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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:

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Dec. 5, 2007 MI HB 4163 Workplace Smoking Ban Bill Passed - House (56 - 46)
Dec. 4, 2007 National HR 3688 United States-Peru Trade Agreement Bill Passed - Senate (77 - 18)
Dec. 1, 2007 MI HB 5408 Michigan Business Tax Surcharge Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 42)
Dec. 1, 2007 MI HB 5408 Michigan Business Tax Surcharge Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 4)
Nov. 20, 2007 MI HB 5408 Michigan Business Tax Surcharge Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
Nov. 19, 2007 MD HB 5 Sales Tax Increase Concurrence Vote Passed - House (81 - 52)
Nov. 19, 2007 MD HB 5 Sales Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 20)
Nov. 16, 2007 AK SCS CSHB 2001 Oil and Gas Production Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - House (26 - 13)
Nov. 16, 2007 AK SCS CSHB 2001 Oil and Gas Production Tax Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 5)
Nov. 15, 2007 National HR 3915 Mortgage Reform and Anti-Subprime Lending Act Bill Passed - House (291 - 127)
Nov. 14, 2007 National HR 3074 Appropriations for the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development Conference Report Adopted - House (270 - 147)
Nov. 11, 2007 AK AM 1 Standard Deduction Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (21 - 19)
Nov. 11, 2007 AK AM 8 Oil and Gas Production Tax Increase Amendment Adopted - House (26 - 14)
Nov. 11, 2007 AK CSHB 2001 Oil and Gas Production Tax Bill Passed - House (27 - 13)
Nov. 11, 2007 MD HB 5 Sales Tax Increase Bill Passed - House (80 - 56)
Nov. 11, 2007 MD HB 2 Tax Reform Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (82 - 55)
Nov. 8, 2007 MI HB 5408 Michigan Business Tax Surcharge Bill Passed - House (58 - 48)
Nov. 8, 2007 National HR 3688 United States-Peru Trade Agreement Bill Passed - House (285 - 132)
Nov. 7, 2007 MI Sub SB 838 Amending the Use Tax Act Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
Oct. 31, 2007 HI SB 1 Superferry Environmental Assessment Bill Passed - House (39 - 11)
Oct. 31, 2007 National HR 3920 Trade and Globalization Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (264 - 157)
Oct. 30, 2007 MI S Sub for Sub HB 4354 2007-2008 Department of Natural Resources Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (32 - 6)
Oct. 30, 2007 MI H Sub for Sub SB 222 2007-2008 Department of Agriculture Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (105 - 4)
Oct. 29, 2007 MI H Sub for Sub SB 234 2007-2008 Department of Labor and Economic Growth Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (82 - 27)
Oct. 29, 2007 MI H Sub for Sub SB 234 2007-2008 Department of Labor and Economic Growth Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (37 - 1)
Oct. 29, 2007 MI S Sub for Sub HB 4354 2007-2008 Department of Natural Resources Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (63 - 46)
Oct. 29, 2007 HI SB 1 Superferry Environmental Assessment Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 5)
Oct. 26, 2007 HI HFA 1 Expanding Superferry Environmental Restrictions Amendment Rejected - House (11 - 35)
Oct. 26, 2007 HI HB 1 Superferry Environmental Assessment Bill Passed - House (37 - 9)
Oct. 24, 2007 MI Sub HB 5282 Independent Health Benefit Plans Bill Passed - House (89 - 17)
Oct. 24, 2007 MI HB 5284 Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Michigan Insurance Regulation Bill Passed - House (84 - 22)
Oct. 23, 2007 WI AS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (18 - 15)
Oct. 23, 2007 WI AS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (60 - 39)
Oct. 15, 2007 WI SB 2 Transportation Funding Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 14)
Oct. 1, 2007 MI S Sub for Sub HB 5198 Consumption Tax on Services Conference Report Adopted - Senate (20 - 19)
Oct. 1, 2007 MI H Sub for Sub SB 547 Public School Employee Retirement Plan Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 17)
