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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. 11, 2007 WI SB 176 Compensation for Discharged Police Officers Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 3)
Nov. 19, 2007 MD HB 1 2007-2008 Budget Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (100 - 33)
Nov. 19, 2007 MD HB 1 2007-2008 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 13)
Nov. 13, 2007 MD HB 1 2007-2008 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - House (103 - 36)
Nov. 7, 2007 National HR 3685 Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) Bill Passed - House (235 - 184)
Oct. 31, 2007 National HR 3920 Trade and Globalization Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (264 - 157)
Oct. 11, 2007 MA H 4282 2007-2008 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - House (126 - 18)
Oct. 1, 2007 MI H Sub for S Sub SB 546 Public School Employee Retirement Benefits Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
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 S Sub SB 546 Public School Employee Retirement Benefits Bill Passed - House (65 - 44)
Oct. 1, 2007 MI H Sub for Sub SB 547 Public School Employee Retirement Plan Bill Passed - House (56 - 53)
Aug. 30, 2007 MI Sub SB 689 State Employees' Retirement Act Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
July 31, 2007 National HR 2831 Equal Pay Bill Bill Passed - House (225 - 199)
July 17, 2007 National HR 980 Collective Bargaining for Public Safety Officers Bill Passed - House (314 - 97)
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 6, 2007 IL HB 2055 State Lottery Privatization Bill Failed - House (6 - 78)
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 26, 2007 National HR 800 Union Organization Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 48)
June 26, 2007 LA HB 489 Salary Increase for Statewide Elected Officials Concurrence Vote Passed - House (73 - 28)
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 25, 2007 LA HB 489 Salary Increase for Statewide Elected Officials Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
June 20, 2007 AZ HB 2779 Employment of Undocumented Immigrants Conference Report Adopted - House (47 - 11)
June 20, 2007 AZ HB 2779 Employment of Undocumented Immigrants Conference Report Adopted - Senate (20 - 4)
June 19, 2007 RI LCO # 2572/2 to H5300A Privatization of State Services Repeal Amendment Rejected - Senate (9 - 24)
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 7, 2007 CA SB 456 Diacetyl Toxic Substance Ban Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
June 6, 2007 LA HB 489 Salary Increase for Statewide Elected Officials Bill Passed - House (57 - 42)
June 4, 2007 CA AB 514 Diacetyl Toxic Substance Ban Bill Passed - House (43 - 33)
June 1, 2007 CT HB 7032 State Job Retention Bill Passed - House (125 - 25)
May 31, 2007 CT Sub SB 847 Workers' Compensation Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
May 24, 2007 National HR 2206 Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (80 - 14)
May 24, 2007 TN SB 1325 Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 5)
May 23, 2007 AZ HB 2779 Employment of Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 4)
May 21, 2007 CA SB 180 Collective Bargaining Representation for Agricultural Workers Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 15)
May 19, 2007 MN HF 464 School District Health Insurance Pool Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 16)
May 17, 2007 MN HF 464 School District Health Insurance Pool Bill Passed - House (81 - 52)
May 16, 2007 WI AB 30 Felon Employment in Educational Agencies Bill Passed - House (64 - 29)
May 11, 2007 MN SF 238 Smoking Ban Conference Report Adopted - Senate (43 - 21)
May 11, 2007 MN SF 238 Smoking Ban Conference Report Adopted - House (81 - 48)
May 10, 2007 National HR 2206 Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 Bill Passed - House (221 - 205)
May 9, 2007 WI AB 260 Employment Discrimination Exception for Sexual or Violent Offenders Bill Passed - House (61 - 33)
May 2, 2007 TN HB 625 Tennessee Minimum Wage Act Bill Passed - House (59 - 37)
May 2, 2007 NC HB 259 Smoking Ban Bill Failed - House (55 - 61)
May 1, 2007 IL SB 500 Smoke Free Illinois Act Bill Passed - House (73 - 42)
April 29, 2007 IN HB 1678 Employer Health Insurance Plans Conference Report Adopted - Senate (37 - 13)
April 29, 2007 IN HB 1678 Employer Health Insurance Plans Conference Report Adopted - House (70 - 29)
April 26, 2007 MN SF 238 Smoking Ban Bill Passed - House (85 - 45)
April 26, 2007 NH HB 514 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 5)
April 24, 2007 NV AB 248 Regulation of Tip Sharing Agreements Bill Passed - House (32 - 10)
April 24, 2007 AZ HB 2589 Labor Solicitation and Criminal Trespass Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
April 23, 2007 MN SF 875 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 23)
April 23, 2007 NV AB 494 Unemployment Compensation for Workers in a Lockout Bill Passed - House (28 - 14)
April 23, 2007 NV AB 494 Unemployment Compensation for Workers in a Lockout Bill Passed - House (28 - 14)
April 20, 2007 ND SB 2046 Teachers’ Retirement Fund Conference Report Adopted - House (57 - 27)
April 16, 2007 NV AB 601 Local Government Employee-Management Relations Act Bill Passed - House (28 - 14)
April 10, 2007 SC S 332 Workers' Compensation Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 7)
April 9, 2007 MD HB 430 State Living Wage Concurrence Vote Passed - House (91 - 49)
April 9, 2007 MD HB 430 State Living Wage Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 16)
