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Selected Sponsorships

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
May 14, 2012 HB 1005 Establishes Limits for Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana House Co-sponsor
Jan. 31, 2012 SB 117 Establishes Limits for Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 20, 2012 HB 1111 Voter Identification Amendments House Co-sponsor
Jan. 20, 2012 HB 1130 Penalties for Violent Offenses Against Fetuses House Co-sponsor
Jan. 17, 2012 HB 1088 Authorizes the Use of Deadly Force Against Intruders in a Place of Business House Sponsor
Jan. 17, 2012 HR 1003 Repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act House Co-sponsor
Jan. 11, 2012 HB 1048 Repeals State Background Checks for Firearm Purchases House Co-sponsor
Jan. 11, 2012 HB 1064 Prohibits Gun Restrictions During Emergencies House Co-sponsor
May 3, 2011 HB 1319 Congressional Redistricting House Co-sponsor
March 2, 2011 HB 1273 State Health Care Enactment House Sponsor
Feb. 4, 2011 HB 1205 Authorizing the Concealed Carry of a Firearm Without a Permit House Sponsor
Jan. 24, 2011 HB 1140 Immigration Enforcement House Co-sponsor
Jan. 24, 2011 HB 1141 Reduces Business Taxes House Sponsor
Jan. 12, 2011 HB 1003 Changes to Voter Identification Requirements Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 12, 2011 HB 1005 Repeal of Tax on Agricultural Products House Co-sponsor

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

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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.

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