Key Votes

2008 South Carolina Key Votes

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10/21 SC S 429 DNA Sampling Upon Felony Arrest Veto Override Passed - House (86 - 25) 10/21 SC H Amdt 20 to H 5300 Repealing Property Tax Exemption Amendment Tabled - House (98 - 17) 10/21 SC H Amdt 11 to H 5300 Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. Funding Amendment Tabled - House (66 - 50) 5/29 SC H 4400 Immigration Bill Concurrence Vote Passed - House (94 - 16) 5/27 SC H 3567 Cigarette Tax Increase Veto Override Failed - House (54 - 57) 5/21 SC H 3816 Bankruptcy Exemptions Veto Override Passed - House (78 - 26) 5/21 SC H Amdt 4A Cigarette Tax for Small Business Employee Health Care Amendment Tabled - House (60 - 58) 5/21 SC H Amdt 3A Cigarette Tax Increase for Employee Health Care Amendment Tabled - House (67 - 51) 5/21 SC H Amdt 7A To Reduce Income Tax Amendment Tabled - House (68 - 52) 5/14 SC H 3032 Immigration Reform Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate (20 - 26) 5/07 SC S Amdt P-4A Cigarette Tax Rate Adjustment Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (18 - 24) 5/07 SC Amendment No. 8A Requiring Employers to Verify Immigration the Status of Their Employees Amendment Adopted - House (80 - 33) 5/07 SC H 3567 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 11) 5/06 SC S Amdt P-1 Cigarette Tax Increase for Medicaid Amendment Tabled - Senate (31 - 13) 4/10 SC H 3427 Ending Common Law Marriage Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (21 - 17) 4/09 SC H 4549 Funding Road Repair and Maintenance Bill Passed - House (91 - 9) 4/09 SC H 4673 Cost-of-Living Pension Increases for Retired Legislators and State Workers Bill Passed - House (58 - 51) 4/02 SC AM 1 Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit Amendment Rejected - House (40 - 73) 4/02 SC H 4550 Marriage Tax Cut Bill Passed - House (100 - 14) 3/05 SC H 4620 Expanding Governor's Appointment Power Joint Resolution Passed - House (83 - 24) 2/19 SC AM 4 to S 398 Prohibiting Payday Lending Amendment Bill Tabled - Senate (23 - 18) 1/31 SC H 4400 Immigration Bill Bill Passed - House (80 - 13)

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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

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