April 6, 2007 MD HB 430 State Living Wage Bill Passed - House (88 - 50)
April 5, 2007 MD HB 359 Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 14)
April 4, 2007 NH HB 514 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House (286 - 69)
April 3, 2007 MD SB 91 Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed - House (99 - 39)
March 29, 2007 IL SB 500 Smoke Free Illinois Act Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 23)
March 28, 2007 MN SF 276 School District Health Insurance Pool Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 23)
March 27, 2007 KS SB 385 State Employee Pay Increase Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 11)
March 27, 2007 MN SF 238 Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 24)
March 26, 2007 MD SB 91 Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 13)
March 24, 2007 MD HB 359 Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed - House (98 - 40)
March 23, 2007 VT H. 353 Amending Unionization Requirements for State Employees Bill Passed - House (78 - 59)
March 15, 2007 NJ A 1044 Notification of Job Loss and Plant Closures Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
March 15, 2007 AZ HB 2779 Employment of Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (46 - 13)
March 9, 2007 ND SB 2417 Verifying Employee Work Status Bill Failed - House (18 - 70)
March 8, 2007 IA SF 413 “Fair Share” Union Fees Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
March 8, 2007 AZ HB 2589 Labor Solicitation and Criminal Trespass Bill Passed - House (35 - 23)
March 2, 2007 SD SB 207 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House (62 - 8)
March 1, 2007 NM SB 324 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House (39 - 29)
March 1, 2007 National HR 800 Union Organization Bill Bill Passed - House (241 - 185)
Feb. 21, 2007 KY HCS HB 305 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House (89 - 10)
Feb. 13, 2007 ND SB 2122 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Failed - Senate (20 - 26)
Feb. 12, 2007 SD SB 207 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 6)
Feb. 7, 2007 IN HB 1132 Notification of Plant Closure or Mass Layoff Bill Passed - House (51 - 49)
Feb. 7, 2007 IN HB 1088 Collective Bargaining for Public Employees Bill Passed - House (51 - 49)
Feb. 5, 2007 VA Sub SB 1327 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 8)
Feb. 5, 2007 CO HB 1072 Termination of All-Union Agreements Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
Feb. 2, 2007 NM SB 324 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 7)
Jan. 31, 2007 ND HB 1177 School District Salary Cap Exemptions Bill Passed - House (73 - 17)
Jan. 30, 2007 IN HB 1027 Minimum Wage Increase and Estate/Death Tax Cut Bill Passed - House (71 - 29)
Jan. 24, 2007 IA HF 1 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 8)
Jan. 23, 2007 IA HF 1 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House (79 - 19)
Jan. 22, 2007 CO HB 1072 Termination of All-Union Agreements Bill Passed - House (35 - 29)
Jan. 10, 2007 National HR 2 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House (315 - 116)
Jan. 9, 2007 MS HB 237 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House (68 - 50)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/11 SB 176 Compensation for Discharged Police Officers Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 3)
11/19 HB 1 2007-2008 Budget Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (100 - 33)
11/19 HB 1 2007-2008 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 13)
11/13 HB 1 2007-2008 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - House (103 - 36)
11/07 HR 3685 Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) Bill Passed - House (235 - 184)
10/31 HR 3920 Trade and Globalization Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (264 - 157)
10/11 H 4282 2007-2008 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - House (126 - 18)
10/01 H Sub for S Sub SB 546 Public School Employee Retirement Benefits Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
10/01 H Sub for Sub SB 547 Public School Employee Retirement Plan Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 17)
10/01 H Sub for S Sub SB 546 Public School Employee Retirement Benefits Bill Passed - House (65 - 44)
10/01 H Sub for Sub SB 547 Public School Employee Retirement Plan Bill Passed - House (56 - 53)
8/30 Sub SB 689 State Employees' Retirement Act Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
7/31 HR 2831 Equal Pay Bill Bill Passed - House (225 - 199)
7/17 HR 980 Collective Bargaining for Public Safety Officers Bill Passed - House (314 - 97)
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)
7/06 HB 2055 State Lottery Privatization Bill Failed - House (6 - 78)
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)
6/26 HR 800 Union Organization Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 48)
6/26 HB 489 Salary Increase for Statewide Elected Officials Concurrence Vote Passed - House (73 - 28)
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)
6/25 HB 489 Salary Increase for Statewide Elected Officials Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
6/20 HB 2779 Employment of Undocumented Immigrants Conference Report Adopted - House (47 - 11)
6/20 HB 2779 Employment of Undocumented Immigrants Conference Report Adopted - Senate (20 - 4)
6/19 LCO # 2572/2 to H5300A Privatization of State Services Repeal Amendment Rejected - Senate (9 - 24)
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)
