HB 324, introduced by Representative Mike Henderson (Republican - District 117) prohibits the use of unmanned aerial drones over prisons, jails, and mental health institutions. It's designed to provide a penalty for those who use drones to help smuggle in contraband into such facilities. While I am generally cautious about creating new crimes, this was a well written bill that only covers the specific conduct necessary to stop this behavior. The airspace being governed here is only directly above the facilities in question, and there is a requirement that the violation must be willful.
Tony Lovasco's Voting Record
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HB 77, filed by Representative Rusty Black (Republican - District 7) was created to address an error with legislation passed last session. That legislation created a bizarre scenario in which former Community College workers who had retired from the system and were receiving a pension would be forced to continue paying into that pension system if they decided to work part time during their retirement. While I was not there when the original bill passed, I am told that this was an unintended consequence.
HB 216, introduced by Representative Curtis Trent (Republican - District 133) was a fairly simple bill. It increases the dollar amount after which a department must seek multiple competitive bids prior to making a purchase. While I generally favor requiring competitive bidding in the government purchasing process, overuse of that procedure can be extremely inefficient and add am onerous amount of paperwork to the process. Especially in areas relating to Information Technology, it is not unusual for there to be only one or two possible vendors who are even capable of supplying the require
HB 255 was introduced by Representative Travis Fitzwater (Republican - District 49). While it didn't exactly create a new program, it did create some new provisions within the existing Missouri Works program, which is in itself an initiative I do not support. It is not the purpose of government to incentivize private businesses to create jobs.
HB 131, introduced by Representative Sonya Anderson (Republican - District 131) is an extremely simple bill. All it does is take an existing permitting fee for surface mining, and extends it from sunsetting in 2020 to 2025.
HB 243, introduced by Representative Jim Neely (Republican - District 8) is a fairly simple bill designed to allow victims of domestic violence break their leases so they might move away from their abusers. While I am generally not favorable to legislation that has government interfering with private contracts, I think these circumstances are somewhat unique. If someone is a victim of violence and wishes to escape such a situation, I don't believe that government courts aught to seek to enforce contractual penalties against them as a result of their attempts to avoid further conflict. Co