Senator Ralph K. Smith's Voting Records

Office: State Senate (VA) - District 19, Republican
Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
4/08/14 SB 5003 2014- 2015 Biennium Budget
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
Nay
2/18/14 HB 1237 Authorizes Hunting on Sundays
Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 11)
Nay
2/11/14 SB 590 Increases the Minimum Wage
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20)
Nay
2/11/14 SB 617 Repeals Requirement for an Ultrasound Prior to Abortion
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20)
Nay
2/04/14 SB 324 Extends Deadline for Implementation of a School Performance Grading System
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 17)
Nay
1/21/14 SB 236 Authorizes Religious Expression in Public Schools
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 18)
Yea
2/23/13 HB 2313 Repeals the Retail Gas Tax and Establishes a Wholesale Gas Tax
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (25 - 15)
Nay
2/19/13 HB 1907 Increases Fines for Texting While Driving
Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12)
Nay
2/14/13 SB 1335 Prohibits Disclosure of Concealed Firearm Permit Information
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 9)
Yea
2/13/13 HB 2313 Repeals the Retail Gas Tax and Establishes a Wholesale Gas Tax
Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 14)
Nay
2/11/13 HB 1617 Authorizes Student Organizations to Limit Membership
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
Yea
2/05/13 SB 1256 Requires Photo Identification for Voting
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20)
Yea
2/05/13 SB 1324 Establishes Education Institution and Board
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20)
Yea
2/05/13 SB 719 Amends Voting Requirements
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20)
Yea
2/04/13 SB 721 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients
Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 20)
Yea
1/31/13 SB 975 Prohibits Smoking in a Vehicle with Minors
Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 10)
Nay
1/28/13 SB 690 Reduces the Number of Signatures Required to Run for President
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 17)
Yea
1/22/13 SB 736 Prohibits Opening a Vehicle Door Adjacent to a Lane of Traffic
Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 17)
Yea
4/17/12 HB 1301 2012-2014 Budget
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 19)
Yea
3/26/12 Saslaw Amdt Requires Reimbursement of the Full Cost of Ultrasounds Required Prior to Abortions
Amendment Rejected - Senate (19 - 20)
Nay
3/06/12 HB 1228 Increases Salary for State Legislators
Bill Failed - Senate (9 - 31)
Nay
2/28/12 HB 462 Requires an ultrasound prior to an abortion
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
Yea
2/27/12 HB 1112 Repeals HPV Vaccine Requirement
Motion Agreed - Senate (22 - 17)
Nay
2/27/12 HB 9 Voter Identification Requirements
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20)
Yea
2/23/12 SB 30 2012-2014 Biennium Budget
Bill Failed - Senate (20 - 17)
Yea
2/21/12 HB 189 Authorizes Adoption Agencies to Refuse Adoptions for Religious Reasons
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
Yea
2/20/12 HB 48 Authorizing Physical Force Against Intruders
Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 16)
Yea
2/17/12 SB 131 Establishes Tax Deductions for Corporations
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20)
Yea
2/14/12 SB 438 Amends Teacher Contracts
Bill Failed - Senate (18 - 20)
Yea
2/14/12 SB 6 Requires Drug Tests for Certain Welfare Recipients
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20)
Yea
2/13/12 HB 940 Repeals Purchase Limit for Handguns
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
Yea
2/09/12 SB 349 Authorizing Private Adoption Agencies to Refuse Certain Placements
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
Yea
2/06/12 SB 1 Requires Photo Identification to Vote
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20)
Yea
2/06/12 SB 323 Repeals Purchase Limit for Handguns
Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
Yea
1/26/12 SB 464 Authorizes Hunting on Sundays
Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 11)
Nay
1/20/12 HB 251 Congressional Redistricting
Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 19)
Yea
1/11/12 SB 131 Establishes Tax Deductions for Corporations
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
4/11/11 HB 5001 Legislative Redistricting
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (22 - 17)
Nay
4/06/11 HB 2434 Health Benefits Exchange
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 20)
Yea
2/21/11 SB 1446 Transportation Budget
Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate (1 - 38)
Nay
2/17/11 HB 2527 Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Fund and Bank
Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 7)
Yea
2/17/11 SB 1062 Health Insurance Coverage of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
Nay
2/08/11 SB 1351 Wireless Telecommunication Devices
Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 13)
Nay
2/03/11 SB 831 Amending the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act
Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 16)
Nay
2/02/11 SB 747 Prohibits Discrimination in State Employment Based on Sexual Orientation
Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
Nay
1/24/11 SB 949 Allowing Absentee Voting For Any Reason
Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
Nay
4/21/10 Amdt 91 Limiting State Funding of Abortion
Amendment Adopted - Senate (20 - 19)
Yea
3/14/10 HB 30 2010-2012 Biennium Budget
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (34 - 6)
Nay
3/10/10 HB 505 Authorizing Concealed Firearms in Establishments that Serve Alcohol
Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 15)
Yea
3/10/10 HB 885 Authorizing Concealed Firearms in Vehicles
Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 16)
Yea

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