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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
April 2, 2001 S 27 Campaign Reform Act of 2001 Bill Passed - Senate
(59 - 41)
Yea
March 27, 2001 S 625 Hate Crimes Bill Senate Co-sponsor
March 26, 2001 S Amdt 145 Campaign Reform Act of 2001 Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 46)
Nay
March 21, 2001 S Amdt 134 Campaign Reform Act - Union Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(69 - 31)
Yea
March 20, 2001 S Amdt 115 Campaign Reform Act of 2001 Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(70 - 30)
Yea
March 6, 2001 S J Res 6 Ergonomics Regulations Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(56 - 44)
Yea
Feb. 1, 2001 PN 107 John Ashcroft, Attorney General Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(58 - 42)
Yea
Jan. 30, 2001 PN 96 Gale Ann Norton, Secretary of the Interior Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(75 - 24)
Yea
Oct. 25, 2000 HR 4811 Foreign Operations FY 2001 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(65 - 27)
Yea
Oct. 3, 2000 S 2045 American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act, 2000 Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 1)
Yea
Sept. 19, 2000 HR 4444 U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000 Bill Passed - Senate
(83 - 15)
Yea
Sept. 13, 2000 S Amdt 4132 China Nonproliferation Act Amendment Tabled - Senate
(65 - 32)
Yea
July 21, 2000 HR 4810 Marriage Tax Relief Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(60 - 34)
Yea
July 14, 2000 HR 8 Estate Tax Elimination Act of 2000 Bill Passed - Senate
(59 - 39)
Nay
July 13, 2000 S Amdt 3821 Estate Tax Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Yea
June 29, 2000 HR 4762 '527' Political Groups Bill Passed - Senate
(92 - 6)
Yea
June 29, 2000 S Amdt 3689 Social Security and Medicare Surplus Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(54 - 43)
Yea
June 29, 2000 S Amdt 3690 Off-budget Lockbox Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(60 - 37)
Yea
June 29, 2000 S Amdt 3694 Health Care Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 47)
Nay
June 28, 2000 S Amdt 3655 Funding for Special Education Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(51 - 47)
Nay
June 28, 2000 S Amdt 3655 Funding for Special Education Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
June 22, 2000 S Amdt 3598 Outpatient Prescription Drugs Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Yea
June 20, 2000 S Amdt 3252 Military Abortions Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(50 - 49)
Nay
June 20, 2000 S Amdt 3473 Hate Crimes Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(57 - 42)
Yea
June 19, 2000 S Amdt 3473 Hate Crimes Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
May 18, 2000 S Amdt 3154 Troop Withdrawal from Kosovo Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(53 - 47)
Yea
May 11, 2000 HR 434 Africa Free Trade bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(77 - 19)
Yea
April 13, 2000 H Con Res 290 Congressional Budget resolution FY 2001 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(50 - 48)
Nay
April 7, 2000 H Con Res 290 Congressional Budget resolution FY 2001 Resolution Passed - Senate
(51 - 45)
Nay
April 6, 2000 S Amdt 2955 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(51 - 49)
Nay
April 5, 2000 S Amdt 2955 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling amendment Senate Co-sponsor
March 29, 2000 S J Res 14 Flag Desecration amendment Joint Resolution Failed - Senate
(63 - 37)
Nay
March 2, 2000 S 1134 Education Savings Accounts Bill Passed - Senate
(61 - 37)
Nay
Feb. 10, 2000 S 1287 Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 34)
Nay
Feb. 3, 2000 PN 729 Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve Chairman Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(89 - 4)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2000 HR 833 Bankruptcy Reform bill Bill Passed - Senate
(83 - 14)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2000 S Amdt 2763 Violent Protesters Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(80 - 17)
Yea
Nov. 19, 1999 HR 3194 District of Columbia FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(74 - 24)
Yea
Nov. 9, 1999 S Amdt 2547 Three Year Minimum Wage Increase Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(54 - 44)
Yea
Nov. 9, 1999 S Amdt 2751 Two Year Minimum Wage Increase Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(50 - 48)
Nay

