Key Votes

2010 All Executive Branch Key Votes

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7/08 NC HB 1035 Performance and Payment Bond Modification Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 50) 7/08 NC HB 1035 Performance and Payment Bond Modification Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 13) 7/06 NC Amdt 2 Lobbying Restrictions Amendment Adopted - House (67 - 48) 7/02 PA HB 2601 Environmentally Beneficial and Energy Efficient Technologies Bill Passed - House (125 - 71) 6/21 CT HB 5455 Changes to State Transportation Plan Veto Override Passed - Senate (25 - 11) 6/17 MI SJR V Expanding Prohibitions Against Felons Holding Public Office Joint Resolution Passed - House (91 - 13) 6/09 LA HCR 57 Requesting Constitutional Convention for Presidential Line-Item Veto Resolution Passed - House (77 - 12) 6/07 LA SB 731 Authorizing Attorney General Contingency Fee Contracts. Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16) 6/03 LA SB 593 Governor's Office Records Bill Failed - Senate (14 - 24) 5/27 IL SB 3660 Emergency Budget Act of Fiscal Year 2011 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 23) 5/26 LA Amdt 4002 Requires Department of Education Employees Evaluation Amendment Adopted - Senate (20 - 19) 5/25 OH Collins-Taylor Nomination of Cathy Collin-Taylor as Director of the Department of Public Safety Nomination Rejected - Senate (15 - 18) 5/25 IL SB 3660 Emergency Budget Act of Fiscal Year 2011 Bill Passed - House (67 - 50) 5/20 LA HB 1443 Establishing Requirements for Contracts entered into by the Department of Health and Hospitals Bill Passed - House (64 - 27) 5/18 NA S Amdt 4072 Inspector General Appointment Modification Amendment Adopted - Senate (75 - 21) 5/10 NY S 7777 Emergency Appropriations Bill Passed - House (83 - 56) 5/10 NY S 7777 Emergency Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 29) 5/04 LA HCR 144 Response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Motion Agreed - House (60 - 32) 4/28 HI HB 2377 Board of Education Selection Advisory Council Conference Report Adopted - Senate (22 - 2) 4/28 HI HB 2377 Board of Education Selection Advisory Council Conference Report Adopted - House (40 - 11) 4/28 AZ SCR 1013 Replacing Secretary of State with Lieutenant Governor Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 11) 4/27 HI HB 2376 Requiring Board of Education Members be Appointed Conference Report Adopted - House (44 - 7) 4/27 LA HB 251 Superintendent of Education Qualifications Bill Passed - House (75 - 16) 4/26 CA Maldonado Nomination Abel Maldonado, Lieutenant Governor Nomination Confirmed - Senate (25 - 7) 4/22 CA Maldonado Nomination Abel Maldonado, Lieutenant Governor (53 - 21) 4/21 AZ SCR 1013 Replacing Secretary of State with Lieutenant Governor Bill Passed - House (51 - 9) 4/09 MD SB 279 Prohibits False Claims Against State Health Plans and Programs Bill Passed - House (105 - 33) 3/30 AZ HCR 2038 Limiting Governor's Line Item Veto Authority Joint Resolution Passed - House (34 - 24) 3/26 NE LR 284 CA Abolishing Office of State Treasurer Resolution Passed - Senate (38 - 8) 3/26 GA HB 236 Review Process for the Operations of State Entities Bill Failed - House (77 - 81) 3/26 IL HB 5109 Prohibiting Public Funding of Portraits of Governors Removed From Office Bill Passed - House (85 - 23) 3/26 GA SB 399 General Assembly Authorization Requirements for Implementation of Federal Health Care Legislation Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 16) 3/23 MD SB 279 Prohibits False Claims Against State Health Plans and Programs Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 8) 3/04 SD Cooper Nomination John L. Cooper, Game, Fish and Parks Commission Nomination Confirmed - Senate (22 - 12) 2/16 NM Holguin Nomination Neri Holguin, Environmental Improvement Board (17 - 25) 2/16 CO SB 1 Public Employee Retirement Association Amendments Bill Passed - House (36 - 29) 2/11 CA Maldonado Nomination Abel Maldonado, Lieutenant Governor Nomination Confirmed - Senate (26 - 7) 2/11 CA Maldonado Nomination Abel Maldonado, Lieutenant Governor (37 - 36) 2/08 NM SB 531 Legislative Finance Committee Review of Confidential Information Veto Override Passed - Senate (34 - 8) 2/03 MS HB 959 Sale of State Plane Bill Passed - House (65 - 55) 2/01 CO SB 1 Public Employee Retirement Association Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 10) 1/19 MS HB 392 Limiting Gubernatorial Budget Reductions Bill Passed - House (70 - 49) 1/13 IL HB 1188 Increasing Cemetery Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (85 - 30) 1/13 SC H 4219 Censuring Governor Mark Sanford Resolution Passed - House (102 - 11) 1/13 KY SB 51 Legislator Pension Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 17) 1/12 IL HB 1188 Increasing Cemetery Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 24) 1/07 NJ A 2139 Tax Expenditure Report Requirement for Governor's Budget Message Bill Passed - House (47 - 28)

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.