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South Dakota Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 21, 2006 SB 210 2006-2007 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(29 - 4)
Feb. 22, 2006 HB 1215 Abortion Ban Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 12)
Feb. 22, 2006 S Amdt 1215ca Exceptions to Abortion Ban in Cases of Rape or Incest Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(14 - 21)
Feb. 22, 2006 S Amdt 1215cb Exception to Abortion Ban in Cases Where the Health of the Woman is Seriously Threatened Amendment Rejected - Senate
(13 - 22)
Feb. 22, 2006 S Amdt 1215re Abortion Ban to Public Vote Amendment Rejected - Senate
(15 - 20)
Feb. 22, 2006 S Amdt 1215rf Abortion Ban Litigation Fund Amendment Rejected - Senate
(13 - 22)
Feb. 21, 2006 HB 1235 Compulsory High School Education Age to 18 Bill Failed - Senate
(11 - 23)
Jan. 31, 2006 SB 175 Emergency Contraceptives for Rape Victims Bill Failed - Senate
(9 - 26)
Jan. 23, 2006 SB 1 Mandatory Bodily Substance Samples in Drunk Driving Arrests Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 13)
Jan. 23, 2006 SB 175 Emergency Contraceptives for Rape Victims Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 17, 2006 SB 27 State Fair Appropriation Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 4)

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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  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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