Key Votes

2008 All Judicial Branch Key Votes

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12/10 OH HB 648 Increasing Restrictions on Access to Confidential Personal Information Bill Passed - House (69 - 26) 12/04 MI HB 4405 Juvenile Parole Eligibility Reform Bill Passed - House (63 - 43) 12/04 MI HB 4404 Prohibiting Life Without Parole Sentencing for Juveniles Bill Passed - House (59 - 47) 11/18 NE AM 4 to LB 1 Establishing an Age Limit on Safe Haven Law Amendment Rejected - Senate (23 - 26) 8/12 CA AB 1946 Expanding Enforcement of Water Pollution Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - House (48 - 29) 8/12 CA SB 1589 Uncorroborated Jailhouse Informant Testimony Ban Bill Passed - House (41 - 37) 8/07 CA AB 1946 Expanding Enforcement of Water Pollution Laws Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16) 8/07 CA AB 2654 Expanding Anti-Discrimination Laws Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15) 8/05 CA AB 2001 Whistleblower Hotline Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 8) 7/29 MA SB 800 Repealing Out of State Marriage Restrictions Bill Passed - House (119 - 36) 7/02 NC SB 1988 Outlaws Burning Crosses and Hanging Nooses Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 3) 6/27 AZ SCR 1042 Parameters of Marriage Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (16 - 4) 6/27 AZ HCR 2024 Election of Superior Court Judges Resolution Failed - House (24 - 32) 6/25 AZ SCR 1042 Parameters of Marriage Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate (14 - 11) 6/21 LA HB 906 Anonymity of Ethics Board Complaints Concurrence Vote Passed - House (79 - 21) 6/11 LA SB 144 Castration of Sex Offenders Bill Passed - House (69 - 15) 5/28 LA SB 292 Public Fishing in Overflow Waters Bill Failed - Senate (17 - 19) 5/27 IL HB 5288 Expand Use of Red Light Cameras Bill Failed - Senate (26 - 24) 5/27 MI SB 776 Late-Term/Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Bill Passed - House (74 - 32) 5/27 CA AB 2654 Expanding Anti-Discrimination Laws Bill Passed - House (48 - 30) 5/21 SC H 3816 Bankruptcy Exemptions Veto Override Passed - House (78 - 26) 5/15 MN SF 960 Modification of the Definition of Dependents for Local Government Benefits Bill Passed - House (83 - 50) 5/15 CA SB 1589 Uncorroborated Jailhouse Informant Testimony Ban Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 14) 5/13 MN SF 2965 Surrogate Mother Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (41 - 22) 5/12 OK HB 2458 Professional Malpractice Lawsuits Veto Override Failed - House (55 - 42) 5/12 MN SF 2965 Surrogate Mother Regulations Bill Passed - House (86 - 46) 5/12 AZ SCR 1042 Parameters of Marriage Resolution Passed - House (33 - 25) 5/07 NY A 10083 Foreclosure Assistance Finance Bill Passed - House (104 - 33) 5/07 NY A 8972 Foreclosure and Lending Bill Passed - House (113 - 21) 5/07 NY A 9695 Foreclosure Relief Bill Passed - House (126 - 11) 5/07 NY A 10219 Mortgage Bill of Rights Bill Passed - House (122 - 15) 5/05 KS HB 2860 Eminent Domain and Water Rights Conference Report Adopted - House (64 - 57) 5/05 CO HB 1082 Sealing Criminal Records Concurrence Vote Passed - House (36 - 28) 5/05 CO HB 1208 Limitations on Direct File Juvenile Cases Concurrence Vote Passed - House (34 - 30) 5/02 CO HB 1208 Limitations on Direct File Juvenile Cases Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 16) 5/02 CO HB 1082 Sealing Criminal Records Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 9) 5/01 HI SB 2423 Turtle Bay Acquisition Conference Report Adopted - House (37 - 10) 5/01 HI SB 2423 Turtle Bay Acquisition Conference Report Adopted - Senate (14 - 11) 5/01 AL HB 787 State Employees in Public Office Bill Passed - House (57 - 36) 4/25 IA H 8672 DUI Appeals Amendment Rejected - House (45 - 50) 4/24 FL Amdt 28283 Commuter Trains in Orlando Amendment Rejected - House (54 - 64) 4/23 OK SB 163 English as the Official Language Bill Passed - House (70 - 28) 4/22 MI SB 1078 Township Annexation Requirements Bill Failed - Senate (18 - 20) 4/22 CO HB 1082 Sealing Criminal Records Bill Passed - House (36 - 28) 4/16 NH HR 24 Impeachment Petition Resolution Tabled - House (227 - 95) 4/15 KY HB 683 DNA Collection, Parole Board, and Felony Review Conference Report Adopted - Senate (37 - 1) 4/15 KY HB 683 DNA Collection, Parole Board, and Felony Review Conference Report Adopted - House (51 - 42) 4/15 LA SB 144 Castration of Sex Offenders Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 3) 4/14 MN SF 2822 "Good Faith" Requirement for Insurance Companies Conference Report Adopted - House (93 - 39) 4/14 MN SF 2822 "Good Faith" Requirement for Insurance Companies Conference Report Adopted - Senate (47 - 15) 4/14 ME LD 2304 Driver's License Residency Requirement Bill Passed - House (108 - 29) 4/14 MO HJR 49 Appellate Judicial Commissioners Joint Resolution Failed - House (69 - 83) 4/10 SC H 3427 Ending Common Law Marriage Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (21 - 17) 4/03 