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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
Nov. 20, 2009 WV SB 4004 Gasoline Tax Amendments Bill Passed - House (64 - 23)
Nov. 18, 2009 WV SB 4004 Gasoline Tax Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 2)
Nov. 4, 2009 CA SBx7 7 Statewide Water Conservation Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
Nov. 4, 2009 CA SBx7 7 Statewide Water Conservation Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
Nov. 4, 2009 CA SBx7 6 Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring Program Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
Nov. 4, 2009 CA SBx7 2 Water Investment Bond Measure Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
Nov. 4, 2009 CA SBx7 1 Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Water Management Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
Nov. 4, 2009 CA SBx7 1 Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Water Management Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
Nov. 4, 2009 CA SBx7 6 Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring Program Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
Nov. 4, 2009 CA SBx7 8 Water Diversion Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 3)
Nov. 4, 2009 CA SBx7 8 Water Diversion Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 3)
Nov. 4, 2009 CA SBx7 2 Water Investment Bond Measure Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
Nov. 4, 2009 CA SBx7 2 Water Investment Bond Measure Bill Passed - House (55 - 20)
Nov. 4, 2009 CA SBx7 8 Water Diversion Amendments Bill Passed - House (49 - 20)
Nov. 4, 2009 CA SBx7 8 Water Diversion Amendments Bill Passed - House (49 - 20)
Nov. 4, 2009 CA SBx7 2 Water Investment Bond Measure Bill Passed - House (55 - 20)
Nov. 3, 2009 CA SBx7 7 Statewide Water Conservation Requirements Bill Passed - House (49 - 19)
Nov. 3, 2009 CA SBx7 7 Statewide Water Conservation Requirements Bill Passed - House (49 - 19)
Nov. 3, 2009 CA SBx7 1 Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Water Management Amendments Bill Passed - House (46 - 29)
Nov. 3, 2009 CA SBx7 1 Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Water Management Amendments Bill Passed - House (46 - 29)
Nov. 3, 2009 CA SBx7 6 Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring Program Bill Passed - House (44 - 29)
Nov. 3, 2009 CA SBx7 6 Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring Program Bill Passed - House (44 - 29)
Nov. 2, 2009 CA SBx7 2 Water Investment Bond Measure Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
Nov. 2, 2009 CA SBx7 8 Water Management Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
Nov. 2, 2009 CA SBx7 8 Water Management Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
Nov. 2, 2009 CA SBx7 2 Water Investment Bond Measure Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
Oct. 29, 2009 National HR 2996 Continuing Appropriations Extension and 2009-2010 Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and Related Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House (247 - 178)
Oct. 29, 2009 National HR 2996 Continuing Appropriations Extension and 2009-2010 Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and Related Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (72 - 28)
Oct. 8, 2009 National HR 2997 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agency Appropriations Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (76 - 22)
Oct. 7, 2009 National HR 2997 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agency Appropriations Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Conference Report Adopted - House (263 - 162)
Sept. 22, 2009 WI SB 107 Electronics Sale and Disposal Regulations Bill Passed - House (57 - 37)
Sept. 16, 2009 WI SB 185 State Regulation of Wind Energy Systems Bill Passed - House (65 - 31)
Sept. 16, 2009 WI SB 185 State Regulation of Wind Energy Systems Bill Passed - House (65 - 31)
Sept. 12, 2009 CA SB 14 Renewable Energy Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
Sept. 12, 2009 CA SB 14 Renewable Energy Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
Sept. 12, 2009 CA SB 14 Renewable Energy Requirements Bill Passed - House (49 - 28)
Sept. 12, 2009 CA SB 14 Renewable Energy Requirements Bill Passed - House (49 - 28)
Aug. 10, 2009 AK HB 199 Federal Funds Appropriations Veto Override Passed - Senate (15 - 5)
Aug. 10, 2009 AK HB 199 Federal Funds Appropriations Veto Override Passed - House (30 - 9)
Aug. 6, 2009 National HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 37)
July 31, 2009 National HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program Bill Passed - House (316 - 109)
July 24, 2009 CA ABX4 23 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: Oil Drilling Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
July 24, 2009 CA ABX4 23 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: Oil Drilling Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
July 13, 2009 CA SB 670 Ban on Suction and Dredge Mining Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
