Key Votes

2012 All Judicial Branch Key Votes

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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) 5/02 MS HB 211 Authorizes Certian Officials to Hire Their Own Lawyers Conference Report Adopted - Senate (34 - 18) 5/01 MS HB 211 Authorizes Certian Officials to Hire Their Own Lawyers Conference Report Adopted - House (63 - 56) 4/26 TN SJR 710 Amends Judicial Appointment Process Joint Resolution Passed - House (70 - 27) 4/23 TN SJR 710 Amends Judicial Appointment Process Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (22 - 9) 3/28 ID H 660 Amends the Judicial Retirement Fund Bill Passed - House (46 - 22) 3/21 IL HB 3944 Authorizing the Recording of Police Bill Failed - House (45 - 59) 3/15 ID S 1358 Amends Bullying Laws Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8) 3/15 KY SB 18 Amends Redistricting Requirements Amendment Adopted - Senate (27 - 11) 3/07 FL HB 971 Amends Process of Judiciary Appointment Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 14) 3/01 FL HB 1209 Prohibits Courts from Basing Decisions on Foreign Laws Bill Passed - House (92 - 24) 2/24 FL HB 971 Amends Process of Judiciary Appointment Bill Passed - House (77 - 35) 2/23 KS SB 83 Amends Judicial Appointment Process Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate (17 - 22) 2/15 MS HB 211 Amends the Rules Regarding Hiring Outside Counsel Bill Passed - House (59 - 56) 2/09 NA S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials Bill Passed - House (417 - 2) 2/02 NA S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 3)

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.