HCS HB 1127, introduced by Representative Jeff Porter (Republican - District 42) provides a definition for Missouri bourbon whiskey. While I don't think this is particularly necessary to do, I can see the validity of the argument that having an "official" definition would allow businesses to market themselves as being compliant with this standard. That would allow for a bit of a local trademark that local businesses might use to help promote the area and industry. This seems fairly harmless to me -- the bill contains no mandates or similar coercive requirements, and simply serves to provide a definition so that those who wish to use the term can do so uniformly.
Tony Lovasco's Voting Record
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HB 501, introduced by Representative Derek Grier (Republican - District 100) designates an official tartan for the State of Missouri. If you wish to see what it looks like, click here to visit a 3rd party website that showcases the proposed design.
I know basically nothing regarding tartans, nor their significance to the culture or history of Missouri. So I'm not sure this bill fills any particular need or purpose. But there is no cost to the state and there is no burden being imposed on anyone, so I voted in favor of this bill out of courtesy to its sponsor.
HB 831, introduced by Representative Greg Sharpe (Republican - District 4) establishes a special license plate for the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. The idea is that line workers and similar personnel can purchase these special plates it identify their vehicles, in a similar fashion as State Representatives are able to with their special plates. While I'm not sure this is a particularly necessary addition, the cost to the state is minimal, so I did not object.
My blanket statement on dedication bills:
I am not generally a fan of bills that dedicate days or months for particular causes. That's not to say that I have problem with the underlying cause, only that using government time to express a sentiment is more often than not unlikely to actually make any difference regarding the cause being supported or opposed. That said, such bills do not cost the taxpayers any money, and are typically debated for only a short time on the House floor. As a result, out of courtesy to the bill sponsor, it is my policy to vote yes on such measures unless special circumstances apply. Accordingly, I voted yes on this bill.
HB 898, introduced by Representative Sarah Walsh (Republican - District 50) establishes a new "Back the Blue" special license plate that can be purchased upon registering one's vehicle. I'm not sure this is particularly necessary, however the cost to the state is minimal and it seems to be a popular idea so I did not oppose it.
HB 265, introduced by Representative Jered Taylor (Republican - District 139) requires that all items sold in the Capitol building gift shop be made in the USA. I didn't feel strongly about this bill one way or the other, especially due to the fact that I only recently discovered we even had a gift shop at the Capitol...
Given that the bill only applies to the Capitol building, its limited scope makes it generally harmless.