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Tom Torlakson's Voting Records on Issue: Business and Consumers

Office: State Superintendent of Public Instruction (CA), Non-partisan

California Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Aug. 31, 2010 AB 2470 Individual Health Plan Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(59 - 18)
Yea
Aug. 26, 2010 AB 1600 Requiring Insurers to Cover Mental Health Services Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(50 - 28)
Yea
Aug. 26, 2010 AB 1825 Requiring Inclusion of Maternity Services in Health Coverage Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(52 - 22)
Yea
Aug. 25, 2010 AB 2666 Establishing Public Database of Companies and Their Tax Credits in the State Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(48 - 26)
Yea
Aug. 25, 2010 SB 1391 Business Tax Incentive Amendments Bill Passed - House
(46 - 28)
Yea
July 1, 2010 SB 1121 Overtime Wages for Agricultural Workers Bill Passed - House
(47 - 28)
Yea
June 2, 2010 AB 1825 Requiring Inclusion of Maternity Services in Health Coverage Bill Passed - House
(48 - 25)
Yea
June 2, 2010 AB 1998 Ban of Single-Use Carryout Bags in Certain Stores Bill Passed - House
(42 - 27)
Yea
June 2, 2010 AB 2470 Individual Health Plan Requirements Bill Passed - House
(46 - 27)
Yea
June 1, 2010 AB 1600 Requiring Insurers to Cover Mental Health Services Bill Passed - House
(50 - 27)
Yea
June 1, 2010 AB 1652 Ski Resort Safety Requirement Modifications Bill Passed - House
(44 - 30)
Yea
April 5, 2010 AB 1656 Requiring Fur Product Labeling Bill Passed - House
(59 - 11)
Yea
Feb. 17, 2010 AB 1998 Ban of Single-Use Carryout Bags in Certain Stores House Co-sponsor
Sept. 12, 2009 SB 14 Renewable Energy Requirements Bill Passed - House
(49 - 28)
Yea
Sept. 10, 2009 AB 2 Health Care Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(49 - 26)
Yea
Sept. 10, 2009 AB 524 Privacy Law Expansion Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(57 - 20)
Yea
Sept. 10, 2009 AB 98 Required Maternity Services Coverage Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(51 - 27)
Yea
Sept. 3, 2009 AB 119 Prohibiting Gender-Based Health Insurance Pricing Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(49 - 28)
Yea
June 1, 2009 AB 920 Solar Power Energy Credit Bill Passed - House
(51 - 26)
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
Aug. 31, 2008 AB 1945 Health Insurance Cancellation Restrictions Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 14)
Yea
Aug. 31, 2008 SB 1420 Nutritional Information Disclosure in Chain Restaurants Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(24 - 13)
Yea
Aug. 31, 2008 SB 840 California Universal Healthcare Agency Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(22 - 14)
Yea
Aug. 30, 2008 AB 1860 Prohibiting Resale of Recalled Products Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 15)
Did Not Vote
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. 27, 2008 AB 2386 Agricultural Union Election Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 15)
Yea
Aug. 25, 2008 AB 1879 Regulating Chemicals in Consumer Products Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 13)
Yea
Aug. 22, 2008 AB 2765 Aerial Spraying Regulations Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 12)
Yea
Aug. 22, 2008 AB 3025 Polystyrene Packaging Regulations Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 17)
Yea
Aug. 20, 2008 AB 2279 Prohibiting Employment Discrimination Against Medical Marijuana Patients Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 15)
Yea
Aug. 14, 2008 AB 1107 Drought-Related Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - Senate
(29 - 10)
Yea
Aug. 14, 2008 AB 1894 Health Insurance Coverage of HIV Testing Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 15)
Yea
Aug. 7, 2008 AB 1946 Expanding Enforcement of Water Pollution Laws Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 16)
Yea
Aug. 7, 2008 AB 2270 Water Softener Regulations Bill Passed - Senate
(27 - 12)
Yea
Aug. 5, 2008 SB 974 Shipping Fee Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(22 - 10)
Yea
July 2, 2008 AB 97 Trans Fats Ban Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 16)
Yea
May 29, 2008 SB 1096 Pharmacy Prescription Refill Mailings Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 16)
Did Not Vote
May 29, 2008 SB 1499 Foil Balloon Ban Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 17)
Yea
May 27, 2008 SB 1440 Capping Administrative Spending for Health Insurers Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 16)
Yea
May 15, 2008 SB 1713 Bisphenol A (BPA) Ban Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 15)
Yea
May 12, 2008 SB 1313 Perfluorochemical (PFC) Ban Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 15)
Yea
April 28, 2008 SB 1137 Residential Property Foreclosures Bill Passed - Senate
(28 - 10)
Yea
Sept. 5, 2007 AB 1155 Penalties for Healthcare Service Plan Underpayments or Failures to Pay Service Providers Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 11)
Yea
June 28, 2007 AB 1738 California Gaming Code Additions Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 6)
Yea
June 7, 2007 SB 456 Diacetyl Toxic Substance Ban Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 18)
Yea
June 7, 2007 SB 48 Health Care Coverage and Cost Control Act Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 16)
Yea

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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