Key Votes

2013 All Drugs Key Votes

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11/13 MI SB 2 Authorizes Certain Nurses to Prescribe Controlled Substances Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 18) 9/18 MI SB 276 Requires Community Service for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 9) 9/10 CA SB 649 Classifies Certain Drug Infractions as Misdemeanors Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 14) 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) 7/24 NC HB 392 Authorizes Drug Testing for Work First Program Applicants Conference Report Adopted - House (92 - 21) 7/01 OR HB 3194 Reduces Prison Sentences for Certain Crimes Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11) 6/27 OR HB 3194 Reduces Prison Sentences for Certain Crimes Bill Passed - House (40 - 18) 5/22 TX SB 21 Requires Drug Testing for Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - House (104 - 42) 5/02 CA SB 649 Classifies Certain Drug Infractions as Misdemeanors Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 14) 5/01 MI HB 4118 Requires Drug Testing For Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (77 - 33) 4/24 AL SB 191 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 10) 4/10 IN HB 1483 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 12) 4/08 AR SB 38 Requires Drug Testing for Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 5) 4/04 MO SB 126 Prohibits Pharmacies from Being Required to Carry Specific Drugs Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9) 3/05 WA HB 1404 Authorizes Immunity From Prosecution for Minors Who Report Underage Intoxication Bill Passed - House (72 - 24) 2/28 KS SB 149 Requires Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 8) 2/25 IN HB 1483 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (78 - 17) 2/22 ND HB 1385 Requires Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Bill Failed - House (19 - 72) 2/20 GA HB 178 Requires Pain Management Clinics to be Licensed Bill Passed - House (150 - 15) 2/14 KY SB 50 Authorizes Industrial Hemp Farming Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 6) 2/08 MD SB 74 Prohibits Operating a Vessel Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 8) 2/04 VA SB 721 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 20) 1/31 SD SB 70 Establishes Alternative Court Programs for Nonviolent Offenders Bill Passed - House (63 - 7)

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.