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Key Votes

Jim Merritt, Jr.'s Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care

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
General Nov. 4, 2014
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: Presbyterian

Indiana Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 6, 2014 SB 50 Prohibits the Use Of Tanning Facilities By Minors Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(26 - 12)
Yea
Jan. 23, 2014 SB 50 Prohibits the Use Of Tanning Facilities By Minors Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 17)
Yea
April 11, 2013 SB 371 Requires an Ultrasound Prior to the Prescription of an Abortion-Inducing Drug Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(35 - 14)
Yea
Feb. 26, 2013 SB 371 Requires an Ultrasound Prior to the Prescription of an Abortion-Inducing Drug Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 16)
Yea
March 9, 2012 HB 1149 Prohibits Smoking in Public Places Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(28 - 22)
Yea
Feb. 29, 2012 HB 1149 Prohibits Smoking in Public Places Bill Passed - Senate
(29 - 21)
Yea
Jan. 29, 2008 SB 143 Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Bill Passed - Senate
(35 - 13)
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
April 29, 2007 HB 1678 Employer Health Insurance Plans Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(37 - 13)
Yea
Feb. 12, 2007 SB 327 HPV Immunization Bill Passed - Senate
(44 - 5)
Yea
Jan. 19, 2006 SB 111 Student Nutrition and Physical Activity Bill Passed - Senate
(42 - 7)
Yea

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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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