Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
7/19/11 SB 148 Legislative Redistricting
Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 14)
Yea
7/19/11 SB 149 Congressional Redistricting
Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 14)
Yea
6/16/11 AB 40 2011-2013 Biennium Budget
Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 14)
Yea
6/14/11 SB 93 Weapons Law Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
Yea
6/08/11 SB 116 Relating to Overseas Absentee Voting
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
Yea
5/11/11 SB 13 Repealing Regulations for Telecommunications Services
Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
Yea
5/10/11 SB 92 Prohibits Abortion Coverage through Healthcare Insurance Exchanges
None - Senate
Sponsor
5/10/11 SB 93 Weapons Law Amendments
None - Senate
Sponsor
4/28/11 SB 13 Repealing Regulations for Telecommunications Services
None - Senate
Sponsor
3/09/11 AB 11 Collective Bargaining Rights for Public Employees
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (18 - 1)
Yea
2/02/11 SB 10 Wetland Regulations
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11)
Yea
1/27/11 AB 7 Voter Identification Requirements
None - House
Co-sponsor
1/25/11 AB 3 Tax Incentives for Job Creation
Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
Yea
1/20/11 SB 2 Tax Benefits for Health Savings Accounts
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
Yea
1/18/11 SB 1 Tort Law Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 14)
Yea
1/05/11 SB 2 Tax Benefits for Health Savings Accounts
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
1/03/11 SB 1 Tort Law Amendments
None - Senate
Sponsor
4/15/10 SB 434 Legalizing Sale of Unpasteurized Milk
Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
Yea
4/15/10 SB 437 Education Law Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
Nay
4/13/10 SB 530 Payday Lending Regulations
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
Yea
1/28/10 AB 458 Sex Education Curriculum Requirements
Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
Nay
1/28/10 SB 263 Expanding Access to Public Defenders
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
Nay
12/21/09 SB 434 Legalizing Sale of Unpasteurized Milk
None - Senate
Sponsor
11/05/09 SB 371 Higher Education Student Data System
Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
Yea
11/05/09 SB 372 Teacher Evaluation Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 14)
Nay
9/22/09 AB 119 Requiring Kindergarten for First Grade Enrollment
Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 15)
Nay
6/25/09 AB 75 2009-2011 Biennium Budget
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (17 - 15)
Nay
6/17/09 AB 75 2009-2011 Biennium Budget
Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 16)
Nay
6/09/09 SB 107 Electronics Sale and Disposal Regulations
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
Yea
6/09/09 SB 167 Decreasing the Minimum Hunting Age
Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6)
Yea
5/13/09 SB 181 Indoor Smoking Ban
Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
Yea
4/28/09 SB 20 Discriminatory Pay Compensation
Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
Nay
4/14/09 SB 167 Decreasing the Minimum Hunting Age
None - Senate
Sponsor
2/18/09 SB 62 2008-2009 Budget Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
Nay
2/10/09 SB 1 Minimum Wage Increase
Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 14)
Nay
2/05/09 SB 27 Requires Insurance Coverage for Children's Hearing Aid Treatments
None - Senate
Sponsor
5/13/08 AB 1 Budget Repair Plan
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (17 - 16)
Nay
3/25/08 AB 1 Budget Repair Plan
Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 14)
Nay
3/06/08 SB 523 Great Lakes Water Resources Compact
Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 6)
Yea
3/04/08 SB 537 John Doe Proceedings
Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
Nay
2/28/08 AB 377 Emergency Contraception for Sexual Assault Victims
Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 6)
Nay
2/28/08 AB 581 Gun Possession During Emergencies
Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 5)
Yea
2/26/08 SB 178 Insurance Coverage for Autism Treatment
Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
Yea
2/22/08 AB 870 Virtual Charter Schools
None - House
Co-sponsor
2/19/08 S Amnd. 1 Virtual Charter School Enrollment Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (17 - 16)
Nay
2/19/08 S Amnd. 1 Virtual Charter School Enrollment Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (16 - 17)
Nay
2/19/08 SB 171 Financing of Judicial Campaigns
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
Nay
2/19/08 SB 396 Virtual Charter Schools
Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
Nay
2/06/08 AB 770 Corporate Research and Development Tax Credit
None - House
Co-sponsor
1/18/08 AB 710 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban
None - House
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:

  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.