Key Votes

2012 All Unemployed and Low-Income Key Votes

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3/29 GA HB 347 Reduces Unemployment Benefits Conference Report Adopted - House (98 - 60) 2/17 NA HR 3630 Extends Payroll Tax Cut Conference Report Adopted - House (293 - 132) 2/17 NA HR 3630 Extends Payroll Tax Cut Conference Report Adopted - Senate (60 - 36) 3/29 GA HB 347 Reduces Unemployment Benefits Conference Report Adopted - Senate (37 - 17) 6/06 PA SB 1310 Authorizes Repayment of Unemployment Debt to the Federal Government Concurrence Vote Passed - House (129 - 67) 2/29 SD HB 1206 Repeals the South Dakota Sales Tax on Food Refund Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 6) 6/30 PA HB 1261 Repeals the General Assistance Cash Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (102 - 91) 6/15 CA AB 1464 2012-2013 Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (50 - 28) 6/12 RI S 2052 Homeless Bill of Rights Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 2) 3/29 GA HB 861 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Concurrence Vote Passed - House (110 - 56) 6/05 PA SB 1310 Authorizes Repayment of Unemployment Debt to the Federal Government Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 19) 8/31 CA SB 1234 Establishes Retirement Program for Private Sector Employees Bill Passed - House (48 - 29) 12/03 NJ S 2157 Establishes Residential Foreclosure Bill Passed - House (43 - 32) 2/27 SD HB 1206 Repeals the South Dakota Sales Tax on Food Refund Program Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9) 6/15 CA AB 1464 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 16) 3/27 GA HB 861 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 15) 6/12 RI S 2052 Homeless Bill of Rights Bill Passed - House (59 - 6) 6/29 PA HB 1261 Repeals the General Assistance Cash Program Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18) 3/28 AZ HB 2519 Expands the Requirements for Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11) 6/28 NJ S 1566 Authorizes the Conversion of Foreclosed Homes into Affordable Housing Bill Passed - House (44 - 33) 10/25 NJ S 2157 Establishes Residential Foreclosure Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17) 10/25 NJ S 2202 Requires the HMFA to Expand Participation in the New Jersey HomeKeeper Program Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 9) 6/13 NA S Amdt 2392 Reduces Funding for Food Stamps Amendment Tabled - Senate (65 - 33) 4/25 MA H Amdt 804.1 Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards Amendment Adopted - House (123 - 33) 4/09 AK SB 203 Establishes an Energy Assistance Program Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 4) 4/10 AL HB 433 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - House (56 - 47) 4/11 NE LB 599 Prenatal Care for Children of Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 15) 4/25 TN SB 2580 Requires Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9) 5/01 CT SB 79 Prohibits Discrimination Against Unemployed Job Applicants Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 5) 5/15 LA HB 380 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (65 - 26) 3/07 GA HB 861 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (114 - 59) 3/05 AZ SB 1495 Requires Drug Test for Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 10) 6/07 MI HB 5223 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (71 - 37) 3/01 AZ HB 2519 Expands the Requirements for Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - House (39 - 17) 3/12 AZ SB 1388 Job Training for Unemployed Individuals Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 9) 3/07 GA SB 312 Require Development Activities for Certain Public Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 14) 1/31 IN HB 1007 Requires Drug Testing for TANF Applicants Bill Passed - House (73 - 23) 3/28 NH HB 1658 Establishes a Verification System to Detect Welfare Fraud Bill Passed - House (245 - 84) 3/07 GA SB 292 Requires Drug Tests for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 18) 3/01 UT HB 155 Requires Drug Testing of Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (62 - 10) 2/27 WY HB 82 Requires Drug Testing of Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (37 - 23) 6/25 NJ S 1566 Authorizes the Conversion of Foreclosed Homes into Affordable Housing Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18) 2/14 VA SB 6 Requires Drug Tests for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20) 2/24 GA SB 447 Reduces Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 13) 2/23 KS HB 2638 Reduces Unemployment Benefits and Unemployment Insurance Contributions Bill Passed - House (85 - 39) 7/26 NA HR 4078 Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act Bill Passed - House (245 - 172) 2/21 MI HB 5033 Requires Asset Tests to Determine Eligibility for State Assistance Programs Bill Passed - House (67 - 39) 9/20 NA H J Res 118 Congressional Disapproval of Department of Health and Human Services Rule to Waive Certain Requirements for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF) Joint Resolution Passed - House (250 - 164) 3/05 WY HB 82 Requires Drug Testing of Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Failed - Senate (13 - 17) 6/19 NA S Amdt 2172 Rescinds Bonuses to States for Administering Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Amendment Rejected - Senate (41 - 58) 6/19 NA S Amdt 2174 Limits Eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 56)

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
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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.