Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
3/13/12 SB 237 Amending Sexual Education Guidelines
Bill Passed - House (60 - 34)
Yea
3/13/12 SB 92 Prohibits Abortion Coverage through Healthcare Insurance Exchanges
Bill Passed - House (61 - 34)
Yea
3/06/12 AJR 63 Limits Recalls of Elected Officials
Amendment Adopted - House (60 - 37)
Yea
2/21/12 SB 202 Repeals Punitive Damages for Workplace Discrimination
Bill Passed - House (60 - 35)
Yea
1/26/12 AB 426 Requirements for Mining Permits
Bill Passed - House (59 - 36)
Yea
1/06/12 SB 368 Amends Wetland Development Regulations
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
12/14/11 AB 426 Requirements for Mining Permits
None - House
Co-sponsor
11/01/11 AB 147 Inadmissibility of Apology Statements by Health Care Providers
Bill Passed - House (62 - 33)
Yea
11/01/11 AB 69 Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense
Bill Passed - House (71 - 24)
Yea
11/01/11 SB 45 Administration of Medications to Students
Bill Passed - House (63 - 32)
Yea
10/12/11 AJR 63 Limits Recalls of Elected Officials
None - House
Sponsor
9/27/11 SB 202 Repeals Punitive Damages for Workplace Discrimination
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
9/13/11 SB 115 Presidential Primary Date
Bill Passed - House (65 - 32)
Yea
7/20/11 SB 148 Legislative Redistricting
Bill Passed - House (57 - 40)
Yea
7/20/11 SB 149 Congressional Redistricting
Bill Passed - House (59 - 38)
Yea
6/21/11 SB 93 Weapons Law Amendments
Bill Passed - House (68 - 27)
Yea
6/14/11 AB 40 2011-2013 Biennium Budget
Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
Yea
5/11/11 AB 7 Voter Identification Requirements
Bill Passed - House (60 - 35)
Yea
5/11/11 SB 13 Repealing Regulations for Telecommunications Services
Bill Passed - House (80 - 13)
Yea
5/10/11 SB 93 Weapons Law Amendments
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
4/28/11 SB 13 Repealing Regulations for Telecommunications Services
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
3/10/11 AB 11 Collective Bargaining Rights for Public Employees
Conference Report Adopted - House (53 - 42)
Yea
2/25/11 AB 11 Collective Bargaining Rights for Public Employees
Bill Passed - House (51 - 17)
Yea
2/02/11 SB 10 Wetland Regulations
Bill Passed - House (56 - 35)
Yea
1/27/11 AB 7 Voter Identification Requirements
None - House
Sponsor
1/25/11 AB 5 Requiring a Two-Thirds Vote in the Legislature for Tax Increases
Bill Passed - House (57 - 36)
Yea
1/25/11 AB 7 Small Business Tax Credit
Bill Passed - House (60 - 33)
Yea
1/20/11 AB 3 Tax Incentives for Job Creation
Bill Passed - House (82 - 12)
Yea
1/20/11 SB 1 Tort Law Amendments
Bill Passed - House (57 - 36)
Yea
1/20/11 SB 2 Tax Benefits for Health Savings Accounts
Bill Passed - House (66 - 28)
Yea

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.