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Selected Sponsorships

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Jan. 30, 2013 SB 142 Authorizes Handguns in Parking Areas Senate Sponsor
Jan. 18, 2012 SB 2580 Requires Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Senate Co-sponsor
April 15, 2011 SJR 221 Constitutional Amendment to Prohibit State Income Tax Senate Co-sponsor
March 14, 2011 SJR 127 Abortion Specifications Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 23, 2011 SB 1528 Amends Requirements for Teacher Tenure Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 23, 2011 SB 1915 Increases Contribution Limits to Campaigns Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 15, 2011 SB 79 Tennessee Health Care Freedom Act Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 14, 2011 SJR 18 Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting an Income Tax Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 28, 2010 SB 3498 Requiring Legal Challenge to Federal Health Insurance Mandates Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 27, 2010 SB 3012 A Bill Allowing People with Handgun Permits to Carry Guns in Restaurants and Bars Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 26, 2009 SB 2133 Charter School Access Expansion Senate Co-sponsor
March 7, 2007 SJR 139 Popular Election of Statewide Officers Senate Co-sponsor
March 1, 2007 SJR 127 Abortion Not Protected by State Constitution Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 3, 2007 SB 23 Allowing Guns in Establishments that Serve Alcohol Senate Sponsor
March 9, 2005 SJR 127 Relating to Abortion in the Constitution Senate Co-sponsor

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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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