Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
11/17/10 HB 101 Education Law Amendments
Veto Override Passed - Senate (42 - 7)
Nay
10/14/10 HB 1926 Amending Self-Protection Laws
Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 4)
Yea
10/14/10 HB 2497 Amends State Employee Pension System
Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 8)
Yea
7/03/10 SB 1042 2010-2011 Budget Implementation and Fiscal Law Amendments
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (39 - 11)
Yea
6/30/10 HB 2279 2010-2011 Budget
Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 13)
Yea
6/29/10 SR 348 Audit of Methadone Treatment Programs & Medical Assistance Transportation Program
Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 17)
Nay
6/08/10 SB 1161 Authorizing Qualified Inmate Transfer to Pre-Release Centers
Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 21)
Yea
1/05/10 SB 711 Legalizing Table Games
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 22)
Yea
12/16/09 SB 711 Legalizing Table Games
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
Yea
10/09/09 HB 1416 2009-2010 Budget
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (42 - 7)
Yea
10/09/09 HB 1614 Fiscal Code Amendments
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (35 - 14)
Yea
10/09/09 SB 1033 Gaming Law Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
Yea
10/06/09 HB 1531 Tax Law Amendments
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (35 - 14)
Yea
8/26/09 HB 1828 Municipal Pension System Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 9)
Yea
7/20/09 HB 1416 2009-2010 Budget
Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 19)
Nay
7/17/09 SB 1033 Further Explanation of Gambling Commissions
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
6/22/09 SB 711 Legalizing Table Games
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
6/03/09 SB 81 Liquor Tastings and Liquor Code Updates
Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 13)
Yea
5/06/09 SB 850 2009-2010 Budget
Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 20)
Nay
3/25/09 SB 490 Oil and Gas Lease Fund Appropriations
Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 17)
Yea
6/16/08 SB 1385 Increase Tax Credit for Business Net Losses
Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 19)
Nay
6/16/08 SB 1387 Business Property Tax Deduction
Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 15)
Nay
6/16/08 SB 1388 Change Formula for Calculating Corporate Net Income Tax
Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 19)
Nay
6/10/08 SB 246 Smoking Ban
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (41 - 9)
Yea
6/04/08 SB 246 Smoking Ban
Conference Report Rejected - Senate (19 - 31)
Nay
6/02/08 SB 1386 Poverty Income Tax Cut
Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 16)
Nay
2/12/08 SB 1278 Child Support Fee
None - Senate
Sponsor
7/16/07 HB 1286 2007-2008 Budget
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (46 - 2)
Yea
7/16/07 HB 1590 Public Transportation and Interstate 80 Toll Road
Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
Yea
7/16/07 SB 246 Smoking Ban
Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate (13 - 36)
Nay
6/26/07 SB 246 Smoking Ban
Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 17)
Yea
6/25/07 A 2062 Exceptions to Clean Indoor Air Act
Amendment Adopted - Senate (29 - 21)
Yea
7/01/06 HB 2499 2006-2007 Budget
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 21)
Yea
6/28/06 HB 804 Handheld Cell Phone Ban While Driving
Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 7)
Yea
6/27/06 SB 1230 Slot Supplier Elimination
Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
Nay
6/22/06 SB 1090 Minimum Wage Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 14)
Yea
6/21/06 HB 2381 Marriage Definition Constitutional Amendment
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (38 - 12)
Yea
5/03/06 SB 999 Voting Standards
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (36 - 13)
Yea
5/02/06 HB 39 Property Taxes (Special Session)
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (40 - 9)
Yea
3/20/06 HB 213 Ecoterrorism Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 10)
Nay
2/15/06 HB 1318 Voter Identification Requirements
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (27 - 20)
Nay
2/15/06 SB 1025 PA Clean Vehicles Program
Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
Yea
1/31/06 SB 1090 Minimum Wage Bill
None - Senate
Co-sponsor

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

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  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.