Key Votes

2012 All Employment and Affirmative Action Key Votes

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12/06 MI SB 116 Prohibits Employees from Being Required to Join a Labor Union Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 16) 12/03 NJ A 2162 Increases Minimum Wage Concurrence Vote Passed - House (44 - 31) 11/29 NJ A 2162 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 16) 11/29 NJ SCR 1 Increases Minimum Wage Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (23 - 16) 10/25 NJ S 1650 Increases Requirements for Emergency Medical Service Workers Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 16) 10/17 PA HB 2626 Authorizes Employers to Keep Income Taxes Paid by their Employees Concurrence Vote Passed - House (111 - 80) 10/17 PA HB 2626 Authorizes Employers to Keep Income Taxes Paid by their Employees Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16) 8/31 CA SB 1234 Establishes Retirement Program for Private Sector Employees Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 13) 8/31 CA AB 1313 Requires Overtime Wages for Agricultural Workers Concurrence Vote Failed - House (35 - 33) 8/30 CA AB 889 Establishes Work Condition Requirements for Domestic Work Employees Concurrence Vote Passed - House (45 - 30) 8/29 CA AB 2346 Authorizes Farm Workers to Sue Employers for Health or Safety Violations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (42 - 33) 8/29 CA AB 2132 Encourages State Universities to Include Public Service in Tenure Policy Concurrence Vote Passed - House (51 - 27) 8/29 CA AB 889 Establishes Work Condition Requirements for Domestic Work Employees Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13) 8/28 CA AB 2132 Encourages State Universities to Include Public Service in Tenure Policy Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 14) 8/27 CA AB 2346 Authorizes Farm Workers to Sue Employers for Health or Safety Violations Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12) 8/21 CA HB 2676 Increases Penalties For Agriculture Health And Safety Violations Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12) 8/20 CA AB 1313 Requires Overtime Wages for Agricultural Workers Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15) 7/31 MA S 2400 Establishes Accountable Care Organizations Conference Report Adopted - House (133 - 20) 7/19 NA S 3364 Bring Jobs Home Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 42) 6/14 CA AB 2127 Authorizes Work Release for Certain Offenders Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14) 6/11 RI S 2374 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (60 - 8) 6/07 RI S 2374 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11) 6/05 NA S 3220 Paycheck Fairness Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 47) 5/31 IL HB 1447 Pension Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 24) 5/30 LA HB 61 Amends State Workers Pensions Conference Report Adopted - House (68 - 36) 5/30 LA HB 61 Amends State Workers Pensions Conference Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 8) 5/30 CA SB 1234 Establishes Retirement Program for Private Sector Employees Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13) 5/24 NJ A 2162 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (46 - 33) 5/16 AL HB 658 Amends Immigration Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (67 - 37) 5/16 AL HB 658 Amends Immigration Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 7) 5/16 MD SB 1301 Amends Teacher Pension Funding Bill Passed - House (86 - 51) 5/15 NY A 9148 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (98 - 49) 5/15 MD SB 1301 Amends Teacher Pension Funding Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 13) 5/10 LA SB 740 Limits Cost of Living Adjustments for Pensions Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15) 5/03 KS HB 2333 Amends State Pension System Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 8) 5/03 KS King Amendment Amends the State Retirement System for New Public Employees Amendment Rejected - Senate (20 - 20) 5/01 CT SB 79 Prohibits Discrimination Against Unemployed Job Applicants Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 5) 4/30 MS SB 2576 Amends worker's compensation Conference Report Adopted - Senate (31 - 15) 4/30 MS SB 2576 Amends worker's compensation Conference Report Adopted - House (63 - 56) 4/26 CT HB 5291 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (88 - 62) 4/26 MO HB 1540 Prohibits Employees from Suing Co-Workers for Job Injuries Bill Passed - House (99 - 47) 4/25 OK HB 2155 Authorizes an Alternative Plan to the Worker's Compensation Program Concurrence Vote Failed - House (42 - 50) 4/25 NA S 1789 United States Postal Service Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 37) 4/19 AL HB 658 Amends Immigration Regulations Bill Passed - House (64 - 34) 4/18 OK HB 2155 Authorizes an Alternative Plan to the Worker's Compensation Program Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 