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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. 18, 2007 National HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (314 - 100)
Dec. 13, 2007 National HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (86 - 8)
Dec. 13, 2007 MI SB 981 Mackinac Bridge Funding Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
Dec. 6, 2007 National HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (235 - 181)
Nov. 28, 2007 IL SB 307 Regional Transportation Authority Funding Bill Failed - House (57 - 53)
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. 8, 2007 National HR 1495 Water Resources Development Act of 2007 Veto Override Passed - Senate (79 - 14)
Nov. 6, 2007 National HR 1495 Water Resources Development Act of 2007 Veto Override Passed - House (361 - 54)
Oct. 31, 2007 MI H Sub for Sub SB 240 State Transportation Funding Conference Report Adopted - House (88 - 21)
Oct. 31, 2007 HI SB 1 Superferry Environmental Assessment Bill Passed - House (39 - 11)
Oct. 30, 2007 National S 294 Amtrak Reauthorization Bill Passed - Senate (70 - 22)
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. 25, 2007 National S Amdt 3453 Amtrak Federal Subsidy Limits Amendment Rejected - Senate (28 - 66)
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. 22, 2007 NY S 6484 Driver's License Citizenship Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 19)
Oct. 18, 2007 MI S Sub for Sub HB 4749 Motorcycle Helmet Law Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
Oct. 15, 2007 WI SB 2 Transportation Funding Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 14)
Oct. 11, 2007 MI Sub HB 4920 Expanding Drunk Driving Restrictions Bill Passed - House (92 - 16)
Oct. 11, 2007 MI Sub HB 4749 Motorcycle Helmet Law Bill Passed - House (69 - 39)
Oct. 10, 2007 IL SB 540 Truck Speed Limit Increase Veto Override Failed - House (57 - 53)
Oct. 2, 2007 IL SB 540 Truck Speed Limit Increase Veto Override Passed - Senate (39 - 10)
Sept. 18, 2007 IL HB 2035 Gaming Expansion to Fund Infrastructure and Social Programs Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 15)
Sept. 10, 2007 National S Amdt 2792 Bridge Repair Funding Amendment Adopted - Senate (60 - 33)
Aug. 30, 2007 CA SB 33 Underage Driver Cellphone Ban Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 14)
Aug. 27, 2007 CA SB 33 Underage Driver Cellphone Ban Bill Passed - House (67 - 7)
Aug. 23, 2007 MO HB 2 Extended Transportation Projects Contract Bill Passed - House (135 - 14)
July 27, 2007 National HR 1 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act Conference Report Adopted - House (371 - 40)
July 26, 2007 National HR 1 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate (85 - 8)
July 24, 2007 National H Amdt 600 Funding Reduction for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation Account, Amtrak and Other Services Amendment Rejected - House (94 - 328)
July 19, 2007 NC CS SB 563 Traffic and Personal Safety Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (80 - 34)
July 17, 2007 PA HB 1590 Public Transportation and Interstate 80 Toll Road Concurrence Vote Passed - House (124 - 79)
July 17, 2007 NC CS SB 563 Traffic and Personal Safety Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
July 16, 2007 PA HB 1590 Public Transportation and Interstate 80 Toll Road Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
June 27, 2007 PA HB 1590 Public Transportation and Interstate 80 Toll Road Bill Passed - House (105 - 96)
June 26, 2007 LA SB 223 Required Liability Insurance Increase Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
June 22, 2007 LA SB 223 Required Liability Insurance Increase Bill Passed - House (77 - 23)
June 21, 2007 National HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 27)
June 21, 2007 NJ S 3000 2007-2008 Budget Bill Passed - House (50 - 30)
June 21, 2007 NJ S 3000 2007-2008 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
June 20, 2007 AZ SB 1552 Air Pollution Control Conference Report Adopted - House (47 - 8)
June 20, 2007 PA HB 1202 Clean Fuels and Energy Independence Act Bill Passed - House (138 - 60)
June 19, 2007 AZ SB 1552 Air Pollution Control Conference Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 3)
June 11, 2007 TN SB 1152 Tennessee Tollway Act Bill Passed - House (72 - 21)
June 7, 2007 CA SB 7 Marco Firebaugh Memorial Children’s Health and Safety Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
June 7, 2007 LA HB 786 Teenage Driver Passenger Limit Bill Failed - House (38 - 60)
