Key Votes

2009 All Transportation Key Votes

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12/16 NA HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (217 - 212) 12/16 MI HB 5634 Auto Insurance Discrimination Prohibitions Bill Passed - House (57 - 47) 12/16 MI HB 5633 Prohibiting Auto Insurance Discrimination For Accidents Without Substantial Fault Bill Passed - House (61 - 43) 12/13 NA HR 3288 2009-2010 Omnibus Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (57 - 35) 12/10 NA HR 3288 2009-2010 Omnibus Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House (221 - 202) 9/24 CT HB 7002 2009-2011 Biennium Budget Financing Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12) 9/24 CT HB 7002 2009-2011 Biennium Budget Financing Bill Passed - House (106 - 34) 8/10 NC HB 148 Local Transportation Reforms Concurrence Vote Passed - House (73 - 40) 8/06 NA HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 37) 7/31 NA HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program Bill Passed - House (316 - 109) 7/24 CA ABX4 30 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: Transfer of Local Government Revenue Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19) 7/15 NC HB 1185 Habitual DWI Reinstatement after Ten Years Concurrence Vote Passed - House (87 - 29) 6/24 OR HB 2186 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14) 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) 6/22 NY A 1039 Albany Parking Permits Bill Passed - House (99 - 42) 6/22 AZ SB 1440 Smoking in Cars with Minors Bill Failed - Senate (9 - 20) 6/18 MA S 2087 Massachusetts Transportation Agency Consolidation Conference Report Adopted - Senate (27 - 11) 6/18 MA S 2087 Massachusetts Transportation Agency Consolidation Conference Report Adopted - House (130 - 25) 6/17 LA HB 499 Seat Belt Law Concurrence Vote Passed - House (75 - 12) 6/16 SC S 351 State Ports Authority Amendments Veto Override Passed - Senate (35 - 9) 6/15 LA HB 835 Railroad Safety Program Bill Failed - House (50 - 45) 6/09 NA HR 2751 Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act Bill Passed - House (298 - 119) 6/03 ME LD 1357 Relating to Driver's License and Identification Card Regulations Veto Override Failed - Senate (7 - 28) 6/03 ME LD 1357 Relating to Driver's License and Identification Card Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17) 6/02 LA HB 639 Motorcycle Helmets Bill Passed - House (64 - 33) 6/01 ME LD 1357 Relating to Driver's License and Identification Card Regulations Bill Passed - House (81 - 56) 6/01 CA SB 435 Smog Check Requirements for Motorcycles Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17) 5/31 TX HB 537 Increase Required Age for Seatbelts Conference Report Adopted - House (105 - 34) 5/29 OR HB 2001 Transit and Gas Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 6) 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) 5/27 OR HB 2001 Transit and Gas Tax Increase Bill Passed - House (38 - 22) 5/19 IL HB 72 Cell Phone Ban in School Speed Zones and Construction Zones Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16) 5/18 MN HF 108 Primary Seat Belt Law Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 19) 5/18 MN HF 108 Primary Seat Belt Law Bill Passed - House (73 - 60) 5/08 ID H 376 Transportation Funding Package Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 7) 5/08 OR HB 2186 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Bill Passed - House (32 - 28) 5/07 ID H 376 Transportation Funding Package Bill Passed - House (46 - 18) 5/01 FL SB 360 Growth Management Deregulation Concurrence Vote Passed - House (78 - 37) 5/01 FL SB 360 Growth Management Deregulation Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 7) 4/30 FL Amdt 626368 Liability Insurance Related to SunRail Commuter Line Motion Rejected - Senate (17 - 23) 4/30 CO SB 296 Seat Belt Violation as Primary Offense Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15) 4/29 NH HB 383 Mandating Seat Belt Usage Bill Tabled - Senate (13 - 11) 4/28 OR HB 2377 Prohibiting Handheld Cell Phone Use While Driving Bill Passed - House (38 - 22) 4/28 CO SB 228 Repealing the General Fund Spending Cap Bill Passed - House (35 - 29) 4/27 TN SB 393 Prohibiting Texting While Driving Bill Passed - House (67 - 24) 4/24 WA SB 5768 Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (39 - 9) 4/22 PA A771 Requiring Hands Free Devices for Cell Phones in Cars Amendment Rejected - House (95 - 100) 4/22 WA SB 5768 Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project Bill Passed - House (53 - 43) 4/15 IN HB 1607 West Lake Commuter Rail Project Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 7) 4/15 VT H 147 Primary Seat Belt Enforcement Bill Passed - House (104 - 40) 4/14 TX SB 855 Authorizing County Taxes and Fees to Fund Transportation Projects Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 9) 4/10 MD SB 277 Authorizing Speed Monitoring Systems Bill Passed - House (94 - 41) 4/10 ID S 1186 Highway Project Financing Bill Passed - House (39 - 29) 4/09 ID H 135 Fuel Tax for Highway Maintenance Bill Failed - House (32 - 37) 4/07 MA S 2024 Massachusetts Transportation Agency Consolidation Bill Passed - House (147 - 7) 4/07 ID S 1186 Highway Project Financing Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6) 4/02 MT HB 531 Red Light Camera Prohibition Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 11) 4/02 MD SB 277 Authorizing Speed Monitoring Systems Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20) 4/01 VT H 438 Gas Tax Increase to Fund Transportation Construction Bonds Bill Passed - House (108 - 35) 4/01 IL HB 72 Cell Phone Ban in School Speed Zones and Construction Zones Bill Passed - House (90 - 24) 4/01 GA SB 200 Reorganization