Oct. 1, 2007 MI H Sub for Sub SB 547 Public School Employee Retirement Plan Bill Passed - House (56 - 53)
Sept. 30, 2007 MI Sub SB 418 Public Employees Health Benefit Act Conference Report Adopted - House (56 - 53)
Sept. 30, 2007 MI S Sub for Sub HB 5198 Consumption Tax on Services Conference Report Adopted - House (56 - 53)
Sept. 30, 2007 MI Sub SB 418 Public Employees Health Benefit Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 17)
Sept. 27, 2007 MA Jones Amendment Expanding Pension Fund Divestments to Any State Sponsor of Terrorism Amendment Rejected - House (32 - 124)
Sept. 27, 2007 MA Koutoujian Amendment Expanding Pension Fund Divestment to Any State with a History of Genocide Amendment Rejected - House (53 - 101)
Sept. 27, 2007 MA S 2255 State Pension Fund Divestment from Sudan Bill Passed - House (154 - 2)
Sept. 18, 2007 IL HB 2035 Gaming Expansion to Fund Infrastructure and Social Programs Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 15)
Sept. 11, 2007 National S Amdt 2797 Limiting Mexican Trucks to Commercial Zones Near the Border Between the U.S. and Mexico Amendment Adopted - Senate (75 - 23)
Sept. 7, 2007 National HR 1908 Patent Reform Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (220 - 175)
Sept. 5, 2007 CA AB 1155 Penalties for Healthcare Service Plan Underpayments or Failures to Pay Service Providers Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
Sept. 4, 2007 MI Sub SB 418 Public Employees Health Benefit Act Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 18)
Aug. 29, 2007 MO SCS HCS HB 1 Economic Development Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
Aug. 24, 2007 KY HCS HB 1 Renewable Energy Tax Incentives Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 1)
Aug. 23, 2007 MO HCS HB 1 Economic Development Bill Passed - House (129 - 20)
Aug. 22, 2007 KY HCS HB 1 Renewable Energy Tax Incentives Bill Passed - House (87 - 10)
Aug. 9, 2007 IL HB 556 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 24)
Aug. 2, 2007 National H Amdt 734 Prescription Drug Imports Amendment Rejected - House (146 - 283)
July 31, 2007 MA HB 2876 Sales Tax Holiday Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 4)
July 27, 2007 National HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Bill Passed - House (231 - 191)
July 26, 2007 IL SB 1592 Electricity Relief and Regulation Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (40 - 13)
July 26, 2007 IL SB 1592 Electricity Relief and Regulation Bill Passed - House (80 - 33)
July 26, 2007 MA HB 2876 Sales Tax Holiday Bill Passed - House (145 - 8)
July 16, 2007 PA SB 246 Smoking Ban Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate (13 - 36)
July 16, 2007 PA SB 246 Smoking Ban Bill Passed - House (141 - 62)
July 12, 2007 CA SB 180 Collective Bargaining Representation for Agricultural Workers Bill Passed - House (46 - 33)
July 11, 2007 National HR 556 Foreign Investment Oversight Concurrence Vote Passed - House (370 - 45)
July 10, 2007 WI AS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (51 - 44)
July 3, 2007 NC SCS HB 973 Mental Health Insurance Coverage Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 12)
June 29, 2007 DE SB 36 State Employee Collective Bargaining Bill Passed - House (26 - 10)
June 28, 2007 DE HA 1 Employee Paycheck Consent Amendment Rejected - House (15 - 23)
June 28, 2007 CA AB 1738 California Gaming Code Additions Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 6)
June 28, 2007 PA HB 1631 Funding for Local County Projects Bill Passed - House (121 - 77)
June 27, 2007 National HR 1830 Andean Trade Preference Act Extension Bill Passed - House (365 - 59)
June 26, 2007 LA SB 223 Required Liability Insurance Increase Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
June 26, 2007 DE HB 249 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed - House (29 - 12)
June 26, 2007 PA SB 246 Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 17)
June 26, 2007 MI Sub for SB 547 Public School Employee Retirement Plan Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 17)
