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Dick Saslaw's Voting Records on Issue: Judicial Branch

Office: State Senate (VA) - District 35, Democratic Minority Leader

Virginia Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 24, 2009 HB 1671 "Derelict Building" Plan Requirements Bill Passed - Senate
(36 - 3)
Yea
Jan. 27, 2009 SB 961 Expanding Death Penalty Eligibility to Accomplices Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 16)
Nay
Feb. 25, 2008 HB 933 "Triggerman Rule" in Capital Murder Cases Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 16)
Nay
April 4, 2007 HB 2347 Capital Murder of a Witness Veto Override Passed - Senate
(29 - 10)
Yea
April 4, 2007 Sub HB 2348 Extension of "Triggerman Rule" Veto Override Failed - Senate
(24 - 14)
Nay
April 4, 2007 Sub HB 2750 Capital Murder of a Judge Veto Override Passed - Senate
(28 - 10)
Yea
Jan. 25, 2006 SB 526 Defining Marriage Bill Passed - Senate
(28 - 11)
Nay

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