Key Votes

2013 All Crime Key Votes

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9/12 CA SB 755 Expands List of Crimes that Disqualify an Individual from Firearm Ownership Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 12) 9/12 CA AB 375 Amends Teacher Dismissal Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 22) 9/12 CA AB 375 Amends Teacher Dismissal Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13) 9/11 MO SB 9 Amends Animal Abuse and Neglect Laws Veto Override Passed - House (111 - 50) 9/11 MO SB 9 Amends Animal Abuse and Neglect Laws Veto Override Passed - Senate (23 - 10) 9/11 MO HB 436 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Veto Override Failed - Senate (22 - 12) 9/11 MO HB 436 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Veto Override Passed - House (109 - 49) 9/11 CA AB 48 Prohibits Large-Capacity Magazines and Large-Capacity Conversion Kits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (46 - 30) 9/11 CA SB 755 Expands List of Crimes that Disqualify an Individual from Firearm Ownership Bill Passed - House (45 - 28) 9/10 CA AB 4 Prohibits Law Enforcement from Detaining Individuals Solely Based on Immigration Status Concurrence Vote Passed - House (48 - 25) 9/10 CA SB 649 Classifies Certain Drug Infractions as Misdemeanors Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 14) 9/10 CA AB 48 Prohibits Large-Capacity Magazines and Large-Capacity Conversion Kits Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14) 9/09 CA AB 4 Prohibits Law Enforcement from Detaining Individuals Solely Based on Immigration Status Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11) 9/04 CA SB 649 Classifies Certain Drug Infractions as Misdemeanors Bill Passed - House (41 - 31) 8/26 CA AB 721 Amends Transportation of Controlled Substances Laws Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 15) 7/07 OR SB 9 Increases Fines for Texting or Talking While Driving Bill Passed - House (33 - 26) 7/07 OR SB 9 Increases Fines for Texting or Talking While Driving Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 7) 7/06 OR SB 6 Amends Animal Welfare Regulations Bill Passed - House (38 - 21) 7/01 OR HB 3194 Amends Sentencing Regulations in the Prison System Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11) 7/01 OR SB 6 Amends Animal Welfare Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12) 6/27 OR HB 3194 Amends Sentencing Regulations in the Prison System Bill Passed - House (40 - 18) 6/19 ME LD 1240 Establishes Penalties for Unauthorized Private Gun Sales and Requires Background Checks Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17) 6/19 ME LD 1240 Establishes Penalties for Unauthorized Private Gun Sales and Requires Background Checks Bill Passed - House (78 - 71) 6/19 DE SB 97 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (11 - 9) 6/18 DE SB 97 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity Bill Passed - House (24 - 17) 6/14 NA HR 1960 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 Motion Rejected - House (194 - 225) 6/14 NA H Amdt 168 Establishes Framework for the Closing of the Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by December 1, 2014 Amendment Rejected - House (174 - 249) 6/12 NC SB 306 Repeals the Racial Justice Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 16) 6/11 ME LD 1286 Prohibits Slaughter of Horses for Human Consumption "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (94 - 49) 6/05 NC SB 306 Repeals the Racial Justice Act Bill Passed - House (77 - 39) 6/04 NA H Amdt 84 Authorizes Funds for the Construction of United States Prison for Prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Amendment Rejected - House (170 - 254) 5/29 CA AB 375 Amends Teacher Dismissal Requirements Bill Passed - House (64 - 11) 5/29 CA AB 48 Prohibits Large Capacity Magazines Bill Passed - House (46 - 26) 5/28 IL HB 1247 Prohibits Using a Hand-Held Cell Phone While Driving Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 48) 5/28 OR SB 154 Requires Signature Gathering Firms to Meet Certain Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14) 5/26 TX HB 912 Limits the Private Use of Unmanned Aircrafts Conference Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 5) 5/23 IL HB 1247 Prohibits Using a Hand-Held Cell Phone While