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Tim Kaine's Voting Records on Issue: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Office: U.S. Senate (VA) - Jr, Democratic

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Nov. 18, 2014 S 2685 Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2014 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(58 - 42)
Yea
Nov. 19, 2013 S Amdt 2175 Authorizes the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Guantanamo Detainees to the United States Amendment Rejected - Senate
(52 - 46)
Yea

Executive Actions

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 27, 2009 HB 1826 Driver's License Suspension for Unexcused School Absences Signed - Executive
Sign
March 9, 2009 SB 1105 Prohibiting Smoking in Restaurants Signed - Executive
Sign
April 10, 2007 HB 2422 Restaurant Smoking Ban Vetoed - Executive
Veto

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