Key Votes

2009 All Federal, State and Local Relations Key Votes

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12/24 NA HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 39) 12/23 NA HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Cloture Invoked - Senate (60 - 39) 11/07 NA H Amdt 510 Substitute Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments Amendment Rejected - House (176 - 258) 9/22 MA H 4246 Authorizing Governor to Appoint Interim U.S. Senator Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 16) 9/17 MA H 4246 Authorizing Governor to Appoint Interim U.S. Senator Bill Passed - House (95 - 59) 9/16 MO HB 544 Increasing Legislative Oversight of Federal Funds Veto Override Failed - House (86 - 71) 8/10 NC HB 148 Local Transportation Reforms Concurrence Vote Passed - House (73 - 40) 8/06 NY A 8903-A Extending City Board Jurisdiction Over New York City Schools Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 8) 7/24 CA ABX4 15 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: Implementing Prop 1A Suspension Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 14) 7/24 CA ABX4 14 2009-2010 Budget Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 25) 7/24 CA ABX4 26 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: Shifting Redevelopment Funds Concurrence Vote Passed - House (41 - 31) 7/24 CA ABX4 30 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: Transfer of Local Government Revenue Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19) 7/24 CA ABX4 14 2009-2010 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 13) 7/24 CA ABX4 15 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: Implementing Prop 1A Suspension Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 9) 7/24 CA ABX4 26 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: Shifting Redevelopment Funds Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 17) 7/22 NA S Amdt 1618 Authorizing Concealed Firearms Across State Lines Amendment Rejected - Senate (58 - 39) 6/26 MI HB 4998 Cobo Convention Center Ownership Transfer Conference Report Adopted - House (93 - 14) 6/25 NJ S 1175 Requiring an After School Activity Plan for School Districts with At-Risk Pupils Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 18) 6/18 MI SB 587 Cobo Convention Center Bill Passed - House (66 - 42) 6/18 MI HB 4998 Cobo Convention Center Ownership Transfer Bill Passed - House (66 - 43) 6/17 NY A 8903-A Extending City Board Jurisdiction Over New York City Schools Bill Passed - House (129 - 18) 6/15 LA HB 504 Jefferson Parish School Board Elections Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13) 6/12 ME LD 977 Repealing School District Consolidation "Ought Not to Pass" Report Adopted - House (74 - 69) 6/09 DE HB 117 School Board Elections Bill Passed - House (23 - 17) 6/04 ME LD 977 Repealing School District Consolidation "Ought Not to Pass" Report Rejected - Senate (16 - 19) 6/03 NY A 8501 Government Consolidation Bill Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 16) 6/03 CA AB 155 Local Government Bankruptcy Restrictions Bill Passed - House (47 - 25) 6/01 NY A 8501 Government Consolidation Bill Bill Passed - House (118 - 26) 6/01 NV SB 52 New Standards for Drivers Licenses and Identification Cards Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 9) 6/01 TN HJR 369 Opposing the Adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Bill Passed - House (70 - 20) 5/31 NV AB 543 Property Tax Reappropriation Veto Override Passed - Senate (15 - 6) 5/29 NV AB 543 Property Tax Reappropriation Veto Override Passed - House (33 - 9) 5/27 MI SB 587 Cobo Convention Center Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16) 5/27 MI SB 585 Cobo Convention Center Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16) 5/22 NV SB 311 Washoe County Fluoridation Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 9) 5/21 NJ A 1645 Requiring Qualified Purchasing Agents Concurrence Vote Passed - House (49 - 26) 5/19 LA HB 504 Jefferson Parish School Board Elections Bill Passed - House (63 - 26) 5/14 AL HB 175 Permitting Elections in Smaller Municipalities on Allowing Alcohol Veto Override Passed - Senate (18 - 11) 4/30 AL HB 175 Permitting Elections in Smaller Municipalities on Allowing Alcohol Veto Override Passed - House (54 - 19) 4/29 OK SB 834 Increased Local School Board Control Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 22) 4/21 AL HB 175 Permitting Elections in Smaller Municipalities on Allowing Alcohol Concurrence Vote Passed - House (49 - 23) 4/21 AL HB 175 Permitting Elections in Smaller Municipalities on Allowing Alcohol Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 9) 4/15 OK SB 834 Increased