Governor Lincoln 'Linc' D. Chafee's Voting Records

Office: Governor (RI), Democratic
Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
12/07/06 PN 1396 Andrew von Eschenbach, Commissioner of Food and Drugs
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (80 - 11)
Yea
12/06/06 PN 2191 Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (95 - 2)
Yea
9/29/06 HR 6061 Secure Fence Act of 2006
Bill Passed - Senate (80 - 19)
Nay
9/28/06 S 3930 Military Commissions Act of 2006
Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 34)
Nay
9/28/06 S Amdt 5087 Habeas Review Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 51)
Yea
9/28/06 S Amdt 5095 Oversight of CIA Interrogation and Detention Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
Yea
9/28/06 S Amdt 5104 Military Commissions Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 52)
Yea
9/19/06 HR 5684 U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement Implementation
Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 32)
Yea
9/13/06 S Amdt 4936 National Security Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (41 - 57)
Did Not Vote
9/13/06 S Amdt 4999 Security of Cargo Containers Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 55)
Did Not Vote
9/07/06 S Amdt 4909 Media in the Middle East Amendment
Bill Tabled - Senate (51 - 44)
Did Not Vote
9/06/06 S AMDT 4882 Cluster Munitions Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (30 - 70)
Nay
8/03/06 HR 5970 Death/Estate Tax and Minimum Wage Bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 42)
Nay
8/02/06 S AMDT 4775 Triple-Layered Fencing Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (94 - 3)
Yea
8/01/06 S 3711 Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006
Bill Passed - Senate (71 - 25)
Yea
7/25/06 S 403 Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act
Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 34)
Nay
7/25/06 S AMDT 4689 Teen Pregnancy Education Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 51)
Yea
7/18/06 HR 810 Stem Cell Research Bill of 2005
Bill Passed - Senate (63 - 37)
Yea
7/13/06 S Amdt 4615 Firearm Confiscation Prohibition Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (84 - 16)
Yea
7/13/06 S Amdt 4659 Double-Layered Fencing Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (29 - 71)
Nay
7/12/06 S AMDT 4553 Rail and Transit Security Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (50 - 50)
Nay
7/12/06 S AMDT 4587 Transit Security Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (50 - 50)
Nay
7/11/06 S AMDT 4560 USEMA Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (87 - 11)
Yea
7/11/06 S AMDT 4563 FEMA Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (32 - 66)
Nay
6/29/06 S 3569 U.S. -Oman Free Trade Agreement
Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 34)
Did Not Vote
6/27/06 S J Res 12 Flag Desecration Constitutional Amendment
Resolution Failed - Senate (66 - 34)
Nay
6/22/06 S 2766 Defense Department FY 2007 Authorization bill
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 0)
Yea
6/22/06 S AMDT 4442 Troop Redeployment Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (13 - 86)
Nay
6/21/06 S AMDT 4322 Minimum Wage Adjustment Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 46)
Yea
6/21/06 S AMDT 4376 Increasing Minimum Wage Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 53)
Nay
6/15/06 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (98 - 1)
Yea
6/07/06 S J Res 1 Same Sex Marriage Resolution
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (49 - 48)
Nay
5/26/06 PN 1552 Michael Hayden, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (78 - 15)
Yea
5/25/06 S 2611 Immigration Reform Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 36)
Yea
5/25/06 S AMDT 4097 Confidentiality Requirement Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 49)
Nay
5/24/06 S AMDT 4095 H-2C Visa Program Ammendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 49)
Nay
5/23/06 S AMDT 4087 Orange Card Program Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (37 - 61)
Yea
5/23/06 S AMDT 4177 Employer Verification Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (59 - 39)
Yea
5/18/06 S AMDT 4064 English As National Language Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (62 - 35)
Yea
5/18/06 S AMDT 4072 "State Criminal Alien Assistance Program" Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 52)
Yea
5/18/06 S AMDT 4073 English as Unifying Language Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (58 - 39)
Yea
5/17/06 S AMDT 3965 Employment-based Immigrant Visa Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (50 - 48)
Nay
5/11/06 HR 4297 Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 44)
Nay
5/04/06 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006
Bill Passed - Senate (77 - 21)
Yea
5/03/06 S AMDT 3688 Influenza Vaccine Injury Compensation Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (53 - 46)
Yea
5/02/06 S AMDT 3617 Sugarcane Growers Funding Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 59)
Yea
3/16/06 H J Res 47 Debt Limit Increase Resolution
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (52 - 48)
Yea
3/16/06 S AMDT 3071 Education Funding Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 51)
Yea
3/16/06 S AMDT 3074 LIHEAP Funding Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 49)
Yea
3/16/06 S AMDT 3103 Natural Resources and Environment Funding Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 49)
Yea

