Key Votes

2013 All Business and Consumers Key Votes

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12/12 MI SB 660 Authorizes the Growth and Sale of Pharmaceutical-Grade Marijuana Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 18) 12/12 MI SB 660 Authorizes the Growth and Sale of Pharmaceutical-Grade Marijuana Bill Passed - House (87 - 22) 12/11 MI HB 4369 Expands the Education Achievement Authority Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 18) 12/11 MI Initiation of Legislation Requires Abortion Coverage to Be Optional In Health Care Plans Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 11) 12/11 MI Initiation of Legislation Requires Abortion Coverage to Be Optional In Health Care Plans Bill Passed - House (62 - 47) 12/05 NA H Amdt 524 Limits Covered Customers to Businesses With Less Than $25 Million in Revenue Amendment Rejected - House (144 - 266) 12/05 NA H Amdt 521 Authorizes Judicial Discretion in Awarding Legal Fees in Patent Lawsuits Amendment Rejected - House (199 - 213) 12/05 NA HR 3309 Innovation Act Bill Passed - House (325 - 91) 12/04 NA HR 1105 Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act Bill Passed - House (254 - 159) 11/19 MA Amdt 1 Increases the Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees Amendment Adopted - Senate (31 - 7) 11/19 MA S 1925 Increases the Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 7) 11/13 MI SB 660 Authorizes the Growth and Sale of Pharmaceutical-Grade Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 16) 11/07 NA S 815 Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 32) 11/07 NA S Amdt 2013 Exempts Religiously Affiliated Employers from the Prohibition on Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 55) 11/04 NA S 815 Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 Cloture Invoked - Senate (61 - 30) 10/30 NA HR 992 Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act Bill Passed - House (292 - 122) 10/29 NA HR 2374 Retail Investor Protection Act Bill Passed - House (254 - 166) 9/11 MO HB 253 Authorizes Income Tax Cuts Veto Override Failed - House (94 - 67) 7/25 NC HB 938 Amends Wetland Permit Laws Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 15) 7/25 NA HR 2218 Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (265 - 155) 7/18 NC SB 81 Establishes the Charlotte International Airport Authority Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 14) 7/16 NC SB 81 Establishes the Charlotte International Airport Authority Bill Passed - House (75 - 39) 6/27 NJ S 2723 Amends Firearms Identification Card Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 16) 6/24 NJ S 2723 Amends Firearm Identification Card Requirements Bill Passed - House (43 - 34) 6/18 OR HB 3162 Requires Manufacturers to Remove Certain Chemicals from Children's Products Bill Passed - House (39 - 21) 6/05 CT HB 5277 Authorizes Mixed Martial Arts Events Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 9) 6/04 OR SB 692 Requires Certain Electronics to Meet Energy Efficiency Standards Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 9) 5/30 OR SB 692 Requires Certain Electronics to Meet Energy Efficiency Standards Bill Passed - House (40 - 19) 5/30 CA AB 10 Increases the Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (45 - 27) 5/29 CT SB 387 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (89 - 53) 5/29 CA SB 53 Requires Ammunition Purchasers to Undergo a Background Check Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15) 5/28 NV SB 165 Authorizes Film Tax Credits Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8) 5/27 IL SB 1639 Requires Reimbursement for the Sale of Unhealthy Pets Bill Passed - House (67 - 49) 5/27 IL SB 26 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Bill Passed - House (63 - 55) 5/24 CA SB 648 Prohibits the Use of Electronic Cigarettes in Certain Public Areas Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10) 5/23 OR HB 3409 Amends Hair Care Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 11) 5/23 CT SB 387 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15) 5/22 OH HB 7 Prohibits Internet Cafes Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6) 5/22 NA H Amdt 67 Requires a Finding be Added Concerning Oil Sand Crudes Amendment Rejected - House (146 - 269) 5/22 NA H Amdt 71 Repeals Requirement that Secretary of the Army Approve All Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Applications Amendment Rejected - House (182 - 234) 5/22 RI S 256 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 6) 5/21 OK SB 550 Repeals the Retail Sales Price Requirement Conference Report Adopted - House (65 - 15) 5/20 MN SF 778 Authorizes the Unionization of Family Child Care Providers Bill Passed - House (68 - 66) 5/20 CA SB 439 Exempts Certain Medical Marijuana Collectives and Cooperatives from Prosecution Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12) 5/17 IL HB 1 Authorizes the Use of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 21) 5/15 OK SB 550 Repeals the Retail Sales Price Requirement Conference Report Adopted - Senate (29 - 16) 5/15 MN SF 778 Authorizes