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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
April 12, 2013 HR 1120 Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act Bill Passed - House
(219 - 209)
Nay
March 21, 2013 H Con Res 25 Establishing the Budget for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2014 and Setting Forth Appropriate Budgetary Levels for Fiscal Years 2015 Through 2023 Joint Resolution Passed - House
(221 - 207)
Nay
March 21, 2013 HR 933 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(318 - 109)
Yea
March 15, 2013 HR 803 Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act (SKILLS Act) Bill Passed - House
(215 - 202)
Nay
March 13, 2013 HR 890 Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House
(246 - 181)
Nay
March 6, 2013 HR 933 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 Bill Passed - House
(267 - 151)
Yea
Feb. 28, 2013 H Amdt 23 Reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act Amendment Rejected - House
(166 - 257)
Nay
Feb. 28, 2013 S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House
(286 - 138)
Yea
Feb. 15, 2013 HR 273 Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees Bill Passed - House
(261 - 154)
Nay
Jan. 23, 2013 HR 325 No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House
(285 - 144)
Nay
Jan. 15, 2013 H Amdt 4 Offsets Cost of Disaster Relief Appropriations Through Discretionary Budget Cuts Amendment Rejected - House
(162 - 258)
Nay
Jan. 15, 2013 HR 152 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 Bill Passed - House
(241 - 180)
Did Not Vote

California Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Aug. 31, 2012 SB 1234 Establishes Retirement Program for Private Sector Employees Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(25 - 13)
Yea
Aug. 30, 2012 AB 1478 Appropriates Funds for State Parks for 2 Years Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 12)
Yea
Aug. 30, 2012 ACR 161 Establishes September as "Food Literacy Awareness Month" Resolution Passed - Senate
(22 - 13)
Yea
Aug. 30, 2012 SB 1172 Prohibits Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(23 - 13)
Yea
Aug. 29, 2012 AB 2189 Authorizes Driver's Licenses for Certain Individuals Ineligible for a Social Security Number Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 7)
Yea
Aug. 29, 2012 AB 889 Establishes Work Condition Requirements for Domestic Work Employees Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 13)
Yea
Aug. 29, 2012 SB 1476 Authorizes Courts to Designate More than 2 Individuals as Parents of a Child Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(21 - 13)
Yea
Aug. 28, 2012 AB 2132 Encourages State Universities to Include Public Service in Tenure Policy Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 14)
Yea
Aug. 27, 2012 AB 2346 Authorizes Farm Workers to Sue Employers for Health or Safety Violations Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 12)
Yea
Aug. 27, 2012 SB 1221 Prohibits the Use of Dogs to Hunt Bears or Bobcats Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(22 - 13)
Yea
Aug. 23, 2012 AB 1436 Authorizes Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 13)
Yea
Aug. 22, 2012 AB 1640 Expands Cash Assistance Programs for Pregnant Teenagers Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 12)
Yea
Aug. 22, 2012 AB 2109 Requires Parents to Obtain a Waiver for Unvaccinated Children Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 14)
Did Not Vote
Aug. 22, 2012 AB 2327 Increases Penalties for the Misuse of Funds by Charitable Organizations Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 12)
Yea
Aug. 22, 2012 AB 2348 Authorizes Registered Nurses to Dispense Contraceptives Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 15)
Yea
Aug. 22, 2012 AB 472 Authorizes Immunity for Reporting Drug Overdoses Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 16)
Yea
Aug. 21, 2012 HB 2676 Increases Penalties For Agriculture Health And Safety Violations Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 12)
Yea
Aug. 20, 2012 AB 1313 Requires Overtime Wages for Agricultural Workers Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 15)
Yea
Aug. 20, 2012 SB 9 Sentence Reconsideration for Juvenile Offenders Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(21 - 17)
Yea
July 6, 2012 SB 1029 Authorizes the Sale of State Bonds for a High-Speed Rail Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(21 - 16)
Yea
July 5, 2012 AB 1081 Prohibits Excessive Detention of Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 13)
Yea
July 2, 2012 AB 278 Establishes Regulations for Foreclosure Procedures on Home Loans Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(25 - 13)
Yea
July 2, 2012 SB 900 Establishes Regulations for Home Loans Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(25 - 13)
Yea
June 27, 2012 AB 1499 Ballot Order for Statewide Measures Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 15)
Yea
June 15, 2012 AB 1464 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 16)
Yea
June 14, 2012 AB 2127 Authorizes Work Release for Certain Offenders Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 14)
Yea
May 31, 2012 SB 1140 Exempts Religious Institutions from Performing Same-Sex Marriages Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 11)
Yea
May 31, 2012 SB 1506 Reduces Charges for Possession of Controlled Substances Bill Failed - Senate
(11 - 24)
Did Not Vote
May 31, 2012 SB 1525 Establishes a Student Athlete Bill of Rights Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 14)
Yea
May 31, 2012 SB 956 Regulates Buy-Here-Pay-Here Car Loans and Lenders Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 12)
Yea
May 30, 2012 SB 1054 Requires Notifying Property Owners Prior to Hydraulic Fracturing Bill Failed - Senate
(17 - 18)
Yea
May 30, 2012 SB 1172 Prohibits Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 13)
Yea
May 30, 2012 SB 1234 Establishes Retirement Program for Private Sector Employees Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 13)
Yea
May 30, 2012 SB 1476 Authorizes Courts to Designate More than 2 Individuals as Parents of a Child Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 13)
Yea
May 21, 2012 SB 1221 Prohibits the Use of Dogs to Hunt Bears or Bobcats Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 15)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2012 SB 81 Funding For School Transportation Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(26 - 8)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2012 SB 95 Increase State's Ability to Borrow Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(24 - 14)
Yea
Jan. 26, 2012 SB 810 Establishes a Single-Payer Health Care System Bill Failed - Senate
(19 - 15)
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.

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