the very middle of the states. Furthermore, doctors aren't even required to use them, so the information being collected won't even be universally accessed by those writing prescriptions. But even if PDMP laws were effective, I would still not support them.
HB 280 is a relatively simple bill that would require vehicles approaching a railroad crossing to stop at the tracks not only when a train is coming (existing law), but also when other on-track equipment operated by the railroad is approaching. This amendment, introduced by Representative Matt Sain (Democrat - District 14) would negate these new provisions in the event that saftety equipment isn't triggered or if the on-track equipment fails to follow proper procedures.
HB 445 was introduced by Shamed Dogan (Republican - District 98), and as originally written was not appealing, but I might have been able to consider it. As introduced, it simply prohibited lobbyist gifts to local government officials. While I am not generally pleased by the concept of lobbyist gifts, I don't categorically loathe them, as there are plenty of times "gifts" are simply expenditures that facilitate a discussion. For example, taking someone to lunch in order to discuss a particular piece of legislation is far different in my mind than giving a lawmaker tickets to a sporting e
HB 67, introduced by Representative Dean Plocher (Republican - District 89) provides for several needed reforms to Missouri's municipal courts system including;