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Key Votes

2014 All Crime Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
July 16, 2014 MA H 4184 & 4307 Authorizes Parole for Certain Juveniles Sentenced to Life Imprisonment Conference Report Adopted - Senate (35 - 4)
July 16, 2014 MA H 4184 & 4307 Authorizes Parole for Certain Juveniles Sentenced to Life Imprisonment Conference Report Adopted - House (131 - 18)
July 9, 2014 MA H 4278 Amends Firearm Laws Bill Passed - House (112 - 38)
June 26, 2014 DE SB 36 Authorizes Judges to Hold Suspects of Violent Felonies without Bail Amendment Adopted - House (29 - 12)
June 25, 2014 DE SB 36 Authorizes Judges to Hold Suspects of Violent Felonies without Bail Amendment Rejected - House (24 - 15)
June 18, 2014 MA H 4184 & 4307 Authorizes Eligibility of Parole for Certain Juveniles Convicted of First-Degree Murder Bill Passed - House (129 - 16)
May 28, 2014 CA SB 1010 Amends Punishment for Cocaine Usage Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
May 5, 2014 CA SB 1038 Requires Juvenile Courts to Seal Records Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13)
May 1, 2014 IA SF 2360 Authorizes Medical Marijuana Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 8)
April 30, 2014 IA SF 2360 Authorizes Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (77 - 20)
April 30, 2014 NY A 9206 Establishes Speed Violation Monitoring Systems in Certain Counties Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 11)
April 28, 2014 NY A 9206 Establishes Speed Violation Monitoring Systems in Certain Counties Bill Passed - House (104 - 25)
April 25, 2014 AK HB 218 Prohibits Use of Risk of Deportation as a Factor in a Felony Case Referral Concurrence Vote Passed - House (28 - 10)
April 23, 2014 FL HB 59 Establishes Penalties for Killing or Injuring a Fetus Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 14)
April 16, 2014 AZ HB 2508 Requires Background Checks for Federal Health Care Navigators Concurrence Vote Passed - House (36 - 21)
April 16, 2014 AZ SB 1158 Amends Fireworks Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 4)
April 16, 2014 AZ HB 2508 Requires Background Checks for Federal Health Care Navigators Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10)
April 15, 2014 AZ SB 1158 Amends Fireworks Laws Bill Passed - House (43 - 17)
April 15, 2014 LA HB 12 Repeals Certain "Crimes Against Nature" Bill Failed - House (27 - 67)
April 11, 2014 FL HB 59 Establishes Penalties for Killing or Injuring a Fetus Bill Passed - House (74 - 42)
April 9, 2014 TN SB 1391 Prohibits Women from Using Illegal Substances While Pregnant Bill Passed - House (64 - 30)
April 7, 2014 TN SB 1391 Prohibits Women from Using Illegal Substances While Pregnant Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
April 3, 2014 FL HB 89 Prohibits Mandatory Sentencing for Certain Convictions of Aggravated Assault Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 7)
April 1, 2014 WI AB 556 Authorizes Jailors to Strip Search Individuals Entering Prison Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
March 28, 2014 KY HB 222 Prohibits Recording of Agricultural Operations Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 6)
March 26, 2014 NH HB 492 Authorizes the Recreational Use of Marijuana "Inexpedient to Legislate" Vote Passed - House (192 - 140)
March 20, 2014 IL AM 121 Nomination of Salvador A. Godinez to be Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections Nomination Confirmed - Senate (37 - 18)
March 20, 2014 FL HB 89 Prohibits Mandatory Sentencing for Certain Convictions of Aggravated Assault Bill Passed - House (93 - 24)
March 13, 2014 UT SB 253 Prohibits Texting While Driving on a Highway Bill Passed - House (41 - 28)
March 13, 2014 MO HB 1557 Authorizes the Use of Red Light Cameras Bill Passed - House (84 - 63)
March 12, 2014 CO HB 1131 Prohibits Cyberbullying of a Minor Bill Passed - House (54 - 10)
March 11, 2014 WA HB 2789 Establishes Laws Regarding Usage of Extraordinary Sensing Devices Concurrence Vote Passed - House (77 - 21)
March 10, 2014 UT SB 253 Prohibits Texting While Driving on a Highway Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 8)
March 8, 2014 WV HB 4588 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
March 8, 2014 WV SB 6 Authorizes Pharmacists to Refuse to Dispense Pseudophedrine without a Prescription Bill Passed - House (63 - 34)
March 6, 2014 National S 1752 Military Justice Improvement Act of 2013 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (55 - 45)
March 5, 2014 UT HB 20 Expands Protections for Police Officers in Lawsuits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (41 - 28)
March 5, 2014 NH HB 1360 Prohibits the Use of Hand-Held Devices While Driving Bill Passed - House (192 - 133)
March 5, 2014 OK HB 2638 Requires an Individual Arrested for Certain Crimes to Submit DNA Bill Failed - House (35 - 51)
March 4, 2014 UT HB 20 Expands Protections for Police Officers in Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 13)
March 4, 2014 AL HB 493 Requires Abortion Patients to be Informed of Perinatal Services Bill Passed - House (73 - 24)
Feb. 28, 2014 KY HB 351 Authorizes Temporary Concealed Weapons Permits for Domestic Violence Victims Bill Passed - House (79 - 13)
Feb. 26, 2014 ID S 1337 Prohibits Recording of Agricultural Operations Bill Passed - House (56 - 14)
Feb. 25, 2014 WV HB 4588 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Bill Passed - House (79 - 17)
Feb. 25, 2014 OK HB 2070 Prohibits Certain Embryonic Stem Cell Research Bill Passed - House (73 - 14)
Feb. 20, 2014 KS HB 2387 Increases the Mandatory Minimum Imprisonment Term for Certain Individuals Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 3)
Feb. 20, 2014 MO SB 613 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearms Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
Feb. 18, 2014 WV SB 6 Prohibits Sale of Medicines Containing Pseudoephedrine without Prescription Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 9)
Feb. 14, 2014 ID S 1337 Prohibits Recording of Agricultural Operations Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
Feb. 13, 2014 MS H Amdt 1 Exempts Pregnancies that Result from Rape or Incest from 20 Week Abortion Prohibition Amendment Rejected - House (40 - 73)
Feb. 12, 2014 MI SB 319 Amends the Sentencing Procedure for Certain Juvenile Offenders Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
Feb. 11, 2014 IA HF 2175 Prohibits Webcam Abortions Bill Passed - House (55 - 42)
Feb. 5, 2014 KY SB 8 Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 5)
Feb. 4, 2014 MI SB 319 Amends the Sentencing Procedure for Certain Juvenile Offenders Bill Passed - House (62 - 48)
Feb. 4, 2014 NE LB 399 Authorizes Crime Prevention Vehicles to Use Amber Lights Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (32 - 12)
Jan. 30, 2014 CA SB 383 Authorizes Businesses to Collect Certain Cardholder Information in Online Transactions Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
Jan. 15, 2014 NH HB 492 Authorizes the Recreational Use of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (170 - 162)
Jan. 15, 2014 SC H 3147 Expands Workers' Compensation for Certain Injuries to Law Enforcement Officers Bill Passed - House (69 - 45)

About the Selection and Description 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. Project 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

Project Vote Smart provides a summary of the version of the bill text associated with each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill. Summaries are written by Project Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to the Project's strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. Each key vote selection is reviewed by the Project's community of advisers, who are political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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