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Key Votes

Tom Torlakson's Voting Records

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
Nov. 4, 2009 SBx7 8 Water Diversion Amendments Bill Passed - House
(49 - 20)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2009 SBx7 1 Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Water Management Amendments Bill Passed - House
(46 - 29)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2009 SBx7 6 Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring Program Bill Passed - House
(44 - 29)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2009 SBx7 7 Statewide Water Conservation Requirements Bill Passed - House
(49 - 19)
Did Not Vote
Sept. 12, 2009 SB 14 Renewable Energy Requirements Bill Passed - House
(49 - 28)
Yea
Sept. 11, 2009 SB 19 Eliminating Prohibition on Utilizing CALTIDES Data to Evaluate Teachers Bill Passed - House
(53 - 20)
Yea
Sept. 10, 2009 AB 2 Health Care Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(49 - 26)
Yea
Sept. 10, 2009 AB 524 Privacy Law Expansion Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(57 - 20)
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
Sept. 3, 2009 SB 54 Recognizing Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages Bill Passed - House
(47 - 29)
Yea
Sept. 3, 2009 SB 572 Harvey Milk Day Bill Passed - House
(46 - 28)
Yea
Aug. 31, 2009 SBx3 18 Correctional Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(41 - 37)
Yea
July 24, 2009 ABX4 14 2009-2010 Budget Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(54 - 25)
Yea
July 24, 2009 ABX4 15 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: Implementing Prop 1A Suspension Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(59 - 14)
Yea
July 24, 2009 ABX4 19 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: In-Home Supportive Services Fraud Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(42 - 33)
Nay
July 24, 2009 ABX4 2 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: Education Revisions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(55 - 18)
Nay
July 24, 2009 ABX4 26 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: Shifting Redevelopment Funds Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(41 - 31)
Yea
July 23, 2009 ABX4 1 2009-2010 Budget Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(56 - 23)
Yea
June 28, 2009 ABx3 39 Tax Law Amendments (2009-2010 Budget Financing) Bill Passed - House
(44 - 31)
Yea
June 28, 2009 SBx3 16 2009-2010 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - House
(46 - 29)
Yea
June 28, 2009 SBX3 17 Tax Law Amendments (2009-2010 Budget Financing) Bill Passed - House
(42 - 31)
Yea
June 22, 2009 AB 761 Mobile Home Rent Control Bill Failed - House
(38 - 27)
Did Not Vote
June 3, 2009 AB 155 Local Government Bankruptcy Restrictions Bill Passed - House
(47 - 25)
Yea
June 3, 2009 AB 49 Water Conservation Requirements Bill Passed - House
(43 - 30)
Yea
June 1, 2009 AB 920 Solar Power Energy Credit Bill Passed - House
(51 - 26)
Yea
April 20, 2009 AJR 3 Statement of Opposition to Offshore Drilling Joint Resolution Passed - House
(43 - 25)
Yea
March 2, 2009 HR 5 Statement of Opposition to Proposition 8 Resolution Passed - House
(45 - 27)
Yea
Feb. 27, 2009 SB 572 Harvey Milk Day Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 27, 2009 SB 810 Statewide Single Payer Health Care System Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 23, 2009 SB 458 Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 23, 2009 AJR 3 Statement of Opposition to Offshore Drilling House Co-sponsor
Jan. 6, 2009 AB 98 Required Maternity Services Coverage House Co-sponsor
Dec. 18, 2008 ABx1 12 Extending Tax Withholding Requirements to Payments to Independent Contractors Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(47 - 28)
Yea
Dec. 2, 2008 HR 5 Statement of Opposition to Proposition 8 House Co-sponsor
Dec. 1, 2008 SB 19 Eliminating Prohibition on Utilizing CALTIDES Data to Evaluate Teachers Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 19, 2008 SBx1 28 Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 14)
Yea
Sept. 16, 2008 AB 1452 Suspending Carryback and Net Operating Loss Deductions Bill Passed - Senate
(27 - 13)
Nay
Sept. 16, 2008 AB 1781 2008-2009 Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(29 - 11)
Yea
Sept. 16, 2008 SCA 12 State Lottery Amendments Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(27 - 9)
Yea
Sept. 8, 2008 AB 1793 2008-2009 Budget Amendments Bill Failed - Senate
(13 - 21)
Nay
Aug. 31, 2008 AB 1945 Health Insurance Cancellation Restrictions Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 14)
Yea
Aug. 31, 2008 SB 1407 Financing Courthouse Construction Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(26 - 10)
Yea
Aug. 31, 2008 SB 1420 Nutritional Information Disclosure in Chain Restaurants Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(24 - 13)
Yea
Aug. 31, 2008 SB 60 Expanding Driver's License Eligibility Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(21 - 14)
Yea
Aug. 31, 2008 SB 840 California Universal Healthcare Agency Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(22 - 14)
Yea
Aug. 30, 2008 AB 1860 Prohibiting Resale of Recalled Products Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 15)
Did Not Vote
Aug. 30, 2008 SB 375 Global Warming and Land Use Policy Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(25 - 14)
Yea
Aug. 29, 2008 AB 1781 2008-2009 Budget Conference Report Rejected - Senate
(24 - 15)
Yea
Aug. 29, 2008 AB 2321 Metro Sales Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 13)
Yea

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

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