MN SF 960 Modification of the Definition of Dependents for Local Government Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 22) 4/03 MO HJR 41 Prohibiting Judges from Imposing Taxes Joint Resolution Passed - House (82 - 68) 3/31 CO HB 1123 Funeral Registration Bill Passed - House (41 - 24) 3/27 MN Seifert Amendment: Breaches of Insurance Policy Amendment Adopted - House (80 - 52) 3/27 MS HB 520 Reporting Sexual Activity of Minors Concurrence Vote Passed - House (79 - 41) 3/26 KS Huelskamp Amnd. 2 Public Benefit Ineligibility for Undocumented Immigrants Amendment Rejected - Senate (12 - 26) 3/26 KS Brownlee Amnd. Prohibits Union from collecting dues from Undocumented Workers Amendment Adopted - Senate (19 - 18) 3/26 KS Journey Amnd. 1 Journey Amendment 1 Amendment Rejected - Senate (14 - 24) 3/26 MS SB 2188 Attorney General-Private Attorney Contract Restrictions Bill Passed - House (95 - 25) 3/25 NE LB 1063 Abolishing the Death Penalty Motion Rejected - Senate (20 - 28) 3/24 MS HB 859 Salary Adjustments for State Officials Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 3) 3/20 GA SB 350 Increasing Penalties for Driving Without a License Bill Passed - House (99 - 68) 3/19 GA Fleming AM 29 0700 Amending Capital Punishment Sentencing Procedures Amendment Adopted - House (100 - 66) 3/19 GA SB 145 Amending Sentencing Guidelines for Murder Bill Passed - House (112 - 55) 3/19 KS SB 409 Three-Strikes Sentencing for Theft Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 6) 3/18 MN Scheid Amnd. Insurance Payouts Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (37 - 30) 3/18 NH HB 1623 Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Passed - House (193 - 141) 3/12 MD SB 42 Temporary Confiscation of Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 17) 3/06 WY HB 137 Deadly Force in Self Defense Concurrence Vote Passed - House (57 - 2) 3/06 GA SB 449 Limiting Agritourism Liability Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 14) 3/05 CO HB 1130 Removing Wiretap Restrictions Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 9) 3/05 WY HB 137 Deadly Force in Self Defense Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 1) 3/04 GA HB 1245 Public Defender Funding Amendments Bill Passed - House (141 - 21) 3/04 KY HB 31 Felony Record Expungement Bill Passed - House (76 - 21) 3/04 HI SB 2423 Turtle Bay Acquisition Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 2) 3/04 WI SB 537 John Doe Proceedings Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15) 3/03 CO SB 164 Increasing Caps on Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 16) 2/28 IN SB 143 Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Bill Passed - House (51 - 48) 2/27 MS SB 2998 Immunity for Physicians Treating Medicaid Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 18) 2/26 IN Amnd. 2 Permitting Lawsuits for Injuries Caused by Hazardous Substances Amendment Adopted - House (52 - 45) 2/26 MS SB 2550 Covenant Marriage Act Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 13) 2/26 SD SB 174 Railroad Eminent Domain Bill Passed - House (54 - 16) 2/26 WI AB 695 John Doe Proceedings Bill Passed - House (84 - 13) 2/26 GA HR 413 English as the Official Language of Georgia Resolution Failed - House (103 - 61) 2/26 WI AR 13 Supporting the Individual's Right to Bear Arms Resolution Passed - House (78 - 18) 2/25 VA HB 933 "Triggerman Rule" in Capital Murder Cases Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 16) 2/25 WY HB 137 Deadly Force in Self Defense Bill Passed - House (54 - 4) 2/20 GA HR 1206 Reassessing Georgia's Northern Border Resolution Passed - House (136 - 26) 2/14 MS HB 859 Salary Adjustments for State Officials Bill Passed - House (61 - 60) 2/13 SD SB 174 Railroad Eminent Domain Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13) 2/12 GA SR 822 Reassessing Georgia's Northern Border Resolution Passed - Senate (52 - 0) 2/11 SD SB 189 Accessibility of Public Records Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15) 2/08 VA HB 933 "Triggerman Rule" in Capital Murder Cases Bill Passed - House (77 - 21) 2/07 GA SB 350 Increasing Penalties for Driving Without a License Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 13) 2/06 CO HB 1130 Removing Wiretap Restrictions Bill Passed - House (43 - 20) 1/31 SC H 4400 Immigration Bill Bill Passed - House (80 - 13) 1/29 IN SB 143 Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 13) 1/25 MS SB 2188 Attorney General-Private Attorney Contract Restrictions Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 18) 1/22 MI SB 776 Late-Term/Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 13) 1/15 WI SJR 5 Limiting Governor's Partial Veto Authority Joint Resolution Passed - House (94 - 1) 1/07 NJ S 176 Expanding Damages for Wrongful Death Bill Passed - House (41 - 32) 1/07 NJ S 176 Expanding Damages for Wrongful Death Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 11)

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.