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Thomas Sawyer's Voting Records

Office: State Senate (OH) - District 28, Democratic

Ohio Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Dec. 11, 2014 HB 663 Requires Confidentiality of Death Penalty Information Bill Passed - Senate
(20 - 10)
Nay
Dec. 11, 2014 SB 342 Prohibits Use of Traffic Cameras to Issue Tickets Unless Officer is Present Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(21 - 9)
Nay
Dec. 9, 2014 HB 234 Authorizes Noise Suppressors on Certain Firearms Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 6)
Nay
Dec. 9, 2014 SB 386 Authorizes the Use of Certain Fireworks Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 7)
Nay
Dec. 3, 2014 HB 5 Amends Municipal Income Tax Laws Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 8)
Nay
Nov. 19, 2014 SB 342 Prohibits Use of Traffic Cameras to Issue Tickets unless an Officer is Present Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 9)
Nay
June 4, 2014 HB 483 Reduces State Income Tax Rates Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(24 - 7)
Nay
June 3, 2014 HB 171 Authorizes Off-Campus Religious Courses for High School Credit Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 9)
Nay
May 28, 2014 SB 310 Amends Energy Laws Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 12)
Nay
Feb. 26, 2014 SCR 25 Encourages State Agencies to Stop Using the LEED Green Building Rating System Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(22 - 10)
Nay
Feb. 19, 2014 SB 205 Amends Absentee Ballot Voting Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(22 - 10)
Nay
Feb. 19, 2014 SB 238 Reduces Number of Absentee Voting Days Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(22 - 10)
Nay
May 30, 2013 SB 67 Prohibits JobsOhio Liquor Leases from Being Publicly Audited Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(22 - 10)
Nay
May 22, 2013 HB 7 Prohibits Internet Cafes Bill Passed - Senate
(27 - 6)
Yea
March 20, 2013 HB 51 Establishes Transportation Appropriations and Highway Speed Limit Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(27 - 6)
Yea
March 20, 2013 SB 47 Prohibits Collection of Petition Signatures after Filing Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(23 - 10)
Nay
March 13, 2013 HB 51 Establishes Transportation Appropriations and Highway Speed Limit Bill Passed - Senate
(27 - 6)
Yea
March 6, 2013 SB 47 Prohibits Collection of Petition Signatures after Filing Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 10)
Nay
Dec. 13, 2012 HB 495 Amends Definition of Loaded Gun Bill Passed - Senate
(26 - 7)
Nay
May 22, 2012 HB 473 Limits Water Withdrawal from the Great Lakes Bill Passed - Senate
(20 - 12)
Nay
May 16, 2012 HB 322 Repeals Limits on Credit Card Interest Rates for Certain Banks Bill Passed - Senate
(19 - 14)
Nay
May 15, 2012 SB 315 Regulates Practice of Hydraulic Fracturing Bill Passed - Senate
(27 - 6)
Nay
May 3, 2012 HB 99 Prohibits Texting While Driving Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 8)
Yea
March 28, 2012 SB 295 Repealing Provisions of the Election Revision Code Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 10)
Nay
March 22, 2012 SB 316 Amends Education Provisions House Co-sponsor
Dec. 14, 2011 HB 369 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate
(27 - 6)
Nay
Oct. 20, 2011 HB 318 Establishing New Dates for Primaries Bill Passed - Senate
(20 - 10)
Nay
Sept. 21, 2011 HB 319 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 7)
Nay
July 13, 2011 HB 78 Restrictions on Abortions Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 7)
Nay
June 28, 2011 HB 153 2011-2013 Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(22 - 11)
Nay
June 28, 2011 HB 231 Withdrawal Permit for Water Usage at Lake Erie Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 8)
Nay
June 15, 2011 HB 133 Establishes the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 10)
Nay
June 15, 2011 SB 17 Authorizes Concealed Handguns at Alcohol Vendors Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(25 - 7)
Nay
June 15, 2011 SJR 1 Constitutional Amendment Concerning Health Care Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(24 - 9)
Nay
April 6, 2011 SB 72 Revise Post-Viability Abortion Laws Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 8)
Nay
March 30, 2011 SB 5 Collective Bargaining Rights for Public Employees Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(17 - 16)
Nay
March 2, 2011 SB 5 Collective Bargaining Rights for Public Employees Bill Passed - Senate
(17 - 16)
Nay
Feb. 16, 2011 HB 1 Establishes JobsOhio Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 2)
Yea
May 27, 2010 SB 239 Allowing Concealed Firearms in Establishments that Serve Alcohol Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 10)
Nay
May 25, 2010 Collins-Taylor Nomination of Cathy Collin-Taylor as Director of the Department of Public Safety Nomination Rejected - Senate
(15 - 18)
Yea
May 18, 2010 SB 210 Establishing Health and Nutrition Standards in Schools Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 7)
Yea
March 24, 2010 SB 150 County Sheriff Assistance with Federal Immigration Law Enforcement Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 10)
Yea
March 24, 2010 SB 35 State Enforcement of Federal Immigration Law Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 11)
Nay
Jan. 26, 2010 HJR 12 "Third Frontier" Program Extension Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 12)
Nay
Jan. 26, 2010 Schiavoni Amdt Casino Location Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(20 - 13)
Nay
Dec. 17, 2009 HB 318 Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(17 - 15)
Yea
Dec. 9, 2009 SB 8 Election Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 10)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2009 SB 210 Establishing Health and Nutrition Standards in Schools Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 23, 2009 SJR 5 Redistricting Commission Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(21 - 12)
Nay
July 13, 2009 HB 1 2009-2011 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(17 - 15)
Yea

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