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Joanne Benson's Voting Records

Office: State Senate (MD) - District 24, Democratic Assistant Deputy Majority Leader

Maryland Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
April 3, 2018 HB 447 Establishes Pretrial Services Program Grant Fund Bill Passed - Senate
(34 - 11)
Yea
April 3, 2018 SB 101 Amends Certain Definitions and Regulations for Crimes of Violence Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(38 - 7)
Nay
April 2, 2018 HB 1243 Authorizes Workers to Sue for Unpaid Wages Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 12)
Yea
April 2, 2018 HB 1539 Establishes General Contractor Liability for Unpaid Wages Bill Passed - Senate
(32 - 13)
Yea
April 2, 2018 SB 1068 Establishes Financial Consumer Protection Act of 2018 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(33 - 12)
Yea
March 30, 2018 HB 908 Requires Insurance Companies to Cover Fertility Treatments for Cancer Patients Bill Passed - Senate
(46 - 0)
Yea
March 28, 2018 HB 420 Authorizes Certain In-State Students to Receive Financial Aid Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 16)
Yea
March 28, 2018 HB 829 Establishes No-Excuse Absentee Voting Bill Passed - Senate
(35 - 11)
Yea
March 26, 2018 SB 654 Requires Extension of Union Contracts Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 14)
Yea
March 22, 2018 HB 1017 Requires Equal Access to Collective Bargaining New Employee Programs Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 14)
Yea
March 22, 2018 HB 532 Establishes Election Day Voter Registration and Same-Day Voting Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 14)
Yea
March 19, 2018 SB 877 Authorizes Corporate Tax Incentives Bill Passed - Senate
(34 - 12)
Yea
March 16, 2018 SB 1048 Authorizes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 13)
Yea
March 16, 2018 SB 790 Repeals State Song Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 13)
Yea
March 12, 2018 SB 122 Amends Criminal Law Bill Passed - Senate
(36 - 8)
Nay
March 5, 2018 SB 256 Requires Presidential Candidates to Disclose Tax Returns Bill Passed - Senate
(28 - 17)
Yea
Feb. 12, 2018 SB 138 Requires Governor to Include Maryland as a Member of US Climate Alliance Bill Passed - Senate
(36 - 10)
Yea
Feb. 7, 2018 SB 1068 Establishes Financial Consumer Protection Act of 2018 Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 5, 2018 SB 859 Establishes State Parental Leave Senate Sponsor
Feb. 1, 2018 SB 120 Authorizes Mutual-Consent Divorce for Parents without Year Separation Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 14)
Yea
Feb. 1, 2018 SB 639 Establishes Disciplinary Hearing Procedures for Public School Employees Senate Sponsor
Feb. 1, 2018 SB 646 Establishes a Maryland Estate Tax Senate Sponsor
Jan. 12, 2018 SB 138 Requires Governor to Include Maryland as a Member of US Climate Alliance Senate Sponsor
April 7, 2017 HB 631 Prohibits Unwarranted Price Hikes on Generic Drugs Bill Passed - Senate
(38 - 7)
Yea
April 6, 2017 HB 978 Requires Improvement and Accountability Programs for Public Schools Veto Override Passed - Senate
(32 - 15)
Yea
April 3, 2017 HB 1 Requires Certain Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave Bill Passed - Senate
(29 - 18)
Yea
March 27, 2017 HB 1325 Prohibits Fracking Bill Passed - Senate
(36 - 10)
Yea
March 24, 2017 HB 978 Requires Improvement and Accountability Programs for Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate
(32 - 15)
Yea
March 24, 2017 SB 1081 Establishes Funds to Support Family Planning Services Bill Passed - Senate
(32 - 15)
Yea
Feb. 10, 2017 SJ 5 Authorizes State Attorney General to Sue Federal Government Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(29 - 17)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2017 HB 1106 Increases Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Veto Override Passed - Senate
(32 - 13)
Yea
April 8, 2016 HB 1013 Establishes Transportation Project Scoring System Veto Override Passed - Senate
(29 - 17)
Yea
April 8, 2016 SB 1112 Establishes Tax Credit for Certain Aerospace Businesses Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 13)
Nay
April 7, 2016 HB 1003 Prohibits Wage Discrimination on Basis of Gender Identity Bill Passed - Senate
(32 - 13)
Yea
April 6, 2016 SB 921 Increases Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 14)
Yea
March 31, 2016 SB 1052 Establishes Consolidated University of Maryland Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(31 - 13)
Yea
March 17, 2016 SB 49 Amends the State Song Bill Passed - Senate
(38 - 8)
Yea
March 16, 2016 SB 706 Establishes Education Credit Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 19)
Nay
March 9, 2016 SB 198 Prohibits Certain Pesticides Bill Passed - Senate
(32 - 14)
Yea
Feb. 9, 2016 HB 980 Authorizes Felons to Vote While on Parole Veto Override Passed - Senate
(29 - 18)
Yea
Feb. 5, 2016 SB 921 Increases Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 27, 2016 SB 323 Amends Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 21, 2016 SB 190 Amends Taxable Price for Sale or Use of Accommodations Veto Override Passed - Senate
(30 - 16)
Yea
Jan. 21, 2016 SB 517 Authorizes Marijuana Paraphernalia Veto Override Passed - Senate
(29 - 17)
Yea
Jan. 21, 2016 SB 528 Amends Asset Forfeiture Regulations Veto Override Passed - Senate
(32 - 14)
Yea
Jan. 20, 2016 SB 198 Prohibits Certain Pesticides Senate Co-sponsor
April 13, 2015 HB 70 2015-2016 Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(33 - 13)
Yea
April 13, 2015 SB 183 Amends Funding for the Geographic Cost of Education Index Bill Passed - Senate
(32 - 15)
Yea
March 24, 2015 SB 190 Amends Taxable Price for Sale or Use of Accommodations Bill Passed - Senate
(32 - 15)
Yea
March 24, 2015 SB 416 Requires Health Insurers to Cover In Vitro Fertilization for Same-Sex Couples Bill Passed - Senate
(37 - 10)
Yea

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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