Key Votes

2009 All Technology and Communication Key Votes

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9/22 WI SB 107 Electronics Sale and Disposal Regulations Bill Passed - House (57 - 37) 6/29 OR SB 767 Virtual Charter Schools Conference Report Adopted - House (31 - 29) 6/27 OR SB 767 Virtual Charter Schools Conference Report Adopted - Senate (16 - 14) 6/23 LA HB 782 Wireless Phone Card Fees Concurrence Vote Passed - House (83 - 16) 6/23 OR HB 2377 Prohibiting Handheld Cell Phone Use While Driving Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 13) 6/22 AZ SB 1443 Driving While Texting Bill Failed - Senate (14 - 15) 6/21 LA HB 866 Publishing Legal Records Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 8) 6/16 LA HB 782 Wireless Phone Card Fees Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6) 6/09 LA HB 866 Publishing Legal Records Bill Passed - House (53 - 40) 6/09 WI SB 107 Electronics Sale and Disposal Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10) 5/27 LA Amdt B-200 Cell Phone Secondary Offense Amendment Adopted - House (56 - 40) 5/27 LA HB 146 Cell Phones While Driving Bill Passed - House (57 - 41) 5/19 IL HB 72 Cell Phone Ban in School Speed Zones and Construction Zones Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16) 5/19 LA HB 782 Wireless Phone Card Fees Bill Passed - House (79 - 13) 5/12 RI H 5143 E-Verify Bill Bill Passed - House (38 - 33) 5/08 ID H 374 Allowing Diversion of Funds to Virtual Education Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9) 5/07 ID H 374 Allowing Diversion of Funds to Virtual Education Bill Passed - House (49 - 15) 4/30 AL SB 373 Deregulation of Landline Phone Service Rates Bill Passed - House (67 - 24) 4/28 OR HB 2377 Prohibiting Handheld Cell Phone Use While Driving Bill Passed - House (38 - 22) 4/27 TN SB 393 Prohibiting Texting While Driving Bill Passed - House (67 - 24) 4/22 PA A771 Requiring Hands Free Devices for Cell Phones in Cars Amendment Rejected - House (95 - 100) 4/15 VT H 147 Primary Seat Belt Enforcement Bill Passed - House (104 - 40) 4/14 ID H 303 Online Public Education Bill Passed - House (51 - 19) 4/13 TN SB 1954 Basic Phone Service Deregulation Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 7) 4/09 AL SB 373 Deregulation of Landline Phone Service Rates Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 8) 4/01 IL HB 72 Cell Phone Ban in School Speed Zones and Construction Zones Bill Passed - House (90 - 24) 4/01 IL HB 71 Prohibiting Text Messaging While Driving Bill Passed - House (89 - 27) 3/27 WV HB 2621 Prohibiting the Use of Cell Phones While Driving Bill Passed - House (80 - 18) 3/24 NH HB 34 Banning Text Messaging While Driving Bill Passed - House (222 - 137) 3/18 IL HB 442 Expanding Red-Light Traffic Camera Enforcement Bill Passed - House (68 - 47) 3/12 UT SB 208 Posting Public Notices Online Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (16 - 10) 3/12 UT HB 290 Prohibiting Text Messaging While Driving Concurrence Vote Passed - House (45 - 29) 3/11 UT SB 208 Posting Public Notices Online Bill Passed - House (38 - 32) 3/04 GA SB 235 Ban on Required Human Microchip Implantation 1/29 AR HB 1013 Prohibiting Text Messaging While Driving Bill Passed - House (78 - 12) 1/28 WY SF 65 Ban on Texting While Driving Bill Failed - Senate (13 - 17) 1/28 AR HB 1119 Prohibiting Cell Phone Use While Driving for Specific Age Groups Bill Passed - House (62 - 27)

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.