HB 588, introduced by Representative Don Rone (Republican - District 149) increases fees for various licenses and programs within the Department of Agriculture. I am not convinced there is a need to increase these fees, so I voted no. Many others in the House felt the same way, but it passed anyway.
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.
HCS HB 192, introduced by Representative Bruce DeGroot (Republican - District 101), prohibits courts from ordering "show cause" hearings in cases where people have unpaid jail fees. This is a great bill that solves a big problem.
HB 260, introduced by Representative Jered Taylor (Republican - District 139) increases fines for poaching. I am extremely hesitant to increase fines in most cases. However in this instance, current poaching fees are so low that in many cases it is cheaper for someone in an adjacent state to come to Missouri and pay the fine for illegally poaching an animal than it is for them to acquire a legal permit in their own state. That is obviously unworkable. This bill simply raises the fees for poaching such that they remain a deterrent.
HB 599, introduced by Representative Jack Bondon (Republican - District 56) is a "cleanup" bill that removes outdated and unneeded regulations on the financial industry. Examples of such regulations are the requirement to have certain records stored in duplicate or triplicate in paper format, even when an electronic record already exists. It also removes a requirement that the Director of Finance print hard copies of a particular report (at State expense).
HB 219, introduced by Representative David Wood (Republican - District 58) is an incredibly simple bill. It just extends the automatic sunset on the "Ticket to Work" program by a few years. The "Ticket to Work" program allows people who are otherwise eligible to receive Medicaid benefits at no charge to instead pay a premium into the program in exchange for being able to retain benefits despite earning more money than would otherwise be allowed via the program. The idea is that not only do we encourage people to maintain employment, but we also collect a small premium from people who wou
HCS HB 678, introduced by Representative Jon Patterson (Republican - District 30) allows people to access funds in their ABLE accounts without first filing for a conservatorship. ABLE account allow people to save money using pre-tax dollars in an account to help offset the costs associated with a disability. Forcing them to have a conservatorship to access these funds is unnecessary and expensive, and this bill removing that requirement is a good improvement.