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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 20, 2013 HR 933 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 26)
Yea
March 14, 2013 S Amdt 66 Temporarily Prohibits the Hiring of Nonessential Federal Employees Amendment Rejected - Senate
(45 - 54)
Nay
March 13, 2013 S Amdt 30 To Prohibit the Use of Funds to Carry Out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Amendment Rejected - Senate
(45 - 52)
Nay
March 7, 2013 PN 48 Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(63 - 34)
Yea
Feb. 26, 2013 PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(58 - 41)
Yea
Feb. 26, 2013 PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Cloture Invoked - Senate
(71 - 27)
Yea
Feb. 14, 2013 PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(58 - 40)
Yea
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)
Yea
Jan. 28, 2013 HR 152 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(62 - 36)
Yea
Jan. 22, 2013 S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Senate Co-sponsor

Virginia Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 26, 2007 Governor's Recommendation to the Restaurant Smoking Ban House Sponsor
April 11, 2006 DMV Voter Registration Requirements Executive Sponsor
April 11, 2006 Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements Executive Sponsor

Executive Actions

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 30, 2009 HB 2638 Expansion of Capital Punishment Eligibility Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 30, 2009 SB 877 Allowing Retired Law Enforcement Officers to Carry Concealed Weapons into Alcohol-Serving Establishments Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 30, 2009 SB 1035 Allowing Guns in Alcohol-Serving Establishments Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 30, 2009 HB 2358 Expansion of Capital Punishment Eligibility Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 30, 2009 HB 1613 Authorizing Non-licensed Law Enforcement Officers to Operate Polygraph Devices Vetoed - Executive
Amendatory Veto
March 30, 2009 SB 1528 Online Training for Concealed Weapons Permit Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 30, 2009 SB 1409 Expanding Capital Punishment Eligibility Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 30, 2009 HB 1851 Exemption from Handgun Purchase Limitation Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 30, 2009 HB 2528 Local Firearm Buyback Program Regulation Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 30, 2009 SB 1374 Authorizing Non-licensed Law Enforcement Officers to Operate Polygraph Devices Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 30, 2009 SB 1069 Expanding Capital Punishment Eligibility Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 30, 2009 SB 961 Expanding Death Penalty Eligibility to Accomplices Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 27, 2009 HB 1671 "Derelict Building" Plan Requirements Signed - Executive
Sign
March 27, 2009 HB 1826 Driver's License Suspension for Unexcused School Absences Signed - Executive
Sign
March 27, 2009 SB 1473 Department of Forestry Land Use Permits Signed - Executive
Sign
March 9, 2009 SB 1105 Prohibiting Smoking in Restaurants Signed - Executive
Sign
May 9, 2008 HB 30 2008-2010 Biennium Budget Signed - Executive
Line Item Veto
April 23, 2008 SB 588 Payday Lending Restrictions Signed - Executive
Sign
April 23, 2008 HB 12 Payday Lending Restrictions Signed - Executive
Sign
April 11, 2008 HB 649 Motor Vehicle License Fees Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 6, 2008 SB 560 Redefinition of the "Triggerman Rule" Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 5, 2008 HB 933 "Triggerman Rule" in Capital Murder Cases Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 4, 2008 SB 436 Concealed Weapons in Vehicles Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 4, 2008 SB 476 Prohibiting Drinking with a Concealed Weapon Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 11, 2007 SB 1074 Single-family dwellings; localities to designate portion of undeveloped land for clustering Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 11, 2007 SB 838 Land use proceedings; disclosures therein Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 11, 2007 Sub HB 2035 HPV Vaccination Signed - Executive
Sign
April 10, 2007 SB 1203 Sexually violent predators; Attorney General, et al to study feasibility of treatment options, etc. Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 10, 2007 HB 2422 Restaurant Smoking Ban Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 10, 2007 SB 1301 Water Quality Improvement Fund; Combined Sewer Overflow funding for Cities of Lynchburg & Richmond Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 10, 2007 HB 2673 Jury sentencing; empanelment of new jury in event of deadlock Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 26, 2007 HB 2128 Billboard signs; adjustment or relocation thereof Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 26, 2007 HB 2048 Fire Prevention Code; no fee for permits for inspection of religious schools. Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 26, 2007 HB 1755 Utility Transfers Act; telephone companies Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 26, 2007 SB 1288 Triggerman rule; redefinition thereof Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 26, 2007 Sub HB 2348 Extension of "Triggerman Rule" Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 26, 2007 HB 1979 Annexation; extends temporary restriction thereof Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 26, 2007 Sub HB 1778 Traffic Light Cameras Signed - Executive
Sign
March 20, 2007 HB 1977 Inaugural Committee Finance Reform Signed - Executive
Sign
March 20, 2007 H Sub Refusal of Medical Treatment for Children Signed - Executive
Sign

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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