Executive Actions

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 30, 2014 S 2690A Establishes Solar Energy Program Signed - Executive
Sign
May 2, 2014 H 7944A Authorizes the State to Assume Control of Certain Fire Districts Signed - Executive
Sign
July 24, 2013 SB 624 Exempts Drivers of Emergency Vehicles from Seatbelt Requirements Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 17, 2013 HB 5404 Authorizes Municipalities to Increase the Tax Rate on Low Income Housing Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 17, 2013 SB 609 Establishes the "Quasi-Public Corporations Accountability and Transparency Act" Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 17, 2013 SB 207 Authorizes Municipalities to Increase the Tax Rate on Low Income Housing Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 16, 2013 HB 5394 Prohibits Municipalities from Taxing Unoccupied Single Family Homes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 16, 2013 HB 6295 Authorizes Redevelopment Agencies in Cities with More Than 100,000 Residents to Construct New Buildings Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 16, 2013 HB 5053 Authorizes the DMV to Issue "Choose Life" License Plates Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 16, 2013 SB 992 Authorizes Redevelopment Agencies in Cities with More Than 100,000 Residents to Construct New Buildings Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 16, 2013 SB 322 Prohibits Municipalities from Taxing Unoccupied Single Family Homes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 16, 2013 SB 298 Authorizes the DMV to Issue "Choose Life" License Plates Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 15, 2013 S 256 Increases Minimum Wage Signed - Executive
Sign
May 2, 2013 H 5015 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Signed - Executive
Sign
June 26, 2012 H 7536 Relating to Pets at State-Owned Campgrounds Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 25, 2012 H 7782 Regulates Auto Insurance Company Claims and Practices Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 25, 2012 S 3074 Relating to Search Warrants Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 25, 2012 H 7415 Relating to Parking Facilities Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 25, 2012 H 8205 Relating to the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 25, 2012 S 3075 Relating to the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 25, 2012 S 3051 Relating to Parking Facilities Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 25, 2012 H 7110 Relating to Search Warrants Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 21, 2012 S 2641 Relating to the Levy and Assessment of Local Taxes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 21, 2012 H 7868 Relating to State Affairs and Government Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 20, 2012 S 2374 Increases Minimum Wage Signed - Executive
Sign
June 20, 2012 H 7606 Relating to Underage Tobacco Use Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 20, 2012 S 2052 Homeless Bill of Rights Signed - Executive
Sign
June 20, 2012 S 2427 Relating to the Firefighter Cancer Wellness Act Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 20, 2012 S 2413 Relating to Underage Use of Tobacco Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 20, 2012 H 8048 Relating to the Firefighter Cancer Wellness Act Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 19, 2012 H 7942 Relating to the Rhode Island Climate Risk Reduction Act of 2010 Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 18, 2012 H 7909 Requires State Health Laws to Comply with the Affordable Care Act Signed - Executive
Sign
June 15, 2012 H 7323 2012-2013 Budget Signed - Executive
Sign
June 13, 2012 S 2253 Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Marijuana Signed - Executive
Sign
June 13, 2012 H 7092 Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Marijuana Signed - Executive
Sign
June 12, 2012 H 7936 Relating to Sewer Authority in the City of Warwick Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 12, 2012 S 2086 Relating to Sewer Authority in the City of Warwick Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 30, 2012 H 7888 A Authorizes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Signed - Executive
Sign
May 22, 2012 S 2555 A Authorizes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Signed - Executive
Sign
Feb. 8, 2012 S 2178 State Senate, State House, and Congressional Redistricting Signed - Executive
Sign
Nov. 18, 2011 H 6319 Amending the Pension System Signed - Executive
Sign
July 2, 2011 H 6103 Authorizes Civil Unions Signed - Executive
Sign
July 2, 2011 S 400 Voter Identification Requirements Signed - Executive
Sign

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.

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