Tony Lovasco's Voting Record

Vote explanations will be listed below for recorded "roll call" votes made on pertinent matters (amendments, bill passage, 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.

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04/29/19 -- HCS HB 1162 -- Maintains a list of Federal rural broadband access grants

Bill Number: 
HCS HB 1162
Bill Purpose: 
Maintains a list of Federal rural broadband access grants
Date of Vote: 
04/29/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HCS HB 1162, introduced by Representative Louis Riggs (Republican - District 5) requires the Missouri Department of Economic Development to maintain a list of Federal grants related to expanding rural broadband access, and if an applicant is unable to complete the requirements (and therefore loses the grant), the department must take steps to help locate a suitable replacement applicant so that the project is completed.

I'm still on the fence regarding rural broadband incentives -- I'm inclined to be against them so long as service providers are treated like fully private entities and not public utilities.  That said, this bill only relates to existing Federal grants, so I don't really see any harm with having one of our departments keep on top of them to make sure there aren't halfway finished projects floating around.

04/25/19 -- HB 685 -- Sawmills are always zoned agricultural

Bill Number: 
HB 685
Bill Purpose: 
Sawmills are always zoned agricultural
Date of Vote: 
04/25/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HB 685, introduced by Representative Hannah Kelly (Republican - District 141) specifies that sawmills shall always be classified as agricultural property for zoning purposes.

While sawmills are obviously related to agriculture, they are clearly not agriculture directly.  So one might be forgiven for not understanding the reasoning behind this bill.  To be honest, I did not fee the need to delve much into the particulars -- agricultural zoning is typically among the least restrictive grades of zoning, and my understanding is that it is common for sawmills to be zoned commercial (which carries far more restrictions).  As such, this bill likely solves a real problem for many folks, and in any event would certainly reduce regulation on the private property of those wishing to operate such facilities.

04/23/19 -- HCB 5 -- Enacts provisions relating to the designation of memorial highways

Bill Number: 
HCB 5
Bill Purpose: 
Enacts provisions relating to the designation of memorial highways
Date of Vote: 
04/23/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

Provided that there is no cost to the state, and unless special circumstances apply, it is my policy to vote yes on measures such as this out of courtesy to the bill sponsor.  Accordingly, I voted yes on this bill.

04/15/19 -- HB 191 -- Designates portions of specified State Highways as a Memorial Highway

Bill Number: 
HB 191
Bill Purpose: 
Designates portions of specified State Highways as a Memorial Highway
Date of Vote: 
04/15/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

Provided that there is no cost to the state, and unless special circumstances apply, it is my policy to vote yes on measures such as this out of courtesy to the bill sponsor.  Accordingly, I voted yes on this bill.

04/15/19 -- HCS HB 1094 -- Prohibits penalties on certain late income tax payments for 2018

Bill Number: 
HCS HB 1094
Bill Purpose: 
Prohibits penalties on certain late income tax payments for 2018
Date of Vote: 
04/15/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HCS HB 1094, introduced by Representative Dean Dohrman (Republican - District 51) prohibits late payment penalties for certain income tax payments for 2018.

This bill was filed in response to the well publicized error by the Department of Revenue regarding the calculation of tax withholding for the 2018 tax year.  Due to the error, many people did not have enough taxes withheld from their pay.  Despite their taxes not actually increasing, they were still left with an unpleasant and unexpected tax bill at the end of the year that was in many cases much larger than expected.

This bill addresses this issue, and recognizes that when the government messes up, the taxpayer shouldn't have to pay a penalty as a result.  The bill doesn't actually decrease anyone's taxes (unfortunately), it simply gives them a bit longer to pay without penalty to give them time to come up with the extra money.

04/11/19 -- HB 407 -- Designates the hellbender salamander as the official endangered species of MO

Bill Number: 
HB 407
Bill Purpose: 
Designates the hellbender salamander as the official endangered species of MO
Date of Vote: 
04/11/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HB 407, introduced by Representative Jeff Justus (Republican - District 159) designated the hellbender salamander as the official endangered species of Missouri.

This bill was debated for far too long on the House floor.  Several Democrats decided to turn the issue into a discussion of the current status of pollution in Missouri's waterways, which while relevant conceptually, was completely outside the scope of this bill.  I nearly voted against this due to how much time it consumed.

Despite my temptation, the bill itself is harmless so I still voted in favor out of respect for the bill sponsor.   Also, I like salamanders.

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