the Unionization of Family Child Care Providers Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 32) 5/09 MO HB 253 Authorizes Income Tax Cuts Concurrence Vote Passed - House (103 - 51) 5/08 CO HB 1318 Establishes Sales Taxes for Retail Marijuana Concurrence Vote Passed - House (37 - 28) 5/08 MN HF 92 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 28) 5/08 MO SB 114 Amends Homebrewed Beer and Liquor Distributor Regulations Bill Passed - House (110 - 48) 5/08 MO HB 253 Authorizes Income Tax Cuts Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9) 5/08 CO HB 1318 Establishes Sales Taxes for Retail Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 10) 5/08 TX HB 500 Expands Franchise Tax Exemption for Certain Businesses Bill Passed - House (117 - 24) 5/08 NA HR 1406 Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (223 - 204) 5/07 CT HB 5277 Authorizes Mixed Martial Arts Events Bill Passed - House (117 - 26) 5/06 NA S 743 Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 27) 5/06 PA HB 440 Amends Tax Code Bill Passed - House (129 - 65) 5/06 LA HB 45 Establishes Licenses for the In-State Sale and Manufacture of Firearms Bill Passed - House (77 - 20) 5/04 TX HB 852 Prohibits the Sale of Shark Fins Bill Passed - House (87 - 42) 5/03 MN HF 92 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (68 - 62) 5/02 NH HB 443 Prohibits Contracts with Private Entities for Inmate Custody "Inexpedient to Legislate" Vote Passed - Senate (13 - 11) 5/01 FL HB 7007 Exempts Manufacturing Equipment from Sales Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - House (68 - 48) 5/01 IL SB 1639 Requires Reimbursement for the Sale of Unhealthy Pets Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18) 4/30 AZ SB 1439 Authorizes the Use of Gold and Silver as Legal Tender Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 10) 4/30 MI SB 197 Requires the State Prison Food Service To Seek Competitive Bids From Private Entities Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15) 4/25 NA S 743 Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 Cloture Invoked - Senate (63 - 30) 4/23 MT HB 297 Prohibits the Employment of Undocumented Immigrants Conference Report Adopted - Senate (29 - 21) 4/22 TX SB 1247 Limits Payday Loan Interest Rates Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 6) 4/20 MT HB 297 Prohibits the Employment of Undocumented Immigrants Conference Report Adopted - House (63 - 37) 4/18 AR SB 1020 Authorizes Private Purchase of Health Insurance with Federal Funds Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 5) 4/18 NV AB 126 Requires Restaurant Chains to Disclose Calorie Counts Bill Passed - House (25 - 14) 4/17 AR SB 1020 Authorizes Private Purchase of Health Insurance with Federal Funds Bill Passed - House (70 - 23) 4/17 TN SB 1248 Requires Disclosure of Photographic Evidence of Animal Abuse Bill Passed - House (50 - 43) 4/17 IL HB 1 Authorizes the Use of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (61 - 57) 4/16 MO SB 112 Extends the New Markets Tax Credit Program Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11) 4/16 TN SB 1248 Requires Disclosure of Photographic Evidence of Animal Abuse Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 9) 4/14 AK SB 21 Amends the Oil Industry Tax Rate Structure Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (12 - 8) 4/13 AK SB 21 Amends the Oil Industry Tax Rate Structure Bill Passed - House (27 - 12) 4/13 AK SB 21 Amends the Oil Industry Tax Rate Structure Bill Passed - House (24 - 15) 4/10 AR HB 1536 Authorizes Sale of Unpasteurized Whole Milk Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11) 4/10 TX SB 1467 Requires Facilitation of Expansion of Firearms Manufacturers Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 7) 4/09 WI AB 15 Authorizes Work-Share Programs Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15) 4/09 CO HB 1269 Amends Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Procedures Bill Passed - House (34 - 29) 4/08 AZ SB 1439 Authorizes the Use of Gold and Silver as Legal Tender Bill Passed - House (36 - 22) 4/08 AR HB 1870 Appropriates Funds for Certain Steel Mills Bill Passed - House (78 - 17) 4/06 AR HB 1536 Authorizes Sale of Unpasteurized Whole Milk Bill Passed - House (60 - 19) 4/04 MO SB 126 Prohibits Pharmacies from Being Required to Carry Specific Drugs Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9) 4/03 CT SB 1160 Establishes Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Bill Passed - House (105 - 44) 4/03 CT SB 1160 Establishes Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 10) 4/02 KS HB 2055 Reduces Casino Building Fee Bill Failed - Senate (15 - 24) 4/02 MD SB 183 Authorizes Tax Credits for Certain Film Production Activities Bill Passed - House (108 - 31) 3/27 MD SB 274 Expands Medicaid Coverage Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 11) 3/26 KY SB 13 Authorizes the Sale of Alcohol on Election Days Bill Passed - House (50 - 46) 3/26 KY SB 13 Authorizes the Sale of Alcohol on Election Days Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 11) 3/26 IN HB 1293 