Key Votes

2011 Texas Key Votes

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6/29 TX SB 29 Restricts Certain Types of Touching During Searches by Government Officials Motion Rejected - House (96 - 26) 6/27 TX SB 29 Restricts Certain Types of Touching During Searches by Government Officials Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11) 6/22 TX SB 22 Establishing the Texas Congressional Redistricting Commission Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 13) 6/20 TX SB 4 Congressional Redistricting Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 12) 6/17 TX HB 242 Prohibits Texting While Driving Vetoed - Executive 6/16 TX SB 8 Management and Operation of Public Schools Bill Passed - House (81 - 55) 6/16 TX HB 5 Interstate Health Care Compact Bill Passed - House (92 - 43) 6/15 TX SB 4 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (93 - 47) 6/15 TX SB 9 Enforcement of Federal and State Immigration Laws Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12) 6/10 TX SB 1 2011-2013 Biennium Education Budget Bill Passed - House (83 - 62) 6/09 TX SB 7 Health Care Bill Passed - House (89 - 41) 6/06 TX SB 8 Management and Operation of Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12) 6/06 TX SB 4 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12) 6/03 TX SB 1 2011-2013 Biennium Education Budget Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12) 5/29 TX HB 242 Prohibits Texting While Driving Conference Report Adopted - House (80 - 61) 5/29 TX SB 1811 Reduces Funding for State Agencies Conference Report Adopted - House (84 - 63) 5/28 TX HB 1 2011-2013 Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (97 - 53) 5/28 TX HB 1 2011-2013 Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (20 - 11) 5/25 TX HB 359 Corporal Punishment in Public Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - House (80 - 64) 5/25 TX S Amdt 3 Prohibits Texting While Driving Amendment Adopted - Senate (19 - 12) 5/25 TX H Amdt 1 Interstate Health Care Compact Amendment Adopted - House (99 - 43) 5/23 TX HB 359 Corporal Punishment in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 2) 5/21 TX HB 150 2011-2012 Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 7) 5/20 TX H Amdt 53 Prohibits Smoking in Public Places Amendment Adopted - House (73 - 66) 5/19 TX H Amdt 47 Prohibits State Funding of Facilities that Perform Abortions Amendment Adopted - House (90 - 44) 5/17 TX SB 420 Eligibility for Indigent Health Care Bill Passed - House (102 - 40) 5/16 TX SB 14 Voter Identification Requirements Conference Report Adopted - House (98 - 46) 5/13 TX HB 359 Corporal Punishment in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (84 - 55) 5/10 TX HB 12 Enforcement Of State And Federal Laws Governing Immigration Bill Passed - House (100 - 47) 5/09 TX SB 14 Voter Identification Requirements Conference Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 12) 5/09 TX SB 1581 Concealed Handguns on Campus Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11) 5/05 TX HB 15 Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion Concurrence Vote Passed - House (94 - 41) 5/04 TX HB 1 2011-2013 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12) 5/03 TX HB 15 Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10) 4/28 TX HB 150 2011-2012 Redistricting Bill Passed - House (92 - 54) 4/27 TX HB 2403 Internet Sales Tax Bill Passed - House (125 - 20) 4/03 TX HB 1 2011-2013 Budget Bill Passed - House (98 - 49) 4/01 TX Amdt 143 Requiring Public Colleges and Universities to Fund Student Centers for Family and Traditional Values Amendment Adopted - House (110 - 24) 4/01 TX H Amdt 6 Appropriations for the Department of Aging and Disability Services Amendment Adopted - House (67 - 61) 3/24 TX SB 14 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - House (101 - 48) 3/07 TX HB 15 Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion Bill Passed - House (107 - 42) 2/23 TX SJR 1 Urging Congress to Propose a Balanced Budget Amendment Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (24 - 7) 2/17 TX SB 16 Abortion Procedures Bill Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10) 1/26 TX SB 14 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11)

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

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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.