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Key Votes

Tom Torlakson's Voting Records on Issue: Unemployed and Low-Income

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
May 13, 2010 AB 1756 Food Stamps for Drug Felons Bill Passed - House
(44 - 31)
Yea
July 24, 2009 ABX4 19 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: In-Home Supportive Services Fraud Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(42 - 33)
Nay
June 22, 2009 AB 761 Mobile Home Rent Control Bill Failed - House
(38 - 27)
Did Not Vote
Aug. 31, 2008 SB 840 California Universal Healthcare Agency Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(22 - 14)
Yea
Aug. 14, 2008 AB 1107 Drought-Related Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - Senate
(29 - 10)
Yea
June 7, 2007 SB 32 Children's Health Care Expansion Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 13)
Yea
June 7, 2007 SB 48 Health Care Coverage and Cost Control Act Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 16)
Yea
June 6, 2007 SB 840 California Universal Healthcare Agency Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 15)
Yea
Aug. 28, 2006 AB 3029 CalWorks and Food Stamp Program Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 13)
Yea
Aug. 24, 2006 AB 2205 Food Stamp Eligibility for Medi-Cal Recipients Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 15)
Yea
May 11, 2006 AB 813 Medi-Cal: Emergency Drug Benefits Bill Passed - Senate
(29 - 7)
Yea
May 4, 2006 SB 1689 Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(27 - 11)
Yea

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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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