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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 12, 2013 S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(78 - 22)
Yea
Jan. 31, 2013 HR 325 No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 34)
Nay
Jan. 28, 2013 HR 152 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(62 - 36)
Nay

Nebraska Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
April 18, 2012 LB 599 Prenatal Care for Undocumented Immigrants Veto Override Passed - Senate
(30 - 16)
Nay
April 11, 2012 LB 1161 Authorizes Land Study in Nebraska for Keystone XL Pipeline Route Bill Passed - Senate
(44 - 5)
Yea
April 11, 2012 LB 599 Prenatal Care for Children of Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 15)
Nay
May 26, 2011 LB 703 Legislative Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate
(37 - 9)
Nay
May 26, 2011 LB 704 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate
(35 - 11)
Yea
May 23, 2011 LB 521 Requires Physician Presence During Abortions Bill Passed - Senate
(38 - 9)
Yea
May 17, 2011 LB 421 Park Entry Permit Fees Veto Override Passed - Senate
(42 - 5)
Yea
May 12, 2011 LB 22 Prohibits Insurance Coverage of Abortion Bill Passed - Senate
(37 - 7)
Yea
April 13, 2010 LB 999 Temporary Prohibition on New Hospital Licenses Bill Passed - Senate
(41 - 6)
Yea
April 12, 2010 LB 1103 Prohibiting Abortions After 20 Weeks of Pregnancy Bill Passed - Senate
(44 - 5)
Yea
April 12, 2010 LB 594 Abortion Screening Requirements Bill Passed - Senate
(40 - 9)
Yea
April 9, 2010 LB 780 PTSD Workers' Compensation Benefits for First Responders Bill Passed - Senate
(40 - 5)
Yea
April 9, 2010 LB 861 Alcohol Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(40 - 5)
Yea
April 8, 2010 LB 842 Repealing Special Prosecutor Requirement for In-Custody Deaths Bill Passed - Senate
(39 - 4)
Yea
April 6, 2010 Amdt 2454 Limiting First Responder PTSD Death Benefits to 1 Year Amendment Rejected - Senate
(17 - 27)
Nay
April 6, 2010 Amdt 2455 Limiting First Responder PTSD Benefits to 26 Weeks Amendment Rejected - Senate
(12 - 30)
Nay
March 30, 2010 LB 1102 Legalizing "Horse Racing Machines" Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(30 - 13)
Yea
March 26, 2010 LR 284 CA Abolishing Office of State Treasurer Resolution Passed - Senate
(38 - 8)
Yea
March 25, 2010 LB 1105 Death Penalty Cost Study Motion Rejected - Senate
(22 - 22)
Nay
March 24, 2010 LB 952 Water and Natural Gas Infrastructure Replacement and Sewage Program Sales Tax Exemption Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(23 - 22)
Nay
Jan. 21, 2010 LB 1103 Prohibiting Abortions After 20 Weeks of Pregnancy Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 11, 2010 LR 284 CA Abolishing Office of State Treasurer Senate Co-sponsor
May 29, 2009 LB 675 Requiring Ultrasounds before Abortion Bill Passed - Senate
(40 - 5)
Yea
May 28, 2009 LB 36 Requiring Lethal Injection Bill Passed - Senate
(34 - 12)
Yea
April 17, 2009 LB 355 Exempting Cigar Bars from the Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate
(27 - 22)
Yea
April 3, 2009 LB 260 Wrongful Conviction Compensation Bill Passed - Senate
(36 - 9)
Yea
Feb. 27, 2009 LB 5 Trapping In Rights-of-Way Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 18)
Yea
Feb. 20, 2009 LB 85 Bond Revenue to Fund Streets and Bridges Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 10)
Nay
Jan. 21, 2009 LB 675 Requiring Ultrasounds before Abortion Senate Sponsor
Nov. 21, 2008 LB 1 Establishing an Age Limit on Safe Haven Law Bill Passed - Senate
(43 - 5)
Yea
Nov. 18, 2008 AM 4 to LB 1 Establishing an Age Limit on Safe Haven Law Amendment Rejected - Senate
(23 - 26)
Nay
April 10, 2008 LB 1082 Expanding Workers' Compensation Benefits Motion Rejected - Senate
(22 - 18)
Nay
April 7, 2008 LB 1157 Uniform School Testing Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 15)
Nay
April 7, 2008 LB 959 Gas Tax Veto Override Veto Override Passed - Senate
(34 - 15)
Yea
April 1, 2008 AM 2319 to LB 1174 Farm and Ranch Ownership Requirements Amendment Rejected - Senate
(20 - 27)
Nay
March 28, 2008 LB 959 2007-2009 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(39 - 9)
Yea
March 25, 2008 LB 1063 Abolishing the Death Penalty Motion Rejected - Senate
(20 - 28)
Nay
Feb. 22, 2008 LB 395 Statewide Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate
(34 - 14)
Nay
Feb. 14, 2008 AM 1736 Eliminating Opt-Out Provision of Smoking Ban Amendment Adopted - Senate
(33 - 13)
Nay
Feb. 6, 2008 LB 39 Restricting Petition Circulation Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 14)
Nay
Jan. 15, 2008 LB 253 Repealing Motorcycle Helmet Law Bill Failed - Senate
(23 - 25)
Yea
May 31, 2007 LB 653 Standard Academic Testing Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 13)
Nay
May 30, 2007 LB 551 Sports Arena and Convention Center Funding Bill Passed - Senate
(38 - 9)
Yea
May 24, 2007 LB 641 School Property Tax and Learning Communities Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 14)
Yea
May 16, 2007 LB 367 Tax Credits and Reductions Bill Passed - Senate
(46 - 2)
Yea
March 20, 2007 LB 476 Elimination of the Death Penalty Bill Failed - Senate
(24 - 25)
Nay
Jan. 12, 2007 LB 367 Tax Credits and Reductions Senate Co-sponsor

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