Key Votes

2012 All Business and Consumers Key Votes

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12/17 NJ S 581 Establishes Tax Credits for Investors in Small Business Technology Bill Passed - House (47 - 30) 12/04 IL SB 681 Authorizes State Residents To Purchase Ammunition From In-State Companies Veto Override Passed - House (78 - 28) 12/03 NJ A 2162 Increases Minimum Wage Concurrence Vote Passed - House (44 - 31) 11/29 NJ A 2162 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 16) 11/29 NJ S 2241 Prohibits Unauthorized Medical Provider Reimbursement Reductions Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5) 11/29 NJ SCR 1 Increases Minimum Wage Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (23 - 16) 8/31 CA AB 1313 Requires Overtime Wages for Agricultural Workers Concurrence Vote Failed - House (35 - 33) 8/27 CA AB 2327 Increases Penalties for the Misuse of Funds by Charitable Organizations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 18) 8/22 CA AB 2327 Increases Penalties for the Misuse of Funds by Charitable Organizations Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12) 8/13 CA AB 1500 Corporate Tax Rates and Middle Class Scholarship Fund Bill Passed - House (54 - 25) 7/31 MA S 2400 Establishes Accountable Care Organizations Conference Report Adopted - House (133 - 20) 7/26 NA HR 4078 Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act Bill Passed - House (245 - 172) 7/19 NA S 3364 Bring Jobs Home Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 42) 7/12 NA S 2237 Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 44) 6/19 DE SB 205 Requires Manufactured Home Community Owners to Explain Rent Increases Bill Failed - House (14 - 22) 6/11 RI S 2374 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (60 - 8) 6/11 RI H 7323 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7) 6/08 RI H 7323 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - House (57 - 15) 6/07 RI S 2374 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11) 5/31 IL SB 3442 Requires Recycling of Plastic Bags Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 15) 5/31 IL HB 5440 Establishes a 5 Percent Fee on Satellite TV Companies Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 27) 5/31 IL SB 1064 Prohibits Private Security Services in Detention Centers Bill Failed - House (57 - 58) 5/31 CA SB 956 Regulates Buy-Here-Pay-Here Car Loans and Lenders Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12) 5/31 CA AB 2312 Regulations for Marijuana Dispensaries Bill Passed - House (41 - 30) 5/30 IL SB 3442 Requires Recycling of Plastic Bags Bill Passed - House (72 - 44) 5/30 CA AB 1450 Prohibits Discrimination Against Unemployed Workers Bill Passed - House (51 - 26) 5/30 CA SB 1054 Requires Notifying Property Owners Prior to Hydraulic Fracturing Bill Failed - Senate (17 - 18) 5/29 IL SB 2194 Increases Cigarette Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 27) 5/29 CA AB 1534 Requires Buy-Here-Pay-Here Dealers to Label Used Vehicles Bill Passed - House (42 - 32) 5/29 CA AB 1447 Requires Buy-Here-Pay-Here Car Sellers to Provide a Limited Warranty Bill Passed - House (49 - 25) 5/25 IL SB 2194 Increases Cigarette Tax Bill Passed - House (60 - 52) 5/24 NJ A 2162 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (46 - 33) 5/24 NJ A 1238 Requires Copy Machine Hard Drives to be Erased Before Being Exchanged Bill Passed - House (51 - 28) 5/16 OH HB 510 Repeals the Corporate Franchise Tax Bill Passed - House (75 - 23) 5/15 IL HB 3859 Requires Publication of Reduced Tax Rates under the EDGE Program Bill Passed - House (84 - 26) 5/10 DE SB 205 Requires Manufactured Home Community Owners to Explain Rent Increases Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 9) 5/08 CT HB 5556 Requires Corporations to Identify Top Donors for Campaign Contributions Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15) 5/08 CT HB 5556 Requires Corporations to Identify Top Donors for Campaign Contributions Bill Passed - House (94 - 54) 5/07 IA HF 2475 Reduces Certain Business Property Taxes Bill Passed - House (71 - 26) 5/03 MN HF 2337 Amends Property Taxes Conference Report Adopted - Senate (41 - 25) 5/03 MN SF 1694 Authorizes the Sale of Certain Fireworks Veto Override Failed - Senate (37 - 29) 5/03 AZ HB 2815 Establishes Tax Deductions for Certain Businesses Concurrence Vote Passed - House (39 - 16) 5/03 AZ HB 2815 Establishes Tax Deductions for Certain Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 9) 5/02 AL SB 513 Authorizes Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12) 5/01 MN HF 2337 Amends Property Taxes Conference Report Adopted - House (73 - 57) 5/01 CT HB 5021 Authorizes the Sale of Alcohol on Sundays and Certain Holidays Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6) 4/30 MS SB 2576 Amends worker's compensation Conference Report Adopted - Senate (31 - 15) 4/30 MS SB 2576 Amends worker's compensation