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Key Votes

Heather Steans' Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care

Full Name: Heather A. Steans
Office: State Senate (IL) - District 7, Democratic
First Elected: 02/05/2008
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2016
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Leo; 3 Children: Ryan, Sam, Abby
Birth Date: 05/08/1963
Birth Place: Lake Forest, IL
Home City: Chicago, IL

Illinois Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
May 29, 2014 SB 741 Establishes Certain Medicaid Coverage Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(46 - 10)
Yea
May 17, 2013 HB 1 Authorizes the Use of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate
(35 - 21)
Yea
April 25, 2013 SB 2187 Authorizes Psychologists to Prescribe Drugs Bill Passed - Senate
(37 - 10)
Yea
Feb. 14, 2013 SB 622 Increases Physician License Fees Bill Passed - Senate
(38 - 19)
Yea
Jan. 24, 2013 SB 741 Establishes Certain Medicaid Coverage Senate Co-sponsor
May 31, 2012 HB 1447 Pension Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 24)
Yea
May 29, 2012 SB 2194 Increases Cigarette Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(31 - 27)
Yea
May 24, 2012 SB 2840 Limits Medicaid Funding Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(44 - 13)
Yea
May 10, 2012 SB 1313 Limits Health Care Coverage for Retired State Employees Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(31 - 20)
Did Not Vote
May 31, 2011 SB 145 Nursing Home Infection Control Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(33 - 24)
Yea
May 26, 2011 HB 1600 Limits Artificial Trans Fats Bill Failed - Senate
(13 - 40)
Yea
Jan. 27, 2011 SB 145 Nursing Home Infection Control House Sponsor
March 18, 2010 SB 615 Local Food, Farms and Jobs Act Bill Passed - Senate
(39 - 16)
Yea
Aug. 19, 2008 HB 5285 Extending Parental Health Insurance to Unmarried Dependents Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(35 - 17)
Yea
April 17, 2008 SB 2858 Public School Trans Fat Ban Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 19)
Yea

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  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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