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Key Votes

Richard Sears, Jr.'s Voting Records

Full Name: Richard 'Dick' W. Sears, Jr.
Office: State Senate (VT) - Bennington, Democratic
First Elected: 11/03/1992
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for State Senate - Bennington
Primary Aug. 26, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Beverly
Birth Date: 04/22/1943
Birth Place: Framingham, MA
Home City: Bennington, VT
Religion: Congregational

Vermont Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Jan. 16, 2014 S 82 Amends Campaign Finance Law Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(20 - 8)
Yea
May 8, 2013 S 77 Prohibits Liability for Self-Administered Lethal Dosages Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(17 - 13)
Nay
Feb. 14, 2013 S 77 Prohibits Liability for Self-Administered Lethal Dosages Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 8)
Yea
Feb. 13, 2013 Galbraith and Hartwell Amdt Establishes Immunity for Doctors Prescribing or People Present to Lethal Dosage Amendment Adopted - Senate
(16 - 15)
Yea
March 1, 2012 S 199 Repeals Philosophical Exemption to Immunization Motion Agreed - Senate
(25 - 4)
Yea
May 5, 2011 H 436 Tax Law Amendments Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(17 - 10)
Yea
May 3, 2011 H 202 Single-Payer and Unified Health System Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(21 - 9)
Yea
Feb. 22, 2011 S 31 Electing the President by Popular Vote Bill Passed - Senate
(20 - 10)
Yea
Jan. 14, 2011 S 17 Medical Marijuana House Sponsor
May 12, 2010 H 485 Property Tax and Land Use Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(20 - 9)
Nay
April 27, 2010 SR 17 Requesting Congressional Waiver From Federal Drinking Age Requirement Resolution Passed - Senate
(14 - 13)
Did Not Vote
Feb. 24, 2010 S 289 Authorizing Nuclear Power Plant Operation Until 2032 Bill Failed - Senate
(4 - 26)
Nay
June 2, 2009 H 441 2009-2010 Budget Veto Override Passed - Senate
(23 - 5)
Yea
May 7, 2009 H 441 2009-2010 Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(18 - 10)
Yea
May 5, 2009 H 446 Renewable Energy Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(16 - 10)
Nay
May 1, 2009 H 436 Nuclear Plant Decommissioning Fund Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 4)
Yea
April 7, 2009 S 115 Same-Sex Marriage Veto Override Passed - Senate
(23 - 5)
Yea
March 23, 2009 Same-Sex Marriage Ballot Question Amendment Rejected - Senate
(11 - 19)
Nay
March 23, 2009 S 115 Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - Senate
(26 - 4)
Yea
Feb. 27, 2009 S 34 Presidential Election by National Popular Vote Bill Passed - Senate
(15 - 10)
Yea
April 22, 2008 S 278 Campaign Finance Limitations Veto Override Passed - Senate
(26 - 4)
Yea
May 1, 2007 SA. 520 Energy Tax Amendment to H. 520 Bill Passed - Senate
(15 - 14)
Yea
April 20, 2007 SR 16 Urging National Executive Impeachment Bill Passed - Senate
(16 - 9)
Nay
May 5, 2006 H 861 Health Care Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(20 - 4)
Yea
May 2, 2006 S 18 Genetically Modified Seed Liability Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(19 - 8)
Yea
April 14, 2006 H 861 Health Care Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 3)
Yea
Jan. 12, 2005 S 18 Genetically modified seed liability bill Senate Co-sponsor

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  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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