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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04/01/19 -- HB 124 -- Provides funding for the St Louis Law Library

Bill Number: 
HB 124
Bill Purpose: 
Provides funding for the St Louis Law Library
Date of Vote: 
04/01/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HB 124, introduced by Representative Bruce DeGroot (Republican - District 101) increases the filing fee for civil lawsuits in the St. Louis area by $5.00 in order to fund the St. Louis Law Library.  I almost never support fee increases, however I believe this is a somewhat special case.  First, it is a small fee that is only paid by those using the courts system.  Second, public law libraries are an important tool for those seeking to represent themselves to research the law in order to properly put on a case.  Because I believe that the right to choose self-representation in court is extremely important, I'm willing to overlook this very small fee increase in order to support that effort.

That said, I am not inclined to encourage this sort of fee increase on any regular basis, and would vote against any further attempts to raise this fee during my service in the House.

04/01/19 -- HCS HB 703 -- Allows a donation to the Kansas City Regional Law Enforcement Memorial

Bill Number: 
HCS HB 703
Bill Purpose: 
Allows a donation to the Kansas City Regional Law Enforcement Memorial
Date of Vote: 
04/01/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HCS HB 703, introduced by Representative Doug Ritchey (Republican - District 38) allows taxpayers the option to donate part of their tax refund to the Kansas City Regional Law Enforcement Memorial.  While I'm not a big fan of picking and choosing charitable efforts to advertise using our State's tax forms, it is otherwise a harmless bill so I voted "yes" out of respect to the bill sponsor and the effort he's trying to promote.

04/01/19 -- HCS HB 604 -- Establishes the School Turnaround Act

Bill Number: 
HCS HB 604
Bill Purpose: 
Establishes the School Turnaround Act
Date of Vote: 
04/01/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HCS HB 604, introduced by Representative Mike Henderson (Republican - District 117) creates a "School Turnaround Act" that establishes provisions for identifying troubled schools and actions to help bring them back into compliance with accepted performance standards.  While I am not sufficiently familiar with the inner workings of the public school system to comment on the effectiveness of the specific mechanisms this bill implements, I support the concept of having standardized procedures for making sure that a school gets to where it needs to be.  This bill appears to help assure such accountability and oversight.

04/01/19 -- HB 278 -- Allows certified mail for certain notices

Bill Number: 
HB 278
Bill Purpose: 
Allows certified mail for certain notices
Date of Vote: 
04/01/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HB 278, introduced by Representative Allen Andrews (Republican - District 1) allows the Division of Employment Security to serve by certified mail, notice to an employer that they have failed to file certain reports required by law.  Current statue requires that they serve such notice in person, which is considerably more expensive for virtually no real-world benefit.  Allowing the use of certified mail instead seems like a good way to accomplish the same thing with less cost to the taxpayer.

04/01/19 -- HRB 1 -- House Revision Bill 1 - Remove Irrelevant Statutes

Bill Number: 
HRB 1
Bill Purpose: 
House Revision Bill 1 - Remove Irrelevant Statutes
Date of Vote: 
04/01/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HRB 1, introduced by Representative Dan Shaul (Republican - District 113) is a "House Revision Bill", whose only purpose is to remove parts of statute that are outdated, expired, or were found by the courts to be unconstitutional.  It's pretty hard to argue against doing any of that, so I voted "yes".

04/01/19 -- HCS HB 456 -- Creates a STEM diploma endorsement

Bill Number: 
HCS HB 456
Bill Purpose: 
Creates a STEM diploma endorsement
Date of Vote: 
04/01/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HCS HB 456, introduced by Representative Jim Neeley (Republican - District 8) creates a STEM diploma endorsement for students who demonstrate a mastery in disciplines related to science, technology, engineering and math.  Proponents of the bill suggest that employers in such areas might consider this endorsement when evaluating a potential new hire.

I'm not inclined to think that many employers or students will find this useful in the real world.  That said, it is a generally harmless idea, so I'm willing to give it a shot.

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