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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:

  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. Our summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to our strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. They do not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill, but rather the version voted on in that stage. While many procedural votes take place before a full chamber vote, our voting stages reflect the final reading of each chamber vote. 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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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Nov. 4, 2009 CA SBx7 7 Statewide Water Conservation Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
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 2 Water Investment Bond Measure Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
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 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. 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)
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. 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)
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)
July 30, 2009 National HR 2749 Food Safety Regulation Amendments Bill Passed - House (283 - 142)
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 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 19, 2009 OR SB 676 Legalizing the Production of Industrial Hemp Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 2)
June 8, 2009 NY A 1867 Amending Labor Laws for Farm Workers Bill Passed - House (86 - 58)
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 SB 229 California Water Commission Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
April 23, 2009 CA SB 789 Amending Unionization Requirements for Agricultural Employees Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 14)
April 7, 2009 ID H 138 Allowing Lawsuits for Nonnative Species Attacks Bill Passed - House (46 - 24)
March 20, 2009 KS HB 2295 Dairy Labeling Requirements Bill Passed - House (75 - 44)
Jan. 21, 2009 MT SB 31 Revising Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Commission Membership Qualifications Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 20)
Date No. Title Outcome
11/04 SBx7 7 Statewide Water Conservation Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
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 2 Water Investment Bond Measure Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
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 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)
11/02 SBx7 2 Water Investment Bond Measure Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
11/02 SBx7 8 Water Management Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
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)
10/08 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)
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)
7/30 HR 2749 Food Safety Regulation Amendments Bill Passed - House (283 - 142)
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)
6/25 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)
6/19 SB 676 Legalizing the Production of Industrial Hemp Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 2)
6/08 A 1867 Amending Labor Laws for Farm Workers Bill Passed - House (86 - 58)
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 SB 229 California Water Commission Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
4/23 SB 789 Amending Unionization Requirements for Agricultural Employees Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 14)
4/07 H 138 Allowing Lawsuits for Nonnative Species Attacks Bill Passed - House (46 - 24)
3/20 HB 2295 Dairy Labeling Requirements Bill Passed - House (75 - 44)
1/21 SB 31 Revising Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Commission Membership Qualifications Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 20)

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