July 13, 2009 CA SB 670 Ban on Suction and Dredge Mining Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
June 30, 2009 OH SCR 15 Resolution Opposing Federal Cap and Trade Legislation Resolution Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
June 30, 2009 OH SCR 15 Resolution Opposing Federal Cap and Trade Legislation Resolution Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
June 29, 2009 OR HB 3369 Water Development Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 9)
June 29, 2009 OR SB 528 Prohibition on Field Burning in Certain Areas Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
June 29, 2009 OR SB 528 Prohibition on Field Burning in Certain Areas Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
June 29, 2009 OR SB 676 Legalizing the Production of Industrial Hemp Bill Passed - House (46 - 11)
June 26, 2009 OR HB 2472 Renewable Energy Tax Credit Amendments Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 2)
June 26, 2009 National HR 2454 Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade") Bill Passed - House (219 - 212)
June 26, 2009 WI AB 281 Phosphorus in Cleaning Products Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
June 26, 2009 OR HB 3369 Water Development Bill Passed - House (43 - 16)
June 26, 2009 National HR 2454 Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade") Bill Passed - House (219 - 212)
June 25, 2009 OR HB 2472 Renewable Energy Tax Credit Amendments Conference Report Adopted - House (39 - 21)
June 25, 2009 NJ A2653 Fur Labeling Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 27)
June 25, 2009 NJ S 702 Promoting Purchase of Energy-Efficient Homes Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
June 25, 2009 NJ S 702 Promoting Purchase of Energy-Efficient Homes Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
June 25, 2009 NJ A 3372 Wages in Board of Public Utilities Construction Projects Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 9)
June 25, 2009 NJ A 3901 Issuing Bonds for Conservation and Preservation Purposes Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
June 25, 2009 NJ A 3901 Issuing Bonds for Conservation and Preservation Purposes Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
June 25, 2009 OR SB 528 Prohibition on Field Burning in Certain Areas Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
June 25, 2009 OR SB 528 Prohibition on Field Burning in Certain Areas Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
June 24, 2009 OR HB 2186 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
June 24, 2009 OR HB 2186 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
June 23, 2009 OR HB 3300 Promoting Green Jobs Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 7)
June 23, 2009 OR HB 3300 Promoting Green Jobs Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 7)
June 22, 2009 OR SB 76 Klamath River Dams Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 9)
June 22, 2009 OR SB 76 Klamath River Dams Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 9)
June 22, 2009 OR SB 76 Klamath River Dams Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 9)
June 22, 2009 OR HB 3298 Creating a Water Management Plan Concurrence Vote Passed - House (31 - 28)
June 19, 2009 OR SB 676 Legalizing the Production of Industrial Hemp Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 2)
June 18, 2009 NC SB 1018 Reducing the Use of Plastic Bags Bill Passed - House (78 - 41)
June 17, 2009 OR HB 3300 Promoting Green Jobs Bill Passed - House (42 - 16)
June 17, 2009 OR HB 3300 Promoting Green Jobs Bill Passed - House (42 - 16)
June 12, 2009 OR SB 76 Klamath River Dams Bill Passed - House (34 - 24)
June 12, 2009 OR HB 3298 Creating a Water Management Plan Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 12)
June 12, 2009 OR SB 76 Klamath River Dams Bill Passed - House (34 - 24)
June 12, 2009 OR SB 76 Klamath River Dams Bill Passed - House (34 - 24)
June 9, 2009 WI SB 107 Electronics Sale and Disposal Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
June 9, 2009 National HR 2751 Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act Bill Passed - House (298 - 119)
June 8, 2009 NY A 1867 Amending Labor Laws for Farm Workers Bill Passed - House (86 - 58)
June 4, 2009 RI H 5336 Coastal Resources Management Council Bill Passed - House (60 - 8)
June 4, 2009 RI H 5336 Coastal Resources Management Council Bill Passed - House (60 - 8)
June 3, 2009 CA SB 458 Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
June 3, 2009 CA SB 229 California Water Commission Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
June 3, 2009 CA SB 229 California Water Commission Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
June 3, 2009 CA SB 458 Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
June 3, 2009 CA AB 49 Water Conservation Requirements Bill Passed - House (43 - 30)
June 3, 2009 CA AB 49 Water Conservation Requirements Bill Passed - House (43 - 30)
June 2, 2009 WV HB 103 Alternative and Renewable Energy Concurrence Vote Passed - House (64 - 25)
June 2, 2009 WV HB 103 Alternative and Renewable Energy Concurrence Vote Passed - House (64 - 25)