Local School Board Control Bill Passed - House (60 - 39) 4/15 IN HB 1604 Authorizing Local Tax Increases to Fund Sports and Convention Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 17) 4/15 ID S 1148 Alcohol Law Amendments Bill Failed - House (28 - 42) 4/14 TX SB 855 Authorizing County Taxes and Fees to Fund Transportation Projects Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 9) 4/14 HI HB 1744 Allowing a County Surcharge on the Transient Accommodations Tax Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 6) 4/14 HI HB 1605 Allowing Counties to Impose Retail Sales Tax Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 4) 4/08 OR SB 311 Changes in Liability Limits Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 5) 4/06 OR SB 311 Changes in Liability Limits Bill Passed - House (50 - 8) 4/03 GA HB 2 Citizenship Status Verification of Government Assistance Recipients Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 16) 4/03 GA HB 2 Citizenship Status Verification of Government Assistance Recipients Concurrence Vote Passed - House (121 - 47) 3/26 ID S 1148 Alcohol Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12) 3/16 NJ S 21 Local Government PERS/PFRS Contribution Deferral Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 17) 3/16 NJ S 21 Local Government PERS/PFRS Contribution Deferral Bill Passed - House (42 - 36) 3/16 NJ S 2091 Formalizing Palimony Agreements Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14) 3/12 KS HB 2320 State Spending Limitations and Savings Accounts Bill Passed - House (89 - 33) 3/12 WA SB 2252 Shifting Local Tax Revenue Bill Passed - House (54 - 42) 3/12 TN SB 83 "Living" Wage Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13) 3/10 OK SB 834 Increased Local School Board Control Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 21) 3/10 HI HB 1744 Suspending the Distribution of Transient Accommodation Tax Revenue to Counties Bill Passed - House (33 - 17) 3/09 UT SB 241 Instructional Spending Requirements for School Districts Bill Failed - Senate (12 - 17) 3/09 KY HB 102 State and Local Transportation Authorities Bill Passed - House (67 - 23) 3/04 UT SB 29 Authorizing Corporate Water Systems to Refuse Fluoridation Bill Passed - House (60 - 11) 3/03 UT SB 29 Authorizing Corporate Water Systems to Refuse Fluoridation Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 11) 3/03 WA HB 1956 Limiting Local Regulations of Homeless Shelters Bill Passed - House (56 - 41) 2/27 VT S 34 Presidential Election by National Popular Vote Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 10) 2/26 NA S 160 Washington DC Voting Act Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 37) 2/25 IN HB 1730 Exempting Energy Efficient Projects From Referendum Requirements Bill Passed - House (52 - 48) 2/24 IN SB 512 Eliminating Township Boards in Counties Without a Consolidated City Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22) 2/23 OR SB 311 Changes in Liability Limits Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 5) 2/18 SD HB 1171 Exemptions from School District Minimum Size Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12) 2/17 SD HB 1278 Ban on Local Firearm Restrictions Bill Passed - House (46 - 20) 2/12 OR HB 2157 Severing the Federal and State Income Tax Connection Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13) 2/11 WY HB 32 Gray Wolf Management Plan Amendments Bill Failed - House (7 - 52) 2/10 OH SB 35 State Enforcement of Federal Immigration Law (21 - 11) 2/10 IN HB 1656 Shifting Federal Transportation Funding to Counties and Localities Bill Passed - House (88 - 11) 2/04 OR HB 2157 Severing the Federal and State Income Tax Connection Bill Passed - House (36 - 23) 2/04 SD HB 1171 Exemptions from School District Minimum Size Requirements Bill Passed - House (36 - 34) 2/03 WY HB 31 Statewide Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed - House (31 - 29) 2/02 MT SJ 7 Statement of Opposition to Expansion of EPA Jurisdiction (H.R. 2421) Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (32 - 18) 2/02 NY A 1688 Expanding Local Control Over Rent Laws Bill Passed - House (94 - 49) 1/30 WY Amdt 2002 to HB 31 Allowing Counties and Municipalities to Opt Out of Smoking Ban Amendment Adopted - House (41 - 18) 1/29 IA SF 44 Expediting Local-Option Tax Approval in Disaster Areas Bill Passed - House (55 - 37) 1/27 IA SF 44 Expediting Local-Option Tax Approval in Disaster Areas Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 18)

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:

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  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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