Key Votes

2012 All Government Operations Key Votes

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10/04 NJ S 1761 Requires more Transparancy and Accountability from Port Authority Veto Override Failed - Senate (22 - 15) 5/31 IL HB 1447 Pension Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 24) 5/10 IL SB 1313 Limits Health Care Coverage for Retired State Employees Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 20) 5/10 NA HR 5652 Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (218 - 199) 5/09 IL SB 1313 Limits Health Care Coverage for Retired State Employees Bill Passed - House (74 - 43) 3/09 FL HB 1205 Authorizes Random Drug Tests of State Employees Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 14) 3/08 WY SF 27 Public Meetings Conference Report Adopted - House (54 - 3) 3/08 WY SF 25 Amends Public Records Laws Conference Report Adopted - House (49 - 8) 3/08 WY SF 25 Amends Public Records Laws Conference Report Adopted - Senate (22 - 8) 3/07 GA SB 438 Prohibits State Employee Insurance Coverage of Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 18) 3/02 FL HB 1205 Authorizes Random Drug Tests of State Employees Bill Passed - House (79 - 37) 2/28 SD HB 1253 Prohibits State Enforcement of Religious Codes Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 4) 2/28 WY HB 85 Establishes a Task Force for Government Continuity Bill Failed - House (27 - 30) 2/16 UT HB 90 Prohibiting Government Meetings on Caucus Nights Bill Passed - House (38 - 34) 2/16 AZ SB 1484 Prohibits Certain Deductions from Public Employee Paychecks Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11) 2/14 SD HB 1253 Prohibits State Enforcement of Religious Codes Bill Passed - House (47 - 22) 2/04 NM HB 111 Increases Penalties for Public Officials who Commit Crimes Bill Passed - House (41 - 26) 2/01 NA HR 3835 Extends Pay Freeze for Congress and Non-Military Federal Workers Bill Passed - House (309 - 117) 1/23 IN SB 170 Nepotism and Conflicts of Interest in Local Government Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 11)

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

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