HB 70, introduced by Representative Chris Dinkins (Republican - District 144) creates a criminal penalty for the possession of a cell phone (or its constituent components) by a prisoner within a prison or jail. While this conduct is currently against internal prison/jail policies, prior to this bill there was no criminal penalty, just an administrative punishment within the system. While I am not often in favor of creating new crimes, it seems reasonable for both security and order that cell phones not be permitted in prisons or jails. Moreover, it isn't a crime that could accidentally b
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 303, introduced by Representative Jim Hansen (Republican - District 40) establishes a fund within the State Treasury for the administration of inmate canteen funds collected from the sale of various items within correctional centers commissaries. During perfection, an amendment was added by Representative Tracy McCreery (Democrat - District 88) that requires the Department of Corrections to provide feminine hygiene products to female inmates free of charge. I supported both the bill an
HB 242, introduced by Representative Jim Neely (Republican - District 8) was originally just a simple bill that allows a hospice to release a body directly to a funeral home without involving an autopsy when the person died for reasons related to their stay. I was fine with the original bill. However during the amendment process, the exact same language from HB 447 that mandates coroner training was added. Since the text of HB 242 was originally amended onto HB 447, the result was that HB 242 as amended was literally identical to HB 447.
HB 402, introduced by Representative Chuck Basye (Republican - District 47) is a simple bill that allows one to make a left hand turn on a red light when turning onto a one-way street. It seems pretty obvious that this makes sense, as the conditions in such an intersection are essentially the same as they are when one turns right on red. While I am not aware of any intersections I routinely drive through that this would apply to, I like the concept in principal and as such voted yes. It passed.
HB 321, introduced by Representative Sheila Solon (Republican - District 9) is specifically targeted at St. Joseph, MO. In fact, the bill is written in a way that only St. Joseph is effected. I am not a fan of that type of strategy -- with very few exceptions, I think we should pass laws that apply statewide, not just for certain areas.
HB 113, introduced by Representative Cody Smith (Republican - District 163) allows the court to depart from mandatory minimum sentencing requirements in cases where the crime does not involve violence or a sexual offense against a minor. While I would have liked the bill to go a bit further than it does, but it's a great improvement on our current system. Mandatory minimums take away the court's ability to look at the totality of the circumstances of a crime when they enter a sentence, and the result is very often unjust.