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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04/04/19 -- HB 1029 -- Increases the limit on investments in Linked Deposits by the Treasurer

Bill Number: 
HB 1029
Bill Purpose: 
Increases the limit on investments in Linked Deposits by the Treasurer
Date of Vote: 
04/04/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HB 1029, introduced by Representative Jack Bondon (Republican - District 56) increases the dollar amount limit that the Treasurer can invest in linked deposits.  The Linked Deposit program is defined as follows on its official website:

"Through the program, the Office partners with qualified-lending institutions to provide low-interest loans to help grow and expand economic opportunity across Missouri. By reducing the interest rate on certain loans borrowers can use to improve their businesses, the program helps Missouri financial institutions better serve Missouri-based companies and agricultural operations. The program also provides funds for local governments to serve the interests of their constituents."

I am usually not in favor of economic development programs that provide preferential treatment to some businesses over others, so I am inclined to be suspicious of this program.  That said, it is not unreasonable for the Treasurer to invest funds somewhere (as otherwise they would use value to inflation).  Any investment of taxpayer funds, even on a short-term basis, will naturally include preferential treatment to some extent.  For example, one would not condone investing tax funds in a poorly performing stock simply because the State also invests in a competing company.

So if I am to accept that limited investment of taxpayer funds in the private sector is acceptable, then it stands to reason that the goal at that point should be to maximize returns for the taxpayer while minimizing risk.  The Linked Deposit program appears to be an acceptable balance in that regard, so I don't necessarily object to expanding it slightly as this bill seeks to do.

04/04/19 -- HCS HB 1088 -- Establishes the Million Dollar Boondoggle Act of 2019

Bill Number: 
HCS HB 1088
Bill Purpose: 
Establishes the Million Dollar Boondoggle Act of 2019
Date of Vote: 
04/04/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HCS HB 1088 introduced by Representative Dan Houx (Republican - District 54) requires the Office of Administration to draft a report on specified projects that are one year behind schedule or $1 million dollars or more over their original cost estimates.  This report is then submitted to the General Assembly and also posted on the OA's website.

This is a great idea.  Making sure that projects are completed within reasonable time and budget constraints is extremely important to the good function of government.  Allowing the General Assembly to more easily track project overruns and missed deadlines will help inform the decision making process during budget review, as well as during discussions of various policy implementation.  In addition, having this information publicly available online allows taxpayers to keep up with poorly performing projects as well, which is an excellent transparency measure.

04/01/19 -- HB 355 -- Allows submission of Public Service Commission appeals to the appellate court

Bill Number: 
HB 355
Bill Purpose: 
Allows submission of Public Service Commission appeals to the appellate court
Date of Vote: 
04/01/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HB 355, introduced by Representative Dean Plocher (Republican - District 89) allows submission of Public Service Commission appeals directly to the appellate court.  Current law requires the appeals to be filed with the Public Service Commission, which then just forwards them to the appellate court.  That seems like a waste of time and resources, so this bill made sense to me.

04/01/19 -- HCS HB 959 -- Modifies provisions of the Motor Vehicle Franchise Practices Act

Bill Number: 
HCS HB 959
Bill Purpose: 
Modifies provisions of the Motor Vehicle Franchise Practices Act
Date of Vote: 
04/01/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HCS HB 959, introduced by Representative Dean Plocher (Republican - District 89) modifies provisions related to the Motor Vehicle Franchise Act.  Specifically, it deals with what kinds of mandates franchisors and manufacturers can put on dealers regarding signage and related alterations or improvements to facilities.

I'm not inclined to approve of the State regulating private contracts at the statutory level like this, but looking over the bill it doesn't appear to change the existing regulations in an objectionable way.  In addition, the language was negotiated between dealer and franchisor groups such that both sides were apparently pleased with the changes.  So while I don't really like the content of the bill specifically, if its a minor improvement from the status quo I won't object to the effort.

04/01/19 -- HB 973 -- Enacts transparency provisions relating to the state demographer

Bill Number: 
HB 973
Bill Purpose: 
Enacts transparency provisions relating to the state demographer
Date of Vote: 
04/01/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HB 973, introduced by Representative Curtis Trent (Republican - District 133) requires the State Demographer to establish a "redistricting public comment portal" to accept comments, maps, and other communications from the public.  It also requires that any submissions to the portal that were financed by a third party must disclose that information.

This is a transparency bill designed to make sure that if 3rd party organizations, individuals, or entities submit maps or information to the State Demographer for consideration that becomes accessible public record.  This helps make sure that the Demographer remains unbiased and that an open discussion can be had regarding feedback and suggestions in relation to redistricting.  While I was not a fan of Amendment 1 that created the Demographer position in the first place, this is a good bill that will improve the implementation of the new redistricting process.

 

04/01/19 -- HCS 2 HB 462 -- Creates certified teacher externships

Bill Number: 
HCS 2 HB 462
Bill Purpose: 
Creates certified teacher externships
Date of Vote: 
04/01/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HCS 2 HB 462, introduced by Representative Brenda Shields (Republican - District 11) creates a program for teacher "externships" where a public school teacher can work at participating businesses during the summer to acquire real world skills to expand their teaching abilities.  Participation in the program could qualify a teacher for promotion or pay increases under their current advancement procedures.

This bill was originally something I could not support -- it initially included a tax credit for businesses in order to incentivize their participation.  Aside from my general dislike of most tax credits, that also provided a ridiculous situation in which we would be using tax dollars to incentivize businesses to help train teachers... so that they could get raises which then cost more tax dollars.  Luckily that provision was removed from the bill, and the final version does not include any financial incentives for companies to participate.  While I'm still inclined to think that this program is unnecessary, in its current form it isn't problematic so I did not object.

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