Key Votes

2011 Pennsylvania Key Votes

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2/15 PA HB 262 New Gaming Unit in the Office of Attorney General Bill Passed - House (126 - 72) 4/11 PA HB 1 Comparative Negligence Provisions Bill Passed - House (112 - 88) 5/23 PA HB 815 Reduces the Offense of "Sexting" for Minors Bill Passed - House (178 - 20) 3/04 PA HB 934 Amends Voter Identification Laws 12/07 PA HB 242 Permitting the On-Site Sale of Alcohol at Distilleries Concurrence Vote Passed - House (164 - 29) 6/30 PA SB 330 Amending The Taxpayer Relief Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 17) 6/30 PA HB 960 Public Assistance Program Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (130 - 66) 10/18 PA SB 1151 Fiscal Emergency Bill Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 13) 6/29 PA HB 1485 2011-2012 Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (109 - 92) 6/30 PA HB 960 Public Assistance Program Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 15) 6/30 PA SB 330 Amending The Taxpayer Relief Act Bill Passed - House (109 - 86) 12/07 PA HB 242 Permitting the On-Site Sale of Alcohol at Distilleries Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 9) 12/20 PA SB 1249 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (136 - 61) 6/27 PA SB 1131 Tort Amendments Bill Passed - House (116 - 83) 12/14 PA H Amdt 7732 Tuition Vouchers for Charter Schools Amendment Rejected - House (90 - 105) 6/28 PA HB 1485 2011-2012 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 20) 5/11 PA SB 612 Guidelines for Teacher Suspension Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 12) 10/25 PA SB 595 Authorizes the Use of Red Light Cameras Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 14) 10/26 PA SB 1 Charter School Guidelines Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22) 11/14 PA HB 1503 Angel Investment Tax Credits Bill Passed - House (151 - 44) 11/15 PA HB 439 Hiring Undocumented Workers Bill Passed - House (122 - 74) 11/17 PA HB 1950 Amends Statutes Concerning Oil and Gas Resources Bill Passed - House (107 - 76) 12/12 PA HB 1977 Amending Insurance Coverage of Abortions Bill Passed - House (146 - 45) 11/15 PA SB 1100 Regulation of Oil and Natural Gas Resources Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20) 6/23 PA HB 934 Amends Voter Identification Laws Bill Passed - House (108 - 88) 5/11 PA HB 574 Amending the Health Care Facilities Act of 1979 Bill Passed - House (148 - 43) 6/21 PA SB 1131 Tort Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 18) 12/14 PA SB 1249 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)

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.