Key Votes

2012 All Marriage, Family, and Children Key Votes

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8/29 CA SB 1476 Authorizes Courts to Designate More than 2 Individuals as Parents of a Child Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 13) 8/27 CA AB 2109 Requires Parents to Obtain a Waiver for Unvaccinated Children Concurrence Vote Passed - House (51 - 29) 8/27 CA SB 1476 Authorizes Courts to Designate More than 2 Individuals as Parents of a Child Bill Passed - House (52 - 27) 8/22 CA AB 2109 Requires Parents to Obtain a Waiver for Unvaccinated Children Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14) 6/21 NJ S 1599 Amends Surrogacy Laws Bill Passed - House (41 - 33) 5/31 NJ S 1599 Amends Surrogacy Laws Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 11) 5/31 CA SB 1140 Exempts Religious Institutions from Performing Same-Sex Marriages Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11) 5/30 CA SB 1476 Authorizes Courts to Designate More than 2 Individuals as Parents of a Child Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 13) 5/30 MA H 3986 Authorizes Child Care Workers to Form Labor Organizations Bill Passed - House (117 - 32) 5/24 IL SB 2840 Limits Medicaid Funding Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (44 - 13) 5/24 IL SB 2840 Limits Medicaid Funding Bill Passed - House (94 - 22) 5/15 LA HB 380 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (65 - 26) 5/03 CT HB 5312 Authorizes Day Care and Personal Care Workers to Join Unions Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14) 4/27 TN SB 3310 Requires Abstinence-Centered Sex Education in Schools Bill Passed - House (68 - 23) 4/26 CO SB 2 Authorizes Civil Unions Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12) 4/20 CT HB 5312 Authorizes Day Care and Personal Care Workers to Join Unions Bill Passed - House (84 - 57) 4/11 NE LB 599 Prenatal Care for Children of Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 15) 3/29 GA HB 861 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Concurrence Vote Passed - House (110 - 56) 3/29 IL HB 5531 Limits Tuition Waivers for State University Employees Bill Failed - House (26 - 75) 3/29 SC H 4894 Authorizes Income Tax Credit for Tuition Payments Bill Passed - House (62 - 38) 3/27 GA HB 861 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 15) 3/20 ID H 486 Prohibits Minors from Using Tanning Beds Bill Passed - House (39 - 30) 3/13 WI SB 237 Amending Sexual Education Guidelines Bill Passed - House (60 - 34) 3/09 FL SB 1718 Authorizes Parent Involvement in School Turnaround Decisions Bill Failed - Senate (20 - 20) 3/08 AZ SB 1462 Expands Penalties for Bullying Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 12) 3/07 GA SB 292 Requires Drug Tests for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 18) 3/01 SD SB 141 Amends the Definition of Domestic Abuse Motion Agreed - House (39 - 25) 2/28 SD SB 141 Amends the Definition of Domestic Abuse Bill Passed - House (46 - 22) 2/28 SD H Amdt 141 Defining Domestic Abuse as Abuse Witihin an Opposite-Sex Relationship Amendment Adopted - House (35 - 33) 2/28 UT HB 316 Extends Waiting Period for Divorce Bill Passed - House (43 - 26) 2/27 AZ SB 1204 Authorizes Parents to Vote to Close Schools Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14) 2/24 UT HB 198 Prohibits Regulation of Family Food Bill Passed - House (53 - 16) 2/23 FL HB 549 Amends Alimony Provisions Bill Passed - House (83 - 30) 2/22 VA SB 349 Authorizing Private Adoption Agencies to Refuse Certain Placements Bill Passed - House (71 - 28) 2/22 UT SB 41 Authorizes Regulations of Tanning Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 9) 2/21 VA HB 189 Authorizes Adoption Agencies to Refuse Adoptions for Religious Reasons Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18) 2/09 VA SB 349 Authorizing Private Adoption Agencies to Refuse Certain Placements Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18) 2/07 UT SB 128 Prohibits Minors from Using Cell Phones while Driving Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 9) 2/03 VA HB 189 Authorizes Adoption Agencies to Refuse Adoptions for Religious Reasons Bill Passed - House (71 - 28)

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.