Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
5/08/13 HB 1317 Establishes Regulations for the Retail Marijuana Industry
Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 6)
Yea
5/08/13 HB 1318 Establishes Sales Taxes for Retail Marijuana
Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
Yea
5/07/13 SB 251 Authorizes Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
Yea
5/03/13 HB 1154 Establishes Penalties for Violent Offenses Against Pregnant Women
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
Yea
5/02/13 HB 1303 Authorizes Same-Day Voter Registration
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
Yea
4/18/13 HB 1318 Establishes Sales Taxes for Retail Marijuana
None - House
Co-sponsor
4/10/13 HB 1303 Authorizes Same-Day Voter Registration
None - House
Co-sponsor
4/01/13 SB 251 Authorizes Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants
None - House
Sponsor
3/18/13 HB 1081 Expands Sexual Education Curriculum
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
Yea
3/15/13 HB 1229 Requires Background Checks for Private Gun Sales and Transfers
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 14)
Yea
3/13/13 HB 1166 Repeals Classification of Adultery as a Criminal Offense
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
Yea
3/11/13 HB 1224 Limits Firearm Magazine Capacity
Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
Yea
3/11/13 HB 1228 Establishes a Background Check Fee
Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
Yea
3/11/13 SB 195 Requires In-Person Classes for Concealed Carry Licenses
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
Yea
3/11/13 SB 197 Prohibits a Domestic Violence Offender from Owning a Firearm
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
Yea
3/05/13 HB 1251 Requires DNA Samples for Misdemeanors
None - House
Sponsor
2/27/13 SB 195 Requires In-Person Classes for Concealed Carry Licenses
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
2/27/13 SB 197 Prohibits a Domestic Violence Offender from Owning a Firearm
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
2/25/13 SB 33 Authorizes In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
Yea
2/11/13 SB 11 Authorizes Civil Unions
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
Yea
2/07/13 HB 1224 Limits Firearm Magazine Capacity
None - House
Sponsor
2/07/13 HB 1228 Establishes a Background Check Fee
None - House
Co-sponsor
2/05/13 SB 25 Authorizes Statewide Firefighter Labor Organizations
Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
Yea
1/15/13 SB 33 Authorizes In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants
None - Senate
Sponsor
1/09/13 SB 11 Authorizes Civil Unions
None - Senate
Sponsor
1/09/13 SB 25 Authorizes Statewide Firefighter Labor Organizations
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
5/02/12 SB 117 Establishes Limits for Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana
Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
Yea
4/27/12 SM 3 Urges Congress to Authorize Religious Exemptions to Providing Birth Control
Bill Failed - Senate (15 - 20)
Nay
4/26/12 SB 2 Authorizes Civil Unions
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
Yea
4/10/12 SB 68 Prohibits Food with Trans Fat in Schools
Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
Yea
4/09/12 SB 15 College Tuition Rates for Undocumented Immigrants
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
Yea
4/05/12 HB 1271 Repeals Direct Filing of Juveniles by Prosecutors
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
Yea
2/29/12 HB 1301 Authorizes Legislative Appropriations
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
Yea
2/29/12 SB 93 Requires Hospitals to Disclose Religious Objections
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
Yea
2/23/12 SB 147 Prohibits False Information Regarding Election Procedures and Voter Eligibility
Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
Yea
2/21/12 SB 3 Limits Employers' Use Of Credit Histories
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
Yea
2/14/12 SB 20 Authorizes Legal Immunity to Drug Overdose Reporters
Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
Yea
2/13/12 HB 1301 Authorizes Legislative Appropriations
None - House
Sponsor
2/01/12 SB 147 Prohibits False Information Regarding Election Procedures and Voter Eligibility
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
1/11/12 SB 15 College Tuition Rates for Undocumented Immigrants
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
1/11/12 SB 2 Authorizes Civil Unions
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
1/11/12 SB 20 Authorizes Legal Immunity to Drug Overdose Reporters
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
1/11/12 SB 3 Limits Employers' Use Of Credit Histories
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
5/06/11 HB 1005 Repeals Taxes on Agricultural Products
Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
Yea
5/05/11 SB 200 Establishing a Health Benefit Exchange
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 14)
Yea
4/18/11 SB 126 In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
Yea
3/24/11 SB 172 Authorizes Civil Unions
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
Yea
3/21/11 SB 200 Establishing a Health Benefit Exchange
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
2/14/11 SB 172 Authorizes Civil Unions
None - Senate
Sponsor
1/31/11 SB 126 In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants
None - 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.