Key Votes

2012 Tennessee Key Votes

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4/30 TN SB 3597 Prohibits Discrimination Against Religious Student Groups at Public Universities Bill Passed - House (61 - 22) 4/30 TN SB 3597 Prohibits Discrimination Against Religious Student Groups at Public Universities Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12) 4/27 TN SB 3310 Requires Abstinence-Centered Sex Education in Schools Bill Passed - House (68 - 23) 4/26 TN HB 2566 Increases Kindergarten Age Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10) 4/26 TN SJR 710 Amends Judicial Appointment Process Joint Resolution Passed - House (70 - 27) 4/25 TN SB 2580 Requires Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9) 4/25 TN HB 2566 Increases Kindergarten Age Requirements Bill Passed - House (68 - 30) 4/24 TN HB 3808 Requires Publication of Abortion Statistics Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 5) 4/24 TN HJR 587 Opposes the United Nations Agenda 21 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (19 - 11) 4/23 TN SJR 710 Amends Judicial Appointment Process Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (22 - 9) 4/18 TN HB 3517 Expands Definition of Offense Against Fetuses Bill Passed - House (80 - 18) 4/16 TN SB 3345 Limits the Number of Foreign Nationals that May Work in a Charter School Bill Passed - House (63 - 29) 4/16 TN SB 2514 Amends Eligibility Requirements for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10) 4/12 TN SB 3345 Limits the Number of Foreign Nationals that May Work in a Charter School Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13) 3/29 TN HB 3808 Requires Publication of Abortion Statistics Bill Passed - House (72 - 24) 3/26 TN HB 368 Scientific Theories in the Classroom Concurrence Vote Passed - House (72 - 23) 3/19 TN HB 368 Scientific Theories in the Classroom Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8) 3/15 TN HJR 587 Opposes the United Nations Agenda 21 Joint Resolution Passed - House (72 - 23) 2/27 TN HB 2638 Prohibits Camping in Non-Designated Areas of Public Property Concurrence Vote Passed - House (67 - 21) 2/23 TN HB 2638 Prohibits Camping in Non-Designated Areas of Public Property Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 9) 2/16 TN HB 2638 Prohibits Camping in Non-Designated Areas of Public Property Bill Passed - House (70 - 26) 1/19 TN SB 1514 State Senate Redistricting Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 10) 1/18 TN SB 1514 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - House (75 - 19) 1/13 TN HB 1555 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10) 1/13 TN HB 1558 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9) 1/12 TN HB 1555 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - House (67 - 25) 1/12 TN HB 1558 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (68 - 25)

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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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