Driving Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 20) 5/20 NJ A 3797 Requires Certain Firearm Information to be Collected and Reported Concurrence Vote Passed - House (51 - 27) 5/20 NV SB 243 Requires DNA Samples for Felonies Bill Passed - House (29 - 9) 5/16 CA AB 4 Prohibits Law Enforcement From Detaining Individuals Based Solely on Immigration Status Bill Passed - House (44 - 22) 5/14 NV SB 139 Classifies Crimes Based on Gender Identity or Expression as Felonies Bill Passed - House (30 - 11) 5/13 VT S 77 Prohibits Liability for Self-Administered Lethal Dosages Concurrence Vote Passed - House (75 - 65) 5/13 NJ A 3797 Requires Certain Firearm Information to be Collected and Reported Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13) 5/08 MO HB 436 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (116 - 38) 5/08 VT S 77 Prohibits Liability for Self-Administered Lethal Dosages Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (17 - 13) 5/06 TX HB 1076 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Bill Passed - House (100 - 47) 5/06 LA HB 45 Establishes Licenses for the In-State Sale and Manufacture of Firearms Bill Passed - House (77 - 20) 5/03 CO HB 1154 Establishes Penalties for Violent Offenses Against Pregnant Women Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14) 5/02 NH HB 443 Prohibits Contracts with Private Entities for Inmate Custody "Inexpedient to Legislate" Vote Passed - Senate (13 - 11) 5/02 MO HB 436 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 6) 5/02 CA SB 649 Classifies Certain Drug Infractions as Misdemeanors Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 14) 5/02 CA SB 501 Requires Social Networking Sites to Remove Personal Identifying Information Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10) 5/02 DE SB 16 Requires Gun Owners to Report Missing Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 10) 5/01 VT S 77 Prohibits Liability for Self-Administered Lethal Dosages Bill Passed - House (81 - 64) 5/01 IA HF 527 Requires DNA Samples from Individuals Convicted Of Aggravated Misdemeanors Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20) 5/01 TX HB 489 Expands Access to Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD Bill Passed - House (120 - 21) 4/30 AL SB 93 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 6) 4/30 MI SB 197 Requires the State Prison Food Service To Seek Competitive Bids From Private Entities Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15) 4/26 IN SB 373 Prohibits Unauthorized Entry on Industrial or Agricultural Property Conference Report Adopted - Senate (29 - 21) 4/26 IN HB 1006 Amends the Criminal Code Conference Report Adopted - Senate (34 - 15) 4/26 TX HB 148 Prohibits Multiple Ballots from Being Turned in by 1 Individual Bill Passed - House (93 - 48) 4/24 IL SB 923 Authorizes the Use of Traffic Cameras on School Buses Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 12) 4/23 MT HB 297 Prohibits the Employment of Undocumented Immigrants Conference Report Adopted - Senate (29 - 21) 4/23 CO HB 1251 Requires DNA Samples for Misdemeanors Bill Passed - House (43 - 21) 4/23 OR HB 2624 Exempts Counties from Hunting Dog Prohibitions if Approved by County Voters Bill Passed - House (40 - 19) 4/23 LA HB 5 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Bill Passed - House (67 - 25) 4/20 MT HB 297 Prohibits the Employment of Undocumented Immigrants Conference Report Adopted - House (63 - 37) 4/18 TX HB 63 Prohibits Texting While Driving Bill Passed - House (97 - 45) 4/18 MO HB 436 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Bill Passed - House (115 - 41) 4/17 TN SB 1248 Requires Disclosure of Photographic Evidence of Animal Abuse Bill Passed - House (50 - 43) 4/17 LA SB 147 Prohibits the Use of Social Media While Driving Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 9) 4/16 TN SB 1248 Requires Disclosure of Photographic Evidence of Animal Abuse Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 9) 4/16 NV AB 60 Requires Certain Information From Donation-Seeking Charities Bill Passed - House (25 - 15) 4/16 VT H 200 Reduces Penalties for Small Amounts of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (92 - 49) 4/16 IL HB 2404 Amends Definition of Delinquent Minor Bill Passed - House (89 - 26) 4/16 WI