Key Votes

2012 Virginia Key Votes

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4/17 VA HB 1301 2012-2014 Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 19) 4/17 VA HB 1301 2012-2014 Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (77 - 19) 3/26 VA Saslaw Amdt Requires Reimbursement of the Full Cost of Ultrasounds Required Prior to Abortions Amendment Rejected - Senate (19 - 20) 3/08 VA SB 1 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (66 - 31) 3/06 VA HB 1228 Increases Salary for State Legislators Bill Failed - Senate (9 - 31) 3/01 VA HB 462 Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 35) 2/28 VA HB 462 Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19) 2/27 VA HB 1112 Repeals HPV Vaccine Requirement Motion Agreed - Senate (22 - 17) 2/27 VA HB 9 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20) 2/23 VA SB 30 2012-2014 Biennium Budget Bill Failed - Senate (20 - 17) 2/22 VA SB 349 Authorizing Private Adoption Agencies to Refuse Certain Placements Bill Passed - House (71 - 28) 2/22 VA SB 323 Repeals Purchase Limit for Handguns Bill Passed - House (64 - 32) 2/21 VA HB 189 Authorizes Adoption Agencies to Refuse Adoptions for Religious Reasons Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18) 2/20 VA HB 48 Authorizing Physical Force Against Intruders Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 16) 2/17 VA SB 131 Establishes Tax Deductions for Corporations Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20) 2/14 VA SB 6 Requires Drug Tests for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20) 2/14 VA HB 462 Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion Bill Passed - House (63 - 36) 2/14 VA HB 1060 Requires Law Enforcement to Ask About Immigration Status During an Arrest Bill Passed - House (75 - 25) 2/14 VA HB 1 Defines Life as Beginning at Conception Bill Passed - House (66 - 32) 2/14 VA SB 438 Amends Teacher Contracts Bill Failed - Senate (18 - 20) 2/14 VA HB 1129 Reduces State Employee Retirement Benefits Bill Passed - House (74 - 26) 2/13 VA HB 940 Repeals Purchase Limit for Handguns Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19) 2/13 VA HB 576 Amends Teacher Contract and Evaluation Policies Bill Passed - House (55 - 43) 2/09 VA SB 349 Authorizing Private Adoption Agencies to Refuse Certain Placements Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18) 2/09 VA HB 14 Provides Civil Immunity for the Use of Force Against Intruders Bill Passed - House (75 - 22) 2/09 VA HB 48 Authorizing Physical Force Against Intruders Bill Passed - House (70 - 28) 2/08 VA HB 947 Authorizes Home-Schooled Students to Participate in Interscholastic Programs Bill Passed - House (59 - 39) 2/06 VA SB 323 Repeals Purchase Limit for Handguns Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19) 2/06 VA SB 1 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20) 2/03 VA HB 62 Prohibits State Funding for Abortion Bill Passed - House (64 - 35) 2/03 VA HB 189 Authorizes Adoption Agencies to Refuse Adoptions for Religious Reasons Bill Passed - House (71 - 28) 2/01 VA HB 940 Repeals Purchase Limit for Handguns Bill Passed - House (66 - 32) 2/01 VA HB 9 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - House (69 - 30) 1/27 VA HB 1112 Repeals HPV Vaccine Requirement Bill Passed - House (62 - 34) 1/26 VA SB 464 Authorizes Hunting on Sundays Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 11) 1/20 VA HB 251 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 19) 1/13 VA HB 251 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (74 - 21)

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.