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Key Votes

Tom Torlakson's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care

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 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. 26, 2010 SB 1413 Requiring Free Drinking Water in Public School Cafeterias Bill Passed - House
(52 - 22)
Yea
June 2, 2010 AB 1825 Requiring Inclusion of Maternity Services in Health Coverage Bill Passed - House
(48 - 25)
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 1602 Health Care Coverage Amendments Bill Passed - House
(49 - 26)
Yea
March 22, 2010 SB 4 Prohibiting Smoking at State Park Beaches Bill Passed - House
(42 - 27)
Yea
Jan. 12, 2010 SB 880 Requiring Snow Sport Helmets for Minors Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 10, 2009 AB 2 Health Care Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(49 - 26)
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
July 24, 2009 ABX4 19 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: In-Home Supportive Services Fraud Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(42 - 33)
Nay
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. 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. 20, 2008 AB 2279 Prohibiting Employment Discrimination Against Medical Marijuana Patients Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 15)
Yea
Aug. 20, 2008 AB 2747 Disclosing End-of-Life Care Options Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 17)
Yea
Aug. 14, 2008 AB 1894 Health Insurance Coverage of HIV Testing Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 15)
Yea
July 2, 2008 AB 97 Trans Fats Ban Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 16)
Yea
May 29, 2008 CA SB 1665 Prison Health Care Facility Bonds Bill Failed - Senate
(24 - 15)
Yea
May 29, 2008 SB 1096 Pharmacy Prescription Refill Mailings Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 16)
Did Not Vote
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
Sept. 5, 2007 AB 1155 Penalties for Healthcare Service Plan Underpayments or Failures to Pay Service Providers Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 11)
Yea
June 7, 2007 SB 32 Children's Health Care Expansion Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 13)
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
June 7, 2007 SB 7 Marco Firebaugh Memorial ChildrenÂ’s Health and Safety Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 18)
Yea
June 6, 2007 SB 840 California Universal Healthcare Agency Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 15)
Yea
May 31, 2007 SB 120 Nutritional Information Posting Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 17)
Yea
Aug. 31, 2006 SB 1379 Biomonitoring Program Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(24 - 14)
Yea
Aug. 31, 2006 SB 1414 Health Care Requirements for Large Companies Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(23 - 17)
Yea
Aug. 30, 2006 AB 2076 Needle Exchange Program Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 15)
Yea
Aug. 29, 2006 AB 1953 Amount of Lead in Plumbing Requirements Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 18)
Yea
May 11, 2006 AB 813 Medi-Cal: Emergency Drug Benefits Bill Passed - Senate
(29 - 7)
Yea

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