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Tennessee Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
April 30, 2012 SB 3597 Prohibits Discrimination Against Religious Student Groups at Public Universities Bill Passed - Senate
(19 - 12)
Nay
April 26, 2012 HB 2566 Increases Kindergarten Age Requirements Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 10)
Nay
April 25, 2012 SB 2580 Requires Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 9)
Yea
April 24, 2012 HB 3808 Requires Publication of Abortion Statistics Bill Passed - Senate
(28 - 5)
Yea
April 24, 2012 HJR 587 Opposes the United Nations Agenda 21 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(19 - 11)
Nay
April 23, 2012 SJR 710 Amends Judicial Appointment Process Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(22 - 9)
Nay
April 16, 2012 SB 2514 Amends Eligibility Requirements for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship Bill Passed - Senate
(20 - 10)
Nay
April 12, 2012 SB 3345 Limits the Number of Foreign Nationals that May Work in a Charter School Bill Passed - Senate
(18 - 13)
Nay
March 19, 2012 HB 368 Scientific Theories in the Classroom Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 8)
Nay
Feb. 23, 2012 HB 2638 Prohibits Camping in Non-Designated Areas of Public Property Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 9)
Nay
Jan. 19, 2012 SB 1514 State Senate Redistricting Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(22 - 10)
Nay
Jan. 13, 2012 HB 1555 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 10)
Nay
Jan. 13, 2012 HB 1558 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 9)
Nay
May 20, 2011 SB 113 Teachers' Unions Negotiations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(19 - 12)
Nay
May 20, 2011 SB 16 Voter Identification Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(18 - 14)
Nay
May 20, 2011 SB 1915 Increases Contribution Limits to Campaigns Bill Passed - Senate
(19 - 11)
Nay
May 20, 2011 SB 49 Prohibits Instruction of Non-Heterosexual Human Sexuality in Schools Bill Passed - Senate
(19 - 10)
Nay
May 18, 2011 SJR 221 Constitutional Amendment to Prohibit State Income Tax Amendment Adopted - Senate
(26 - 4)
Yea
May 2, 2011 SB 113 Teachers' Unions Negotiations Bill Passed - Senate
(18 - 14)
Nay
April 21, 2011 SB 485 Equal Opportunity Scholarship Act Bill Passed - Senate
(18 - 10)
Nay
April 18, 2011 SJR 127 Abortion Specifications Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(24 - 8)
Nay
March 10, 2011 SB 1528 Amends Requirements for Teacher Tenure Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 12)
Nay
March 9, 2011 SJR 18 Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting an Income Tax Amendment Adopted - Senate
(28 - 5)
Yea
Feb. 23, 2011 SB 79 Tennessee Health Care Freedom Act Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 10)
Nay
June 9, 2010 HB 670 Requiring Correctional Facilities to Determine Immigration Status of Inmates Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(24 - 7)
Yea
June 4, 2010 HJR 1253 Resolution Recognizing Arizona Statehood and New Immigration Policy Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(18 - 7)
Yea
May 27, 2010 SB 3012 Guns in Bars Veto Override Passed - Senate
(23 - 10)
Yea
May 10, 2010 HB 270 Citizenship Status for Voting and Registration Bill Passed - Senate
(20 - 12)
Yea
May 10, 2010 SB 63 English Only Requirement for Driver's License Examinations Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 10)
Yea
Feb. 17, 2010 SB 3498 Requiring Legal Challenge to Federal Health Insurance Mandates Bill Passed - Senate
(26 - 1)
Yea
Jan. 28, 2010 SB 1092 Prohibiting Non-Elected Boards from Requiring Nutrition Information on Menus Veto Override Passed - Senate
(24 - 7)
Yea
Jan. 12, 2010 HB 614 Delaying Paper Ballot Requirements Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 10)
Nay
June 18, 2009 HB 614 Delaying Paper Ballot Requirements Bill Failed - Senate
(16 - 14)
Nay
June 16, 2009 SB 162 Creation of the Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 11)
Nay
June 4, 2009 HB 962 Authorizing Guns in Restaurants that Serve Alcohol Veto Override Passed - Senate
(21 - 9)
Yea
May 7, 2009 SB 2133 Charter School Access Expansion Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 7)
Yea
April 16, 2009 HB 962 Authorizing Guns in Restaurants that Serve Alcohol Bill Passed - Senate
(26 - 7)
Yea
April 13, 2009 SB 1954 Basic Phone Service Deregulation Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 7)
Nay
March 12, 2009 SB 83 "Living" Wage Requirements Bill Passed - Senate
(18 - 13)
Nay
April 29, 2008 SB 3042 Open Container Law Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 7)
Yea
Feb. 13, 2008 SB 3419 Parental Consent for Sexual Abuse Prevention Education Bill Passed - Senate
(26 - 6)
Nay
Feb. 11, 2008 SA 883 Commission of Indian Affairs Extension Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(20 - 10)
Yea
Jan. 30, 2008 SA 837 Allowing Abortion in Certain Circumstances Bill Tabled - Senate
(20 - 11)
Nay
Jan. 30, 2008 SA 839 Allowing Medically Necessary Abortions Bill Tabled - Senate
(18 - 14)
Nay
Jan. 30, 2008 SA 839 Allowing Medically Necessary Abortions Senate Sponsor
Jan. 30, 2008 SA 841 Allowing Abortion for Rape Victims who are Minors Bill Tabled - Senate
(20 - 12)
Nay
Jan. 30, 2008 SJR 127 Abortion Not Protected by State Constitution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(23 - 9)
Nay
Jan. 16, 2008 SB 23 Allowing Guns in Establishments that Serve Alcohol Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 6)
Yea
May 31, 2007 SB 2143 Legalization of Handguns in State Parks Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 5)
Yea
May 31, 2007 SB 2326 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate
(17 - 16)
Yea

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