June 6, 2007 CA AB 493 New Car Purchases Fees and Rebates Bill Failed - House (35 - 35)
June 4, 2007 NC CS HB 1473 2007-2008 Operating Budget Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House (68 - 47)
June 4, 2007 CA SB 60 Expanding Driver's License Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 15)
June 3, 2007 NV AB 595 Highway Funding Act Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 3)
June 1, 2007 NV AB 595 Highway Funding Act Bill Passed - House (40 - 2)
May 31, 2007 NH HB 802 Requiring Seatbelts in Automotive Vehicles "Inexpedient to Legislate" Vote Passed - Senate (16 - 8)
May 29, 2007 LA SB 223 Required Liability Insurance Increase Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
May 21, 2007 MN HF 946 Transportation Funding and Gas Tax Veto Override Failed - House (83 - 50)
May 21, 2007 LA Amdt B-138: Cellular Phone Use While Driving Amendment Adopted - House (72 - 23)
May 21, 2007 LA HB 99 Cellular Phone Use While Driving Bill Failed - House (43 - 48)
May 14, 2007 MN HF 946 Transportation Funding and Gas Tax Conference Report Adopted - Senate (47 - 17)
May 14, 2007 MN HF 946 Transportation Funding and Gas Tax Conference Report Adopted - House (90 - 43)
May 9, 2007 SC Amendment No. 2c Restructuring the Department of Transportation Amendment Tabled - Senate (20 - 19)
April 11, 2007 WA Sub SB 5037 Cell Phone Driving Ban Bill Passed - House (59 - 38)
April 11, 2007 AZ HB 2033 Teen Drivers License Restrictions Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 6)
April 9, 2007 AZ SB 1552 Air Pollution Control Bill Passed - House (35 - 21)
April 5, 2007 MD SB 103 Maryland Clean Cars Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (123 - 17)
April 5, 2007 SC S 355 Restructuring the Department of Transportation Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 18)
April 5, 2007 NH HB 802 Requiring Seatbelts in Automotive Vehicles Bill Passed - House (153 - 140)
April 4, 2007 MD HB 131 Maryland Clean Cars Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 9)
March 30, 2007 ID H 336 Highway Project Financing Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
March 30, 2007 ID H 336 Highway Project Financing Bill Passed - House (48 - 17)
March 29, 2007 IL HB 1769 Smoking Ban in Vehicles Bill Failed - House (18 - 91)
March 29, 2007 ID S 1245 Highway Bonding Bill Bill Failed - Senate (12 - 23)
March 28, 2007 IL HB 1100 Driver's Certificates for Non-Citizens Bill Passed - House (60 - 56)
March 27, 2007 SC Amendment No. 23 Remove the Transportation Commission Amendment Tabled - House (71 - 36)
March 27, 2007 MN HF 886 Capital Improvement Budget Bill Passed - House (84 - 45)
March 26, 2007 MN HF 946 Transportation Funding and Gas Tax Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 24)
March 24, 2007 MN HF 946 Transportation Funding and Gas Tax Bill Passed - House (83 - 46)
March 23, 2007 MN SF 1986 Transportation Taxes and Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 24)
March 22, 2007 IN HB 1237 Seat Belt Requirement Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 17)
March 22, 2007 FL HB 7033 Privatization of Toll Roads Bill Passed - House (74 - 40)
March 20, 2007 GA HCS HB 77 Red Light Camera Law Bill Passed - House (110 - 60)
March 13, 2007 National S 4 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 38)
March 8, 2007 HI SB 1276 Environmental Impact of Harbor Improvements Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 4)
March 7, 2007 SC H 3505 Jasper County Port Authority Joint Resolution Passed - House (80 - 35)
March 5, 2007 TN SB 201 English-Only Driver's License Exam Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 6)
Feb. 28, 2007 IL HB 408 Mandating New Driver Signs For Minors Bill Passed - House (74 - 39)
Feb. 27, 2007 CO SB 151 Mandatory Seatbelt Use Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 16)
Feb. 26, 2007 MD SB 103 Maryland Clean Cars Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 9)
Feb. 26, 2007 IN HB 1830 Funding for Local Roads Bill Passed - House (51 - 48)
Feb. 26, 2007 IN HB 1622 Gasoline Sales Tax Bill Passed - House (75 - 25)
Feb. 23, 2007 MT SB 300 Seat Belt Requirement Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
Feb. 21, 2007 WV Com Sub for Com Sub SB 219 Ban on Smoking in a Vehicle with a Minor Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
Feb. 20, 2007 MD HB 131 Maryland Clean Cars Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (122 - 16)
Feb. 20, 2007 VA Sub HB 1778 Traffic Light Cameras Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 10)
Feb. 20, 2007 IN HB 1237 Seat Belt Requirement Bill Passed - House (55 - 41)
