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South Dakota Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 19, 2012 SB 157 Prohibits Cities From Limiting Outdoor Digital Billboards Veto Override Passed - Senate
(26 - 7)
Nay
Feb. 28, 2012 HB 1228 Tax Credits for Alternative Energy Projects Bill Passed - Senate
(18 - 15)
Yea
Feb. 28, 2012 HB 1248 Authorizes the Concealed Carry of a Handgun Without a Permit Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 11)
Nay
Feb. 28, 2012 HB 1253 Prohibits State Enforcement of Religious Codes Bill Passed - Senate
(29 - 4)
Yea
Feb. 27, 2012 HB 1206 Repeals the South Dakota Sales Tax on Food Refund Program Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 9)
Yea
Feb. 27, 2012 HB 1234 Eliminates Teacher Tenure Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 12)
Yea
Jan. 30, 2012 HCR 1004 Urging Academic Study of the Bible in Public Schools Resolution Passed - Senate
(25 - 10)
Nay
Jan. 24, 2012 SB 141 Amends the Definition of Domestic Abuse Senate Sponsor
Oct. 24, 2011 HB 1001 State Legislative Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 4)
Yea
March 2, 2011 HB 1217 Requiring Counseling and a Waiting Period Prior to an Abortion Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 13)
Nay
Feb. 23, 2011 SB 156 Prohibits Employment of Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 12)
Nay
March 30, 2010 SB 196 2010-2011 Budget Bill Passed - Senate
(20 - 14)
Yea
March 29, 2010 SB 121 Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Education Promotion Programs Veto Override Passed - Senate
(30 - 4)
Nay
March 29, 2010 SB 169 Insurance Law Amendments Veto Override Failed - Senate
(21 - 13)
Yea
March 10, 2010 SB 169 Insurance Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(20 - 15)
Yea
March 9, 2010 HB 1231 Prescription Drug Registry Bill Passed - Senate
(28 - 5)
Yea
March 8, 2010 HB 1240 Need-Based Education Grant Fund Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 11)
Yea
March 4, 2010 Cooper Nomination John L. Cooper, Game, Fish and Parks Commission Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(22 - 12)
Yea
Feb. 24, 2010 HCR 1009 Urges Changes to the Public School Environmental Curriculum Resolution Passed - Senate
(18 - 17)
Yea
Feb. 18, 2010 SB 89 Exempts Certain Firearms From Federal Regulation Bill Passed - Senate
(29 - 4)
Yea
Feb. 11, 2010 Jerstad Amdt Per Student Funding Increase Amendment Rejected - Senate
(17 - 18)
Nay
Feb. 2, 2010 HB 1231 Prescription Drug Registry House Sponsor
Feb. 2, 2010 SB 169 Insurance Protection Senate Sponsor
Jan. 28, 2010 HB 1178 Prohibiting Text Messaging While Driving House Sponsor
Jan. 27, 2010 SB 18 Restrictions on Retirement for Rehired Public Employees Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 10)
Yea
Jan. 22, 2010 SB 89 Exempts Certain Firearms From Federal Regulation Senate Sponsor
March 13, 2009 HB 1300 2009-2010 Budget Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 10)
Yea
March 12, 2009 HB 1197 Tax Changes Relating to Single Family Dwellings Under Construction Veto Override Passed - Senate
(26 - 8)
Nay
March 4, 2009 HB 1240 Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 14)
Nay
Feb. 23, 2009 SB 195 Stem Cell Research Amendments Bill Failed - Senate
(14 - 20)
Yea
Feb. 18, 2009 HB 1171 Exemptions from School District Minimum Size Requirements Bill Passed - Senate
(20 - 12)
Did Not Vote
Feb. 17, 2009 SB 106 School Funding Formula Revision Bill Passed - Senate
(26 - 7)
Nay
Feb. 12, 2009 SB 156 Expansion of Hate Crime Law Bill Failed - Senate
(13 - 21)
Nay
Feb. 9, 2009 SJR 1 Authorization of Legal Gaming due to Gaming in Bordering States Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(20 - 15)
Nay
Feb. 9, 2009 SJR 3 Extending Senate Terms and Legislative Term-Limits Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(21 - 14)
Yea
Feb. 3, 2009 SB 79 Primary Seat Belt Enforcement Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 13)
Yea
Feb. 3, 2009 SB 83 Statewide Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Failed - Senate
(17 - 18)
Nay

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:

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  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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