June 26, 2007 WI SS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
June 25, 2007 PA A 2062 Exceptions to Clean Indoor Air Act Amendment Adopted - Senate (29 - 21)
June 25, 2007 LA HB 678 Insurance Funds Program Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13)
June 22, 2007 LA SB 223 Required Liability Insurance Increase Bill Passed - House (77 - 23)
June 21, 2007 ME LD 1925 Tax Cuts Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate (7 - 28)
June 20, 2007 AZ HB 2779 Employment of Undocumented Immigrants Conference Report Adopted - Senate (20 - 4)
June 20, 2007 AZ SB 1552 Air Pollution Control Conference Report Adopted - House (47 - 8)
June 20, 2007 AZ HB 2779 Employment of Undocumented Immigrants Conference Report Adopted - House (47 - 11)
June 20, 2007 MI Sub for SB 447 Insurance for Water Pollution Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 16)
June 20, 2007 PA HB 1202 Clean Fuels and Energy Independence Act Bill Passed - House (138 - 60)
June 20, 2007 MI Sub for SB 448 State Registration for CAFOs Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 17)
June 20, 2007 PA HB 1200 Alternative Energy Incentives Bill Passed - House (128 - 70)
June 19, 2007 National S Amdt 1519 Preventing Petroleum Export Organizations (NOPEC Act of 2007) Amendment Adopted - Senate (70 - 23)
June 19, 2007 RI LCO # 2572/2 to H5300A Privatization of State Services Repeal Amendment Rejected - Senate (9 - 24)
June 19, 2007 AZ SB 1552 Air Pollution Control Conference Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 3)
June 18, 2007 OR SB 571 Smoking Ban Expansion Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
June 15, 2007 RI LCO # 1305/22 to H5300A Privatization of State Services Amendment Adopted - House (61 - 13)
June 15, 2007 OR SB 571 Smoking Ban Expansion Bill Passed - House (38 - 21)
June 14, 2007 DE SB 36 State Employee Collective Bargaining Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 6)
June 13, 2007 ME LD 1925 Tax Cuts Bill Passed - House (87 - 49)
June 12, 2007 OR HB 2967 Tobacco Tax Increase for Children’s Health Care Bill Failed - House (35 - 22)
June 11, 2007 NJ SS for S 1195 Requiring Pharmacists to Fill All Prescriptions Bill Passed - House (55 - 19)
June 7, 2007 NH HB 143 Damages in Civil Actions Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 11)
June 7, 2007 CA SB 456 Diacetyl Toxic Substance Ban Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
June 7, 2007 CA SB 48 Health Care Coverage and Cost Control Act Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 16)
June 7, 2007 CA AB 8 Expanding Subsidized Health Care Eligibility Bill Passed - House (47 - 32)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/05 HB 4163 Workplace Smoking Ban Bill Passed - House (56 - 46)
12/04 HR 3688 United States-Peru Trade Agreement Bill Passed - Senate (77 - 18)
12/01 HB 5408 Michigan Business Tax Surcharge Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 42)
12/01 HB 5408 Michigan Business Tax Surcharge Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 4)
11/20 HB 5408 Michigan Business Tax Surcharge Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
11/19 HB 5 Sales Tax Increase Concurrence Vote Passed - House (81 - 52)
11/19 HB 5 Sales Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 20)
11/16 SCS CSHB 2001 Oil and Gas Production Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - House (26 - 13)
11/16 SCS CSHB 2001 Oil and Gas Production Tax Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 5)
11/15 HR 3915 Mortgage Reform and Anti-Subprime Lending Act Bill Passed - House (291 - 127)
11/14 HR 3074 Appropriations for the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development Conference Report Adopted - House (270 - 147)
11/11 AM 1 Standard Deduction Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (21 - 19)
11/11 AM 8 Oil and Gas Production Tax Increase Amendment Adopted - House (26 - 14)
11/11 CSHB 2001 Oil and Gas Production Tax Bill Passed - House (27 - 13)
11/11 HB 5 Sales Tax Increase Bill Passed - House (80 - 56)