June 2, 2009 CA SB 250 Requiring Spaying and Neutering of Dogs and Cats Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
June 1, 2009 CA SB 435 Smog Check Requirements for Motorcycles Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
June 1, 2009 CA AB 920 Solar Power Energy Credit Bill Passed - House (51 - 26)
June 1, 2009 CA AB 920 Solar Power Energy Credit Bill Passed - House (51 - 26)
May 31, 2009 IL SB 1918 Low-Income Energy Assistance Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (47 - 11)
May 21, 2009 NJ A 3372 Wages in Board of Public Utilities Construction Projects Bill Passed - House (54 - 22)
Date No. Title Outcome
11/20 SB 4004 Gasoline Tax Amendments Bill Passed - House (64 - 23)
11/18 SB 4004 Gasoline Tax Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 2)
11/04 SBx7 7 Statewide Water Conservation Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
11/04 SBx7 7 Statewide Water Conservation Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
11/04 SBx7 6 Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring Program Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
11/04 SBx7 2 Water Investment Bond Measure Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
11/04 SBx7 1 Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Water Management Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
11/04 SBx7 1 Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Water Management Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
11/04 SBx7 6 Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring Program Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
11/04 SBx7 8 Water Diversion Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 3)
11/04 SBx7 8 Water Diversion Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 3)
11/04 SBx7 2 Water Investment Bond Measure Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
11/04 SBx7 2 Water Investment Bond Measure Bill Passed - House (55 - 20)
11/04 SBx7 8 Water Diversion Amendments Bill Passed - House (49 - 20)
11/04 SBx7 8 Water Diversion Amendments Bill Passed - House (49 - 20)
11/04 SBx7 2 Water Investment Bond Measure Bill Passed - House (55 - 20)
11/03 SBx7 7 Statewide Water Conservation Requirements Bill Passed - House (49 - 19)
11/03 SBx7 7 Statewide Water Conservation Requirements Bill Passed - House (49 - 19)
11/03 SBx7 1 Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Water Management Amendments Bill Passed - House (46 - 29)
11/03 SBx7 1 Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Water Management Amendments Bill Passed - House (46 - 29)
11/03 SBx7 6 Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring Program Bill Passed - House (44 - 29)
11/03 SBx7 6 Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring Program Bill Passed - House (44 - 29)
11/02 SBx7 2 Water Investment Bond Measure Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
11/02 SBx7 8 Water Management Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
11/02 SBx7 8 Water Management Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
11/02 SBx7 2 Water Investment Bond Measure Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
10/29 HR 2996 Continuing Appropriations Extension and 2009-2010 Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and Related Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House (247 - 178)
10/29 HR 2996 Continuing Appropriations Extension and 2009-2010 Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and Related Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (72 - 28)
10/08 HR 2997 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agency Appropriations Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (76 - 22)
10/07 HR 2997 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agency Appropriations Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Conference Report Adopted - House (263 - 162)
9/22 SB 107 Electronics Sale and Disposal Regulations Bill Passed - House (57 - 37)
9/16 SB 185 State Regulation of Wind Energy Systems Bill Passed - House (65 - 31)
9/16 SB 185 State Regulation of Wind Energy Systems Bill Passed - House (65 - 31)
9/12 SB 14 Renewable Energy Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
9/12 SB 14 Renewable Energy Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
9/12 SB 14 Renewable Energy Requirements Bill Passed - House (49 - 28)
9/12 SB 14 Renewable Energy Requirements Bill Passed - House (49 - 28)
8/10 HB 199 Federal Funds Appropriations Veto Override Passed - Senate (15 - 5)
8/10 HB 199 Federal Funds Appropriations Veto Override Passed - House (30 - 9)
8/06 HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 37)
7/31 HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program Bill Passed - House (316 - 109)
7/24 ABX4 23 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: Oil Drilling Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
7/24 ABX4 23 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: Oil Drilling Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
7/13 SB 670 Ban on Suction and Dredge Mining Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
