Key Votes

2012 Maryland Key Votes

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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) 3/14 MD SB 559 Prohibits Smoking in a Vehicle with Children Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 19) 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) 3/27 MD SB 892 Expands Gambling Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 11) 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) 4/05 MD HB 443 Establishes State Health Insurance Exchanges Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 11) 3/26 MD HB 443 Establishes State Health Insurance Exchanges Bill Passed - House (94 - 44) 4/05 MD HB 373 Raises the Dropout Age for Public School Students Bill Passed - House (88 - 49) 4/06 MD SB 433 Prohibits Employers from Asking for Private Passwords Bill Passed - House (128 - 10) 3/30 MD HB 441 Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (88 - 47) 5/16 MD SB 1302 Increases Tax Rates for Certain Individuals Bill Passed - House (77 - 60) 5/15 MD SB 1302 Increases Tax Rates for Certain Individuals Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 19) 5/16 MD SB 1301 Amends Teacher Pension Funding Bill Passed - House (86 - 51) 5/15 MD SB 1301 Amends Teacher Pension Funding Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 13) 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)

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