Key Votes

2012 All Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Key Votes

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12/28 NA HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 23) 12/04 NA Treaty Doc. 112-7 The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Treaty Ratification Failed - Senate (61 - 38) 11/29 NA S Amdt 3245 Prohibits the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Individuals Detained at Guantanamo Bay Amendment Adopted - Senate (54 - 41) 11/29 NA S Amdt 3018 Prohibits the Indefinite Detention of Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents Amendment Adopted - Senate (67 - 29) 9/12 NA HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (301 - 118) 8/27 CA AB 1436 Authorizes Same-Day Voter Registration Concurrence Vote Passed - House (50 - 29) 8/23 CA AB 1436 Authorizes Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13) 6/13 MI SB 754 Requires Photo Identification for Voter Registration Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 11) 6/13 MI SB 803 Requires Proof of Citizenship to Vote Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 11) 6/13 PA HB 2400 Expands Wiretapping Authority Bill Passed - House (145 - 52) 6/12 MI SB 803 Requires Proof of Citizenship to Vote Bill Passed - House (67 - 43) 6/12 MI SB 754 Requires Photo Identification for Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (66 - 43) 5/31 CA AB 1436 Authorizes Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (47 - 26) 5/29 LA SB 303 Limits Gun Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 4) 5/18 NA H Amdt 1127 Repeals Indefinite Military Detention Provisions Amendment Rejected - House (182 - 238) 5/05 CT HB 5024 Authorizes Election Day Registration Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16) 4/30 CT HB 5024 Authorizes Election Day Registration Bill Passed - House (83 - 59) 4/26 MS HB 921 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Concurrence Vote Passed - House (79 - 39) 4/24 AZ SB 1182 Prohibits Enforcement of Certain Provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 8) 4/19 AZ SB 1182 Prohibits Enforcement of Certain Provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act Bill Passed - House (34 - 22) 4/10 MS HB 921 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 14) 4/05 MN HF 2738 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Conference Report Adopted - Senate (35 - 29) 4/04 CT HJ 2 Authorizes Absentee Ballots for Any Reason Resolution Passed - House (97 - 50) 4/03 MN HF 2738 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Conference Report Adopted - House (72 - 57) 3/29 MI HB 5061 Requires Photo Identification for Absentee Ballots Bill Passed - House (65 - 45) 3/28 SC SB 1227 Prohibits Camping on State House Grounds Bill Passed - House (85 - 22) 3/21 NH SB 318 Requires In-State Residency to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 5) 3/21 IL HB 3944 Authorizing the Recording of Police Bill Failed - House (45 - 59) 3/20 CO HB 1111 Voter Identification Amendments Bill Passed - House (33 - 31) 3/20 MN HF 2738 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (72 - 62) 3/14 PA HB 934 Amends Voter Identification Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - House (104 - 88) 3/08 VA SB 1 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (66 - 31) 3/07 PA HB 934 Amends Voter Identification Laws Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23) 3/07 NH SB 289 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 5) 3/07 GA SB 469 Prohibits Picketing in Certain Circumstances Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 18) 3/01 FL HB 1209 Prohibits Courts from Basing Decisions on Foreign Laws Bill Passed - House (92 - 24) 2/27 TN HB 2638 Prohibits Camping in Non-Designated Areas of Public Property Concurrence Vote Passed - House (67 - 21) 2/27 VA HB 9 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20) 2/23 TN HB 2638 Prohibits Camping in Non-Designated Areas of Public Property Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 9) 2/23 CO SB 147 Prohibits False Information Regarding Election Procedures and Voter Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16) 2/21 WI SB 386 Removes Voter Registration at High Schools Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 16) 2/16 KY HB 70 Authorizes People Convicted of Certain Felonies to Vote Bill Passed - House (78 - 18) 2/16 TN HB 2638 Prohibits Camping in Non-Designated Areas of Public Property Bill Passed - House (70 - 26) 2/15 OK SB 1433 Defines life as beginning at conception Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 8) 2/14 KY SB 103 Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 4) 2/14 MI SB 751 Photo Identification Requirements for Absentee Voters Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 12) 2/14 MI SB 754 Requires Photo Identification for Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 12) 2/09 MO HB 1104 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (101 - 54) 2/06 VA SB 1 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20) 2/03 UT HB 253 Removal of Voters from Voter Registration List Bill Passed - House (46 - 27) 2/01 VA HB 9 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - House (69 - 30) 1/30 SD HCR 1004 Urging Academic Study of the Bible in Public Schools Resolution Passed - Senate (25 - 10) 1/25 SD HCR 1004 Urging Academic Study of the Bible in Public Schools Resolution Passed - House (55 - 13)

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