11/11 HB 2 Tax Reform Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (82 - 55)
11/08 HB 5408 Michigan Business Tax Surcharge Bill Passed - House (58 - 48)
11/08 HR 3688 United States-Peru Trade Agreement Bill Passed - House (285 - 132)
11/07 Sub SB 838 Amending the Use Tax Act Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
10/31 SB 1 Superferry Environmental Assessment Bill Passed - House (39 - 11)
10/31 HR 3920 Trade and Globalization Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (264 - 157)
10/30 S Sub for Sub HB 4354 2007-2008 Department of Natural Resources Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (32 - 6)
10/30 H Sub for Sub SB 222 2007-2008 Department of Agriculture Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (105 - 4)
10/29 H Sub for Sub SB 234 2007-2008 Department of Labor and Economic Growth Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (82 - 27)
10/29 H Sub for Sub SB 234 2007-2008 Department of Labor and Economic Growth Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (37 - 1)
10/29 S Sub for Sub HB 4354 2007-2008 Department of Natural Resources Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (63 - 46)
10/29 SB 1 Superferry Environmental Assessment Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 5)
10/26 HFA 1 Expanding Superferry Environmental Restrictions Amendment Rejected - House (11 - 35)
10/26 HB 1 Superferry Environmental Assessment Bill Passed - House (37 - 9)
10/24 Sub HB 5282 Independent Health Benefit Plans Bill Passed - House (89 - 17)
10/24 HB 5284 Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Michigan Insurance Regulation Bill Passed - House (84 - 22)
10/23 AS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (18 - 15)
10/23 AS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (60 - 39)
10/15 SB 2 Transportation Funding Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 14)
10/01 S Sub for Sub HB 5198 Consumption Tax on Services Conference Report Adopted - Senate (20 - 19)
10/01 H Sub for Sub SB 547 Public School Employee Retirement Plan Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 17)
10/01 H Sub for Sub SB 547 Public School Employee Retirement Plan Bill Passed - House (56 - 53)
9/30 Sub SB 418 Public Employees Health Benefit Act Conference Report Adopted - House (56 - 53)
9/30 S Sub for Sub HB 5198 Consumption Tax on Services Conference Report Adopted - House (56 - 53)
9/30 Sub SB 418 Public Employees Health Benefit Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 17)
9/27 Jones Amendment Expanding Pension Fund Divestments to Any State Sponsor of Terrorism Amendment Rejected - House (32 - 124)
9/27 Koutoujian Amendment Expanding Pension Fund Divestment to Any State with a History of Genocide Amendment Rejected - House (53 - 101)
9/27 S 2255 State Pension Fund Divestment from Sudan Bill Passed - House (154 - 2)
9/18 HB 2035 Gaming Expansion to Fund Infrastructure and Social Programs Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 15)
9/11 S Amdt 2797 Limiting Mexican Trucks to Commercial Zones Near the Border Between the U.S. and Mexico Amendment Adopted - Senate (75 - 23)
9/07 HR 1908 Patent Reform Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (220 - 175)
9/05 AB 1155 Penalties for Healthcare Service Plan Underpayments or Failures to Pay Service Providers Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
9/04 Sub SB 418 Public Employees Health Benefit Act Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 18)
8/29 SCS HCS HB 1 Economic Development Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
8/24 HCS HB 1 Renewable Energy Tax Incentives Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 1)
8/23 HCS HB 1 Economic Development Bill Passed - House (129 - 20)
8/22 HCS HB 1 Renewable Energy Tax Incentives Bill Passed - House (87 - 10)
8/09 HB 556 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 24)
8/02 H Amdt 734 Prescription Drug Imports Amendment Rejected - House (146 - 283)
7/31 HB 2876 Sales Tax Holiday Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 4)