Conference Report Adopted - House (63 - 56) 4/30 CA AB 1960 Requires the Department of Transportation to Include Sexual Orientation Reported by Business Owners Bill Passed - House (48 - 25) 4/26 CT HB 5291 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (88 - 62) 4/26 CT HB 5021 Authorizes the Sale of Alcohol on Sundays and Certain Holidays Bill Passed - House (116 - 27) 4/26 NA HR 3523 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act Bill Passed - House (248 - 168) 4/24 MN SF 1694 Authorizes the Sale of Certain Fireworks Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (48 - 17) 4/23 MN SF 1694 Authorizes the Sale of Certain Fireworks Bill Passed - House (77 - 50) 4/19 NA HR 9 Income Tax Deduction for Small Businesses Bill Passed - House (235 - 173) 4/09 AZ HB 2199 Authorizes Confidential Environmental Audits by Businesses Concurrence Vote Passed - House (39 - 15) 4/03 AZ HB 2199 Authorizes Confidential Environmental Audits by Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 9) 3/30 KY SB 3 Limits Over-the-Counter Purchases of Cold Medicine Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 8) 3/29 IL HB 4083 Internet Dating Site Requirements Bill Passed - House (83 - 26) 3/28 KY SB 3 Limits Over-the-Counter Purchases of Cold Medicine Bill Passed - House (60 - 36) 3/28 NH H Amdt 917h Authorizing the Establishment of 4 Casinos Amendment Rejected - House (154 - 195) 3/27 GA SB 362 Authorizes the Recovery and Sale of Deadhead Logs Bill Failed - House (67 - 93) 3/27 MN HF 657 Amends Ticket Sales Practices Bill Passed - House (83 - 50) 3/22 ID S 1295 Requires Massage Therapists to be Licensed Bill Passed - House (39 - 29) 3/22 ID S 1369 Penalties for Failure to Report Hiring or Rehiring of Employees Bill Passed - House (36 - 34) 3/21 MN HF 2337 Amends Property Taxes Bill Passed - House (72 - 62) 3/20 ID H 486 Prohibits Minors from Using Tanning Beds Bill Passed - House (39 - 30) 3/19 SD SB 157 Prohibits Cities From Limiting Outdoor Digital Billboards Veto Override Failed - House (43 - 24) 3/19 SD SB 157 Prohibits Cities From Limiting Outdoor Digital Billboards Veto Override Passed - Senate (26 - 7) 3/14 MS SB 2576 Amends Worker's Compensation Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 13) 3/12 ID HCR 45 Encourages the Establishment of Private Healthcare Exchanges Resolution Passed - House (49 - 13) 3/09 IN HB 1149 Prohibits Smoking in Public Places Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 22) 3/08 AZ SB 1338 Requires Online Retailers to Pay Sales Taxes Bill Failed - Senate (8 - 20) 3/07 GA SB 469 Prohibits Picketing in Certain Circumstances Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 18) 3/05 GA HB 972 Regulation of Pain Management Clinics Bill Passed - House (124 - 38) 3/01 AZ HB 2815 Establishes Tax Credits for Certain Businesses Bill Passed - House (39 - 18) 2/29 IN HB 1149 Prohibits Smoking in Public Places Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21) 2/28 AZ SB 1365 Authorizes religious objections by professionals Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 9) 2/28 IL HB 1310 Authorizes Certain Businesses to Permit Smoking Bill Failed - House (30 - 82) 2/28 CO HB 1115 Authorizes Businesses to Comment on Fiscal Impact of Proposed Legislation Bill Passed - House (41 - 22) 2/28 AZ SB 1336 Limiting Manufacturer Eligibility for Punitive Damages Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11) 2/27 OR SB 1548 Prohibits Employers from Limiting Job Vacancies to Employed Applicants Bill Passed - House (56 - 4) 2/23 KS HCR 5007 Authorizes Kansas to Determine Its Health Care Policies Bill Failed - Senate (26 - 14) 2/23 KY SB 151 Authorizes Casinos Bill Failed - Senate (16 - 21) 2/17 GA SB 362 Authorizes the Recovery and Sale of Deadhead Logs Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 12) 2/14 AL HB 160 Authorizes Companies to Retain Employee Income Tax Deductions Bill Passed - House (69 - 19) 2/13 NM SB 9 Changes Corporate Income Tax Rates and Filing Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 13) 2/13 CO HB 1088 Authorizes the Use of Deadly Force Against Intruders in a Place of Business Bill Passed - House (35 - 26) 1/31 IN HB 1149 Prohibits Smoking in Public Places Bill Passed - House (62 - 34) 1/25 IN HB 1001 Prohibits Employers from Requiring Employees to Join a Labor Organization Bill Passed - House (54 - 44) 1/23 IN SB 170 Nepotism and Conflicts of Interest in Local Government Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 11) 1/23 IN SB 269 Prohibits Employers from Requiring Employees to Join or Pay Unions Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22) 1/09 NJ S 3172 Authorizes Direct Shipping By Local and Out-of-State Wineries Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 9) 1/09 NJ S 3172 Authorizes Direct Shipping By Local and Out-of-State Wineries Bill Passed - House (51 - 18)

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