Key Votes

2012 All Crime Key Votes

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11/28 NA S Amdt 2955 Expands the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program Amendment Adopted - Senate (85 - 11) 10/25 NJ S 1650 Increases Requirements for Emergency Medical Service Workers Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 16) 10/17 PA SB 850 Repeals Mandatory Life Sentences for Certain Juvenile Offenders Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 12) 8/27 CA AB 2327 Increases Penalties for the Misuse of Funds by Charitable Organizations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 18) 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) 8/22 CA AB 2327 Increases Penalties for the Misuse of Funds by Charitable Organizations Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12) 8/21 CA HB 2676 Increases Penalties For Agriculture Health And Safety Violations Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12) 8/20 NJ A 578 Authorizes Temporary Immunity for Witnesses and Victims of a Drug Overdose Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10) 7/19 MA H 3818 Requires Habitual Violent Offenders to Serve Their Full Sentence Conference Report Adopted - Senate (31 - 7) 7/18 MA H 3818 Requires Habitual Violent Offenders to Serve Their Full Sentence Conference Report Adopted - House (139 - 14) 6/14 CA AB 2127 Authorizes Work Release for Certain Offenders Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14) 5/31 IL HB 1907 Illinois Street Gang and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (93 - 18) 5/31 IL SB 1064 Prohibits Private Security Services in Detention Centers Bill Failed - House (57 - 58) 5/31 IL SB 2621 Amends the Department of Corrections' Early Release Program Bill Passed - House (68 - 50) 5/31 CA AB 1436 Authorizes Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (47 - 26) 5/29 CA AB 1447 Requires Buy-Here-Pay-Here Car Sellers to Provide a Limited Warranty Bill Passed - House (49 - 25) 5/22 IL SB 1808 Authorizes Individuals to Record Law Enforcement Officers Bill Passed - House (71 - 45) 5/22 LA HB 543 Parole Eligibility for Nonviolent Offenders Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12) 5/16 NA HR 4970 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (222 - 205) 5/03 CA AB 1527 Prohibits Open Carry of Certain Unloaded Firearms Bill Passed - House (44 - 29) 4/26 NA S 1925 Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act Bill Passed - Senate (68 - 31) 4/19 MO HB 1860 Prohibits Undisclosed Recording of Livestock Bill Passed - House (108 - 32) 4/19 CT SB 245 Authorizes People to Record Police Officers Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11) 4/18 TN HB 3517 Expands Definition of Offense Against Fetuses Bill Passed - House (80 - 18) 4/12 AZ HB 2729 Authorizes Guns in Certain Public Buildings Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11) 4/12 CA AB 2127 Authorizes Work Release for Certain Offenders Bill Passed - House (48 - 24) 4/10 MS SB 2771 Expands Penalties for Child Homicide Bill Passed - House (83 - 34) 4/09 AZ HB 2199 Authorizes Confidential Environmental Audits by Businesses Concurrence Vote Passed - House (39 - 15) 4/09 AZ HB 2434 Requires Federal Agents to Notify Local Law Enforcement Prior to Taking Action Concurrence Vote Passed - House (38 - 17) 4/04 AZ HB 2434 Requires Federal Agents to Notify Local Law Enforcement Prior to Taking Action Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 8) 4/03 AZ HB 2199 Authorizes Confidential Environmental Audits by Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 9) 4/03 AL SB 63 Authorizes Private Work-Oriented Rehbilitation Programs for Inmates Bill Passed - House (73 - 22) 4/03 AL SB 396 Compensation to Bridget Lee for Wrongful Incarceration Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13) 4/03 IA HF 2450 Prohibits the Use of Traffic Cameras Bill Passed - House (58 - 42) 3/29 GA HB 1114 Prohibits Assisted Suicide Concurrence Vote Passed - House (115 - 53) 3/29 IL HB 4083 Internet Dating Site Requirements Bill Passed - House (83 - 26) 3/22 ID S 1295 