of the Department of Transportation Bill Passed - House (90 - 84) 4/01 OH HB 2 2009-2011 Biennium Transportation Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (70 - 29) 4/01 IL HB 71 Prohibiting Text Messaging While Driving Bill Passed - House (89 - 27) 3/31 TX SB 298 Authorizing Sobriety Checkpoints Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11) 3/30 GA SB 67 English Only Requirement for Driver's License Examinations Bill Passed - House (104 - 58) 3/27 WV HB 2621 Prohibiting the Use of Cell Phones While Driving Bill Passed - House (80 - 18) 3/26 MN HF 1797 Federal Stimulus Transportation Funding Bill Passed - House (113 - 19) 3/24 WI SB 37 Allowing Drivers To Keep Licenses While Paying Fines Bill Passed - House (53 - 45) 3/24 NH HB 34 Banning Text Messaging While Driving Bill Passed - House (222 - 137) 3/19 ID H 246 Gasoline Tax Increase Bill Failed - House (27 - 43) 3/18 OH HB 2 2009-2011 Biennium Transportation Budget Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 9) 3/18 IL HB 442 Expanding Red-Light Traffic Camera Enforcement Bill Passed - House (68 - 47) 3/17 CO SB 228 Repealing the General Fund Spending Cap Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14) 3/16 ID S 1089 Eliminating Child Safety Seat Exemptions Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15) 3/13 KY HB 374 Gasoline Tax Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7) 3/12 UT HB 290 Prohibiting Text Messaging While Driving Concurrence Vote Passed - House (45 - 29) 3/12 GA HB 480 Car Tax Amendments Bill Passed - House (133 - 39) 3/12 MI SB 201 Vehicle Sales Tax Modification Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7) 3/12 GA HB 23 Age-Specific Ban on Wireless Communication While Driving Bill Passed - House (138 - 34) 3/11 UT HB 179 Authorizing Land Swap for Development of UTA Rail Station Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 8) 3/09 GA HB 160 Speeding Fee Bill Passed - House (113 - 53) 3/09 KY HB 102 State and Local Transportation Authorities Bill Passed - House (67 - 23) 3/06 KY HB 374 Gasoline Tax Amendments Bill Passed - House (82 - 17) 3/05 UT HB 179 Authorizing Land Swap for Development of UTA Rail Station Bill Passed - House (52 - 21) 3/05 OH HB 2 2009-2011 Biennium Transportation Budget Bill Passed - House (53 - 45) 3/05 GA SB 200 Reorganization of State Transportation Authorities Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 25) 3/04 NH HB 644 Gasoline Tax Increase Bill Passed - House (190 - 162) 3/03 ND HB 1182 Point Reduction for Seat Belt Use Bill Failed - Senate (18 - 25) 3/03 AL SB 279 Funding for Road Construction Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 11) 2/26 CO SB 108 Increasing Vehicle Fees to Fund Transportation Projects Bill Passed - House (34 - 31) 2/25 VA SB 1167 Increasing the Fees for Personalized License Plates Bill Failed - House (41 - 57) 2/25 IN HB 1607 West Lake Commuter Rail Project Bill Passed - House (68 - 31) 2/25 NM SB 44 Prohibiting Smoking in Cars with Children Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 12) 2/25 AR SB 78 Seat Belt Violation as Primary Offense Bill Passed - House (60 - 31) 2/25 GA SB 23 Admissibility of Seat Belt Evidence in Court Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 12) 2/24 MT HB 531 Red Light Camera Prohibition Bill Passed - House (65 - 35) 2/24 NV SB 116 Seat Belt Violation as a Primary Offense Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 9) 2/24 VA HB 1826 Driver's License Suspension for Unexcused School Absences Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 3) 2/24 GA SB 120 Repeal of Certain MARTA Financial Restrictions Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 9) 2/24 IN HB 1215 Increasing Traffic Fines to Fund Trauma Centers Bill Passed - House (53 - 42) 2/20 NE LB 85 Bond Revenue to Fund Streets and Bridges Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 10) 2/19 CA ABx3 3 Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 12) 2/19 KS SB 59 Enforcing Seat Belt Violations as a Primary Offense Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 17) 2/19 CA SBx3 7 Transportation Financing Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 12) 2/18 SC S 351 State Ports Authority Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 14) 2/18 NH HB 383 Mandating Seat Belt Usage Bill Passed - House (197 - 155) 2/16 ND HB 1197 Seat Belt Violation as Primary Offense Bill Failed - House (34 - 58) 2/16 ND HB 1431 Increasing Fines for Certain Traffic Violations Bill Failed - House (35 - 57) 2/13 ND SB 2184 Repeals Auto Rebate Tax Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 6) 2/10 IN HB 1656 Shifting Federal Transportation Funding to Counties and Localities Bill Passed - House (88 - 11) 2/05 VA HB 1826 Driver's License Suspension for Unexcused School Absences Bill Passed - House (68 - 28) 2/05 MT SB 237 Primary Seatbelt Enforcement Bill Failed - Senate (25 - 25) 2/05 VA SB 1161 Classifying a Seat Belt Violation as a Primary Offense Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 15) 2/05 CO SB 108 Increasing Vehicle Fees to Fund Transportation Projects Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16) 2/03 SD SB 79 Primary Seat Belt Enforcement Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13) 1/30 WY HB 141 Amending DUI Statutes Bill Passed - House (49 - 10) 1/29 ND HB 1182 Point Reduction for Seat Belt Use Bill Passed - House (56 - 38) 1/29 WY HB 190 Suspending Driver's Licenses for Nonpayment of Child Support Bill Passed - House (37 - 23) 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) 1/26 CO HB 1042 Amending Minimum Traffic Speed Regulations Bill Passed - House (37 - 27)

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