Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
4/30/12 SB 3597 Prohibits Discrimination Against Religious Student Groups at Public Universities
Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
Nay
4/26/12 HB 2566 Increases Kindergarten Age Requirements
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10)
Nay
4/25/12 SB 2580 Requires Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients
Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
Yea
4/24/12 HB 3808 Requires Publication of Abortion Statistics
Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
Yea
4/24/12 HJR 587 Opposes the United Nations Agenda 21
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (19 - 11)
Nay
4/23/12 SJR 710 Amends Judicial Appointment Process
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (22 - 9)
Nay
4/16/12 SB 2514 Amends Eligibility Requirements for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
Nay
4/12/12 SB 3345 Limits the Number of Foreign Nationals that May Work in a Charter School
Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
Nay
3/19/12 HB 368 Scientific Theories in the Classroom
Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
Nay
2/23/12 HB 2638 Prohibits Camping in Non-Designated Areas of Public Property
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 9)
Nay
1/19/12 SB 1514 State Senate Redistricting
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 10)
Nay
1/13/12 HB 1555 State House Redistricting
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
Nay
1/13/12 HB 1558 Congressional Redistricting
Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
Nay
5/20/11 SB 113 Teachers' Unions Negotiations
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 12)
Nay
5/20/11 SB 16 Voter Identification Requirements
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 14)
Nay
5/20/11 SB 1915 Increases Contribution Limits to Campaigns
Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11)
Nay
5/20/11 SB 49 Prohibits Instruction of Non-Heterosexual Human Sexuality in Schools
Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10)
Nay
5/18/11 SJR 221 Constitutional Amendment to Prohibit State Income Tax
Amendment Adopted - Senate (26 - 4)
Yea
5/02/11 SB 113 Teachers' Unions Negotiations
Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 14)
Nay
4/21/11 SB 485 Equal Opportunity Scholarship Act
Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 10)
Nay
4/18/11 SJR 127 Abortion Specifications
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (24 - 8)
Nay
3/10/11 SB 1528 Amends Requirements for Teacher Tenure
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
Nay
3/09/11 SJR 18 Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting an Income Tax
Amendment Adopted - Senate (28 - 5)
Yea
2/23/11 SB 79 Tennessee Health Care Freedom Act
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10)
Nay
6/09/10 HB 670 Requiring Correctional Facilities to Determine Immigration Status of Inmates
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (24 - 7)
Yea
6/04/10 HJR 1253 Resolution Recognizing Arizona Statehood and New Immigration Policy
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (18 - 7)
Yea
5/27/10 SB 3012 Guns in Bars
Veto Override Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
Yea
5/10/10 HB 270 Citizenship Status for Voting and Registration
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
Yea
5/10/10 SB 63 English Only Requirement for Driver's License Examinations
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 10)
Yea
2/17/10 SB 3498 Requiring Legal Challenge to Federal Health Insurance Mandates
Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 1)
Yea
1/28/10 SB 1092 Prohibiting Non-Elected Boards from Requiring Nutrition Information on Menus
Veto Override Passed - Senate (24 - 7)
Yea
1/12/10 HB 614 Delaying Paper Ballot Requirements
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 10)
Nay
6/18/09 HB 614 Delaying Paper Ballot Requirements
Bill Failed - Senate (16 - 14)
Nay
6/16/09 SB 162 Creation of the Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 11)
Nay
6/04/09 HB 962 Authorizing Guns in Restaurants that Serve Alcohol
Veto Override Passed - Senate (21 - 9)
Yea
5/07/09 SB 2133 Charter School Access Expansion
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 7)
Yea
4/16/09 HB 962 Authorizing Guns in Restaurants that Serve Alcohol
Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
Yea
4/13/09 SB 1954 Basic Phone Service Deregulation
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 7)
Nay
3/12/09 SB 83 "Living" Wage Requirements
Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
Nay
4/29/08 SB 3042 Open Container Law
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 7)
Yea
2/13/08 SB 3419 Parental Consent for Sexual Abuse Prevention Education
Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 6)
Nay
2/11/08 SA 883 Commission of Indian Affairs Extension Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (20 - 10)
Yea
1/30/08 SA 837 Allowing Abortion in Certain Circumstances
Bill Tabled - Senate (20 - 11)
Nay
1/30/08 SA 839 Allowing Medically Necessary Abortions
Bill Tabled - Senate (18 - 14)
Nay
1/30/08 SA 839 Allowing Medically Necessary Abortions
None - Senate
Sponsor
1/30/08 SA 841 Allowing Abortion for Rape Victims who are Minors
Bill Tabled - Senate (20 - 12)
Nay
1/30/08 SJR 127 Abortion Not Protected by State Constitution
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
Nay
1/16/08 SB 23 Allowing Guns in Establishments that Serve Alcohol
Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
Yea
5/31/07 SB 2143 Legalization of Handguns in State Parks
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 5)
Yea
5/31/07 SB 2326 Cigarette Tax Increase
Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 16)
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.