Key Votes

2013 All Judicial Branch Key Votes

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12/05 NA H Amdt 521 Authorizes Judicial Discretion in Awarding Legal Fees in Patent Lawsuits Amendment Rejected - House (199 - 213) 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 HR 3309 Innovation Act Bill Passed - House (325 - 91) 11/06 MI SB 652 Amends Court of Claims Judge Appointment Procedures Bill Passed - House (57 - 52) 10/30 MI SB 652 Amends Court of Claims Judge Appointment Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11) 7/23 NC HB 937 Amends Firearm Laws Conference Report Adopted - Senate (32 - 14) 7/23 NC HB 937 Amends Firearm Laws Conference Report Adopted - House (73 - 41) 6/13 AZ HB 2608 Amends Retirement Plans for Elected Officials Concurrence Vote Passed - House (35 - 24) 6/12 NC SB 306 Repeals the Racial Justice Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 16) 6/05 NC SB 306 Repeals the Racial Justice Act Bill Passed - House (77 - 39) 6/04 LA SB 188 Increases Judicial Pay Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 7) 6/03 LA SB 188 Increases Judicial Pay Bill Passed - House (79 - 18) 6/03 LA SB 5 Repeals Mandatory Retirement Age for Judges Amendment Rejected - House (63 - 33) 5/08 AZ HB 2608 Amends Retirement Plans for Elected Officials Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 13) 5/07 NC HB 937 Amends Firearm Laws Bill Passed - House (78 - 42) 4/30 AL HB 8 Requires Courts to Apply "Strict Scrutiny" to Certain Firearm Regulation Laws Bill Passed - House (76 - 22) 4/25 CA AB 1401 Authorizes Non-United States Citizens to Serve on Juries Bill Passed - House (45 - 26) 4/23 IA SF 447 2013-2014 Justice Department Budget Bill Passed - House (51 - 46) 4/18 CA SB 140 Appropriates Funds to the Armed Prohibited Persons System Bill Passed - House (65 - 10) 4/17 IA SF 447 2013-2014 Justice Department Budget Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23) 4/12 WV SB 371 Amends the State Prison System Bill Passed - House (81 - 17) 4/12 NA HR 1120 Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act Bill Passed - House (219 - 209) 4/09 AR HB 1855 Classifies the Office of Prosecuting Attorney as Nonpartisan Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13) 4/03 NC SB 306 Repeals the Racial Justice Act Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 14) 4/03 WV HB 2805 Establishes a Public Campaign Financing Program for Supreme Court of Appeals Candidates Bill Passed - House (70 - 29) 3/20 AR HB 1855 Classifies the Office of Prosecuting Attorney as Nonpartisan Bill Passed - House (63 - 24) 3/13 KS HB 2019 Authorizes Governor to Appoint Judges to Kansas Court of Appeals Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12) 3/01 KS HB 2019 Authorizes Governor to Appoint Judges to Kansas Court of Appeals Bill Passed - House (73 - 50) 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) 2/20 WV HB 2434 Increases Compensation for Court Magistrates Bill Passed - House (53 - 45) 2/13 KY SB 9 Establishes Review Panels to Assess Nursing Home Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12) 2/12 NA S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate (78 - 22) 1/31 SD SB 70 Establishes Alternative Court Programs for Nonviolent Offenders Bill Passed - House (63 - 7) 1/30 KS SCR 1601 Authorizes the Governor to Nominate Judges Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12)

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.