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Tennessee Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 11, 2009 HB 959 Close Handgun Permit Records House Co-sponsor
Feb. 10, 2009 HB 670 Requiring Correctional Facilities to Determine Immigration Status of Inmates House Co-sponsor
Feb. 9, 2009 HB 254 Eliminating Thumbprint Requirement for Gun Purchases House Co-sponsor
Feb. 9, 2009 HB 270 Prove citizenship status and identification for voting and registration. House Co-sponsor
June 11, 2007 SB 1152 Tennessee Tollway Act Bill Passed - House
(72 - 21)
Yea
June 4, 2007 SB 2326 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed - House
(59 - 35)
Yea
May 2, 2007 HB 625 Tennessee Minimum Wage Act Bill Passed - House
(59 - 37)
Nay
Feb. 15, 2007 SB 2143 Legalization of Handguns in State Parks Senate 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.

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