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Selected Sponsorships

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 6, 2013 SB 1247 Limits Payday Loan Interest Rates Senate Sponsor
Feb. 13, 2013 SB 21 Requires Drug Screening for Unemployment Benefits Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 29, 2013 SJR 13 Establishes Term Limits For Certain Elected Officials Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 12, 2012 HB 63 Prohibits Texting While Driving House Co-sponsor
June 2, 2011 SB 29 Restricts Certain Types of Touching During Searches by Government Officials Senate Co-sponsor
May 31, 2011 SB 8 Management and Operation of Public Schools Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 11, 2011 HB 15 Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion House Co-sponsor
Jan. 24, 2011 SB 14 Voter Identification Requirements Senate Sponsor
Jan. 14, 2011 SB 16 Abortion Procedures Bill Senate Co-sponsor
March 13, 2009 SB 1049 Increasing Age Restriction on Tobacco Purchases Senate Co-sponsor
March 9, 2009 SB 855 Authorizing County Taxes and Fees to Fund Transportation Projects Senate Sponsor
Feb. 11, 2009 SB 298 Authorizing Sobriety Checkpoints Senate Sponsor
Jan. 31, 2007 CSSB 378 Deadly Force in Self-Defense Senate 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:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  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
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

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.

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