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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Sept. 15, 2011 S Amdt 602 Emergency Disaster Relief Appropriations Amendment Adopted - Senate
(62 - 37)
Yea
Sept. 15, 2011 S Amdt 613 Reducing Appropriations for Foreign Assistance Programs Amendment Rejected - Senate
(20 - 78)
Nay
Sept. 8, 2011 HR 1249 Patent Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(89 - 9)
Yea
Aug. 2, 2011 S 365 Budget Control Act of 2011 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(74 - 26)
Yea
Aug. 2, 2011 S J Res 24 Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Udall Bill) Senate Co-sponsor
July 31, 2011 S 627 Increasing the Debt Ceiling (Reid Bill) Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(50 - 49)
Nay
July 29, 2011 S 627 Increasing the Debt Ceiling (Boehner Bill) Bill Tabled - Senate
(59 - 41)
Yea
July 22, 2011 HR 2560 Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011 Bill Tabled - Senate
(51 - 46)
Yea
June 23, 2011 S Amdt 499 Prohibits the Appointment of Presidential "Czars" Without Senate Approval Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Yea
June 21, 2011 S 782 Economic Development Revitalization Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(49 - 51)
Yea
June 14, 2011 S Amdt 436 Repeals the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(40 - 59)
Yea
June 9, 2011 S Amdt 390 Amending Small Business Regulations Amendment Rejected - Senate
(53 - 46)
Yea
June 8, 2011 S Amdt 392 Debit Card Transactions Amendment Rejected - Senate
(54 - 45)
Yea
May 26, 2011 S 990 PATRIOT Act Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(72 - 23)
Yea
May 25, 2011 H Con Res 34 2011-2012 Budget Motion Rejected - Senate
(40 - 57)
Nay
May 25, 2011 S Con Res 21 2012 Budget Motion Rejected - Senate
(42 - 55)
Nay
May 23, 2011 S 1038 PATRIOT Act Extension Cloture Invoked - Senate
(74 - 8)
Yea
May 18, 2011 S 953 Offshore Production and Safety Act Motion Rejected - Senate
(42 - 57)
Nay
May 17, 2011 S 940 Amending Oil Company Tax Laws Motion Rejected - Senate
(52 - 48)
Yea
April 14, 2011 HR 1473 2011 Budget Bill Passed - Senate
(81 - 19)
Yea
April 5, 2011 HR 4 Repeals the Form 1099 Provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate
(87 - 12)
Yea
March 17, 2011 H J Res 48 Additional Continuing Appropriations Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(87 - 13)
Yea
March 9, 2011 HR 1 Continuing Appropriations Bill Failed - Senate
(44 - 56)
Nay
March 9, 2011 S Amdt 149 Department of Defense funding and Continuing Appropriations Amendment Rejected - Senate
(42 - 58)
Nay
March 2, 2011 H J Res 44 Continuing Appropriations Amendments Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(91 - 9)
Yea
March 2, 2011 S Amdt 115 Calling for a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(58 - 40)
Yea
March 1, 2011 S Amdt 112 Prioritizing Payment of Public Debt Amendment Tabled - Senate
(52 - 47)
Yea
Feb. 28, 2011 S Amdt 115 Calling for a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 15, 2011 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Bill Passed - Senate
(86 - 12)
Yea
Feb. 15, 2011 S Amdt 14 Prohibiting Transportation Security Administration Employees from Collective Bargaining Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Nay
Feb. 15, 2011 S Amdt 21 Reducing Federal Aviation Administration Appropriations Amendment Tabled - Senate
(51 - 47)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2011 S Amdt 13 Repealing the Federal Health Care Law Motion Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Nay
Feb. 2, 2011 S Amdt 28 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Health Care Bill Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 54)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2011 S Amdt 9 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Motion Agreed - Senate
(81 - 17)
Yea
Feb. 1, 2011 S Amdt 9 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Senate Co-sponsor
Dec. 22, 2010 Treaty Doc. 111-5 Treaty with Russia to Reduce and Limit Offensive Arms Treaty Ratification Passed - Senate
(71 - 26)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2010 HR 3082 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(79 - 16)
Yea
Dec. 18, 2010 HR 2965 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(65 - 31)
Did Not Vote
Dec. 15, 2010 HR 4853 Temporary Extension of Tax Relief Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(81 - 19)
Yea
Dec. 9, 2010 HR 847 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(57 - 42)
Yea
Dec. 8, 2010 S 3985 Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 45)
Yea
Dec. 8, 2010 S 3991 Allowing Collective Bargaining for Public Safety Officers Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(55 - 43)
Yea
Dec. 4, 2010 S Amdt 4727 Extension of Tax Cuts for Those Making Under $250,000 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 36)
Nay
Dec. 4, 2010 S Amdt 4728 Extension of Tax Cuts for Those Making Under $1 Million Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 37)
Yea
