Key Votes

2012 All Legislative Branch Key Votes

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12/20 NA HR 6684 Spending Reduction Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (215 - 209) 12/03 NJ A 2166 Requires Legislative Approval of Port Authority Minutes Bill Passed - House (44 - 31) 9/22 NA H J Res 117 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (62 - 30) 9/14 NA HR 6213 No More Solyndras Act Bill Passed - House (245 - 161) 7/31 NA S 679 Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011 Bill Passed - House (261 - 116) 7/31 NA HR 828 Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (263 - 114) 6/06 NH CACR 12 Legislative Authority of Education Requirements Conference Report Rejected - House (224 - 144) 6/06 NH CACR 6 Requires a Supermajority for Budget Increases Conference Report Rejected - House (220 - 132) 6/06 NH CACR 12 Legislative Authority of Education Requirements Conference Report Adopted - Senate (17 - 6) 6/06 NH CACR 6 Requires a Supermajority for Budget Increases Conference Report Adopted - Senate (14 - 9) 5/24 AL HB 19 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12) 5/24 AL SB 25 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - House (65 - 36) 5/22 AL SB 25 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12) 5/21 AL HB 19 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - House (66 - 35) 5/17 DE SB 185 Requires Lobbyists to Report Their Activities in the Legislature Bill Passed - House (26 - 12) 5/16 NH CACR 26 Authorizes the Legislature to Amend Supreme Court Rules Resolution Passed - Senate (19 - 5) 5/10 KS SB 102 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - House (67 - 50) 5/03 MS JR 201 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - House (70 - 50) 5/02 MS JR 1 State House Redistricting Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (38 - 14) 5/02 MS JR 201 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 5) 4/26 MS JR 1 State House Redistricting Joint Resolution Passed - House (70 - 50) 4/11 NH SB 202 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (239 - 95) 4/04 PA HB 153 Reduces the Number of Members in the General Assembly Bill Passed - House (140 - 49) 3/28 NH HB 592 State House Redistricting Veto Override Passed - Senate (17 - 7) 3/28 NH HB 592 State House Redistricting Veto Override Passed - House (246 - 112) 3/28 ID H 695 Establishes a Legislative Legal Defense Fund Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11) 3/27 FL SJR 2B State Senate Redistricting Joint Resolution Passed - House (61 - 47) 3/26 ID H 695 Establishes a Legislative Legal Defense Fund Bill Passed - House (53 - 16) 3/22 ID HJR 1 Requires a 2/3 Vote for Tax Increases Motion Rejected - House (37 - 33) 3/22 FL SJR 2B State Senate Redistricting Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (31 - 6) 3/15 KY SB 18 Amends Redistricting Requirements Amendment Adopted - Senate (27 - 11) 3/14 NY A 9525 State Legislative Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0) 3/14 NY A 9525 State Legislative Redistricting Bill Passed - House (98 - 44) 3/06 VA HB 1228 Increases Salary for State Legislators Bill Failed - Senate (9 - 31) 2/29 CO HB 1301 Authorizes Legislative Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13) 2/28 CO HB 1115 Authorizes Businesses to Comment on Fiscal Impact of Proposed Legislation Bill Passed - House (41 - 22) 2/17 WY HB 32 State House and Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - House (49 - 9) 2/15 NH CACR 6 Requires a Supermajority for Budget Increases Resolution Passed - Senate (17 - 7) 2/15 CO HB 1301 Authorizes Legislative Appropriations Bill Passed - House (34 - 28) 2/15 NH HB 1666 Limits State Contribution to Public Employee Benefits Bill Passed - House (232 - 119) 2/09 NA S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials Bill Passed - House (417 - 2) 2/09 KS HB 2606 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - House (109 - 14) 2/09 NM HB 42 Increasing Contribution to Legislative Pension Plan Bill Passed - House (56 - 10) 2/08 NA HR 3521 Authorizes the President to Line-Item Veto Certain Legislation Bill Passed - House (254 - 173) 2/03 FL SB 1174 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (80 - 37) 2/03 GA HB 829 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - House (101 - 53) 2/02 NA S Amdt 1472 Prohibits Consideration of Bills Containing Earmarks Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 59) 2/02 NA S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 3) 2/01 WA EHCR 4409 Congressional and State Legislative Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 4) 2/01 NA HR 3835 Extends Pay Freeze for Congress and Non-Military Federal Workers Bill Passed - House (309 - 117) 2/01 RI S 2178 State Senate, State House, and Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (56 - 12) 2/01 RI S 2178 State Senate, State House, and Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 2) 1/31 IN HB 1007 Requires Drug Testing for TANF Applicants Bill Passed - House (73 - 23) 1/27 UT HB 286 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 0) 1/27 UT SB 125 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - House (69 - 0) 1/27 IN H Amdt 3 Drug and Alcohol Testing for Legislators Amendment Adopted - House (55 - 40) 1/26 NA H J Res 98 Disapproval of President's Authority to Raise the Debt Limit Motion Rejected - Senate (44 - 54) 1/20 VA HB 251 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 19) 1/19 TN SB 1514 State Senate Redistricting Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 10) 1/19 KY HB 1 State Senate, House, and Judicial Redistricting Concurrence Vote Passed - House (58 - 39) 1/18 TN SB 1514 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - House (75 - 19) 1/18 KY HB 1 State Senate, House, and Judicial Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14) 1/18 NH CACR 13 Prohibits New Personal Income Taxes Resolution Passed - House (257 - 101) 1/18 NA H J Res 98 Disapproval of President's Authority to Raise the Debt Limit Joint Resolution Passed - House (239 - 176) 1/13 TN HB 1555 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10) 1/13 TN HB 1558 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9) 1/13 VA HB 251 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (74 - 21) 1/12 TN HB 1558 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (68 - 25) 1/12 TN HB 1555 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - House (67 - 25)

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.