Key Votes

2011 All Drugs Key Votes

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10/27 IL SB 1701 Legal Immunity for Individuals Seeking Treatment for Drug Overdose Bill Passed - House (61 - 53) 6/30 PA HB 960 Public Assistance Program Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (130 - 66) 6/30 PA HB 960 Public Assistance Program Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 15) 6/21 LA HB 7 Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Bill Failed - Senate (20 - 12) 6/07 CT SB 1014 Penalties For Certain Nonviolent Drug Offenses Bill Passed - House (90 - 57) 6/04 CT SB 1014 Penalties For Certain Nonviolent Drug Offenses Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 18) 5/17 LA HB 7 Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (67 - 26) 5/10 MO HB 73 Drug Testing Of Welfare Recipients Concurrence Vote Passed - House (113 - 34) 5/05 FL HB 353 Drug Screening for Temporary Assistance Beneficiaries Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11) 4/28 MO HB 73 Drug Testing Of Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 5) 4/26 FL HB 353 Drug Screening for Temporary Assistance Beneficiaries Bill Passed - House (78 - 38) 4/05 DE HB 19 Reduce Punishment for Drug Possession Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 4) 3/15 DE HA 1 Reduced Punishment for Drug Possession Amendment Adopted - House (21 - 17) 3/02 WV HB 2946 Prescriptions for Methamphetamine Chemical Precursors Bill Passed - House (77 - 23) 2/17 NJ S 958 Authorizes the Limited Sale of Syringes and Needles Without a Prescription Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12) 2/07 SD HB 1152 Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Bill Failed - House (32 - 36)

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.