Establishes Micro-Distiller Permits Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 9) 3/26 OK HB 1999 Authorizes the Slaughter of Horses Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 14) 3/26 KS SB 72 Exempts Health Clubs From Property Taxes Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 14) 3/25 MD HB 228 Amends the State Health Benefits Exchange and Medicaid Program Bill Passed - House (93 - 43) 3/25 IA SF 296 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23) 3/22 ID S 1117 Authorizes Permits for Heavy Trucks on Certain Routes Bill Passed - House (49 - 18) 3/21 AK SB 21 Amends the Oil Industry Tax Rate Structure Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 9) 3/21 ID H 248 Establishes Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12) 3/21 PA HB 790 Requires the State to Privatize Alcohol Sales Bill Passed - House (105 - 90) 3/21 MI HB 4369 Expands the Education Achievement Authority Bill Passed - House (57 - 53) 3/21 NH HB 443 Prohibits Contracts with Private Entities for Inmate Custody Bill Passed - House (197 - 136) 3/19 KS HB 2022 Prohibits Automatic Deductions by Public Labor Organizations for Political Fundraising Concurrence Vote Passed - House (68 - 54) 3/15 CO HB 1229 Requires Background Checks for Private Gun Sales and Transfers Conference Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 14) 3/15 CO HB 1229 Requires Background Checks for Private Gun Sales and Transfers Conference Report Adopted - House (36 - 27) 3/14 KS HB 2022 Prohibits Automatic Deductions by Public Labor Organizations for Political Fundraising Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 16) 3/13 NC SB 81 Establishes the Charlotte Regional Airport Authority Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 18) 3/13 ID H 248 Establishes Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passed - House (41 - 29) 3/13 OH HB 7 Limits Prize Payouts in Sweepstakes Bill Passed - House (66 - 29) 3/12 MO SB 26 Amends State Tax Code Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11) 3/11 CO HB 1228 Establishes a Background Check Fee Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16) 3/07 MN HF 5 Establishes the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 28) 3/07 IL SB 622 Increases Physician License Fees Bill Passed - House (65 - 49) 3/07 WI SB 1 Amends Wisconsin's Iron-Ore Mining Regulations Bill Passed - House (58 - 39) 3/06 MS SB 2687 Prohibits Local Government Management of Nutrition Labeling Bill Passed - House (92 - 26) 3/06 ID S 1117 Authorizes Permits for Heavy Trucks on Certain Routes Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13) 3/06 NY A 5424 Establishes a Two-Year Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing Bill Passed - House (103 - 40) 3/06 WI AB 15 Authorizes Work-Share Programs Bill Passed - House (74 - 22) 3/04 NM SB 416 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 17) 3/04 MN HF 5 Establishes the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passed - House (72 - 58) 3/04 GA HB 125 Amends State Immigration Policy Bill Passed - House (116 - 49) 2/28 IL SB 26 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 19) 2/27 ND HB 1362 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Bill Passed - House (57 - 36) 2/27 WI SB 1 Amends Wisconsin's Iron-Ore Mining Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 16) 2/21 AZ HB 2147 Requires Individuals Seeking Unemployment Benefits to Provide Proof of Eligibility Bill Passed - House (36 - 23) 2/20 OK HB 1999 Authorizes the Slaughter of Horses Bill Passed - House (82 - 14) 2/20 GA HB 178 Requires Pain Management Clinics to be Licensed Bill Passed - House (150 - 15) 2/20 NH HB 370 Repeals the Education Tax Credit Program Bill Passed - House (188 - 151) 2/19 AK HB 80 Amends Cruise Ship Wastewater Discharge Permits Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 5) 2/19 AK HB 80 Amends Cruise Ship Wastewater Discharge Permits Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 6) 2/18 CO HB 1229 Requires Background Checks For Private Gun Sales and Transfers Bill Passed - House (36 - 29) 2/14 NJ SCR 1 Increases Minimum Wage Concurrence Vote Passed - House (46 - 31) 2/14 MN HF 9 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 22) 2/14 KY SB 50 Authorizes Industrial Hemp Farming Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 6) 2/14 KY SB 88 Repeals Regulations on Telephone Utility Companies Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 13) 2/14 IL SB 622 Increases Physician License Fees Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 19) 2/13 ID HB 55 Authorizes Telecommunications Businesses to Solicit Existing Customers Bill Passed - House (65 - 5) 2/09 MT SB 96 Reduces Business Equipment Tax Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16) 2/07 NJ SCR 1 Increases Minimum Wage Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 15) 2/06 AK HB 80 Amends Cruise Ship Wastewater Discharge Permits Bill Passed - House (27 - 10) 2/04 UT HB 34 Authorizes "In God We Trust" on License Plates Bill Passed - House (64 - 9)

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