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2016 Virginia Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
April 20, 2016 VA HB 815 Amends Death Penalty Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 16)
April 20, 2016 VA HB 815 Amends Death Penalty Procedures Bill Passed - House (59 - 40)
March 11, 2016 VA HB 8 Establishes Virtual Public School Conference Report Adopted - House (60 - 36)
March 11, 2016 VA HB 8 Establishes Virtual Public School Conference Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 17)
March 11, 2016 VA HB 815 Amends Death Penalty Procedures Conference Report Adopted - Senate (22 - 17)
March 11, 2016 VA HB 815 Amends Death Penalty Procedures Conference Report Adopted - House (65 - 32)
March 7, 2016 VA HB 389 Establishes School Choice Program for Children with Disabilities Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 19)
March 7, 2016 VA HB 1090 Rescinds Funds from Certain Abortion Clinics Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
March 7, 2016 VA SB 117 Prohibits Opening Car Door in Traffic Lane Bill Passed - House (70 - 25)
March 1, 2016 VA HB 516 Requires Parental Review of Explicit School Books Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
Feb. 29, 2016 VA HB 560 Amends Brandishing Conviction to Include Intent to Induce Fear Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 17)
Feb. 29, 2016 VA HB 587 Prohibits Removal of War Monuments Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 17)
Feb. 26, 2016 VA HB 1371 Prohibits Cities from Increasing Minimum Wage or Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
Feb. 19, 2016 VA SB 610 Authorizes Concealed Carry Reciprocity for Out-of-State License Holders Bill Passed - House (69 - 29)
Feb. 16, 2016 VA HB 1090 Rescinds Funds from Certain Abortion Clinics Bill Passed - House (64 - 35)
Feb. 16, 2016 VA HB 389 Establishes School Choice Program for Children with Disabilities Bill Passed - House (53 - 46)
Feb. 16, 2016 VA SB 416 Authorizes Individuals to Rent Out Rooms through Online Platform Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 19)
Feb. 16, 2016 VA HB 773 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Certain Religious Beliefs Bill Passed - House (56 - 41)
Feb. 15, 2016 VA SB 552 Exempts Police Officer Names from Mandatory Disclosure Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 15)
Feb. 15, 2016 VA HB 1234 Authorizes School Security Officers to Carry Firearms Bill Passed - House (66 - 33)
Feb. 15, 2016 VA SJ 6 Authorizes the Board of Education to Establish Charter Schools Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 21)
Feb. 12, 2016 VA HB 1348 Prohibits Smoking in a Car with Minors Bill Passed - House (59 - 38)
Feb. 12, 2016 VA SB 41 Prohibits State from Requiring Religious Organizations to Solemnize Certain Marriages Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 19)
Feb. 11, 2016 VA HB 1096 Prohibits Regulation of Firearms without Legislative Authorization Bill Passed - House (63 - 35)
Feb. 10, 2016 VA HB 815 Amends Death Penalty Procedures Bill Passed - House (62 - 33)
Feb. 10, 2016 VA HB 1371 Prohibits Cities from Increasing Minimum Wage or Benefits Bill Passed - House (65 - 34)
Feb. 9, 2016 VA SB 270 Requires Cities to Enforce Federal Immigration Laws Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
Feb. 9, 2016 VA HB 518 Authorizes Students to Transfer from Certain Schools Bill Passed - House (57 - 42)
Feb. 9, 2016 VA HB 560 Amends Brandishing Conviction to Include Intent to Induce Fear Bill Passed - House (68 - 32)
Feb. 9, 2016 VA SB 705 Requires Sanctuary Cities to be Liable for Damages Caused by Undocumented Immigrant Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
Feb. 8, 2016 VA SB 646 Establishes Regulations for Fantasy Sports Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
Feb. 4, 2016 VA SB 610 Authorizes Concealed Carry Reciprocity for Out-of-State License Holders Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 13)
Feb. 3, 2016 VA HB 766 Authorizes Individual with Restraining Order to Carry Concealed Gun without Permit Bill Passed - House (68 - 29)
Feb. 2, 2016 VA SB 117 Prohibits Opening Car Door in Traffic Lane Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 16)
Feb. 1, 2016 VA SB 106 Authorizes No-Excuse In-Person Absentee Voting Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
Feb. 1, 2016 VA SB 48 Authorizes Concealed Carry without Permit Bill Failed - Senate (20 - 21)
Jan. 29, 2016 VA SB 12 Prohibits Discrimination in Public Employment Based on Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 15)
Jan. 29, 2016 VA SB 67 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation in Housing Practices Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 15)
Jan. 26, 2016 VA SJ 1 Authorizes Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
Jan. 25, 2016 VA SB 335 Prohibits State Employers From Inquiring about an Applicant's Criminal History Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)

About the Selection and Description of Key Votes

Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and state voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. 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

Vote Smart provides a summary of the version of the bill text associated with each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill. Summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to the project's strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. Each key vote selection is reviewed by the project's community of advisors, who are political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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