HCS HB 694, introduced by Representative Sonya Anderson (Republican - District 131) modifies provisions related to the criminal history and fingerprint background check database. These changes are minor, and required in order to maintain compliance with Federal requirements. Nothing in the bill seemed objectionable on its face, so I voted "yes". The bill also had an emergency clause, as otherwise we would miss the deadline to comply with the Federal mandate. I voted "yes" on the emergency clause as well.
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.
HB 450, introduced by Representative J. Eggleston (Republican - District 2) expands provisions related to the organ donation registry. It allows people to register to become an organ donor via the Health and Senior Services website, and if they do so, be mailed a donor sticker to apply to their driver's license indicating their election.
This bill has minimal expense associated with it, and makes it substantially easier for people to register to become an organ donor. Given that its something that most people only consider when they renew their driver's licenses, this is a major change in the right direction for the program, and I was pleased to vote "yes" on this.
HCS2 HB 499, introduced by Representative Aaron Griesheimer (Republican - District 61) provides a method for the (somewhat) automatic revocation of driver's licenses of those who negligently hit construction workers in a marked construction zone. Under this bill, if an investigative officer notifies the Department of Revenue that they have probable cause to believe that a person has negligently hit a construction worker in a marked zone, the Director of Revenue is authorized to order the revocation of that person's driver's license. The person may seek reinstatement of their license by either re-taking and passing the driver's exam and written test, or by petitioning for a hearing before a court.
This bill was very problematic when it was first introduced. The original bill had virtually no due process protection, and did not require anyone to demonstrate that the accident was caused due to negligence or recklessness. It would have allowed for the automatic revocation of a person's license who had a mechanical failure or other incident outside of their control. I was very much against the provisions in the original bill.
I expressed my concerns to the bill sponsor, as did a few others. Notably, Representative Rudy Veit (Republican - District 59) made these points very well during the initial floor debate.
To his great credit, Representative Griesheimer was very responsive to these concerns, and decided to recommit the bill to committee to be amended prior to the final vote. This allowed for the bill to be fixed and retooled in the House, rather than simply hope that the Senate amends it properly when it reaches their side. I commend Representative Griesheimer for doing this, as it is always a risk recommitting a bill will result in it never making it across the finish line. I especially respect the fact that he did this despite likely having the votes to pass it unaltered - he put making good legislation above his own pride. I really appreciated that.
The final amended bill provided sufficient due process and other protections for me to be comfortable with it, so I was pleased to be able to vote "yes" on the final bill.
HCS HB 410, introduced by Representative David Gregory (Republican - District 96) allows patients direct access to physical therapists without needing to first get a referral from a primary care physician. This is an excellent bill that provides patients with more control over their healthcare. In my opinion, there is no reasonable justification for requiring a patient to get a prescription of referral prior to getting physical therapy. Unlike the use of a medication, a trained physical therapist is not going to injure or otherwise harm a patient who decides to use their services unnecessarily. While it might generally be considered wise to visit a primary care physician first in order to be sure you don't have a serious underlying condition, I see no compelling reason to mandate it.
This bill lowers costs for consumers, and brings the healthcare system a little bit closer to a free market. As such, I was pleased to vote in favor of it.
This bill had a roll-call vote on an amendment that failed during perfection. Read about that here.
HB 926, introduced by Representative Jeff Shawan (Republican - District 153) allows the use of specified dealer license plates on cars loaned to customers while their own vehicle is being repaired. I was actually fairly surprised this wasn't already allowed, as loaner cars are becoming more and more common versus having an employee shuttle the customer around. Allowing the use of dealer plates for such vehicles would encourage the practice to grow, and costs the state nothing to authorize. Seems like a good idea to me.
HB 757, introduced by Representative Jack Bondon (Republican - District 56) modifies some provisions related to mortgage loan originators in order to bring Missouri into compliance with some recently changed Federal legislation. While there are some provisions in this bill that I'm not fond of (such as a requirement to maintain a full-service office in MO for those engaged in loan underwriting), the passage of this bill isn't really optional. My understanding is that failing to do so could result in Missouri losing access to the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry (NMLSR), as well as subject the state to various litigation. As a result, I reluctantly voted "yes" on this bill.