Key Votes

2013 All Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Key Votes

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11/19 NA S Amdt 2175 Authorizes the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Guantanamo Detainees to the United States Amendment Rejected - Senate (52 - 46) 5/20 NV SB 243 Requires DNA Samples for Felonies Bill Passed - House (29 - 9) 5/13 VT S 77 Prohibits Liability for Self-Administered Lethal Dosages Concurrence Vote Passed - House (75 - 65) 5/08 VT S 77 Prohibits Liability for Self-Administered Lethal Dosages Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (17 - 13) 5/01 IA HF 527 Requires DNA Samples from Individuals Convicted Of Aggravated Misdemeanors Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20) 5/01 VT S 77 Prohibits Liability for Self-Administered Lethal Dosages Bill Passed - House (81 - 64) 4/23 CO HB 1251 Requires DNA Samples for Misdemeanors Bill Passed - House (43 - 21) 4/08 MT HB 30 Prohibits Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21) 4/04 MD SB 281 Amends Firearms Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 19) 4/04 MO HB 46 Prohibits the Use of Unmanned Aircrafts Bill Passed - House (87 - 66) 4/03 MD SB 281 Amends Firearms Regulations Bill Passed - House (78 - 61) 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) 4/01 AR SB 2 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Veto Override Passed - House (52 - 45) 3/27 AR SB 2 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Veto Override Passed - Senate (21 - 12) 3/26 KY HB 279 Prohibits the Government from Impeding Religious Activities Veto Override Passed - Senate (32 - 6) 3/26 KY HB 279 Prohibits the Government from Impeding Religious Activities Veto Override Passed - House (79 - 15) 3/25 IA HF 527 Requires DNA Samples from Individuals Convicted Of Aggravated Misdemeanors Bill Passed - House (79 - 18) 3/23 MT HB 304 Authorizes Concealed Carry of Firearms Without a Concealed-Carry Permit Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19) 3/20 OH SB 47 Prohibits Collection of Petition Signatures after Filing Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 10) 3/20 OH SB 47 Prohibits Collection of Petition Signatures after Filing Bill Passed - House (57 - 38) 3/19 AR SB 2 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 12) 3/13 AR SB 2 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (51 - 44) 3/11 KY SB 1 Establishes an Electronic Ballot Transmission System for Military and Overseas Voters Bill Passed - House (57 - 42) 3/10 NM HCR 1 Limits the Disclosure of Legislative Information Bill Passed - House (48 - 16) 3/07 KY HB 279 Prohibits the Government from Impeding Religious Activities Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 6) 2/28 AR SB 134 Prohibits an Abortion if a Fetal Heartbeat is Detected Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 8) 2/28 MD SB 281 Amends Firearms Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 19) 2/25 IN HB 1483 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (78 - 17) 2/22 MT HB 304 Authorizes Concealed Carry of Firearms Without a Concealed-Carry Permit Bill Passed - House (58 - 41) 2/22 ND HB 1385 Requires Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Bill Failed - House (19 - 72) 2/21 AR SB 134 Prohibits an Abortion if a Fetal Heartbeat is Detected Bill Passed - House (68 - 20) 2/21 KY HB 89 Requires Police to Collect DNA From Individuals Arrested on Felony Charges Bill Passed - House (68 - 27) 2/20 VA SB 1256 Requires Photo Identification for Voting Bill Passed - House (65 - 34) 2/20 AR SB 2 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12) 2/18 CO HB 1229 Requires Background Checks For Private Gun Sales and Transfers Bill Passed - House (36 - 29) 2/14 MO HB 48 Requires Photo Identification for Voting Bill Passed - House (105 - 48) 2/14 VT S 77 Prohibits Liability for Self-Administered Lethal Dosages Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 8) 2/07 ND SCR 4009 Expands "Right to Life" to Human Beings at Any Stage of Development Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (26 - 21) 2/05 VA SB 1256 Requires Photo Identification for Voting Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20) 2/05 VA SB 719 Amends Voting Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20) 2/01 MT HB 30 Prohibits Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (60 - 38) 1/31 AR SB 134 Prohibits an Abortion if a Fetal Heartbeat is Detected Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8)

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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