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Key Votes

Karen Bass' Voting Records

Full Name: Karen Bass
Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 37, Democratic
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 37
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Divorced; 1 Child: Emilia
Birth Date: 10/03/1953
Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
Home City: Los Angeles, CA
Religion: Christian

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 18, 2011 H Amdt 92 Prohibiting the Use of Federal Funds for NASCAR Sponsorships Amendment Rejected - House
(148 - 281)
Yea
Feb. 18, 2011 H Amdt 94 Prohibits Funds for the Gainful Employment Rule Amendment Adopted - House
(289 - 136)
Nay
Feb. 18, 2011 H Amdt 95 Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood Amendment Adopted - House
(240 - 185)
Nay
Feb. 17, 2011 H Amdt 69 Reducing Federal Funding of the US Institute of Peace Amendment Adopted - House
(268 - 163)
Nay
Feb. 17, 2011 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(279 - 143)
Nay
Feb. 16, 2011 H Amdt 16 Reducing Navy and Air Force Appropriations Amendment Adopted - House
(233 - 198)
Yea
Feb. 15, 2011 H Amdt 13 Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement Amendment Rejected - House
(105 - 326)
Yea
Feb. 14, 2011 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Bill Passed - House
(275 - 144)
Did Not Vote
Feb. 8, 2011 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Bill Failed - House
(277 - 148)
Nay
Jan. 26, 2011 HR 359 Abolishing Federal Financing of Presidential Election Campaigns Bill Passed - House
(239 - 160)
Nay
Jan. 25, 2011 H Res 38 Reducing Spending to Fiscal Year 2008 Levels Resolution Passed - House
(256 - 165)
Nay
Jan. 19, 2011 HR 2 Repealing the Health Care Bill Bill Passed - House
(245 - 189)
Nay

California Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Oct. 7, 2010 SB 870 2010-2011 Budget Bill Passed - House
(57 - 13)
Yea
Aug. 31, 2010 AB 2470 Individual Health Plan Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(59 - 18)
Yea
Aug. 31, 2010 AB 2479 Penalties for Violations Committed with the Intent to Capture Images or Recordings of a Person Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(54 - 21)
Yea
Aug. 31, 2010 AB 482 Prohibiting Use of Credit Reports for Employment Purposes Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(45 - 30)
Yea
Aug. 31, 2010 SB 1381 Increasing Age Requirements for Kindergarten and First Grade Bill Passed - House
(51 - 18)
Yea
Aug. 30, 2010 AB 234 Marine Oil Shipping Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(45 - 28)
Yea
Aug. 30, 2010 SB 1317 Parental Crime for Chronic Truancy Bill Passed - House
(58 - 17)
Yea
Aug. 30, 2010 SB 1399 Expanding Medical Parole Eligibility Bill Passed - House
(44 - 32)
Yea
Aug. 26, 2010 AB 1600 Requiring Insurers to Cover Mental Health Services Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(50 - 28)
Yea
Aug. 26, 2010 AB 1825 Requiring Inclusion of Maternity Services in Health Coverage Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(52 - 22)
Yea
Aug. 26, 2010 SB 1413 Requiring Free Drinking Water in Public School Cafeterias Bill Passed - House
(52 - 22)
Yea
Aug. 25, 2010 AB 2666 Establishing Public Database of Companies and Their Tax Credits in the State Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(48 - 26)
Yea
Aug. 25, 2010 SB 1391 Business Tax Incentive Amendments Bill Passed - House
(46 - 28)
Yea
Aug. 24, 2010 SB 399 Authorizing Youth Offenders to Appeal a Sentence of Life Without Parole Bill Failed - House
(34 - 38)
Yea
Aug. 23, 2010 SB 1272 Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(47 - 27)
Yea
Aug. 23, 2010 SB 145 Prohibiting Denial of Workers' Compensation if the Injury or Death was Related to Certain Personal Characteristics Bill Passed - House
(47 - 27)
Did Not Vote
Aug. 23, 2010 SB 970 College Vote-by-Mail Drop-Off Locations Bill Passed - House
(48 - 28)
Yea
Aug. 12, 2010 SB 933 Prohibiting Debit Card Fees Bill Passed - House
(45 - 24)
Did Not Vote
July 1, 2010 SB 1121 Overtime Wages for Agricultural Workers Bill Passed - House
(47 - 28)
Yea
June 3, 2010 AB 1810 Expanded Firearm Registration Bill Passed - House
(42 - 29)
Yea
June 3, 2010 AB 2047 Expanding Authorized University Admission Considerations Amendment Adopted - House
(48 - 28)
Yea
June 3, 2010 AB 2479 Penalties for Violations Committed with the Intent to Capture Images or Recordings of a Person Bill Passed - House
(56 - 16)
Yea
June 3, 2010 AB 2514 Energy Storage Targets Amendment Adopted - House
(41 - 28)
Yea
June 3, 2010 AB 2529 Peer Review Requirements for Regulatory Economic Impact Analysis Bill Passed - House
(44 - 18)
Yea
June 2, 2010 AB 1825 Requiring Inclusion of Maternity Services in Health Coverage Bill Passed - House
(48 - 25)
Yea
June 2, 2010 AB 1998 Ban of Single-Use Carryout Bags in Certain Stores Bill Passed - House
(42 - 27)
Yea
June 2, 2010 AB 2470 Individual Health Plan Requirements Bill Passed - House
(46 - 27)
Yea
June 2, 2010 AB 2578 State Approvals for Health Insurance Rates Bill Passed - House
(43 - 28)
Yea
June 1, 2010 AB 1600 Requiring Insurers to Cover Mental Health Services Bill Passed - House
(50 - 27)
Yea
June 1, 2010 AB 1602 Health Care Coverage Amendments Bill Passed - House
(49 - 26)
Yea
June 1, 2010 AB 1652 Ski Resort Safety Requirement Modifications Bill Passed - House
(44 - 30)
Yea
June 1, 2010 AB 1934 Amendments to the Penal Code Regarding Firearms Bill Passed - House
(46 - 30)
Yea
June 1, 2010 AB 2244 Prohibiting the Denial of Health Care Coverage for Children with Preexisting Conditions Bill Passed - House
(50 - 25)
Yea
June 1, 2010 AB 2411 Pet Insurance Guidelines Bill Passed - House
(52 - 22)
Yea
May 13, 2010 AB 1756 Food Stamps for Drug Felons Bill Passed - House
(44 - 31)
Yea
April 22, 2010 Maldonado Nomination Abel Maldonado, Lieutenant Governor House
(53 - 21)
Yea
April 5, 2010 AB 1656 Requiring Fur Product Labeling Bill Passed - House
(59 - 11)
Did Not Vote
March 22, 2010 SB 4 Prohibiting Smoking at State Park Beaches Bill Passed - House
(42 - 27)
Yea

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