Key Votes

2008 California Key Votes

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12/18 CA ABx1 12 Extending Tax Withholding Requirements to Payments to Independent Contractors Concurrence Vote Passed - House (47 - 28) 12/18 CA ABx1 8 Amending Sentencing, Parole, and Property Crime Statutes Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15) 12/18 CA ABx1 2 Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15) 12/18 CA ABx1 5 Modifying Transportation Project Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 10) 12/18 CA ABx1 4 Reducing Education Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 8) 9/19 CA SBx1 28 Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (43 - 30) 9/19 CA SBx1 28 Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14) 9/16 CA AB 1781 2008-2009 Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (29 - 11) 9/16 CA AB 1781 2008-2009 Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (61 - 11) 9/16 CA AB 1452 Suspending Carryback and Net Operating Loss Deductions Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 21) 9/16 CA AB 1452 Suspending Carryback and Net Operating Loss Deductions Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 13) 9/16 CA SCA 12 State Lottery Amendments Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (27 - 9) 9/16 CA SCA 12 State Lottery Amendments Joint Resolution Passed - House (63 - 14) 9/09 CA SB 1087 2008-2009 Budget Amendments Bill Failed - House (27 - 45) 9/08 CA AB 1793 2008-2009 Budget Amendments Bill Failed - Senate (13 - 21) 8/31 CA SB 840 California Universal Healthcare Agency Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 14) 8/31 CA SB 1407 Financing Courthouse Construction Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 10) 8/31 CA SB 60 Expanding Driver's License Eligibility Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 14) 8/31 CA AB 1945 Health Insurance Cancellation Restrictions Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 17) 8/31 CA AB 1860 Prohibiting Resale of Recalled Products Concurrence Vote Passed - House (47 - 30) 8/31 CA AB 2321 Metro Sales Tax Increase Concurrence Vote Passed - House (49 - 25) 8/31 CA SB 1420 Nutritional Information Disclosure in Chain Restaurants Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 13) 8/31 CA AB 1945 Health Insurance Cancellation Restrictions Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14) 8/31 CA SB 1301 Extending Student Financial Aid Eligibility Bill Passed - House (46 - 29) 8/30 CA SB 375 Global Warming and Land Use Policy Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 14) 8/30 CA AB 583 Public Financing of Elections Concurrence Vote Passed - House (42 - 32) 8/30 CA AB 1860 Prohibiting Resale of Recalled Products Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15) 8/29 CA AB 1781 2008-2009 Budget Conference Report Rejected - Senate (24 - 15) 8/29 CA AB 1107 Drought-Related Unemployment Benefits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (60 - 18) 8/29 CA AB 2386 Agricultural Union Election Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (45 - 31) 8/29 CA SB 60 Expanding Driver's License Eligibility Bill Passed - House (41 - 31) 8/29 CA AB 583 Public Financing of Elections Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18) 8/29 CA AB 2321 Metro Sales Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13) 8/29 CA SB 1407 Financing Courthouse Construction Bill Passed - House (45 - 20) 8/29 CA SB 840 California Universal Healthcare Agency Bill Passed - House (44 - 32) 8/28 CA AB 2765 Aerial Spraying Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 14) 8/27 CA AB 2386 Agricultural Union Election Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15) 8/27 CA SB 1420 Nutritional Information Disclosure in Chain Restaurants Bill Passed - House (46 - 28) 8/27 CA SB 1313 Perfluorochemical (PFC) Ban Bill Passed - House (43 - 30) 8/25 CA AB 1879 Regulating Chemicals in Consumer Products Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 13) 8/25 CA SB 375 Global Warming and Land Use Policy Bill Passed - House (49 - 22) 8/22 CA AB 2765 Aerial Spraying Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12) 8/22 CA AB 3025 Polystyrene Packaging Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17) 8/21 CA SB 28 Prohibiting Text Messaging While Driving Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 14) 8/20 CA AB 2747 Disclosing End-of-Life Care Options Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 17) 8/20 CA AB 2279 Prohibiting Employment Discrimination Against Medical Marijuana Patients Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15) 8/20 CA AB 2233 Ban on Holding Pets While Driving Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 17) 8/19 CA SB 1171 Expanding Loaded Firearm Restrictions Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 14) 8/19 CA AB 1894 Health Insurance Coverage of HIV Testing Concurrence Vote Passed - House (47 - 29) 8/19 CA SB 1440 Capping Administrative Spending for Health Insurers Bill Passed - House (46 - 31) 8/18 CA SB 1713 Bisphenol A (BPA) Ban Bill Failed - House (33 - 32) 8/18 CA SB 1313 Perfluorochemical (PFC) Ban Bill Failed - House (37 - 34) 8/17 CA AB 1781 2008-2009 Budget Conference Report Rejected - House (45 - 30) 8/14 CA AB 1107 Drought-Related Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 10) 8/14 CA AB 1894 Health Insurance Coverage of HIV Testing Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15) 8/13 CA AB 3034 High-Speed Rail Bond Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (58 - 15) 8/13 CA AB 86 Cyber-Bullying Enforcement Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 22) 8/13 CA SB 1171 Expanding Loaded