Key Votes

2012 Pennsylvania Key Votes

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10/17 PA HB 2626 Authorizes Employers to Keep Income Taxes Paid by their Employees Concurrence Vote Passed - House (111 - 80) 10/17 PA SB 850 Repeals Mandatory Life Sentences for Certain Juvenile Offenders Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 12) 10/17 PA HB 2626 Authorizes Employers to Keep Income Taxes Paid by their Employees Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16) 10/17 PA SB 941 Increases Penalties for Public Intoxication Bill Passed - House (104 - 87) 10/17 PA HB 815 Reduces the Offense of "Sexting" for Minors Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 12) 10/16 PA SB 1115 Amends Charter School Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 16) 10/03 PA SB 1480 2012-2013 Supplemental Capital Budget Bill Passed - House (142 - 55) 9/25 PA SB 367 Authorizes Natural Resource Development Concurrence Vote Passed - House (136 - 62) 6/30 PA HB 254 Expands Use of Red-Light Cameras Concurrence Vote Passed - House (113 - 72) 6/30 PA HB 761 Exempts Certain Transfers from the Realty Transfer Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - House (140 - 56) 6/30 PA HB 1261 Repeals the General Assistance Cash Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (102 - 91) 6/30 PA HB 3 Authorizes Public-Private Partnerships for Transportation Projects Concurrence Vote Passed - House (117 - 79) 6/30 PA SB 1263 Prohibits Gas Drilling in Certain Areas Bill Passed - House (123 - 74) 6/30 PA SB 1115 Amends Charter School Laws Bill Passed - House (120 - 77) 6/29 PA SB 1466 2012-2013 Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 17) 6/29 PA HB 254 Expands Use of Red-Light Cameras Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 15) 6/29 PA HB 1261 Repeals the General Assistance Cash Program Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18) 6/28 PA HB 1307 Authorizes State Control of Financially Distressed Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - House (106 - 95) 6/28 PA SB 1466 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - House (120 - 81) 6/19 PA HB 1307 Authorizes State Control of Financially Distressed Schools Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 21) 6/18 PA HB 1521 Prohibits Hidden Compartments in Vehicles Bill Passed - House (114 - 83) 6/13 PA HB 2400 Expands Wiretapping Authority Bill Passed - House (145 - 52) 6/06 PA SB 1310 Authorizes Repayment of Unemployment Debt to the Federal Government Concurrence Vote Passed - House (129 - 67) 6/06 PA HB 2191 Authorizes Payday Loans Bill Passed - House (102 - 90) 6/05 PA SB 1310 Authorizes Repayment of Unemployment Debt to the Federal Government Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 19) 4/04 PA HB 153 Reduces the Number of Members in the General Assembly Bill Passed - House (140 - 49) 3/14 PA HB 934 Amends Voter Identification Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - House (104 - 88) 3/07 PA HB 934 Amends Voter Identification Laws Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23) 2/08 PA HB 1950 Amends Statutes Concerning Oil and Gas Resources Conference Report Adopted - House (101 - 90) 2/07 PA HB 1950 Amends Statutes Concerning Oil and Gas Resources Conference Report Adopted - Senate (31 - 19)

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.