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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04/08/19 -- HCS2 HB 374 -- Sales tax rates must be disclosed on ballots when increases are proposed

Bill Number: 
HCS2 HB 374
Bill Purpose: 
Sales tax rates must be disclosed on ballots when increases are proposed
Date of Vote: 
04/08/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HCS#2 HB 374, introduced by Representative Phil Christofanelli (Republican - District 105) requires that both the proposed tax increase and the aggregate total sales tax be listed on the ballot when sales tax increases are proposed.

This is an excellent bill.  It is common for political subdivisions to propose what appears to be a small sales tax increase (e.g. 0.10%), which at first glance seems insignificant.  People would be much less likely to blindly approve such a tax increase if they were reminded of what their total tax would end up being (in some areas of the state, it's over 10%).

I'd like to see this concept expanded to all types of proposed tax increases.

04/08/19 -- HB 332 -- Extends the grace period for new hires regarding unemployment insurance

Bill Number: 
HB 332
Bill Purpose: 
Extends the grace period for new hires regarding unemployment insurance
Date of Vote: 
04/08/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HB 332, introduced by Representative Steve Lynch (Republican - District 122) increases the time from 28 to 90 days the length of time an individual must have been employed with an employer before the Division of Employment Security may charge the employer's account in respect to benefits paid to that individual.  This reduces costs and risks to businesses, and allows them time to properly train and vet a new employee before being on the hook for their benefits.

04/08/19 -- HB 265 -- Require goods sold in Capitol gift shop to be made in the USA

Bill Number: 
HB 265
Bill Purpose: 
Require goods sold in Capitol gift shop to be made in the USA
Date of Vote: 
04/08/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

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.

04/08/19 -- HB 1061 -- Specify that expenditures of bond funds by Port Authorities are tax exempt

Bill Number: 
HB 1061
Bill Purpose: 
Specify that expenditures of bond funds by Port Authorities are tax exempt
Date of Vote: 
04/08/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HB 1061 introduced by Representative Jon Patterson (Republican - District 30) specifies that when a tax exempt Port Authority issues bonds, the proceeds from those bonds can be used to make purchases in a tax exempt fashion.  I am very suspicious of the concept of Port Authorities, and am nowhere near convinced that there is a need for them to exist.  However they do, and for better or for worse are currently tax exempt.  Since there is apparently confusion in the existing statute regarding if that tax exempt status is preserved or not when bond proceeds are involved, it seems reasonable that we clarify things.  As a practical matter, since Port Authorities have the ability to levy taxes upon voter approval, if we were to declare that they must pay taxes when making purchases with bond proceeds, the Port Authorities would almost certainly just propose a new tax increase to pass along the cost to the populous.  I'm obviously not in favor of that, so I voted in favor of this bill.

04/08/19 -- HCS HB 400 -- Tuition breaks for combat veterans

Bill Number: 
HCS HB 400
Bill Purpose: 
Tuition breaks for combat veterans
Date of Vote: 
04/08/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HCS HB 400 introduced by Representative Chuck Basye (Republican - District 47) provides discounted tuition rates for combat veterans (which are well defined within the bill) at Missouri's public educational institutions.  It does not apply to private schools. This is an extension of a current program for post 9/11 combat veterans -- this bill would open up the availability of the discounted tuition rates to all combat veterans, not just recent ones.

While there was some debate on the floor about the "lost revenue" that offering these discounts might cause, I was not persuaded by that argument.  Combat veterans have clearly sacrificed in service to our country, and foregoing a small amount of income for public universities is a small price to pay to provide them with assistance in meeting their educational goals.

04/04/19 -- HB 715 -- Removes the sunset provision on a veterans survivor grant program

Bill Number: 
HB 715
Bill Purpose: 
Removes the sunset provision on a veterans survivor grant program
Date of Vote: 
04/04/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HB 715, introduced by Representative Steve Lynch (Republican - District 122) simply removes a sunset provision on the "Wartime Veteran's Survivor Grant Program", which provides educational grants to the survivors of certain military members.  The program is extremely limited in scope (with only 25 grant spaces available), and so I don't object to its continuation.

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