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Key Votes

Tom Torlakson's Voting Records on Issue: Budget, Spending and Taxes

Full Name: Tom A. Torlakson
Office: Superintendent of Public Instruction (CA), Democratic
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Non-partisan for State Superintendent of Public Instruction
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Mae; 2 Children: Tiffany, Tamara
Birth Date: 07/19/1941
Birth Place: San Francisco, CA
Home City: Concord, CA
Religion: Catholic

California Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 8, 2010 SBx8 32 Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(47 - 29)
Yea
March 4, 2010 ABx8 6 Fuel Tax Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(41 - 32)
Yea
March 4, 2010 ABx8 9 Tax and Transportation Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(44 - 30)
Yea
Feb. 22, 2010 ABx8 2 2010-2011 Budget Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(44 - 20)
Yea
Jan. 5, 2010 SBx5 1 Education Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(45 - 17)
Nay
Jan. 5, 2010 SBx5 4 Education Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(41 - 27)
Nay
Dec. 10, 2009 ABx5 8 Education Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(48 - 25)
Yea
Dec. 2, 2009 ABx5 8 Education Law Amendments House Co-sponsor
Nov. 4, 2009 SBx7 2 Water Investment Bond Measure Bill Passed - House
(55 - 20)
Nay
Nov. 4, 2009 SBx7 8 Water Diversion Amendments Bill Passed - House
(49 - 20)
Nay
Sept. 11, 2009 SB 19 Eliminating Prohibition on Utilizing CALTIDES Data to Evaluate Teachers Bill Passed - House
(53 - 20)
Yea
Aug. 31, 2009 SBx3 18 Correctional Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(41 - 37)
Yea
July 24, 2009 ABX4 14 2009-2010 Budget Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(54 - 25)
Yea
July 24, 2009 ABX4 15 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: Implementing Prop 1A Suspension Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(59 - 14)
Yea
July 24, 2009 ABX4 19 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: In-Home Supportive Services Fraud Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(42 - 33)
Nay
July 24, 2009 ABX4 2 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: Education Revisions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(55 - 18)
Nay
July 24, 2009 ABX4 26 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: Shifting Redevelopment Funds Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(41 - 31)
Yea
July 23, 2009 ABX4 1 2009-2010 Budget Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(56 - 23)
Yea
June 28, 2009 ABx3 39 Tax Law Amendments (2009-2010 Budget Financing) Bill Passed - House
(44 - 31)
Yea
June 28, 2009 SBx3 16 2009-2010 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - House
(46 - 29)
Yea
June 28, 2009 SBX3 17 Tax Law Amendments (2009-2010 Budget Financing) Bill Passed - House
(42 - 31)
Yea
Dec. 18, 2008 ABx1 12 Extending Tax Withholding Requirements to Payments to Independent Contractors Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(47 - 28)
Yea
Sept. 19, 2008 SBx1 28 Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 14)
Yea
Sept. 16, 2008 AB 1452 Suspending Carryback and Net Operating Loss Deductions Bill Passed - Senate
(27 - 13)
Nay
Sept. 16, 2008 AB 1781 2008-2009 Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(29 - 11)
Yea
Sept. 16, 2008 SCA 12 State Lottery Amendments Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(27 - 9)
Yea
Sept. 8, 2008 AB 1793 2008-2009 Budget Amendments Bill Failed - Senate
(13 - 21)
Nay
Aug. 31, 2008 SB 1407 Financing Courthouse Construction Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(26 - 10)
Yea
Aug. 29, 2008 AB 1781 2008-2009 Budget Conference Report Rejected - Senate
(24 - 15)
Yea
Aug. 29, 2008 AB 2321 Metro Sales Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 13)
Yea
Aug. 29, 2008 AB 583 Public Financing of Elections Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 18)
Yea
Aug. 14, 2008 AB 1107 Drought-Related Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - Senate
(29 - 10)
Yea
Aug. 7, 2008 AB 3034 High-Speed Rail Bond Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(27 - 10)
Yea
Aug. 5, 2008 SB 974 Shipping Fee Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(22 - 10)
Yea
May 29, 2008 CA SB 1665 Prison Health Care Facility Bonds Bill Failed - Senate
(24 - 15)
Yea
May 29, 2008 SB 1407 Financing Courthouse Construction Bill Passed - Senate
(28 - 8)
Did Not Vote
May 12, 2008 SB 1301 Extending Student Financial Aid Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 13)
Yea
Feb. 22, 2008 AB 3034 High-Speed Rail Bond Amendments House Co-sponsor
Aug. 21, 2007 SB 77 2007-2008 Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(27 - 12)
Yea
June 6, 2007 SB 974 Shipping Fee Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 12)
Yea
June 27, 2006 AB 1801 2006-2007 Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(30 - 10)
Yea
May 4, 2006 AB 127 Kindergarten-University Public Education Bond Act of 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(29 - 8)
Yea
May 4, 2006 AB 140 Disaster Preparedness and Flood Prevention Bond Act Bill Passed - Senate
(36 - 1)
Yea
May 4, 2006 SB 1266 Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(37 - 1)
Yea
May 4, 2006 SB 1689 Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(27 - 11)
Yea
March 11, 2006 AB 134 Public Infrastructure Bond Bill Failed - Senate
(24 - 12)
Yea

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