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Key Votes

Tom Torlakson's Voting Records on Issue: Agriculture and Food

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
Primary June 3, 2014
General Nov. 4, 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
July 1, 2010 SB 1121 Overtime Wages for Agricultural Workers Bill Passed - House
(47 - 28)
Nov. 4, 2009 SBx7 2 Water Investment Bond Measure Bill Passed - House
(55 - 20)
Nov. 4, 2009 SBx7 8 Water Diversion Amendments Bill Passed - House
(49 - 20)
Nov. 3, 2009 SBx7 1 Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Water Management Amendments Bill Passed - House
(46 - 29)
Nov. 3, 2009 SBx7 6 Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring Program Bill Passed - House
(44 - 29)
Nov. 3, 2009 SBx7 7 Statewide Water Conservation Requirements Bill Passed - House
(49 - 19)
Did Not Vote
June 3, 2009 AB 49 Water Conservation Requirements Bill Passed - House
(43 - 30)
Aug. 27, 2008 AB 2386 Agricultural Union Election Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 15)
Aug. 22, 2008 AB 2765 Aerial Spraying Regulations Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 12)
Aug. 14, 2008 AB 1107 Drought-Related Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - Senate
(29 - 10)
May 21, 2007 SB 180 Collective Bargaining Representation for Agricultural Workers Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 15)

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