Key Votes

2013 Virginia Key Votes

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2/23 VA HB 2313 Repeals the Retail Gas Tax and Establishes a Wholesale Gas Tax Conference Report Adopted - Senate (25 - 15) 2/22 VA HB 2313 Repeals the Retail Gas Tax and Establishes a Wholesale Gas Tax Conference Report Adopted - House (60 - 40) 2/20 VA SB 1324 Establishes Education Institution and Board Bill Passed - House (64 - 34) 2/20 VA SB 1256 Requires Photo Identification for Voting Bill Passed - House (65 - 34) 2/19 VA HB 1907 Increases Fines for Texting While Driving Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12) 2/14 VA SB 1335 Prohibits Disclosure of Concealed Firearm Permit Information Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 9) 2/13 VA HB 2313 Repeals the Retail Gas Tax and Establishes a Wholesale Gas Tax Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 14) 2/12 VA SB 1335 Prohibits Disclosure of Concealed Firearm Permit Information Bill Passed - House (76 - 23) 2/11 VA HB 1617 Authorizes Student Organizations to Limit Membership Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18) 2/05 VA SB 1324 Establishes Education Institution and Board Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20) 2/05 VA SB 1256 Requires Photo Identification for Voting Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20) 2/05 VA SB 719 Amends Voting Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20) 2/04 VA SB 721 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 20) 2/04 VA HB 1999 Requires the Development of a School Grading System Bill Passed - House (54 - 40) 1/31 VA SB 975 Prohibits Smoking in a Vehicle with Minors Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 10) 1/31 VA HB 1617 Authorizes Student Organizations to Limit Membership Bill Passed - House (80 - 19) 1/31 VA HB 1442 Authorizes Home-Schooled Students To Participate In Interscholastic Programs Bill Passed - House (56 - 43) 1/28 VA SB 690 Reduces the Number of Signatures Required to Run for President Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 17) 1/22 VA SB 736 Prohibits Opening a Vehicle Door Adjacent to a Lane of Traffic Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 17)

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.