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Key Votes

Tom Torlakson's Voting Records on Issue: Education

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
June 3, 2010 AB 2047 Expanding Authorized University Admission Considerations Amendment Adopted - House
(48 - 28)
Jan. 5, 2010 SBx5 1 Education Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(45 - 17)
Jan. 5, 2010 SBx5 4 Education Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(41 - 27)
Dec. 10, 2009 ABx5 8 Education Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(48 - 25)
Dec. 2, 2009 ABx5 8 Education Law Amendments House Co-sponsor
Sept. 11, 2009 SB 19 Eliminating Prohibition on Utilizing CALTIDES Data to Evaluate Teachers Bill Passed - House
(53 - 20)
Sept. 3, 2009 SB 572 Harvey Milk Day Bill Passed - House
(46 - 28)
July 24, 2009 ABX4 2 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: Education Revisions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(55 - 18)
Aug. 11, 2008 AB 86 Cyber-Bullying Enforcement Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 12)
Aug. 5, 2008 AB 2567 Creation of "Harvey Milk Day" Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 13)
May 15, 2008 SB 1322 Communist Party Membership Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 16)
May 12, 2008 SB 1301 Extending Student Financial Aid Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 13)
Jan. 30, 2008 SB 908 Global Warming Education in Schools Bill Passed - Senate
(26 - 13)
June 7, 2007 SB 606 'No Child Left Behind' Implementation Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 15)
May 30, 2006 SB 1383 Cal Grant Eligibility Without Passing High School Exit Exam Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 14)
May 11, 2006 SB 1437 Sexual Diversity Content in Public School Curriculums Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 15)
May 4, 2006 AB 127 Kindergarten-University Public Education Bond Act of 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(29 - 8)

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