Nov. 30, 2010 S 510 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 25)
Yea
Nov. 30, 2010 S Amdt 4697 Prohibiting Earmarks Motion Rejected - Senate
(39 - 56)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2010 S 3772 Paycheck Fairness Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(58 - 41)
Yea

Executive Actions

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 19, 2010 HB 201 Filling Senate Seat Vacancy Signed - Executive
Sign
April 7, 2010 HB 4652 School Calendar Committees Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 7, 2010 SB 169 Relating to Economic Development Authority Loans' Criteria Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 6, 2010 HB 4557 Reviewing all of the Department of Health and Human Resources Requests for Proposals Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 6, 2010 SB 515 Relating to Firearms' Purchases and Licensing Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 2, 2010 SB 597 Ultrasound Form Requirement Prior To Abortion Signed - Executive
Sign
April 2, 2010 HB 4521 Sales Tax Holiday for Purchases of Guns Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 2, 2010 HB 3110 Natural Resources Police Officers Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 1, 2010 SB 122 Concerning Mental Health Treatment Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 1, 2010 HB 4647 Campaign Finance Law Amendments Signed - Executive
Sign
March 30, 2010 HB 4281 Replacing References to "Mental Retardation" Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 25, 2010 SB 651 Regarding State Permits and Bids Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 25, 2010 SB 42 Revising Municipal Economic Opportunity Development District Act Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 25, 2010 SB 507 Concerning Mine Safety Tax Credit Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 24, 2010 HB 4397 Plan to Increase the Number of State Troopers Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 23, 2010 HB 4130 Supreme Court of Appeals Public Campaign Financing Pilot Program Signed - Executive
Sign
Nov. 20, 2009 SB 4004 Gasoline Tax Amendments Signed - Executive
Sign
June 17, 2009 HB 102 Racetrack Table Games Signed - Executive
Sign
June 17, 2009 HB 103 Alternative and Renewable Energy Signed - Executive
Sign
June 17, 2009 HB 105 Liquor License Bidding Signed - Executive
Sign
June 5, 2009 HB 2010 2009-2010 Budget Signed - Executive
Line Item Veto
May 12, 2009 SB 695 Relating to Payment for Unused Sick Leave Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 12, 2009 SB 528 Relating to Certain Fees Collected by Clerks of the County Commission Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 12, 2009 HB 2926 Relating to Elections of County Commissioners Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 11, 2009 SB 246 Temporary Unemployment Compensation Tax Increase for Employers Signed - Executive
Sign
May 11, 2009 HB 3170 Relating to Guardianships and Conservatorships Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 11, 2009 SB 373 PROMISE Scholarship Amendments Signed - Executive
Sign
May 8, 2009 HB 2423 Relating to the Board of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Technology Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 8, 2009 SB 239 Authorizing Certain Counties and Municipalities to Approve Metro Government by a Majority Vote Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 8, 2009 HB 2701 Relating to an Escape of any Person from the Custody of the Division of Juvenile Services as Either a Misdemeanor or a Felony Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 8, 2009 HB 3120 Amendments Related to Prosecuting Attorneys Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 8, 2009 HB 2920 Changes in the Punishments for Certain Crimes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 8, 2009 SB 507 Relating to Powers and Duties of the West Virginia Clean Coal Technology Council Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 7, 2009 HB 3197 Authorizing Appointment of Special Litter Prevention Officers Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 7, 2009 SB 484 Ad Valorem Property Tax Amendments Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 7, 2009 SB 715 Relating to the Protection of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Nutrient Reductions Projects Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 7, 2009 SB 414 Creation of the Governor’s Office of Health Enhancement and Lifestyle Planning Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 7, 2009 SB 672 Mental Health Law Amendments Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 6, 2009 HB 2771 Relating to the Prohibition on Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 4, 2009 HB 3288 Group Accident and Sickness Insurance Requirements for Mental Illness Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 4, 2009 HB 3194 Criminal Penalty for Filing False Information Regarding a Limited Liability Company with the Secretary of State Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 4, 2009 SB 501 Prohibiting the Euthanizing of Animals by Means of a Gas Chamber Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 30, 2009 HB 2719 Increase in Maximum Alcohol Level for Beer Signed - Executive
