Key Votes

2012 All Drugs Key Votes

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10/17 PA SB 941 Increases Penalties for Public Intoxication Bill Passed - House (104 - 87) 8/27 CA AB 472 Authorizes Immunity for Reporting Drug Overdoses Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 24) 8/22 CA AB 472 Authorizes Immunity for Reporting Drug Overdoses Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16) 8/20 NJ A 578 Authorizes Temporary Immunity for Witnesses and Victims of a Drug Overdose Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10) 6/21 NJ S 2001 Expands Syringe Exchange Program Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12) 6/07 MI HB 5223 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (71 - 37) 5/31 IL SB 2621 Amends the Department of Corrections' Early Release Program Bill Passed - House (68 - 50) 5/31 CA SB 1506 Reduces Charges for Possession of Controlled Substances Bill Failed - Senate (11 - 24) 5/15 LA HB 380 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (65 - 26) 5/09 RI S 2555 A Authorizes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 3) 5/02 CO SB 117 Establishes Limits for Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17) 4/25 MA H Amdt 804.1 Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards Amendment Adopted - House (123 - 33) 4/25 TN SB 2580 Requires Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9) 4/20 KY HB 1 Requires Use of Prescription Monitoring System by Physicians Concurrence Vote Passed - House (68 - 19) 4/20 KY HB 1 Requires Use of Prescription Monitoring System by Physicians Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 12) 3/30 KY SB 3 Limits Over-the-Counter Purchases of Cold Medicine Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 8) 3/29 GA HB 861 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Concurrence Vote Passed - House (110 - 56) 3/28 KY SB 3 Limits Over-the-Counter Purchases of Cold Medicine Bill Passed - House (60 - 36) 3/27 GA HB 861 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 15) 3/09 FL HB 1205 Authorizes Random Drug Tests of State Employees Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 14) 3/07 GA HB 861 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (114 - 59) 3/07 GA SB 292 Requires Drug Tests for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 18) 3/05 WY HB 82 Requires Drug Testing of Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Failed - Senate (13 - 17) 3/05 AZ SB 1495 Requires Drug Test for Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 10) 3/05 GA HB 972 Regulation of Pain Management Clinics Bill Passed - House (124 - 38) 3/02 FL HB 1205 Authorizes Random Drug Tests of State Employees Bill Passed - House (79 - 37) 3/01 UT HB 155 Requires Drug Testing of Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (62 - 10) 2/27 WY HB 82 Requires Drug Testing of Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (37 - 23) 2/14 VA SB 6 Requires Drug Tests for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20) 2/14 CO SB 20 Authorizes Legal Immunity to Drug Overdose Reporters Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 10) 1/31 IN HB 1007 Requires Drug Testing for TANF Applicants Bill Passed - House (73 - 23) 1/27 IN H Amdt 3 Drug and Alcohol Testing for Legislators Amendment Adopted - House (55 - 40) 1/09 NJ S 958 Authorizes the Limited Sale of Syringes and Needles Without a Prescription Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 17) 1/09 NJ S 958 Authorizes the Limited Sale of Syringes and Needles Without a Prescription Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 9)

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.