Firearm Restrictions Bill Passed - House (45 - 32) 8/13 CA SB 28 Prohibiting Text Messaging While Driving Bill Passed - House (52 - 24) 8/12 CA AB 2270 Water Softener Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (53 - 19) 8/12 CA AB 1946 Expanding Enforcement of Water Pollution Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - House (48 - 29) 8/12 CA SB 1589 Uncorroborated Jailhouse Informant Testimony Ban Bill Passed - House (41 - 37) 8/11 CA AB 86 Cyber-Bullying Enforcement Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12) 8/07 CA AB 2567 Creation of "Harvey Milk Day" Concurrence Vote Passed - House (47 - 27) 8/07 CA AB 1946 Expanding Enforcement of Water Pollution Laws Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16) 8/07 CA AB 3034 High-Speed Rail Bond Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 10) 8/07 CA AB 2270 Water Softener Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 12) 8/07 CA AB 2654 Expanding Anti-Discrimination Laws Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15) 8/05 CA SB 974 Shipping Fee Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 10) 8/05 CA AB 2567 Creation of "Harvey Milk Day" Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13) 8/05 CA AB 2001 Whistleblower Hotline Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 8) 7/15 CA SB 974 Shipping Fee Bill Passed - House (46 - 24) 7/14 CA AB 97 Trans Fats Ban Concurrence Vote Passed - House (47 - 28) 7/14 CA AB 1155 Penalties for Healthcare Service Plan Underpayments or Failures to Pay Service Providers Concurrence Vote Passed - House (47 - 26) 7/14 CA SB 1527 Sale of Cow Palace Parking Lot Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 9) 7/07 CA AB 2949 Retrieving Abandoned Pets Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14) 7/02 CA AB 97 Trans Fats Ban Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 16) 6/30 CA SB 1137 Residential Property Foreclosures Bill Passed - House (55 - 18) 6/30 CA SB 823 Private Postsecondary Education Regulation Bill Failed - House (41 - 33) 6/23 CA SB 606 'No Child Left Behind' Implementation Bill Passed - House (54 - 24) 6/09 CA SB 606 'No Child Left Behind' Implementation Bill Failed - House (49 - 26) 6/05 CA SB 153 Property Transfer Bill Passed - House (45 - 29) 5/29 CA AB 1819 Voter Registration Age Minimum Changes Bill Passed - House (45 - 31) 5/29 CA AB 2062 Regulation Of Ammunition Sales Bill Passed - House (42 - 32) 5/29 CA SB 1407 Financing Courthouse Construction Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8) 5/29 CA SB 1764 Certification of Local Fire Agencies Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 14) 5/29 CA CA SB 1665 Prison Health Care Facility Bonds Bill Failed - Senate (24 - 15) 5/29 CA SB 1096 Pharmacy Prescription Refill Mailings Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16) 5/29 CA 2099 State IDs for Parolees Bill Passed - House (46 - 31) 5/29 CA AB 2572 Nutritional Disclosure Bill Bill Passed - House (46 - 15) 5/29 CA SB 1499 Foil Balloon Ban Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17) 5/29 CA AB 1830 Subprime Lending Regulations Bill Passed - House (47 - 28) 5/29 CA AB 2076 Prohibiting E-verify Bill Passed - House (43 - 31) 5/29 CA AB 3034 High-Speed Rail Bond Amendments Bill Passed - House (60 - 3) 5/28 CA AB 1991 Development on Half Moon Bay Bill Passed - House (46 - 18) 5/28 CA AB 2279 Prohibiting Employment Discrimination Against Medical Marijuana Patients Bill Passed - House (41 - 35) 5/28 CA AB 2759 Amending the Administration of State Preschool Programs Bill Passed - House (47 - 31) 5/28 CA AB 2368 CalWORKs Eligibility Bill Passed - House (46 - 33) 5/28 CA AB 2747 Disclosing End-of-Life Care Options Bill Passed - House (42 - 34) 5/28 CA AB 2058 Paper and Plastic Bag Tax Bill Passed - House (44 - 33) 5/28 CA AB 2716 Paid Sick Leave Bill Passed - House (45 - 33) 5/27 CA AB 3025 Polystyrene Packaging Regulations Bill Passed - House (42 - 32) 5/27 CA AB 2654 Expanding Anti-Discrimination Laws Bill Passed - House (48 - 30) 5/27 CA AB 1996 Food Stamps for Convicted Drug Felons Bill Passed - House (42 - 35) 5/27 CA SB 1440 Capping Administrative Spending for Health Insurers Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 16) 5/19 CA AB 2567 Creation of "Harvey Milk Day" Bill Passed - House (45 - 28) 5/15 CA SB 1713 Bisphenol A (BPA) Ban Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15) 5/15 CA SB 1589 Uncorroborated Jailhouse Informant Testimony Ban Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 14) 5/15 CA SB 1322 Communist Party Membership Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 16) 5/12 CA SB 1313 Perfluorochemical (PFC) Ban Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15) 5/12 CA SB 1301 Extending Student Financial Aid Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13) 5/05 CA AB 2233 Ban on Holding Pets While Driving Bill Passed - House (44 - 20) 5/01 CA AB 1943 Passenger Rights on Commercial Airlines Bill Passed - House (57 - 17) 4/28 CA SB 1137 Residential Property Foreclosures Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10) 3/12 CA ABx3 9 Oil Tax Bill Failed - House (45 - 30) 2/19 CA GN Borucki Confirmation of Joan Borucki as State Lottery Director Nomination Confirmed - Senate (32 - 3) 1/30 CA SB 926 Mortgage Lender Requirements Bill Failed - Senate (26 - 14) 1/30 CA SB 908 Global Warming Education in Schools Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 13) 1/29 CA AB 624 Disclosing Organizational Diversity Bill Passed - House (45 - 29)

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

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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.