Senator Bill Cowsert's Voting Records

Biographical

Full Name: Bill Cowsert
Current Office: State Senate - District 46, Republican
First Elected: 2006
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for State Senate - District 46
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Amy; 3 Children: Bob, Caty, Will
Birth Date: 05/31/1963
Birth Place: Jackson, MS
Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
3/18/14 HB 60 Amends Firearm Laws
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 18)
Yea
3/03/14 SB 98 Prohibits Abortion Coverage in a Qualified Health Plan
Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 18)
Yea
2/25/14 SB 167 Prohibits Common Core Curriculum Standards
Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 16)
Yea
2/24/14 SR 415 Prohibits Increase in State Income Tax
Resolution Passed - Senate (42 - 11)
Yea
2/17/14 SB 318 Authorizes Bars to Sell Alcohol on Certain Holiday Weekends
Bill Failed - Senate (28 - 20)
Nay
3/29/12 HB 1114 Prohibits Assisted Suicide
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 11)
Yea
3/29/12 HB 347 Reduces Unemployment Benefits
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (37 - 17)
Yea
3/29/12 HB 954 Prohibits Abortions after 20 Weeks
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (36 - 19)
Yea
3/29/12 SB 410 Requires Numerical School Ratings Based on Student Performance
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 16)
Yea
3/27/12 HB 861 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients
Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 15)
Yea
3/26/12 HB 797 Establishes a State Charter School Commission
Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 14)
Yea
3/26/12 HB 954 Prohibits Abortions after 20 Weeks
Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 19)
Yea
3/19/12 HR 1162 Authorizes the State to Approve Charter Schools
Amendment Adopted - Senate (40 - 16)
Yea
3/07/12 SB 292 Requires Drug Tests for Certain Welfare Recipients
Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 18)
Yea
3/07/12 SB 312 Require Development Activities for Certain Public Benefits
Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 14)
Yea
3/07/12 SB 438 Prohibits State Employee Insurance Coverage of Abortions
Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 18)
Yea
3/07/12 SB 460 Exempts Religious Employers from Insurance Requirements for Coverage of Contraception
Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 15)
Yea
3/07/12 SB 469 Prohibits Picketing in Certain Circumstances
Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 18)
Yea
3/05/12 SB 410 Requires Numerical School Ratings Based on Student Performance
Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 13)
Yea
3/05/12 SB 458 Repeals Certain Public Benefits for Undocumented Immigrants
Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 19)
Yea
2/24/12 SB 447 Reduces Unemployment Benefits
Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 13)
Yea
2/22/12 SB 469 Prohibits Picketing in Certain Circumstances
None - Senate
Sponsor
2/17/12 SB 362 Authorizes the Recovery and Sale of Deadhead Logs
Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 12)
Yea
1/09/12 SB 184 Guidelines for Teacher Dismissal
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 15)
Yea
8/23/11 HB 1EX House Redistricting
Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 16)
Yea
8/18/11 SB 1EX State Senate Redistricting
Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 18)
Yea
8/15/11 SB 1EX State Senate Redistricting
None - Senate
Sponsor
4/14/11 HB 24 Amending Rules of Evidence
Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 3)
Nay
4/14/11 HB 461 Interstate Health Care Compact
Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 18)
Yea
4/14/11 HB 87 Immigration Enforcement Act
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 19)
Yea
4/12/11 HB 234 Reduces Sales Taxes for Tourism Projects
Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 10)
Nay
4/12/11 HB 47 Ability to Purchase Insurance Out of State
Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 17)
Yea
4/11/11 HB 92 Limits Absentee Ballots
Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 20)
Yea
3/16/11 SB 10 Alcoholic Beverage Sales on Sundays
Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 22)
Nay
3/16/11 SB 210 Liability for Violations of Abortion Laws
Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 16)
Yea
3/14/11 SB 40 Immigration Status Verification of Private Business Workers
Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 21)
Yea
3/10/11 SB 162 DUIs a Felony for Undocumented Immigrants
Bill Not Tabled - Senate (20 - 34)
Nay
3/10/11 SB 162 DUIs a Felony for Undocumented Immigrants
Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 18)
Nay
3/08/11 HB 326 Amends the HOPE Scholarship Program
Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 20)
Yea
2/24/11 SB 17 Special Advisory Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits
Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
Yea
2/23/11 SB 36 Prescription Drug Database
Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 6)
Nay
1/24/11 HB 24 Amending Rules of Evidence
None - House
Sponsor
4/21/10 HB 1198 Tax Law Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
Yea
4/20/10 HB 1405 Study of Tax Laws and Potential Modifications
Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 14)
Yea
4/01/10 HB 1023 Tax Law Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 13)
Yea
4/01/10 HB 307 Hospital Medicaid Fee
Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 15)
Yea
3/30/10 SB 67 English Only Requirement for Driver's License Examinations
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (39 - 11)
Yea
3/26/10 SB 399 General Assembly Authorization Requirements for Implementation of Federal Health Care Legislation
Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 16)
Yea
3/26/10 SB 407 Allowing the Purchasing of Health Insurance Policies Approved in Other States
Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 16)
Yea
3/26/10 SB 529 Abortion Law Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 14)
Yea

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