AB 82 Prohibits the Unauthorized Transfer of Food Stamps Bill Passed - House (73 - 24) 4/15 IN SB 373 Prohibits Unauthorized Entry On Industrial Or Agricultural Property Bill Passed - House (65 - 25) 4/10 IA SF 384 Prohibits the Removal of an Officer's Communication Device Bill Passed - House (77 - 17) 4/10 MT SB 107 Amends Sexual Conduct Laws Bill Passed - House (64 - 35) 4/05 AR SB 1093 Requires Racial Impact Statement For Crime Bills Bill Failed - Senate (15 - 10) 4/04 KS HB 2033 Repeals Prohibition on the Possession of Switchblade and Stiletto Knives Conference Report Adopted - House (95 - 26) 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 MS SB 2659 Establishes a Grant for School Resource Officers in Schools Conference Report Adopted - House (80 - 36) 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 NC SB 306 Repeals the Racial Justice Act Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 14) 4/03 CT SB 1160 Establishes Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 10) 3/25 IA HF 527 Requires DNA Samples from Individuals Convicted Of Aggravated Misdemeanors Bill Passed - House (79 - 18) 3/25 MD SB 339 Classifies Using a Cell Phone While Driving As a Primary Offense Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 6) 3/22 AK HB 24 Expands the Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense Bill Passed - House (29 - 4) 3/21 MD HB 753 Classifies Cell Phone Use While Driving as a Primary Offense Bill Passed - House (106 - 29) 3/21 NH HB 443 Prohibits Contracts with Private Entities for Inmate Custody Bill Passed - House (197 - 136) 3/20 MD SB 30 Prohibits Smoking in Vehicles Containing Children Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20) 3/19 AR SB 417 Classifies the Death of a Fetus as a Felony in Certain Cases Bill Passed - House (76 - 10) 3/18 CO HB 1154 Establishes Penalties for Violent Offenses Against Pregnant Women Bill Passed - House (50 - 14) 3/15 MD SB 276 Repeals the Death Penalty Bill Passed - House (82 - 56) 3/06 OK SB 802 Prohibits the Sale of Electric Cigarettes to Minors Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 15) 3/06 MD SB 276 Repeals the Death Penalty Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20) 3/01 IL HB 1247 Prohibits Using a Hand-Held Cell Phone While Driving Bill Passed - House (64 - 46) 2/28 AR HB 1037 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Veto Override Passed - Senate (19 - 14) 2/28 NA S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (286 - 138) 2/28 NA H Amdt 23 Reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act Amendment Rejected - House (166 - 257) 2/28 MD SB 281 Amends Firearms Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 19) 2/27 AR HB 1037 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Veto Override Passed - House (53 - 28) 2/25 AK HB 69 Exempts Firearms from Federal Regulation Bill Passed - House (31 - 5) 2/25 IN HB 1006 Amends the Criminal Code Bill Passed - House (80 - 13) 2/21 AR HB 1037 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Concurrence Vote Passed - House (80 - 10) 2/21 KY HB 89 Requires Police to Collect DNA From Individuals Arrested on Felony Charges Bill Passed - House (68 - 27) 2/20 MT SB 107 Amends Sexual Conduct Laws Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 11) 2/18 AR HB 1037 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7) 2/18 CO HB 1229 Requires Background Checks For Private Gun Sales and Transfers Bill Passed - House (36 - 29) 2/15 UT HB 50 Expands Protective Orders to Dating Relationships Bill Passed - House (61 - 11) 2/14 VT S 77 Prohibits Liability for Self-Administered Lethal Dosages Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 8) 2/13 VT Galbraith and Hartwell Amdt Establishes Immunity for Doctors Prescribing or People Present to Lethal Dosage Amendment Adopted - Senate (16 - 15) 2/12 NA S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate (78 - 22) 2/04 AR HB 1037 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Bill Passed - House (75 - 20) 1/16 WY HB 23 Requires Juvenile Offenders to Be Eligible for Parole While Serving a Life Sentence Bill Passed - House (42 - 17)

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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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