Issue Category

38 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
4/15/10 SB 4 Prohibiting Smoking at State Park Beaches
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
Yea
1/28/10 SB 810 Statewide Single Payer Health Care System
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14)
Nay
9/09/09 AB 98 Required Maternity Services Coverage
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11)
Did Not Vote
9/08/09 AB 2 Health Care Law Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 13)
Nay
9/02/09 AB 1422 Medi-Cal and Healthy Families Program Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
Yea
9/01/09 AB 119 Prohibiting Gender-Based Health Insurance Pricing
Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 13)
Yea
7/24/09 ABX4 19 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: In-Home Supportive Services Fraud
Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 15)
Yea
5/14/09 SB 4 Prohibiting Smoking at State Park Beaches
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
Yea
8/31/08 AB 1945 Health Insurance Cancellation Restrictions
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14)
Nay
8/31/08 SB 1420 Nutritional Information Disclosure in Chain Restaurants
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 13)
Yea
8/31/08 SB 840 California Universal Healthcare Agency
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 14)
Nay
8/25/08 AB 1879 Regulating Chemicals in Consumer Products
Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 13)
Yea
8/22/08 AB 2765 Aerial Spraying Regulations
Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
Yea
8/20/08 AB 2279 Prohibiting Employment Discrimination Against Medical Marijuana Patients
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
Nay
8/20/08 AB 2747 Disclosing End-of-Life Care Options
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 17)
Nay
8/14/08 AB 1894 Health Insurance Coverage of HIV Testing
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
Did Not Vote
7/02/08 AB 97 Trans Fats Ban
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 16)
Nay
5/29/08 CA SB 1665 Prison Health Care Facility Bonds
Bill Failed - Senate (24 - 15)
Did Not Vote
5/29/08 SB 1096 Pharmacy Prescription Refill Mailings
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
Yea
5/27/08 SB 1440 Capping Administrative Spending for Health Insurers
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 16)
Nay
5/15/08 SB 1713 Bisphenol A (BPA) Ban
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
Did Not Vote
5/12/08 SB 1313 Perfluorochemical (PFC) Ban
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
Yea
9/05/07 AB 1155 Penalties for Healthcare Service Plan Underpayments or Failures to Pay Service Providers
Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
Yea
6/07/07 SB 32 Children's Health Care Expansion
Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13)
Did Not Vote
6/07/07 SB 456 Diacetyl Toxic Substance Ban
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
Nay
6/07/07 SB 48 Health Care Coverage and Cost Control Act
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 16)
Nay
6/07/07 SB 7 Marco Firebaugh Memorial Children’s Health and Safety Act of 2007
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
Yea
6/06/07 SB 840 California Universal Healthcare Agency
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
Nay
5/31/07 SB 120 Nutritional Information Posting
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
Nay
8/31/06 SB 1379 Biomonitoring Program
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
Nay
8/31/06 SB 1414 Health Care Requirements for Large Companies
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 17)
Nay
8/30/06 AB 2076 Needle Exchange Program
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
Nay
8/29/06 AB 1953 Amount of Lead in Plumbing Requirements
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
Nay
5/11/06 AB 813 Medi-Cal: Emergency Drug Benefits
Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 7)
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:

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