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Key Votes

Jim Merritt, Jr.'s Voting Records on Issue: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Full Name: James 'Jim' W. Merritt, Jr.
Office: State Senate (IN) - District 31, Republican Majority Caucus Chair
First Elected: 11/06/1990
Last Elected: 11/02/2010
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for State Senate - District 31
Primary May 6, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Kelley; 3 Children: Abby, Jennifer, Will
Birth Date: 07/28/1959
Birth Place: Indianapolis, IN
Home City: Indianapolis, IN
Religion: Protestant

Indiana Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 17, 2014 HJR 3 Defines Marriage as Between 1 Man and 1 Woman Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(32 - 17)
Yea
March 4, 2010 HB 1065 Authorizing Firearms at Workplace Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(41 - 9)
Yea
Jan. 28, 2010 SJR 13 Defining Marriage as Being Between One Man and One Woman Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(38 - 10)
Yea
Jan. 29, 2008 SB 3 Authorizing Physicians to Refuse Prescriptions Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 18)
Yea
Jan. 24, 2008 SB 3 Authorizing Physicians to Refuse Prescriptions Bill Failed - Senate
(24 - 24)
Yea
March 22, 2007 HB 1237 Seat Belt Requirement Bill Passed - Senate
(28 - 17)
Yea
March 14, 2006 HB 1099 Fireworks Sales, Regulations, Discharge, Public Safety Fees, and Injuries Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(34 - 16)
Yea
March 2, 2006 HB 1099 Fireworks Sales, Regulations, Discharge, Public Safety Fees, and Injuries Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 18)
Yea
Jan. 24, 2006 SB 88 Seat Belt Requirement Bill Passed - Senate
(26 - 21)
Yea

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