While I did not ever have an opportunity to meet Representative Cloria Brown, she is spoken highly of by many, and I'm told she was a pleasant and well-meaning individual. That said, I am not generally a fan of renaming roads or bridges for the purpose of making a memorial, political statement or other such non-policy related intention. I am willing to make exceptions in cases where no taxpayer funds are expended, the naming is ceremonial in nature (e.g.
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.
House Resolution 7 (HR7) provides a list of rules that govern operations of the MO House of Representatives. The vote on HR7 was "as amended", and was a final vote to adopt the rule package.
During the amendment process, a variety of issues were discussed and voted on. I'd previously spoken about 0026h0225h, which was a roll call vote. But the other amendments were voted on via voice votes. I'd like to touch on some of the more notable ones here:
This amendment to HR7 (The Rules of the 100th General Assembly) would have added the words "to the extent allowed by law" to the section of the rules that allows House members to refrain from disclosing records pertaining to communications with constituents. It's intent was to undermine the purpose of a rule which indicated that it is the policy of the House of Representatives to allow discretion to its members regarding the release of such communications in response to a Sunshine request. Given the recent passage of Constitutional Amendment 1 (which among other things subjects the General Assembly to the Sunshine law), adding "to the extent allowed by law" would have likely invalidated the remainder of the House rule, therefore rendering it useless.