Feb. 14, 2007 VA S Sub Funding for Statewide Transportation Projects Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 17)
Feb. 12, 2007 IN SB 1 Indiana Commerce Connector and Illiana Expressway Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 13)
Feb. 7, 2007 ND HB 1196 Teen Driver Cell Phone Ban Bill Failed - House (21 - 70)
Feb. 7, 2007 ND HB 1254 Mandatory Seatbelt Use Bill Failed - House (40 - 52)
Feb. 6, 2007 VA Sub HB 3202 Funding for Statewide Transportation Projects Bill Passed - House (61 - 37)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/18 HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (314 - 100)
12/13 HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (86 - 8)
12/13 SB 981 Mackinac Bridge Funding Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
12/06 HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (235 - 181)
11/28 SB 307 Regional Transportation Authority Funding Bill Failed - House (57 - 53)
11/14 HR 3074 Appropriations for the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development Conference Report Adopted - House (270 - 147)
11/08 HR 1495 Water Resources Development Act of 2007 Veto Override Passed - Senate (79 - 14)
11/06 HR 1495 Water Resources Development Act of 2007 Veto Override Passed - House (361 - 54)
10/31 H Sub for Sub SB 240 State Transportation Funding Conference Report Adopted - House (88 - 21)
10/31 SB 1 Superferry Environmental Assessment Bill Passed - House (39 - 11)
10/30 S 294 Amtrak Reauthorization Bill Passed - Senate (70 - 22)
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)
10/25 S Amdt 3453 Amtrak Federal Subsidy Limits Amendment Rejected - Senate (28 - 66)
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)
10/22 S 6484 Driver's License Citizenship Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 19)
10/18 S Sub for Sub HB 4749 Motorcycle Helmet Law Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
10/15 SB 2 Transportation Funding Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 14)
10/11 Sub HB 4920 Expanding Drunk Driving Restrictions Bill Passed - House (92 - 16)
10/11 Sub HB 4749 Motorcycle Helmet Law Bill Passed - House (69 - 39)
10/10 SB 540 Truck Speed Limit Increase Veto Override Failed - House (57 - 53)
10/02 SB 540 Truck Speed Limit Increase Veto Override Passed - Senate (39 - 10)
9/18 HB 2035 Gaming Expansion to Fund Infrastructure and Social Programs Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 15)
9/10 S Amdt 2792 Bridge Repair Funding Amendment Adopted - Senate (60 - 33)
8/30 SB 33 Underage Driver Cellphone Ban Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 14)
8/27 SB 33 Underage Driver Cellphone Ban Bill Passed - House (67 - 7)
8/23 HB 2 Extended Transportation Projects Contract Bill Passed - House (135 - 14)
7/27 HR 1 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act Conference Report Adopted - House (371 - 40)
7/26 HR 1 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate (85 - 8)
7/24 H Amdt 600 Funding Reduction for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation Account, Amtrak and Other Services Amendment Rejected - House (94 - 328)
7/19 CS SB 563 Traffic and Personal Safety Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (80 - 34)
7/17 HB 1590 Public Transportation and Interstate 80 Toll Road Concurrence Vote Passed - House (124 - 79)
7/17 CS SB 563 Traffic and Personal Safety Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
7/16 HB 1590 Public Transportation and Interstate 80 Toll Road Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
6/27 HB 1590 Public Transportation and Interstate 80 Toll Road Bill Passed - House (105 - 96)
6/26 SB 223 Required Liability Insurance Increase Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
6/22 SB 223 Required Liability Insurance Increase Bill Passed - House (77 - 23)
6/21 HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 27)
6/21 S 3000 2007-2008 Budget Bill Passed - House (50 - 30)
6/21 S 3000 2007-2008 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
6/20 SB 1552 Air Pollution Control Conference Report Adopted - House (47 - 8)
6/20 HB 1202 Clean Fuels and Energy Independence Act Bill Passed - House (138 - 60)
6/19 SB 1552 Air Pollution Control Conference Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 3)
6/11 SB 1152 Tennessee Tollway Act Bill Passed - House (72 - 21)
6/07 SB 7 Marco Firebaugh Memorial Children’s Health and Safety Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
6/07 HB 786 Teenage Driver Passenger Limit Bill Failed - House (38 - 60)