6/07 SB 456 Diacetyl Toxic Substance Ban Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
6/06 HB 489 Salary Increase for Statewide Elected Officials Bill Passed - House (57 - 42)
6/04 AB 514 Diacetyl Toxic Substance Ban Bill Passed - House (43 - 33)
6/01 HB 7032 State Job Retention Bill Passed - House (125 - 25)
5/31 Sub SB 847 Workers' Compensation Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
5/24 HR 2206 Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (80 - 14)
5/24 SB 1325 Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 5)
5/23 HB 2779 Employment of Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 4)
5/21 SB 180 Collective Bargaining Representation for Agricultural Workers Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 15)
5/19 HF 464 School District Health Insurance Pool Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 16)
5/17 HF 464 School District Health Insurance Pool Bill Passed - House (81 - 52)
5/16 AB 30 Felon Employment in Educational Agencies Bill Passed - House (64 - 29)
5/11 SF 238 Smoking Ban Conference Report Adopted - Senate (43 - 21)
5/11 SF 238 Smoking Ban Conference Report Adopted - House (81 - 48)
5/10 HR 2206 Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 Bill Passed - House (221 - 205)
5/09 AB 260 Employment Discrimination Exception for Sexual or Violent Offenders Bill Passed - House (61 - 33)
5/02 HB 625 Tennessee Minimum Wage Act Bill Passed - House (59 - 37)
5/02 HB 259 Smoking Ban Bill Failed - House (55 - 61)
5/01 SB 500 Smoke Free Illinois Act Bill Passed - House (73 - 42)
4/29 HB 1678 Employer Health Insurance Plans Conference Report Adopted - Senate (37 - 13)
4/29 HB 1678 Employer Health Insurance Plans Conference Report Adopted - House (70 - 29)
4/26 SF 238 Smoking Ban Bill Passed - House (85 - 45)
4/26 HB 514 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 5)
4/24 AB 248 Regulation of Tip Sharing Agreements Bill Passed - House (32 - 10)
4/24 HB 2589 Labor Solicitation and Criminal Trespass Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
4/23 SF 875 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 23)
4/23 AB 494 Unemployment Compensation for Workers in a Lockout Bill Passed - House (28 - 14)
4/23 AB 494 Unemployment Compensation for Workers in a Lockout Bill Passed - House (28 - 14)
4/20 SB 2046 Teachers’ Retirement Fund Conference Report Adopted - House (57 - 27)
4/16 AB 601 Local Government Employee-Management Relations Act Bill Passed - House (28 - 14)
4/10 S 332 Workers' Compensation Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 7)
4/09 HB 430 State Living Wage Concurrence Vote Passed - House (91 - 49)
4/09 HB 430 State Living Wage Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 16)
4/06 HB 430 State Living Wage Bill Passed - House (88 - 50)
4/05 HB 359 Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 14)
4/04 HB 514 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House (286 - 69)
4/03 SB 91 Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed - House (99 - 39)
3/29 SB 500 Smoke Free Illinois Act Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 23)
3/28 SF 276 School District Health Insurance Pool Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 23)
3/27 SB 385 State Employee Pay Increase Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 11)
3/27 SF 238 Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 24)
3/26 SB 91 Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 13)
3/24 HB 359 Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed - House (98 - 40)
3/23 H. 353 Amending Unionization Requirements for State Employees Bill Passed - House (78 - 59)
3/15 A 1044 Notification of Job Loss and Plant Closures Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
3/15 HB 2779 Employment of Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (46 - 13)
3/09 SB 2417 Verifying Employee Work Status Bill Failed - House (18 - 70)
3/08 SF 413 “Fair Share” Union Fees Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
3/08 HB 2589 Labor Solicitation and Criminal Trespass Bill Passed - House (35 - 23)
3/02 SB 207 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House (62 - 8)
3/01 SB 324 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House (39 - 29)
3/01 HR 800 Union Organization Bill Bill Passed - House (241 - 185)
2/21 HCS HB 305 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House (89 - 10)
2/13 SB 2122 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Failed - Senate (20 - 26)
2/12 SB 207 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 6)
2/07 HB 1132 Notification of Plant Closure or Mass Layoff Bill Passed - House (51 - 49)
2/07 HB 1088 Collective Bargaining for Public Employees Bill Passed - House (51 - 49)
2/05 Sub SB 1327 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 8)
2/05 HB 1072 Termination of All-Union Agreements Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
2/02 SB 324 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 7)
1/31 HB 1177 School District Salary Cap Exemptions Bill Passed - House (73 - 17)
1/30 HB 1027 Minimum Wage Increase and Estate/Death Tax Cut Bill Passed - House (71 - 29)
1/24 HF 1 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 8)
1/23 HF 1 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House (79 - 19)
1/22 HB 1072 Termination of All-Union Agreements Bill Passed - House (35 - 29)
1/10 HR 2 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House (315 - 116)
1/09 HB 237 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House (68 - 50)

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