Key Votes

2010 All Judicial Branch Key Votes

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8/05 NA PN 1768 Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Nomination Confirmed - Senate (63 - 37) 6/07 LA SB 731 Authorizing Attorney General Contingency Fee Contracts. Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16) 5/24 OK HJR 1056 Prohibits Use of International and Sharia Law in State Courts Conference Report Adopted - Senate (41 - 2) 5/18 OK HJR 1056 Prohibits Use of International and Sharia Law in State Courts Conference Report Adopted - House (82 - 10) 5/12 MN SF 341 Domestic Partner Death Rights Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (41 - 24) 5/12 CO HB 1360 Parole Violation Punishment Reduction Concurrence Vote Passed - House (43 - 18) 5/12 CO HB 1360 Parole Violation Punishment Reduction Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11) 5/11 CO HB 1408 Criteria for Judicial Determinations of Congressional Districts Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13) 5/11 MN SF 341 Domestic Partner Death Rights Bill Passed - House (78 - 55) 5/05 CT HJ 106 Nomination of Laura Flynn Baldini to Judge of the Superior Court Nomination Confirmed - Senate (25 - 9) 5/05 CT HJ 106 Nomination of Laura Flynn Baldini to Judge of the Superior Court Nomination Confirmed - House (110 - 40) 4/30 CO HB 1408 Criteria for Judicial Determinations of Congressional Districts Bill Passed - House (35 - 28) 4/08 NE LB 842 Repealing Special Prosecutor Requirement for In-Custody Deaths Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 4) 3/30 KS HB 2115 Late-Term/Partial Birth Abortion Reporting Requirements Conference Report Adopted - House (83 - 36) 3/30 KS HB 2115 Late-Term/Partial Birth Abortion Reporting Requirements Conference Report Adopted - Senate (24 - 15) 3/17 GA HB 982 Amending Wage Garnishment Procedures for Late Taxpayers Bill Passed - House (95 - 68) 3/05 MD SB 248 Increasing Civil Court Case Surcharges Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 11) 2/24 WV HB 4292 Changes in Required Magistrate Qualifications Bill Passed - House (61 - 37) 2/16 NM SB 216 Repeal "Guilty but Mentally Ill" Plea Bill Passed - House (40 - 21) 2/11 NM SB 216 Repeal "Guilty but Mentally Ill" Plea Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 19) 2/09 VA HB 629 Asbestos Lawsuit Restrictions Bill Passed - House (49 - 48) 2/09 NY R 3904 Expelling Senator Hiram Monserrate from the Senate Resolution Passed - Senate (53 - 8) 2/03 VA HB 502 Expanding Death Penalty Eligibility to Accomplices Bill Passed - House (74 - 24) 1/28 WI SB 263 Expanding Access to Public Defenders Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)

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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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