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Tim Kaine's Voting Records on Issue: Judicial Branch

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

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 12, 2013 S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(78 - 22)
Jan. 22, 2013 S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Senate Co-sponsor

Executive Actions

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 30, 2009 SB 961 Expanding Death Penalty Eligibility to Accomplices Vetoed - Executive
March 27, 2009 HB 1671 "Derelict Building" Plan Requirements Signed - Executive
March 5, 2008 HB 933 "Triggerman Rule" in Capital Murder Cases Vetoed - Executive
April 10, 2007 HB 2673 Jury sentencing; empanelment of new jury in event of deadlock Vetoed - Executive
March 26, 2007 Sub HB 2348 Extension of "Triggerman Rule" Vetoed - Executive
March 26, 2007 SB 1288 Triggerman rule; redefinition thereof Vetoed - Executive

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