Requires Massage Therapists to be Licensed Bill Passed - House (39 - 29) 3/21 IL HB 3944 Authorizing the Recording of Police Bill Failed - House (45 - 59) 3/19 CO HB 1130 Penalties for Violent Offenses Against Fetuses Bill Passed - House (33 - 32) 3/15 MD HB 650 Reduces Prison Sentences for Inmates Seeking Education Bill Passed - House (81 - 54) 3/15 ID S 1358 Amends Bullying Laws Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8) 3/14 NY S 6733 Expands DNA Database to Include Misdemeanors Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0) 3/14 MS HB 488 Immigration Enforcement Bill Passed - House (70 - 47) 3/13 MI HB 4799 Prohibits Coercing a Woman into Having an Abortion Bill Passed - House (72 - 37) 3/09 FL HB 5001 2012-2013 Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (32 - 8) 3/09 FL HB 5001 2012-2013 Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (80 - 37) 3/08 NH HB 1654 Reduces Sentences of Prisoners Pursuing Degrees Bill Failed - House (152 - 171) 3/07 GA SB 469 Prohibits Picketing in Certain Circumstances Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 18) 3/07 GA HB 1114 Prohibits Assisted Suicide Bill Passed - House (124 - 45) 3/06 AZ HB 2729 Authorizes Guns in Certain Public Buildings Bill Passed - House (37 - 21) 3/05 IA SF 2304 Requires DNA Samples from all Individuals Convicted of Certain Misdemeanors Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16) 3/05 GA HB 717 Penalties for Owners of Dogs Involved in a Second Assault Bill Failed - House (82 - 73) 3/01 SD SB 141 Amends the Definition of Domestic Abuse Motion Agreed - House (39 - 25) 3/01 IN SB 1 Authorizes the Use of Force Against Law Enforcement Officers in Certain Situations Bill Passed - House (74 - 24) 2/29 MN HF 1467 Expands the Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense Concurrence Vote Passed - House (85 - 47) 2/29 IA HF 2215 Authorizes the Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense Bill Passed - House (60 - 38) 2/28 IA HF 589 Prohibits Obtaining Employment at Agriculture Facilities Under False Pretenses Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 28) 2/28 SD SB 141 Amends the Definition of Domestic Abuse Bill Passed - House (46 - 22) 2/28 IA HF 589 Prohibits Obtaining Employment at Agriculture Facilities Under False Pretenses Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 10) 2/28 SD H Amdt 141 Defining Domestic Abuse as Abuse Witihin an Opposite-Sex Relationship Amendment Adopted - House (35 - 33) 2/23 FL HB 5001 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 6) 2/23 MN HF 1467 Expands the Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 23) 2/23 CO SB 147 Prohibits False Information Regarding Election Procedures and Voter Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16) 2/20 VA HB 48 Authorizing Physical Force Against Intruders Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 16) 2/16 KY HB 70 Authorizes People Convicted of Certain Felonies to Vote Bill Passed - House (78 - 18) 2/14 VA HB 1060 Requires Law Enforcement to Ask About Immigration Status During an Arrest Bill Passed - House (75 - 25) 2/14 FL SB 2038 Private Correctional Facilities Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 21) 2/13 CO HB 1088 Authorizes the Use of Deadly Force Against Intruders in a Place of Business Bill Passed - House (35 - 26) 2/09 NA S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials Bill Passed - House (417 - 2) 2/09 VA HB 14 Provides Civil Immunity for the Use of Force Against Intruders Bill Passed - House (75 - 22) 2/09 FL HB 5001 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - House (79 - 38) 2/09 VA HB 48 Authorizing Physical Force Against Intruders Bill Passed - House (70 - 28) 2/07 UT SB 128 Prohibits Minors from Using Cell Phones while Driving Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 9) 2/02 NA S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 3) 1/31 NY S 5560-A Requires DNA Testing of All Persons Convicted of Certain Crimes Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 10)

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.