HCS#2 HB 626, introduced by Representative Becky Ruth (Republican - District 114) provides large rental and lease companies the option to register their vehicles in bulk. While there was discussion during debate that the bill is extremely limiting (as written only one company would currently qualify), there is nothing discriminatory in how it is worded -- any company with the required number of vehicles would be able to use the provisions in this bill should they grow to that size. While this in not ideal (I would have preferred a much lower minimum), it is still a small improvement on current law.
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.
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.
HCS HB 739, introduced by Representative Rocky Miller (Republican - District 124) requires disclosure between school districts about a former employee when requested, specifically regarding any confirmed violation of a policy related to abusive behavior towards a student.
Under current law, if a teacher is fired for abusing a student and applies for a job at another school district, the original district that fired the teacher is not permitted to disclose the details of the termination when requested during a pre-employment check. As a result, a teacher could be re-hired in a new area and be put in front of students again. This bill aims to fix that issue.
It seems to me that if you are fired for cause from a public institution (especially for matter that might be criminal), the reasons for your termination aught to be made available upon request by a future employer. While I would not extend such mandate to private entities, I believe if you choose to work for a taxpayer funded entity, a greater degree of disclosure is warranted.
HCS HB 824, introduced by Representative Rick Francis (Republican - District 145) removes several restrictions regarding industrial help. Notably, it removes all minimum acreage requirements for cultivation. This drastically expands the previous "pilot program," mostly in response to industrial help's legalization at the Federal level. I am very much in favor of the expansion of industrial help, and of course removing government regulations and restrictions on the use of private property are easy points to get behind.
This bill also had an emergency clause, which I also voted in favor of. Considering Missouri is already behind in the agricultural market for industrial hemp, there is no time to waste letting our residents more easily participate in that market.
HCS HB 982, introduced by Representative Ron Hicks (Republican - District 102) transfers the "Capitol Police" to the jurisdiction of the Capitol Commission instead of the Department of Public Safety. The move is primarily intended to establish oversight and management akin to standard police departments, whereas the status quo has the division managed in much the same way as security guards. For example, Capitol Officers are currently unable to walk the hallways of the capitol -- they are required to stay at their assigned post, even if there is no particular need for them to be stationed there.
While I'm not convinced we need as many officers as are currently on staff (I'm told there’s nearly 30 of them, though I haven't independently verified that), I do think it makes sense that if we are going to have a police department to serve the Capitol grounds, they should be handled in a way similar to that of an ordinary department. I also believe that having an oversight commission is likely to yield better results than putting them under the wing of a normal department's management structure.
HB 628, introduced by Representative Mary Elizabeth Coleman (Republican - District 97) prohibits dentists from writing prescriptions for long-acting or extended-release opioids for the treatment of acute dental pain unless absolutely necessary. If they make such a determination, the reasoning must be documented.
I am not in favor of the State micro-managing the treatment options of dentists, which is why I voted no. After a conversation with the bill sponsor after the vote, I was later informed that this bill was actually presented to her by the Dental Association, who had actually requested the change in statute. Apparently there are insurance discounts available to dentists in states that have this provision, and they didn't feel the language of the bill was restrictive in practice. This argument was not made during the floor debate -- had I known this ahead of time I probably would have voted in favor of the bill.