17) 4/16 TN SB 3345 Limits the Number of Foreign Nationals that May Work in a Charter School Bill Passed - House (63 - 29) 4/14 ME LD 1913 Worker's Compensation Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13) 4/14 ME LD 1913 Worker's Compensation Amendments Bill Passed - House (71 - 69) 4/12 TN SB 3345 Limits the Number of Foreign Nationals that May Work in a Charter School Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13) 4/12 CA AB 2127 Authorizes Work Release for Certain Offenders Bill Passed - House (48 - 24) 4/06 MD SB 433 Prohibits Employers from Asking for Private Passwords Bill Passed - House (128 - 10) 4/05 LA HB 974 Amends Teacher Tenure Policy Concurrence Vote Passed - House (60 - 43) 4/04 LA HB 974 Amends Teacher Tenure Policy Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 16) 4/03 AL SB 63 Authorizes Private Work-Oriented Rehbilitation Programs for Inmates Bill Passed - House (73 - 22) 3/29 IL HB 3782 Prohibits Employers from Asking for Internet Login Information Bill Passed - House (78 - 30) 3/23 LA HB 974 Amends Teacher Tenure Policy Bill Passed - House (64 - 40) 3/22 ID S 1369 Penalties for Failure to Report Hiring or Rehiring of Employees Bill Passed - House (36 - 34) 3/14 NH HB 1677 Prohibits Requiring Public Employees to Join Labor Unions Bill Passed - House (198 - 139) 3/14 MS SB 2576 Amends Worker's Compensation Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 13) 3/13 IA HF 2385 Authorizes Professionals to Teach Certain High School Courses Bill Passed - House (61 - 36) 3/12 AZ SB 1388 Job Training for Unemployed Individuals Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 9) 3/09 FL HB 1205 Authorizes Random Drug Tests of State Employees Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 14) 3/08 MO HB 1219 Workplace Discrimination Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 8) 3/07 MO SB 572 Amends Worker's Compensation Bill Passed - House (87 - 68) 3/07 GA SB 469 Prohibits Picketing in Certain Circumstances Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 18) 3/07 GA SB 460 Exempts Religious Employers from Insurance Requirements for Coverage of Contraception Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 15) 3/06 AZ HCR 2056 Matches State Minimum Wage to Federal Minimum Resolution Passed - House (39 - 18) 3/02 FL HB 1205 Authorizes Random Drug Tests of State Employees Bill Passed - House (79 - 37) 2/29 SD HB 1234 Eliminates Teacher Tenure Concurrence Vote Passed - House (36 - 33) 2/29 WA SB 5895 Authorizes the Use of Student Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations Bill Passed - House (82 - 16) 2/29 FL HB 609 Prohibits Unpaid Wage Collection Ordinances Bill Passed - House (77 - 38) 2/28 AZ SB 1486 Prohibits Public Employers from Providing Compensation for Union Activities Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 11) 2/27 MN HF 1870 Authorizes School Districts to Dismiss Teachers Based on Performance Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 26) 2/27 SD HB 1234 Eliminates Teacher Tenure Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12) 2/27 OR SB 1548 Prohibits Employers from Limiting Job Vacancies to Employed Applicants Bill Passed - House (56 - 4) 2/23 KS HB 2638 Reduces Unemployment Benefits and Unemployment Insurance Contributions Bill Passed - House (85 - 39) 2/21 WI SB 202 Repeals Punitive Damages for Workplace Discrimination Bill Passed - House (60 - 35) 2/21 CO SB 3 Limits Employers' Use Of Credit Histories Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15) 2/16 MN HF 1870 Authorizes School Districts to Dismiss Teachers Based on Performance Bill Passed - House (68 - 61) 2/16 MO SB 572 Amends Worker's Compensation Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8) 2/16 AZ SB 1484 Prohibits Certain Deductions from Public Employee Paychecks Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11) 2/14 VA HB 1129 Reduces State Employee Retirement Benefits Bill Passed - House (74 - 26) 2/14 VA SB 438 Amends Teacher Contracts Bill Failed - Senate (18 - 20) 2/13 SD HB 1234 Eliminates Teacher Tenure Bill Passed - House (41 - 28) 2/13 VA HB 576 Amends Teacher Contract and Evaluation Policies Bill Passed - House (55 - 43) 2/09 MO HB 1219 Workplace Discrimination Amendments Bill Passed - House (89 - 68) 2/08 MO SB 592 Limits Punitive Damages for Workplace Discrimination Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8) 1/23 IN SB 170 Nepotism and Conflicts of Interest in Local Government Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 11) 1/23 IN SB 269 Prohibits Employers from Requiring Employees to Join or Pay Unions Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22) 1/05 NC SB 727 No Dues Checkoff for School Employees Veto Override Passed - House (69 - 45) 1/05 NH HB 383 Prohibits State Employees From Being Requied to Pay Association Fees Bill Passed - House (212 - 128)

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.