7/27 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Bill Passed - House (231 - 191)
7/26 SB 1592 Electricity Relief and Regulation Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (40 - 13)
7/26 SB 1592 Electricity Relief and Regulation Bill Passed - House (80 - 33)
7/26 HB 2876 Sales Tax Holiday Bill Passed - House (145 - 8)
7/16 SB 246 Smoking Ban Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate (13 - 36)
7/16 SB 246 Smoking Ban Bill Passed - House (141 - 62)
7/12 SB 180 Collective Bargaining Representation for Agricultural Workers Bill Passed - House (46 - 33)
7/11 HR 556 Foreign Investment Oversight Concurrence Vote Passed - House (370 - 45)
7/10 AS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (51 - 44)
7/03 SCS HB 973 Mental Health Insurance Coverage Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 12)
6/29 SB 36 State Employee Collective Bargaining Bill Passed - House (26 - 10)
6/28 HA 1 Employee Paycheck Consent Amendment Rejected - House (15 - 23)
6/28 AB 1738 California Gaming Code Additions Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 6)
6/28 HB 1631 Funding for Local County Projects Bill Passed - House (121 - 77)
6/27 HR 1830 Andean Trade Preference Act Extension Bill Passed - House (365 - 59)
6/26 SB 223 Required Liability Insurance Increase Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
6/26 HB 249 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed - House (29 - 12)
6/26 SB 246 Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 17)
6/26 Sub for SB 547 Public School Employee Retirement Plan Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 17)
6/26 SS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
6/25 A 2062 Exceptions to Clean Indoor Air Act Amendment Adopted - Senate (29 - 21)
6/25 HB 678 Insurance Funds Program Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13)
6/22 SB 223 Required Liability Insurance Increase Bill Passed - House (77 - 23)
6/21 LD 1925 Tax Cuts Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate (7 - 28)
6/20 HB 2779 Employment of Undocumented Immigrants Conference Report Adopted - Senate (20 - 4)
6/20 SB 1552 Air Pollution Control Conference Report Adopted - House (47 - 8)
6/20 HB 2779 Employment of Undocumented Immigrants Conference Report Adopted - House (47 - 11)
6/20 Sub for SB 447 Insurance for Water Pollution Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 16)
6/20 HB 1202 Clean Fuels and Energy Independence Act Bill Passed - House (138 - 60)
6/20 Sub for SB 448 State Registration for CAFOs Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 17)
6/20 HB 1200 Alternative Energy Incentives Bill Passed - House (128 - 70)
6/19 S Amdt 1519 Preventing Petroleum Export Organizations (NOPEC Act of 2007) Amendment Adopted - Senate (70 - 23)
6/19 LCO # 2572/2 to H5300A Privatization of State Services Repeal Amendment Rejected - Senate (9 - 24)
6/19 SB 1552 Air Pollution Control Conference Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 3)
6/18 SB 571 Smoking Ban Expansion Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
6/15 LCO # 1305/22 to H5300A Privatization of State Services Amendment Adopted - House (61 - 13)
6/15 SB 571 Smoking Ban Expansion Bill Passed - House (38 - 21)
6/14 SB 36 State Employee Collective Bargaining Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 6)
6/13 LD 1925 Tax Cuts Bill Passed - House (87 - 49)
6/12 HB 2967 Tobacco Tax Increase for Children’s Health Care Bill Failed - House (35 - 22)
6/11 SS for S 1195 Requiring Pharmacists to Fill All Prescriptions Bill Passed - House (55 - 19)
6/07 HB 143 Damages in Civil Actions Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 11)
6/07 SB 456 Diacetyl Toxic Substance Ban Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
6/07 SB 48 Health Care Coverage and Cost Control Act Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 16)
6/07 AB 8 Expanding Subsidized Health Care Eligibility Bill Passed - House (47 - 32)

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