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Key Votes

Jim Nielsen's Voting Records on Issue: Drugs

Full Name: James 'Jim' Wiley Nielsen
Office: State Senate (CA) - District 4, Republican
First Elected: 01/08/2013
Next Election: 2016
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for State Senate - District 4
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Marilyn; 5 Children: Prima, Brandi, Jim, Adam, Bryan
Birth Date: 08/31/1944
Birth Place: Fresno, CA
Home City: San Joaquin Valley, CA

California Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
May 28, 2014 SB 1010 Amends Punishment for Cocaine Usage Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 12)
Nay
Sept. 10, 2013 SB 649 Classifies Certain Drug Infractions as Misdemeanors Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(24 - 14)
Nay
Aug. 26, 2013 AB 721 Amends Definition for the Transportation of Controlled Substances Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 15)
Nay
May 2, 2013 SB 649 Classifies Certain Drug Infractions as Misdemeanors Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 14)
Nay
Aug. 27, 2012 AB 472 Authorizes Immunity for Reporting Drug Overdoses Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(55 - 24)
Nay
May 13, 2010 AB 1756 Food Stamps for Drug Felons Bill Passed - House
(44 - 31)
Nay

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