Key Votes

2012 Illinois Key Votes

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12/04 IL SB 681 Authorizes State Residents To Purchase Ammunition From In-State Companies Veto Override Passed - House (78 - 28) 12/04 IL SB 957 Authorizes Temporary Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 14) 5/31 IL SB 1566 Increases License Plate Fees Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate (33 - 21) 5/31 IL HB 1907 Illinois Street Gang and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (93 - 18) 5/31 IL SB 3442 Requires Recycling of Plastic Bags Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 15) 5/31 IL SB 1849 Expands Gambling Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 26) 5/31 IL SB 1064 Prohibits Private Security Services in Detention Centers Bill Failed - House (57 - 58) 5/31 IL SB 1566 Increases License Plate Fees Bill Passed - House (61 - 56) 5/31 IL HB 5440 Establishes a 5 Percent Fee on Satellite TV Companies Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 27) 5/31 IL HB 1447 Pension Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 24) 5/31 IL SB 2621 Amends the Department of Corrections' Early Release Program Bill Passed - House (68 - 50) 5/30 IL SB 3442 Requires Recycling of Plastic Bags Bill Passed - House (72 - 44) 5/29 IL SB 2194 Increases Cigarette Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 27) 5/29 IL HB 5290 Requires Schools to Establish Bullying Policies Bill Failed - Senate (29 - 21) 5/25 IL SB 2194 Increases Cigarette Tax Bill Passed - House (60 - 52) 5/24 IL SB 2840 Limits Medicaid Funding Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (44 - 13) 5/24 IL SB 2840 Limits Medicaid Funding Bill Passed - House (94 - 22) 5/23 IL SB 1849 Expands Gambling Bill Passed - House (69 - 47) 5/22 IL SB 1808 Authorizes Individuals to Record Law Enforcement Officers Bill Passed - House (71 - 45) 5/15 IL HB 3859 Requires Publication of Reduced Tax Rates under the EDGE Program Bill Passed - House (84 - 26) 5/10 IL SB 1313 Limits Health Care Coverage for Retired State Employees Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 20) 5/09 IL SB 1313 Limits Health Care Coverage for Retired State Employees Bill Passed - House (74 - 43) 3/29 IL Amendment No. 4 Requires Physicians to Provide Information About Side Effects of Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Amendment Rejected - House (32 - 68) 3/29 IL HB 5531 Limits Tuition Waivers for State University Employees Bill Failed - House (26 - 75) 3/29 IL HB 3782 Prohibits Employers from Asking for Internet Login Information Bill Passed - House (78 - 30) 3/29 IL HB 4083 Internet Dating Site Requirements Bill Passed - House (83 - 26) 3/28 IL HB 5290 Requires Schools to Establish Bullying Policies Bill Passed - House (61 - 49) 3/26 IL HB 5789 Establishes State Park Fees Bill Passed - House (81 - 29) 3/21 IL HB 3944 Authorizing the Recording of Police Bill Failed - House (45 - 59) 3/21 IL HB 3810 Eliminates General Assembly Scholarships Bill Passed - House (79 - 25) 3/09 IL HB 5099 Prohibits the Use of Cell Phones Near Emergency Scenes Bill Passed - House (62 - 38) 2/28 IL HB 1310 Authorizes Certain Businesses to Permit Smoking Bill Failed - House (30 - 82)

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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:

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  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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