7/13 SB 670 Ban on Suction and Dredge Mining Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
6/30 SCR 15 Resolution Opposing Federal Cap and Trade Legislation Resolution Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
6/30 SCR 15 Resolution Opposing Federal Cap and Trade Legislation Resolution Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
6/29 HB 3369 Water Development Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 9)
6/29 SB 528 Prohibition on Field Burning in Certain Areas Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
6/29 SB 528 Prohibition on Field Burning in Certain Areas Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
6/29 SB 676 Legalizing the Production of Industrial Hemp Bill Passed - House (46 - 11)
6/26 HB 2472 Renewable Energy Tax Credit Amendments Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 2)
6/26 HR 2454 Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade") Bill Passed - House (219 - 212)
6/26 AB 281 Phosphorus in Cleaning Products Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
6/26 HB 3369 Water Development Bill Passed - House (43 - 16)
6/26 HR 2454 Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade") Bill Passed - House (219 - 212)
6/25 HB 2472 Renewable Energy Tax Credit Amendments Conference Report Adopted - House (39 - 21)
6/25 A2653 Fur Labeling Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 27)
6/25 S 702 Promoting Purchase of Energy-Efficient Homes Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
6/25 S 702 Promoting Purchase of Energy-Efficient Homes Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
6/25 A 3372 Wages in Board of Public Utilities Construction Projects Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 9)
6/25 A 3901 Issuing Bonds for Conservation and Preservation Purposes Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
6/25 A 3901 Issuing Bonds for Conservation and Preservation Purposes Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
6/25 SB 528 Prohibition on Field Burning in Certain Areas Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
6/25 SB 528 Prohibition on Field Burning in Certain Areas Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
6/24 HB 2186 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
6/24 HB 2186 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
6/23 HB 3300 Promoting Green Jobs Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 7)
6/23 HB 3300 Promoting Green Jobs Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 7)
6/22 SB 76 Klamath River Dams Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 9)
6/22 SB 76 Klamath River Dams Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 9)
6/22 SB 76 Klamath River Dams Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 9)
6/22 HB 3298 Creating a Water Management Plan Concurrence Vote Passed - House (31 - 28)
6/19 SB 676 Legalizing the Production of Industrial Hemp Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 2)
6/18 SB 1018 Reducing the Use of Plastic Bags Bill Passed - House (78 - 41)
6/17 HB 3300 Promoting Green Jobs Bill Passed - House (42 - 16)
6/17 HB 3300 Promoting Green Jobs Bill Passed - House (42 - 16)
6/12 SB 76 Klamath River Dams Bill Passed - House (34 - 24)
6/12 HB 3298 Creating a Water Management Plan Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 12)
6/12 SB 76 Klamath River Dams Bill Passed - House (34 - 24)
6/12 SB 76 Klamath River Dams Bill Passed - House (34 - 24)
6/09 SB 107 Electronics Sale and Disposal Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
6/09 HR 2751 Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act Bill Passed - House (298 - 119)
6/08 A 1867 Amending Labor Laws for Farm Workers Bill Passed - House (86 - 58)
6/04 H 5336 Coastal Resources Management Council Bill Passed - House (60 - 8)
6/04 H 5336 Coastal Resources Management Council Bill Passed - House (60 - 8)
6/03 SB 458 Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
6/03 SB 229 California Water Commission Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
6/03 SB 229 California Water Commission Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
6/03 SB 458 Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
6/03 AB 49 Water Conservation Requirements Bill Passed - House (43 - 30)
6/03 AB 49 Water Conservation Requirements Bill Passed - House (43 - 30)
6/02 HB 103 Alternative and Renewable Energy Concurrence Vote Passed - House (64 - 25)
6/02 HB 103 Alternative and Renewable Energy Concurrence Vote Passed - House (64 - 25)
6/02 SB 250 Requiring Spaying and Neutering of Dogs and Cats Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
6/01 SB 435 Smog Check Requirements for Motorcycles Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
6/01 AB 920 Solar Power Energy Credit Bill Passed - House (51 - 26)
6/01 AB 920 Solar Power Energy Credit Bill Passed - House (51 - 26)
5/31 SB 1918 Low-Income Energy Assistance Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (47 - 11)
5/21 A 3372 Wages in Board of Public Utilities Construction Projects Bill Passed - House (54 - 22)

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