Executive Actions

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
7/15/14 S 2153 Expands the Authority of Certain Law Enforcement Officials to Serve Writs of Arrest or Body Attachments Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/09/14 H 7764 Prohibits Certain Employers From Hiring Sex Offenders Signed - Executive
Sign
7/08/14 S 2677 A Authorizes a Local Property Tax Exemption for Certain Speculative Housing Developments Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/08/14 H 7631 A Authorizes a Local Property Tax Exemption for Certain Speculative Housing Developments Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/03/14 H 8071 Expands the Authority of Certain Law Enforcement Officials to Serve Writs of Arrest or Body Attachments Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/02/14 H 7904 Establishes a Climate Change Coordinating Council Signed - Executive
Sign
7/01/14 H 8072A Repeals Straight Party Voting Option on Election Ballots Signed - Executive
Sign
7/01/14 H 7194A Increases the Minimum Wage None - Executive
Sign
6/30/14 S 2690A Establishes the Renewable Growth Energy Program Signed - Executive
Sign
6/19/14 H 7133AAA 2014-2015 Budget Signed - Executive
Sign
5/02/14 H 7944A Authorizes State Fiscal Oversight of Certain Fire Districts Signed - Executive
Sign
7/24/13 SB 624 Exempts Drivers of Emergency Vehicles from Seatbelt Requirements Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/17/13 S 622A Prohibits Minors from Using E-Cigerettes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/17/13 SB 207 Authorizes Municipalities to Increase the Tax Rate on Low Income Housing Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/17/13 HB 5404 Authorizes Municipalities to Increase the Tax Rate on Low Income Housing Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/17/13 SB 609 Establishes the "Quasi-Public Corporations Accountability and Transparency Act" Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/16/13 SB 298 Authorizes the DMV to Issue "Choose Life" License Plates Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/16/13 HB 5053 Authorizes the DMV to Issue "Choose Life" License Plates Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/16/13 SB 992 Authorizes Redevelopment Agencies in Cities with More Than 100,000 Residents to Construct New Buildings Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/16/13 HB 6295 Authorizes Redevelopment Agencies in Cities with More Than 100,000 Residents to Construct New Buildings Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/16/13 HB 5394 Prohibits Municipalities from Taxing Unoccupied Single Family Homes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/16/13 SB 322 Prohibits Municipalities from Taxing Unoccupied Single Family Homes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
7/15/13 S 256 Increases Minimum Wage Signed - Executive
Sign
5/02/13 H 5015 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Signed - Executive
Sign
6/26/12 H 7536 Relating to Pets at State-Owned Campgrounds Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/25/12 S 3074 Relating to Search Warrants Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/25/12 H 7110 Relating to Search Warrants Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/25/12 S 3051 Relating to Parking Facilities Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/25/12 S 3075 Relating to the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/25/12 H 8205 Relating to the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/25/12 H 7415 Relating to Parking Facilities Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/25/12 H 7782 Regulates Auto Insurance Company Claims and Practices Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/21/12 H 7868 Relating to State Affairs and Government Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/21/12 S 2641 Relating to the Levy and Assessment of Local Taxes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/20/12 S 2413 Relating to Underage Use of Tobacco Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/20/12 S 2427 Relating to the Firefighter Cancer Wellness Act Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/20/12 H 7606 Relating to Underage Tobacco Use Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/20/12 S 2052 Homeless Bill of Rights Signed - Executive
Sign
6/20/12 H 8048 Relating to the Firefighter Cancer Wellness Act Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/20/12 S 2374 Increases Minimum Wage Signed - Executive
Sign
6/19/12 H 7942 Relating to the Rhode Island Climate Risk Reduction Act of 2010 Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/18/12 H 7909 Requires State Health Laws to Comply with the Affordable Care Act Signed - Executive
Sign
6/15/12 H 7323 2012-2013 Budget Signed - Executive
Sign
6/13/12 S 2253 Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Marijuana Signed - Executive
Sign
6/13/12 H 7092 Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana Signed - Executive
Sign
6/12/12 S 2086 Relating to Sewer Authority in the City of Warwick Vetoed - Executive
Veto
6/12/12 H 7936 Relating to Sewer Authority in the City of Warwick Vetoed - Executive
Veto
5/30/12 H 7888 A Authorizes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Signed - Executive
Sign
5/22/12 S 2555 A Authorizes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Signed - Executive
Sign
2/08/12 S 2178 State Senate, State House, and Congressional Redistricting Signed - Executive
Sign
11/18/11 H 6319 Amending the Pension System Signed - Executive
Sign
7/02/11 H 6103 Authorizes Civil Unions Signed - Executive
Sign
7/02/11 S 400 Voter Identification Requirements Signed - Executive
Sign

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