Key Votes

2012 All Federal, State and Local Relations Key Votes

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12/13 MI SB 865 Authorizes Local Officials to Solve Fiscal Crisis Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 15) 12/12 MI SB 865 Authorizes Local Officials to Solve Fiscal Crisis Bill Passed - House (64 - 45) 11/29 NJ S 2 Requires Certain Municipalities to Merge Public Services Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 9) 10/18 NJ AR 86 Opposes the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Citizens United Versus Federal Elections Commission Resolution Passed - House (49 - 23) 6/30 PA HB 254 Expands Use of Red-Light Cameras Concurrence Vote Passed - House (113 - 72) 6/30 PA SB 1263 Prohibits Gas Drilling in Certain Areas Bill Passed - House (123 - 74) 6/29 PA HB 254 Expands Use of Red-Light Cameras Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 15) 6/28 PA HB 1307 Authorizes State Control of Financially Distressed Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - House (106 - 95) 6/19 PA HB 1307 Authorizes State Control of Financially Distressed Schools Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 21) 6/19 NA HR 2578 Conservation and Economic Growth Act Bill Passed - House (232 - 188) 6/18 NC HB 7 Authorizes Community Colleges to Opt Out of Federal Loan Program Veto Override Passed - Senate (31 - 16) 6/14 NC HB 7 Authorizes Community Colleges to Opt Out of Federal Loan Program Veto Override Passed - House (71 - 46) 6/12 NC HB 819 Requirements for Calculating Sea Level Rise Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 12) 6/06 PA SB 1310 Authorizes Repayment of Unemployment Debt to the Federal Government Concurrence Vote Passed - House (129 - 67) 6/05 PA SB 1310 Authorizes Repayment of Unemployment Debt to the Federal Government Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 19) 5/31 IL SB 3442 Requires Recycling of Plastic Bags Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 15) 5/30 IL SB 3442 Requires Recycling of Plastic Bags Bill Passed - House (72 - 44) 5/09 IA SF 2315 Amends the Mental Health and Disability Services Program Conference Report Adopted - House (66 - 31) 5/02 AZ HCR 2004 Establishes State Sovereignty Over Certain Natural Resources Concurrence Vote Passed - House (38 - 20) 4/30 AZ HCR 2004 Establishes State Sovereignty Over Certain Natural Resources Resolution Passed - Senate (16 - 14) 4/27 CO SM 3 Urges Congress to Authorize Religious Exemptions to Providing Birth Control Bill Failed - Senate (15 - 20) 4/25 AZ SB 1332 Requires the Federal Government to Give Back Land to Arizona Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 9) 4/24 AZ SB 1182 Prohibits Enforcement of Certain Provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 8) 4/23 AZ SB 1332 Requires the Federal Government to Give Back Land to Arizona Bill Passed - House (35 - 15) 4/19 AZ SB 1182 Prohibits Enforcement of Certain Provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act Bill Passed - House (34 - 22) 4/19 MO HB 1534 Prohibits Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - House (108 - 44) 4/09 MD SB 236 Septic System Installation Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 15) 4/09 AZ HB 2434 Requires Federal Agents to Notify Local Law Enforcement Prior to Taking Action Concurrence Vote Passed - House (38 - 17) 4/06 MD SB 236 Septic System Installation Requirements Bill Passed - House (93 - 45) 4/04 AZ HB 2434 Requires Federal Agents to Notify Local Law Enforcement Prior to Taking Action Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 8) 3/28 NH HB 1560 Joining an Interstate Health Care Compact to Opt-Out of Federal Health Care Programs Bill Passed - House (221 - 131) 3/26 MN HF 545 Requires State Budget to Include Federal Insolvency Contingency Plan Concurrence Vote Passed - House (70 - 60) 3/23 ID H 619 Prohibits Speed Limit Regulation by Local Authorities Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 9) 3/23 ID SJM 104 Urging Congress to Repeal Insurance Coverage of Contraception Joint Resolution Passed - House (51 - 16) 3/22 CA AJR 22 Requests a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Joint Resolution Passed - House (48 - 22) 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) 3/19 MN HF 545 Requires State Budget to Include Federal Insolvency Contingency Plan Bill Passed - Senate (52 - 12) 3/15 ID H 619 Prohibits Speed Limit Regulation by Local Authorities Bill Passed - House (56 - 10) 3/15 NH HB 1405 Authorizes Moratoriums on Refugee Resettlements Bill Passed - House (190 - 109) 3/15 KY SB 18 Amends Redistricting Requirements Amendment Adopted - Senate (27 - 11) 3/08 UT SB 208 Interstate Health Care Compact Conference Report Adopted - Senate (17 - 7) 3/08 UT SB 208 Interstate Health Care Compact Conference Report Adopted - House (45 - 27) 3/08 NA S Amdt 1537 Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline Project Amendment Rejected - Senate (56 - 42) 3/07 UT HB 148 Authorizes the Transfer of Federal Lands to the State Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 14) 3/07 UT HB 148 Authorizes the Transfer of Federal Lands to the State Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 6) 3/06 AZ HCR 2056 Matches State Minimum Wage to Federal Minimum Resolution Passed - House (39 - 18) 3/05 AZ SCR 1008 Declaration of State of Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 8) 3/01 AZ SB 1083 Establishes the Arizona Special Missions Unit Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10) 3/01 AZ SB 1507 Prohibits Implementation of the United Nations Rio Declaration Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 9) 2/29 FL HB 609 Prohibits Unpaid Wage Collection Ordinances Bill Passed - House (77 - 38) 2/28 SD HB 1253 Prohibits State Enforcement of Religious Codes Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 4) 2/28 WY HJR 7 Requests the President to Repeal the Rule Requiring Coverage of Contraception Joint Resolution Passed - House (40 - 17) 2/28 WY HB 85 Establishes a Task Force for Government Continuity Bill Failed - House (27 - 30) 2/27 UT HB 511 Authorizing Eminent Domain over Federal Land Bill Passed - House (57 - 14) 2/24 UT HB 104 Prohibits Local Ordinances Against Idling Vehicles Bill Passed - House (42 - 28) 2/24 UT HB 198 Prohibits Regulation of Family Food Bill Passed - House (53 - 16) 2/24 GA SB 447 Reduces Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 13) 2/23 KS HCR 5007 Authorizes Kansas to Determine Its Health Care Policies Bill Failed - Senate (26 - 14) 2/23 ID HJM 10 Urges Congress to Pass Rights of Conscience Act Joint Resolution Passed - House (53 - 15) 2/22 NH HR 29 Urges Repeal of Rule Requiring Health Insurance Coverage of Contraceptives Resolution Passed - House (227 - 121) 2/21 UT HB 49 Authorizing the Concealed or Open Possession of Firearms Bill Passed - House (50 - 21) 2/21 WI SJR 21 Prohibits mandated health insurance Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (17 - 16) 2/14 SD HB 1253 Prohibits State Enforcement of Religious Codes Bill Passed - House (47 - 22) 2/09 AZ SB 1061 Authorizes Schools to Opt-Out of the National School Lunch Program Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10) 2/03 FL SB 1174 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (80 - 37) 1/31 IN HB 1269 Authorizes Indiana to Join the Interstate Health Care Compact Bill Passed - House (62 - 35) 1/19 CO HR 1003 Repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Resolution Passed - House (33 - 31) 1/18 NH HB 228 Prohibits the Use of Public Funds for Abortion Bill Passed - House (207 - 147) 1/05 NH HB 628 Recording and Tracking Complaints of Abuse by Transportation Security Agents Bill Passed - House (188 - 136)

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.