Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
4/29/10 SB 1307 Treatment of Human Embryos
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (16 - 12)
Nay
4/28/10 HB 2281 Ethnic Studies Ban
Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
Nay
4/28/10 SCR 1013 Replacing Secretary of State with Lieutenant Governor
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 11)
Yea
4/22/10 HB 2338 Yellow Light Standardization
Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 3)
Yea
4/20/10 HB 2246 Fireworks Deregulation
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 7)
Yea
4/19/10 SB 1070 Expanding Undocumented Immigration Enforcement
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (17 - 11)
Nay
4/01/10 SCR 1060 State Debt Limit Amendments
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (18 - 8)
Yea
3/31/10 SB 1001 Authorizing Governor to Challenge Federal Individual Health Care Mandate
Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 11)
Nay
3/29/10 HB 2307 Federal Arms Regulation Exemption
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 8)
Nay
3/22/10 SB 1309 Expanding Parental Consent Requirements
Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 13)
Nay
3/22/10 SB 1334 Prohibiting Text Messaging While Driving
Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10)
Yea
3/16/10 HCR 2001 Repealing Early Childhood Development and Health Program
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
Nay
3/02/10 SB 1334 Prohibiting Text Messaging While Driving
Bill Failed - Senate (11 - 11)
Yea
3/01/10 SCR 1007 Repealing Legislative Term Limits
Resolution Passed - Senate (18 - 11)
Yea
3/01/10 SCR 1009 Repealing Public Funding of Statewide Political Campaigns
Resolution Passed - Senate (16 - 12)
Nay
3/01/10 SCR 1044 Prohibiting Human Cloning
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (19 - 9)
Nay
2/15/10 SB 1070 Expanding Undocumented Immigration Enforcement
Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
Nay
2/11/10 SB 1125 Statewide Prohibition of Roadside Animal Sales
Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
Yea
2/02/10 SB 1003 Lottery Revenue Bond Authorization and State Building Lease-Purchase Agreements
Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 9)
Yea
2/02/10 SB 1004 Renewal of the Lottery
Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 9)
Yea
2/02/10 SCR 1001 Temporary Sales Tax Increase
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (16 - 12)
Yea
2/01/10 SB 1004 Renewal of the Lottery
None - House
Co-sponsor
2/01/10 SCR 1001 Temporary Sales Tax Increase
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
8/12/09 HB 2010 Budget Reconciliation (Criminal Justice)
Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 8)
Nay
8/12/09 HB 2013 Budget Reconciliation (Health and Welfare)
Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 8)
Nay
8/12/09 SB 1025 Tax Law Amendments (Budget Reconciliation)
Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 7)
Nay
7/01/09 SB 1175 Prohibiting Non-Physicians from Performing Abortions
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (16 - 11)
Did Not Vote
6/22/09 HCR 2019 Ends Affirmative Action
Amendment Adopted - Senate (17 - 11)
Nay
6/22/09 SB 1440 Smoking in Cars with Minors
Bill Failed - Senate (9 - 20)
Yea
6/22/09 SB 1443 Driving While Texting
Bill Failed - Senate (14 - 15)
Yea
6/16/09 SB 1113 Handguns in Restaurants
Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 10)
Nay
5/27/09 HB 2001 Scholarships for Disabled or Displaced Students
Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 11)
Nay
5/13/09 HB 2028 2008-2009 Budget Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 8)
Nay
1/30/09 SB 1001 2008-2009 Budget Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 12)
Did Not Vote
6/27/08 HB 2389 Involving Gun Owners' Rights
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (17 - 5)
Nay
6/27/08 SCR 1042 Parameters of Marriage
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (16 - 4)
Nay
6/26/08 HB 2209 2008-2009 Budget
Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 10)
Yea
6/26/08 HB 2713 Student's Religious Liberties Act
Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 10)
Nay
6/25/08 SCR 1042 Parameters of Marriage
Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate (14 - 11)
Nay
6/23/08 HB 2156 Reviews for Potential Railroad Sites
Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 6)
Yea
6/23/08 SB 1167 Off-Highway Vehicle Regulations
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (16 - 7)
Yea
6/23/08 SB 1476 Reducing Probation for Good Behavior
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 4)
Yea
6/16/08 HB 2485 Public Sale of Animals
Bill Failed - Senate (12 - 12)
Yea
6/16/08 SB 1048 Prohibiting Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (18 - 6)
Nay
6/04/08 HB 2475 Bonds for School Computers
Bill Failed - Senate (14 - 13)
Nay
5/19/08 HB 2389 Involving Gun Owners' Rights
Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 9)
Nay
5/12/08 HB 2629 Legalizing the Defensive Display of a Firearm
Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 7)
Nay
5/06/08 HB 2677 Real ID
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 7)
Nay
4/29/08 HB 2557 Fine Arts and Physical Education in School
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 4)
Yea
4/28/08 HB 2745 Amending Undocumented Immigrant Employment Sanctions
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 4)
Yea

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.