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Key Votes

Jim Merritt, Jr.'s Voting Records on Issue: Housing and Property

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
General Nov. 4, 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
Jan. 12, 2010 SJR 1 Constitutional Property Tax Cap Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(35 - 15)
Yea
Feb. 9, 2009 SJR 1 Constitutional Property Tax Cap Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(34 - 16)
Yea
March 14, 2008 HB 1001 Property Tax Reduction Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(41 - 6)
Yea
March 14, 2008 SJR 1 Constitutional Property Tax Cap Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(40 - 7)
Yea
Feb. 26, 2008 HB 1001 Property Tax Reduction Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 14)
Yea
Feb. 25, 2008 Amnd. 17 Elimination of Township Assessors Amendment Rejected - Senate
(23 - 23)
Yea
Feb. 25, 2008 Amnd. 19 Referendum on Township Assessors Amendment Rejected - Senate
(24 - 20)
Nay
Jan. 29, 2008 SB 143 Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Bill Passed - Senate
(35 - 13)
Yea
Jan. 29, 2008 SJR 1 Constitutional Property Tax Cap Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(41 - 7)
Yea
Jan. 22, 2008 SB 18 Allowing Referendum on Public Construction Projects Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 16)
Yea
April 11, 2007 HB 1478 Property Tax Reduction Bill Passed - Senate
(44 - 5)
Yea
Jan. 31, 2006 SB 145 Vehicle Seizure and Driving While Intoxicated Bill Passed - Senate
(34 - 16)
Yea
Jan. 30, 2006 SB 354 Forestry Classifications Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 20)
Yea

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