Key Votes

2012 All Technology and Communication Key Votes

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12/28 NA HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 23) 12/17 NJ S 581 Establishes Tax Credits for Investors in Small Business Technology Bill Passed - House (47 - 30) 12/17 NJ A 2578 Authorizes Internet Gaming at Atlantic City Casinos Bill Passed - House (48 - 25) 12/14 MI SB 756 Prohibits Teens from Using Cell Phones While Driving Bill Passed - House (74 - 33) 12/05 OH HB 605 Prohibits Gambling In Internet Cafes Bill Passed - House (63 - 30) 11/30 NA HR 6429 STEM Jobs Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (245 - 139) 11/14 NA S 3414 Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 47) 10/18 NJ A 2870 Establishes Online Vote Registration Bill Passed - House (46 - 30) 10/17 PA HB 815 Reduces the Offense of "Sexting" for Minors Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 12) 9/20 NA HR 6429 STEM Jobs Act of 2012 Bill Failed - House (257 - 158) 9/12 NA HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (301 - 118) 8/02 NA S 3414 Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 46) 6/30 PA HB 254 Expands Use of Red-Light Cameras Concurrence Vote Passed - House (113 - 72) 6/29 PA HB 254 Expands Use of Red-Light Cameras Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 15) 6/27 DE HB 333 Authorizes Online Gambling Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 6) 6/25 NJ A 763 Increases Fees to Fund the E-Court Information System Concurrence Vote Passed - House (48 - 30) 6/25 NJ A 763 Increases Fees to Fund the E-Court Information System Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11) 6/21 NA S Amdt 2372 Prohibits the EPA from Conducting Aerial Surveillance of Agricultural Operations Amendment Rejected - Senate (56 - 43) 6/19 NY A 1157B Requires Firearms to Have Microstamping Technology Bill Passed - House (85 - 60) 6/13 PA HB 2400 Expands Wiretapping Authority Bill Passed - House (145 - 52) 6/12 DE HB 333 Authorizes Online Gambling Bill Passed - House (29 - 8) 6/06 NH HB 145 Authorizes Individuals to Record Law Enforcement Officers Conference Report Adopted - Senate (17 - 6) 5/31 IL HB 5440 Establishes a 5 Percent Fee on Satellite TV Companies Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 27) 5/24 NJ A 1238 Requires Copy Machine Hard Drives to be Erased Before Being Exchanged Bill Passed - House (51 - 28) 5/22 IL SB 1808 Authorizes Individuals to Record Law Enforcement Officers Bill Passed - House (71 - 45) 5/15 OH HB 99 Prohibits Texting While Driving Concurrence Vote Passed - House (84 - 12) 5/08 IA SF 2344 Reduces Certain Business Property Taxes Bill Failed - Senate (24 - 23) 5/03 OH HB 99 Prohibits Texting While Driving Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8) 5/02 MI SB 619 Cyber Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 14) 5/02 LA HB 695 Prohibits the Use of Phones While Driving Bill Passed - House (68 - 29) 5/01 MI SB 619 Cyber Schools Bill Passed - House (57 - 52) 4/26 NA HR 3523 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act Bill Passed - House (248 - 168) 4/19 MO HB 1860 Prohibits Undisclosed Recording of Livestock Bill Passed - House (108 - 32) 4/10 AK HB 255 Prohibits Texting While Driving Bill Passed - House (34 - 5) 4/06 MD SB 433 Prohibits Employers from Asking for Private Passwords Bill Passed - House (128 - 10) 4/03 AZ HB 2348 Prohibits Cell Phone Use by Teens While Driving Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 11) 3/29 IL HB 4083 Internet Dating Site Requirements Bill Passed - House (83 - 26) 3/29 IL HB 3782 Prohibits Employers from Asking for Internet Login Information Bill Passed - House (78 - 30) 3/23 ID S 1274 Prohibits Texting While Driving Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 5) 3/21 AZ HB 2757 Authorizes Electronic Billboards Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 8) 3/21 IL HB 3944 Authorizing the Recording of Police Bill Failed - House (45 - 59) 3/20 ID S 1274 Prohibits Texting While Driving Bill Passed - House (53 - 17) 3/19 SD SB 157 Prohibits Cities From Limiting Outdoor Digital Billboards Veto Override Failed - House (43 - 24) 3/19 SD SB 157 Prohibits Cities From Limiting Outdoor Digital Billboards Veto Override Passed - Senate (26 - 7) 3/15 ID S 1358 Amends Bullying Laws Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8) 3/15 MI SB 756 Prohibits Teens from Using Cell Phones While Driving Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10) 3/14 NY S 6733 Expands DNA Database to Include Misdemeanors Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0) 3/13 IA SF 2275 Authorizes Internet Gambling Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20) 3/13 IA HF 2385 Authorizes Professionals to Teach Certain High School Courses Bill Passed - House (61 - 36) 3/13 IA HF 2380 Amends Education Provisions Bill Passed - House (53 - 46) 3/09 IL HB 5099 Prohibits the Use of Cell Phones Near Emergency Scenes Bill Passed - House (62 - 38) 3/08 AZ SB 1338 Requires Online Retailers to Pay Sales Taxes Bill Failed - Senate (8 - 20) 3/07 UT HB 187 Prohibits Recording of Agricultural Operations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 13) 3/07 UT HB 187 Prohibits Recording of Agricultural Operations Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 5) 2/29 AZ HB 2757 Authorizes Electronic Billboards Bill Passed - House (34 - 20) 2/21 ID S 1274 Prohibits Texting While Driving Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 6) 2/15 AK HB 311 Amends Requirements for Electronic Campaign Finance Disclosure Conference Report Adopted - House (26 - 5) 2/15 AK HB 311 Amends Requirements for Electronic Campaign Finance Disclosure Conference Report Adopted - Senate (14 - 2) 2/15 UT SB 112 Cable TV Tax Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 8) 2/07 UT SB 112 Cable TV Tax Amendments Bill Failed - Senate (12 - 16) 1/31 NY S 5560-A Requires DNA Testing of All Persons Convicted of Certain Crimes Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 10)

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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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.