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Key Votes

Tom Torlakson's Voting Records on Issue: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

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
Aug. 31, 2010 AB 2479 Penalties for Violations Committed with the Intent to Capture Images or Recordings of a Person Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(54 - 21)
June 3, 2010 AB 2479 Penalties for Violations Committed with the Intent to Capture Images or Recordings of a Person Bill Passed - House
(56 - 16)
March 22, 2010 SB 4 Prohibiting Smoking at State Park Beaches Bill Passed - House
(42 - 27)
Sept. 10, 2009 AB 524 Privacy Law Expansion Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(57 - 20)
Sept. 3, 2009 SB 54 Recognizing Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages Bill Passed - House
(47 - 29)
Sept. 3, 2009 SB 572 Harvey Milk Day Bill Passed - House
(46 - 28)
Aug. 21, 2008 SB 28 Prohibiting Text Messaging While Driving Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(25 - 14)
Aug. 20, 2008 AB 2233 Ban on Holding Pets While Driving Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 17)
Aug. 20, 2008 AB 2747 Disclosing End-of-Life Care Options Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 17)
Aug. 7, 2008 AB 2654 Expanding Anti-Discrimination Laws Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 15)
May 29, 2008 SB 1096 Pharmacy Prescription Refill Mailings Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 16)
Did Not Vote
May 15, 2008 SB 1322 Communist Party Membership Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 16)
Aug. 30, 2007 SB 33 Underage Driver Cellphone Ban Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(23 - 14)
June 7, 2007 SB 7 Marco Firebaugh Memorial ChildrenÂ’s Health and Safety Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 18)
June 4, 2007 SB 1019 Access to Police Misconduct Investigations Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 11)
April 27, 2006 SCR 113 The Great American Boycott 2006 Resolution Passed - Senate
(24 - 13)

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  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

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