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Key Votes

Andy Harris' Voting Records on Issue: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Full Name: Andrew 'Andy' P. Harris
Office: U.S. House (MD) - District 1, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 1
Primary June 24, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Sylvia; 5 Children: Joe, Becky, Irene, Jessica, Danny
Birth Date: 01/25/1957
Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY
Home City: Cockeysville, MD
Religion: Catholic

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Sept. 12, 2012 HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House
(301 - 118)
Yea
May 18, 2012 H Amdt 1127 Repeals Indefinite Military Detention Provisions Amendment Rejected - House
(182 - 238)
Nay
Dec. 14, 2011 HR 1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Conference Report Adopted - House
(283 - 136)
Nay
May 26, 2011 S 990 PATRIOT Act Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(250 - 153)
Nay
Feb. 17, 2011 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(279 - 143)
Yea
Feb. 14, 2011 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Bill Passed - House
(275 - 144)
Yea
Feb. 8, 2011 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Bill Failed - House
(277 - 148)
Yea

Maryland Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 24, 2010 SB 321 Prohibiting Hand-Held Cell Phone Use While Driving Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 23)
Nay
April 2, 2009 SB 277 Authorizing Speed Monitoring Systems Bill Passed - Senate
(27 - 20)
Nay
March 20, 2008 SB 2 Banning Cell Phones While Driving Bill Passed - Senate
(26 - 21)
Nay
March 18, 2008 SB 269 Authorizing Speed Monitoring Systems Bill Passed - Senate
(26 - 21)
Nay
March 12, 2008 SB 42 Temporary Confiscation of Firearms Bill Passed - Senate
(29 - 17)
Nay
April 5, 2007 HB 359 Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 14)
Nay
March 26, 2007 SB 91 Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 13)
Nay
March 23, 2007 SB 488 Felon Voting Rights Bill Passed - Senate
(28 - 19)
Nay
March 16, 2007 SB 533 Removal of Remarriage Barriers Bill Failed - Senate
(22 - 22)
Nay
March 6, 2007 SB 160 Discrimination Against the Homeless Bill Passed - Senate
(38 - 9)
Nay
March 28, 2006 SB 539 Hate Crimes Against Homeless Persons Bill Bill Failed - Senate
(20 - 25)
Yea
March 27, 2006 SB 539 Hate Crimes Against Homeless Persons Bill Bill Failed - Senate
(23 - 22)
Yea

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