Key Votes

2012 All Environment Key Votes

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10/25 NJ S 1816 Authorizes Delaware Port Authority to Inspect Hazardous Materials Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 10) 10/18 NJ S 1816 Authorizes Delaware Port Authority to Inspect Hazardous Materials Bill Passed - House (53 - 23) 10/18 NJ A 2641 Stormwater Management Bill Passed - House (48 - 31) 9/21 NA HR 3409 Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (233 - 175) 8/30 CA AB 1478 Appropriates Funds for State Parks for 2 Years Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 20) 8/30 CA AB 1478 Appropriates Funds for State Parks for 2 Years Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12) 7/18 MI SB 1130 Amends Permit Requirements for Sand Dune Use Bill Passed - House (63 - 40) 7/18 MI SB 1130 Amends Permit Requirements for Sand Dune Use Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 13) 7/12 NA HR 4402 National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (256 - 160) 6/21 NA HR 4480 Domestic Energy and Jobs Act Bill Passed - House (248 - 163) 6/21 NJ A 575 Prohibits Treatment or Storage of Hydraulic Fracturing Waste in New Jersey Bill Passed - House (56 - 19) 6/12 NC HB 819 Requirements for Calculating Sea Level Rise Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 12) 6/06 NH HB 1490 Authorizes New Hamshire to Leave the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Conference Report Adopted - House (211 - 74) 6/06 NH HB 1490 Authorizes New Hamshire to Leave the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Conference Report Adopted - Senate (17 - 6) 5/31 IL SB 1566 Increases License Plate Fees Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate (33 - 21) 5/31 IL SB 3442 Requires Recycling of Plastic Bags Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 15) 5/31 IL SB 1566 Increases License Plate Fees Bill Passed - House (61 - 56) 5/30 IL SB 3442 Requires Recycling of Plastic Bags Bill Passed - House (72 - 44) 5/24 NJ S 1322 Requires Participation In the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Bill Passed - House (45 - 33) 5/24 NA S Amdt 2108 Prohibits FDA Approval of Genetically Engineered Fish Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 50) 5/24 NJ ACR 37 Overturns Department of Environmental Protection Waiver Rules Resolution Passed - House (47 - 31) 5/22 OH HB 473 Limits Water Withdrawal from the Great Lakes Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12) 5/04 VT H 464 Prohibits Hydraulic Fracturing Conference Report Adopted - House (103 - 36) 5/02 AZ HCR 2004 Establishes State Sovereignty Over Certain Natural Resources Concurrence Vote Passed - House (38 - 20) 4/30 AZ HCR 2004 Establishes State Sovereignty Over Certain Natural Resources Resolution Passed - Senate (16 - 14) 4/26 CA AB 2405 Authorizes Low-Emission Vehicles to Use HOV Lanes Bill Passed - House (49 - 25) 4/25 OH HB 473 Limits Water Withdrawal from the Great Lakes Bill Passed - House (59 - 38) 4/24 TN HJR 587 Opposes the United Nations Agenda 21 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (19 - 11) 4/11 NE LB 1161 Authorizes Land Study in Nebraska for Keystone XL Pipeline Route Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 5) 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) 3/28 AZ SB 1118 Appropriates Funds for Forest Restoration Bill Failed - House (18 - 40) 3/27 GA SB 362 Authorizes the Recovery and Sale of Deadhead Logs Bill Failed - House (67 - 93) 3/26 IL HB 5789 Establishes State Park Fees Bill Passed - House (81 - 29) 3/15 NJ S 1322 Requires Participation In the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 16) 3/15 TN HJR 587 Opposes the United Nations Agenda 21 Joint Resolution Passed - House (72 - 23) 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) 3/09 FL HB 1263 Health Inspection Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (86 - 29) 3/09 FL HB 1263 Health Inspection Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 9) 3/08 NA S Amdt 1537 Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline Project Amendment Rejected - Senate (56 - 42) 3/08 FL HB 4001 Repeals Provisions for Cap and Trade Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 5) 3/01 FL HB 4001 Repeals Provisions for Cap and Trade Regulations Bill Passed - House (82 - 34) 3/01 AZ SB 1507 Prohibits Implementation of the United Nations Rio Declaration Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 9) 2/29 NA HR 1837 Water Resources in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Bill Passed - House (246 - 175) 2/23 FL HB 5001 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 6) 2/17 GA SB 362 Authorizes the Recovery and Sale of Deadhead Logs Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 12) 2/15 WI SB 368 Amends Wetland Development Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 15) 2/09 FL HB 5001 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - House (79 - 38) 2/07 OR SB 1510 Establishes Marine Reserves Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 5)

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.