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Key Votes

David Sokola's Voting Records

Full Name: David P. Sokola
Office: State Senate (DE) - District 8, Democratic
First Elected: 1990
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2016
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Kathy; 1 Child: Megan
Birth Date: 07/28/1955
Birth Place: Wilmington, DE
Home City: Newark, DE
Religion: Christian

Delaware Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 25, 2014 SB 220 Appropriates Funds for State Casino Relief Bill Passed - Senate
(14 - 5)
Nay
May 8, 2014 SB 209 Amends Charter School Laws Bill Passed - Senate
(14 - 7)
Yea
May 2, 2014 SB 209 Amends Charter School Laws House Sponsor
April 10, 2014 HB 265 Increases Certain Business Taxes Bill Passed - Senate
(13 - 7)
Yea
Jan. 30, 2014 SB 6 Increases the Minimum Wage Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(13 - 8)
Yea
June 27, 2013 HB 200 2013-2014 Budget Bill Passed - Senate
(17 - 4)
Yea
June 27, 2013 HB 88 Prohibits Certain Individuals with Mental Health Issues from Possessing Firearms Bill Failed - Senate
(6 - 13)
Yea
June 19, 2013 SB 97 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity or Expression Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(11 - 9)
Yea
May 29, 2013 SB 97 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity or Expression Senate Co-sponsor
May 7, 2013 HB 75 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - Senate
(12 - 9)
Yea
May 2, 2013 SB 16 Requires Gun Owners to Report Missing Firearms Bill Passed - Senate
(11 - 10)
Yea
April 30, 2013 SB 21 Requires the Governor to Appoint Labor Union Representatives to a State Benefits Committee Bill Passed - Senate
(11 - 8)
Yea
April 23, 2013 HB 88 Prohibits Individuals with Certain Mental Health Conditions from Possessing Firearms House Sponsor
April 18, 2013 HB 35 Requires Background Checks Prior to the Purchase of Firearms Bill Passed - Senate
(13 - 8)
Yea
April 11, 2013 HB 75 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage House Sponsor
March 26, 2013 SB 19 Repeals the Death Penalty Bill Passed - Senate
(11 - 10)
Yea
March 20, 2013 SB 21 Requires the Governor to Appoint Labor Union Representatives to a State Benefits Committee Senate Co-sponsor
March 12, 2013 SB 19 Repeals the Death Penalty Senate Co-sponsor
March 7, 2013 HB 35 Requires Background Checks Prior to the Purchase of Firearms House Co-sponsor
Jan. 9, 2013 HB 13 Prohibits Lawmakers from Becoming Lobbyists for 1 Year After Leaving Office House Sponsor
June 27, 2012 HB 333 Authorizes Online Gambling Bill Passed - Senate
(14 - 6)
Yea
June 13, 2012 SB 204 Extends the Gun Buy-back Program Bill Failed - Senate
(8 - 13)
Yea
May 10, 2012 SB 205 Requires Manufactured Home Community Owners to Explain Rent Increases Bill Passed - Senate
(11 - 9)
Yea
April 25, 2012 SB 205 Requires Manufactured Home Community Owners to Explain Rent Increases Senate Co-sponsor
April 3, 2012 SB 185 Requires Lobbyists to Report Their Activities in the Legislature Senate Co-sponsor
June 23, 2011 HB 100 Background Checks for Contractors on School Premises Bill Failed - Senate
(10 - 5)
Yea
June 23, 2011 HB 95 Motorcycle Helmet Requirement Bill Passed - Senate
(14 - 5)
Nay
June 23, 2011 SB 129 Removes Protected Wildlife Designation from Coyotes Bill Passed - Senate
(13 - 7)
Nay
June 22, 2011 SB 97 Approval of Rental Prices on Certain Housing Bill Failed - Senate
(9 - 9)
Yea
May 11, 2011 SB 17 Authorizes Medical Marijuana Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(17 - 4)
Yea
May 4, 2011 HB 100 Background Checks for Contractors on School Premises House Co-sponsor
April 7, 2011 SB 30 Same-Sex Civil Unions Bill Passed - Senate
(13 - 6)
Yea
April 5, 2011 HB 19 Reduce Punishment for Drug Possession Bill Passed - Senate
(16 - 4)
Yea
March 31, 2011 SB 17 Authorizes Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate
(18 - 3)
Yea
March 22, 2011 SB 30 Same-Sex Civil Unions Senate Sponsor
March 10, 2011 HB 47 State Inspections of Abortion Clinics House Co-sponsor
March 30, 2010 HB 347 Raising the Reporting Age for Misdemeanors by Students House Co-sponsor
Jan. 28, 2010 HB 310 Legalizing Table Games Bill Passed - Senate
(15 - 4)
Yea
July 1, 2009 HB 290 2009-2010 Budget Bill Passed - Senate
(16 - 4)
Yea
June 30, 2009 HB 210 Liquor License Fee Bill Passed - Senate
(17 - 3)
Yea
June 30, 2009 HB 211 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate
(14 - 6)
Yea
June 30, 2009 HB 291 Estate Tax Bill Passed - Senate
(14 - 6)
Yea
June 29, 2009 SB 169 Health Clinic Access Bill Passed - Senate
(16 - 3)
Yea
June 29, 2009 SB 169 Health Clinic Access Senate Co-sponsor
June 24, 2009 SB 121 Adding Sexual Orientation to Delaware Anti-Discriminatory Laws Bill Passed - Senate
(14 - 5)
Yea
June 4, 2009 SB 121 Adding Sexual Orientation to Delaware Anti-Discriminatory Laws Senate Sponsor
May 12, 2009 HB 100 Reestablishing a Sports Lottery Bill Passed - Senate
(17 - 2)
Yea
April 6, 2009 HB 100 Reestablishing a Sports Lottery House Co-sponsor
April 2, 2009 HB 117 School Board Elections House Co-sponsor
July 1, 2008 HB 518 Alcohol Tax Increase Bill Failed - Senate
(7 - 14)
Nay

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