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Chap Petersen's Voting Records on Issue: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Office: State Senate (VA) - District 34, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for State Senate - District 34

Virginia Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 5, 2013 SB 1256 Requires Photo Identification for Voting Bill Passed - Senate
(20 - 20)
Feb. 5, 2013 SB 719 Amends Voting Requirements Bill Passed - Senate
(20 - 20)
Feb. 27, 2012 HB 9 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - Senate
(20 - 20)
Feb. 6, 2012 SB 1 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - Senate
(20 - 20)
Jan. 24, 2011 SB 949 Allowing Absentee Voting For Any Reason Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 14)
Feb. 8, 2010 SB 66 Prohibiting Sexual Orientation Discrimination in State Government Employment Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 17)
Jan. 27, 2010 SB 9 Enforcing Seat Belt Violations as Primary Offenses Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 16)
Feb. 24, 2009 HB 1826 Driver's License Suspension for Unexcused School Absences Bill Passed - Senate
(36 - 3)
Feb. 19, 2009 SB 1105 Prohibiting Smoking in Restaurants Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(27 - 13)
Feb. 5, 2009 SB 1161 Classifying a Seat Belt Violation as a Primary Offense Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 15)
Feb. 3, 2009 SB 1105 Prohibiting Smoking in Bars and Restaurants Bill Passed - Senate
(26 - 13)
Feb. 5, 2008 SB 202 Local Regulation of Smoking in Restaurants Bill Passed - Senate
(29 - 9)
Feb. 5, 2008 SB 298 Banning Smoking Public Places Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 15)
Feb. 5, 2008 SB 501 Restaurant and Bar Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate
(28 - 10)

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