Key Votes

2013 Maryland Key Votes

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4/08 MD HB 224 Amends Voting Procedures Concurrence Vote Passed - House (99 - 40) 4/08 MD HB 224 Amends Voting Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 11) 4/08 MD SB 422 Requires Public School Teachers to Pay Labor Union Fees Bill Passed - House (99 - 41) 4/06 MD HB 1107 Amends Prince George's County School System Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - House (79 - 47) 4/05 MD SB 715 Amends Driver's License Requirements for Undocumented Individuals Bill Passed - House (82 - 55) 4/04 MD SB 281 Amends Firearms Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 19) 4/04 MD SB 422 Requires Public School Teachers to Pay Labor Union Fees Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 13) 4/03 MD SB 281 Amends Firearms Regulations Bill Passed - House (78 - 61) 4/02 MD SB 183 Authorizes Tax Credits for Certain Film Production Activities Bill Passed - House (108 - 31) 4/01 MD SB 580 Expands Affirmative Defense to include a Caregiver Providing Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (95 - 37) 3/29 MD HB 1515 Increases the Gas Tax Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20) 3/27 MD SB 274 Expands Medicaid Coverage Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 11) 3/25 MD SB 715 Amends Driver's License Requirements for Undocumented Individuals Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 18) 3/25 MD SB 339 Classifies Using a Cell Phone While Driving As a Primary Offense Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 6) 3/25 MD HB 1101 Authorizes Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (108 - 28) 3/25 MD HB 228 Specifies Operation Procedures for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Bill Passed - House (93 - 43) 3/22 MD HB 860 Authorizes Construction and Renovation of Public Schools Bill Passed - House (107 - 30) 3/22 MD HB 1515 Increases the Gas Tax Bill Passed - House (76 - 63) 3/21 MD HB 753 Classifies Cell Phone Use While Driving as a Primary Offense Bill Passed - House (106 - 29) 3/20 MD SB 30 Prohibits Smoking in Vehicles Containing Children Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20) 3/19 MD SB 297 Reduces Fine for Marijuana Possession Under 10 Grams Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 16) 3/18 MD HB 226 Establishes Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (88 - 48) 3/15 MD SB 276 Repeals the Death Penalty Bill Passed - House (82 - 56) 3/15 MD HB 100 2013-2014 Budget Bill Passed - House (101 - 36) 3/11 MD SB 279 Amends Early Voting Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 12) 3/08 MD HB 226 Establishes Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 15) 3/06 MD SB 276 Repeals the Death Penalty Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20) 2/28 MD SB 281 Amends Firearms Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 19) 2/22 MD HB 226 Establishes Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits Bill Passed - House (86 - 48) 2/08 MD SB 74 Prohibits Operating a Vessel Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 8)

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.