Sign
July 14, 2008 HB 219 Nonbroadcast Political Advertisements Signed - Executive
Sign
April 1, 2008 HB 4023 Linking Driving Privileges with Student Performance Signed - Executive
Sign
April 1, 2008 HB 4307 Pertaining to greyhound racing Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 1, 2008 HB 4407 Required equipment for school buses Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 31, 2008 SB 638 Pertaining to the receipt and transfer of catalytic converters Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 31, 2008 SB 696 Relating to the method of appraising certain affordable multifamily rental housing property for ad valorem property tax purposes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 28, 2008 SB 207 Deputy Sheriff Retirement System Act changes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 28, 2008 SB 373 Reclassification of Streams Signed - Executive
Sign
March 28, 2008 SB 606 Relating to requiring county boards filling summer school program positions to give employment preference to professional educators who are regularly employed on a full-time basis Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 28, 2008 HB 4554 Pertaining to to competency testing for service personnel and testing schedules for school bus operators Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 28, 2008 HB 4010 Library board of director term of office Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 28, 2008 SB 242 Pertaining to driver's license suspensions Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 28, 2008 SB 227 State Teachers' Retirement System changes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 21, 2008 SB 150 2008-2009 Budget Signed - Executive
Line Item Veto
March 20, 2008 SB 337 Amending the 1931 Code of West Virginia to change language related to the Clerk of the Supreme Court of Appeals Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 20, 2008 SB 477 Pertaining to compensation of conservation officers Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 14, 2008 HB 4017 West Virginia Corporation Net Income Tax Act changes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 14, 2008 HB 4016 West Virginia Personal Income Tax Act changes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 13, 2008 SB 736 Relating to the appointment of guardians and conservators for and the sale of real estate to persons under legal disability Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 12, 2008 HB 4420 Pertaining to corporate net income taxes on certain real estate investment trusts and regulated investment companies Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 10, 2008 HB 4076 Legislative Pay Raise Signed - Executive
Sign
April 4, 2007 SB 183 Providing Board of Banking and Financial Institutions authority to approve acquisitions of out-of-state banks Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 4, 2007 SB 748 Creating Electronic Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Act Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 4, 2007 SB 400 Appointing additional circuit court judges Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 4, 2007 HB 2558 Relating to donation and transfer of surplus personal computers and other information systems, technology and equipment for educational purposes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 4, 2007 SB 413 Relating to hearings before magistrates involving seizing abandoned, neglected or cruelly treated animals Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 4, 2007 Com Sub for Com Sub SB 337 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Signed - Executive
Sign
April 3, 2007 HB 2787 Creation of the Address Confidentiality Program Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 28, 2007 SB 738 Requiring legislative approval of proposed new or revised existing toll by Parkways Authority Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 28, 2007 SB 641 Defining term "PSC motor carrier inspectors and enforcement officers" for criminal provisions purposes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 23, 2007 HB 2027 Allowing awards under the crime victims compensation program to be made to victims of identity theft Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 21, 2007 Com Sub HB 2718 Racetrack Table Games Signed - Executive
Sign
March 21, 2007 HB 2748 Relating to the receipt and transfer of scrap metal Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 14, 2007 SB 148 Providing breast feeding not considered public indecency Vetoed - Executive
Veto

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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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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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