Key Votes

2013 All Environment Key Votes

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9/18 NA H Amdt 466 Requires Mine Operators to Include the Cost of Cleanup in Financial Insurance Amendment Rejected - House (191 - 235) 9/12 CA SB 359 Appropriates Funds for Hybrid and Zero Emission Vehicle Use Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 10) 9/12 CA SB 359 Appropriates Funds for Hybrid and Zero Emission Vehicle Use Bill Passed - House (53 - 20) 7/25 NC HB 938 Amends Wetland Replacement Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 15) 6/28 NA HR 2231 Offshore Energy and Jobs Act Bill Passed - House (235 - 186) 5/13 OR SB 602 Prohibits Motorized Boats and Seaplanes on Waldo Lake Bill Passed - House (37 - 20) 5/13 NC HB 628 Requires Promotion of State Lumber in Building Projects Bill Passed - House (70 - 43) 5/08 MO SB 265 Prohibits Compliance with United Nations Agenda 21 Bill Passed - House (118 - 37) 5/02 NC SB 612 Amends Environmental Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 11) 4/04 MO SB 265 Prohibits Compliance with United Nations Agenda 21 Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9) 3/25 WA SB 5802 Authorizes a Carbon Emissions Reduction Study Bill Passed - House (61 - 32) 3/25 OR SB 602 Prohibits Motorized Boats and Seaplanes on Waldo Lake Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 11) 3/13 OK HB 1412 Prohibits Compliance with United Nations Agenda 21/Sustainable Development Bill Passed - House (67 - 17) 3/13 WA SB 5802 Authorizes a Carbon Emissions Reduction Study Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 12) 3/07 WI SB 1 Amends Wisconsin's Iron-Ore Mining Regulations Bill Passed - House (58 - 39) 3/05 MI SB 78 Removes Biodiversity and Restoration as Forest Management Goals for Department of Natural Resources Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11) 3/04 AK HB 77 Authorizes Natural Resources Commissioner to Issue General Permits Bill Passed - House (31 - 6) 2/27 WI SB 1 Amends Wisconsin's Iron-Ore Mining Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 16) 2/26 UT SB 109 Authorizes the State Engineer to Manage Water Usage Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 9) 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) 2/06 AK HB 80 Amends Cruise Ship Wastewater Discharge Permits Bill Passed - House (27 - 10)

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.