HB 447, introduced by Dan Houx (Republican - District 54) creates a new "Coroner Standards and Training Commission" within the Department of Heath and Senior Services. The commission, made up of people appointed by the Governor, would be tasked with establishing training standards for coroners. After the program is implemented, elected coroners would be required to complete the specified training in order to sign off on death certificates.
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.
HB 185, introduced by Representative Curtis Trent (Republican - District 133) adds some improvements to the oversight of the AMBER alert system, as well as requires it to be integrated into systems that law enforcement already use. This will allow for quicker and more widespread AMBER Alerts, which will improve the effectiveness of the system.
HB 280, introduced by Representative Becky Ruth (Republican - District 114), is a relatively simple bill. It requires vehicles approaching a railroad crossing to stop at the tracks not only when a train is coming (existing law), but also when other on-track equipment operated by the railroad is approaching.
HB 182, introduced by Representative Noel Shull (Republican - District 16), is a simple bill that allows voluntary payments made by insurance companies to use the interest rates laid out in existing law (section 32.065). While I admit I don't fully understand why this is needed, I could not find anything in the language that was objectionable, and no opposition was voiced on the floor by other members. As a result, I voted yes. It passed easily.
My blanket statement on dedication bills:
I am realizing that bills that dedicate a day of the week, month, etc to a particular cause are not uncommon at the State Capitol. As a result, moving forward I will generally issue the same explanation regarding such bills, without commenting on the underlying cause or issue the bill seeks to address: