Key Votes

2012 Maryland Key Votes

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8/15 MD SB 1 Expands Gambling Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 14) 8/14 MD SB 1 Expands Gambling Bill Passed - House (71 - 59) 5/16 MD SB 1302 Increases Tax Rates for Certain Individuals Bill Passed - House (77 - 60) 5/16 MD SB 1301 Amends Teacher Pension Funding Bill Passed - House (86 - 51) 5/15 MD SB 1302 Increases Tax Rates for Certain Individuals Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 19) 5/15 MD SB 1301 Amends Teacher Pension Funding Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 13) 4/09 MD SB 236 Septic System Installation Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 15) 4/06 MD SB 236 Septic System Installation Requirements Bill Passed - House (93 - 45) 4/06 MD SB 433 Prohibits Employers from Asking for Private Passwords Bill Passed - House (128 - 10) 4/05 MD HB 443 Establishes State Health Insurance Exchanges Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 11) 4/05 MD HB 373 Raises the Dropout Age for Public School Students Bill Passed - House (88 - 49) 3/30 MD HB 441 Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (88 - 47) 3/27 MD SB 892 Expands Gambling Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 11) 3/26 MD HB 443 Establishes State Health Insurance Exchanges Bill Passed - House (94 - 44) 3/15 MD HB 650 Reduces Prison Sentences for Inmates Seeking Education Bill Passed - House (81 - 54) 3/15 MD SB 523 Increases State Income Tax Rates Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 20) 3/14 MD SB 559 Prohibits Smoking in a Vehicle with Children Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 19) 2/23 MD HB 438 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 22) 2/17 MD HB 438 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - House (72 - 67)

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.