HCS HB 743 & 673, introduced by Representatives Craig Fishel (Republican - District 136) and Phil Christofanelli (Republican - District 105) establishes explicit protections for student journalists. The bill generally forbids schools from exercising prior restraint of school sponsored media, and provides that students have a right to exercise free speech and freedom of the press as it relates to such media.
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 225, introduced by Representative Kathryn Swan (Republican - District 147) creates a new grant program allowing Missouri citizens to attend an approved Missouri postsecondary institution of their choice.
HCS HB 207, introduced by Ann Kelley (Republican - District 127) allows the voluntary addition of medical alert information to one's driver's license. This completely optional program would allow someone to denote the fact that they have diabetes, epilepsy, or other conditions on their license. This information would also be automatically made available to police officers running someone's information.
HB 126, introduced by Representative Nick Schroer (Republican - District 107) is a major expansion of abortion restrictions in Missouri. It has been touted as "the strongest pro-life legislation in the country", and that statement is quite possibly true. A very strong bill in itself, after the perfection process a total of 9 amendments were added - many of which were originally entire standalone bills themselves. The result was essentially an omnibus abortion bill, which does a whole lot of things.
Some various aspect of the bill as perfected, with my comments:
This amendment, introduced by Representative Shamed Dogan (Republican - District 98) modifies HB 126 to prohibit abortions in cases where the doctor has knowledge that the reason for the abortion is due to a diagnosis of Down Syndrome, or due to the child's gender or race.
0461H01.24H was an amendment to a previous amendment on HB 126. The underlying bill adds additional restrictions on abortion in Missouri. This amendment, introduced by Representative Cora Faith Walker (Democrat - District 74) would establish paid family leave. It would provide up to six weeks of paid leave for employees that take time off work for family or medical reasons.