Senator Richard 'Dick' Lawrence Saslaw's Voting Records

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

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
4/20/16 HB 815 Amends Death Penalty Procedures
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 16)
Yea
3/11/16 HB 8 Establishes Virtual Public School
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 17)
Nay
3/11/16 HB 815 Amends Death Penalty Procedures
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (22 - 17)
Yea
3/07/16 HB 1090 Rescinds Funds from Certain Abortion Clinics
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
Nay
3/07/16 HB 389 Establishes School Choice Program for Children with Disabilities
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 19)
Nay
3/01/16 HB 516 Requires Parent Authorization of Explicit School Books
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
Nay
2/29/16 HB 560 Amends Brandishing Conviction to Include Intent to Induce Fear
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 17)
Nay
2/29/16 HB 587 Prohibits Removal of War Monuments
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 17)
Nay
2/26/16 HB 1371 Prohibits Cities from Increasing Minimum Wages and Benefits
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
Nay
2/16/16 SB 416 Authorizes Individuals to Rent Out Rooms through Online Platform
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 19)
Yea
2/15/16 SB 552 Exempts Police Officer Names form Mandatory Disclosure
Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 15)
Yea
2/15/16 SJ 6 Authorizes the Board of Education to Establish Charter Schools
Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 21)
Nay
2/12/16 SB 41 Prohibits State from Requiring Religious Organizations to Solemnize Certain Marriages
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 19)
Nay
2/09/16 SB 270 Requires Cities to Enforce Federal Immigration Laws
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
Nay
2/09/16 SB 705 Requires Sanctuary Cities to be Liable for Damages Caused by Undocumented Immigrant
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
Nay
2/08/16 SB 646 Establishes Regulations for Fantasy Sports
Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
Yea
2/04/16 SB 610 Authorizes Concealed Carry Reciprocity for Out-of-State License Holders
Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 13)
Yea
2/02/16 SB 117 Prohibits Opening Car Door in Traffic Lane
Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 16)
Yea
2/01/16 SB 106 Authorizes No-Excuse In-Person Absentee Voting
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
Yea
2/01/16 SB 48 Authorizes Concealed Carry without Permit
Bill Failed - Senate (20 - 21)
Nay
1/29/16 SB 12 Prohibits Discrimination in Public Employment Based on Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation
Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 15)
Yea
1/29/16 SB 67 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation in Housing Practices
Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 15)
Yea
1/26/16 SJ 1 Authorizes Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
Yea
1/25/16 SB 335 Prohibits State Employers From Inquiring about an Applicant's Criminal History
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
Yea
1/08/16 SB 335 Prohibits State Employers From Inquiring about an Applicant's Criminal History
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
12/28/15 SB 106 Authorizes No-Excuse In-Person Absentee Voting
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
2/17/15 HB 1626 Authorizes Home-Schooled Students to Participate in Public School Interscholastic Programs
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
Nay
2/10/15 SB 1393 Authorizes Pharmacies to Compound Drugs for Lethal Injection
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 14)
Yea
2/03/15 SB 785 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity
Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 19)
Yea
1/22/15 SB 1393 Authorizes Pharmacies to Compound Drugs for Lethal Injection
None - Senate
Sponsor
1/20/15 SB 722 Prohibits In-State Tuition for Students with Certain Temporary Visas
Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 20)
Nay
4/08/14 SB 5003 2014-2016 Biennium Budget
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
Yea
2/18/14 HB 1237 Authorizes Hunting on Sundays
Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 11)
Yea
2/11/14 SB 590 Increases the Minimum Wage
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20)
Yea
2/11/14 SB 617 Repeals Requirement for an Ultrasound Prior to Abortion
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20)
Yea
2/04/14 SB 324 Extends Deadline for Implementation of a School Performance Grading System
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 17)
Yea
1/21/14 SB 236 Authorizes Religious Expression in Public Schools
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 18)
Nay
2/23/13 HB 2313 Repeals the Retail Gas Tax and Establishes a Wholesale Gas Tax
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (25 - 15)
Yea
2/19/13 HB 1907 Increases Fines for Texting While Driving
Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12)
Yea
2/14/13 SB 1335 Prohibits Disclosure of Concealed Firearm Permit Information
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 9)
Nay
2/13/13 HB 2313 Repeals the Retail Gas Tax and Establishes a Wholesale Gas Tax
Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 14)
Yea
2/11/13 HB 1617 Authorizes Student Organizations to Limit Membership
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
Nay
2/05/13 SB 1256 Requires Photo Identification for Voting
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20)
Nay
2/05/13 SB 1324 Establishes Education Institution and Board
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20)
Nay
2/05/13 SB 719 Amends Voting Requirements
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20)
Nay
2/04/13 SB 721 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients
Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 20)
Nay
1/31/13 SB 975 Prohibits Smoking in a Vehicle with Minors
Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 10)
Yea
1/28/13 SB 690 Reduces the Number of Signatures Required to Run for President
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 17)
Nay
1/22/13 SB 736 Prohibits Opening a Vehicle Door Adjacent to a Lane of Traffic
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 17)
Yea
4/17/12 HB 1301 2012-2014 Budget
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 19)
Nay

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