6/06 AB 493 New Car Purchases Fees and Rebates Bill Failed - House (35 - 35)
6/04 CS HB 1473 2007-2008 Operating Budget Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House (68 - 47)
6/04 SB 60 Expanding Driver's License Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 15)
6/03 AB 595 Highway Funding Act Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 3)
6/01 AB 595 Highway Funding Act Bill Passed - House (40 - 2)
5/31 HB 802 Requiring Seatbelts in Automotive Vehicles "Inexpedient to Legislate" Vote Passed - Senate (16 - 8)
5/29 SB 223 Required Liability Insurance Increase Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
5/21 HF 946 Transportation Funding and Gas Tax Veto Override Failed - House (83 - 50)
5/21 Amdt B-138: Cellular Phone Use While Driving Amendment Adopted - House (72 - 23)
5/21 HB 99 Cellular Phone Use While Driving Bill Failed - House (43 - 48)
5/14 HF 946 Transportation Funding and Gas Tax Conference Report Adopted - Senate (47 - 17)
5/14 HF 946 Transportation Funding and Gas Tax Conference Report Adopted - House (90 - 43)
5/09 Amendment No. 2c Restructuring the Department of Transportation Amendment Tabled - Senate (20 - 19)
4/11 Sub SB 5037 Cell Phone Driving Ban Bill Passed - House (59 - 38)
4/11 HB 2033 Teen Drivers License Restrictions Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 6)
4/09 SB 1552 Air Pollution Control Bill Passed - House (35 - 21)
4/05 SB 103 Maryland Clean Cars Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (123 - 17)
4/05 S 355 Restructuring the Department of Transportation Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 18)
4/05 HB 802 Requiring Seatbelts in Automotive Vehicles Bill Passed - House (153 - 140)
4/04 HB 131 Maryland Clean Cars Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 9)
3/30 H 336 Highway Project Financing Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
3/30 H 336 Highway Project Financing Bill Passed - House (48 - 17)
3/29 HB 1769 Smoking Ban in Vehicles Bill Failed - House (18 - 91)
3/29 S 1245 Highway Bonding Bill Bill Failed - Senate (12 - 23)
3/28 HB 1100 Driver's Certificates for Non-Citizens Bill Passed - House (60 - 56)
3/27 Amendment No. 23 Remove the Transportation Commission Amendment Tabled - House (71 - 36)
3/27 HF 886 Capital Improvement Budget Bill Passed - House (84 - 45)
3/26 HF 946 Transportation Funding and Gas Tax Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 24)
3/24 HF 946 Transportation Funding and Gas Tax Bill Passed - House (83 - 46)
3/23 SF 1986 Transportation Taxes and Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 24)
3/22 HB 1237 Seat Belt Requirement Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 17)
3/22 HB 7033 Privatization of Toll Roads Bill Passed - House (74 - 40)
3/20 HCS HB 77 Red Light Camera Law Bill Passed - House (110 - 60)
3/13 S 4 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 38)
3/08 SB 1276 Environmental Impact of Harbor Improvements Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 4)
3/07 H 3505 Jasper County Port Authority Joint Resolution Passed - House (80 - 35)
3/05 SB 201 English-Only Driver's License Exam Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 6)
2/28 HB 408 Mandating New Driver Signs For Minors Bill Passed - House (74 - 39)
2/27 SB 151 Mandatory Seatbelt Use Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 16)
2/26 SB 103 Maryland Clean Cars Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 9)
2/26 HB 1830 Funding for Local Roads Bill Passed - House (51 - 48)
2/26 HB 1622 Gasoline Sales Tax Bill Passed - House (75 - 25)
2/23 SB 300 Seat Belt Requirement Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
2/21 Com Sub for Com Sub SB 219 Ban on Smoking in a Vehicle with a Minor Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
2/20 HB 131 Maryland Clean Cars Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (122 - 16)
2/20 Sub HB 1778 Traffic Light Cameras Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 10)
2/20 HB 1237 Seat Belt Requirement Bill Passed - House (55 - 41)
2/14 S Sub Funding for Statewide Transportation Projects Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 17)
2/12 SB 1 Indiana Commerce Connector and Illiana Expressway Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 13)
2/07 HB 1196 Teen Driver Cell Phone Ban Bill Failed - House (21 - 70)
2/07 HB 1254 Mandatory Seatbelt Use Bill Failed - House (40 - 52)
2/06 Sub HB 3202 Funding for Statewide Transportation Projects Bill Passed - House (61 - 37)

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