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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
Dec. 7, 2011 National HR 10 Congressional Approval of Regulations Bill Passed - House (241 - 184)
Dec. 2, 2011 National HR 3010 Establishes Additional Requirements for Regulatory Agencies Bill Passed - House (253 - 167)
Dec. 1, 2011 National HR 527 Increases Requirements for Agencies that Promulgate Regulations Affecting Small Businesses Bill Passed - House (263 - 159)
Nov. 29, 2011 IL HB 1883 Property Tax Amendments Concurrence Vote Failed - House (8 - 99)
Nov. 29, 2011 IL HB 1883 Property Tax Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 18)
Nov. 10, 2011 National S J Res 6 Disapproval of FCC Regulation of Internet and Broadband Industry Motion Rejected - Senate (46 - 52)
Nov. 10, 2011 National S Amdt 928 American Jobs and Economic Growth Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 56)
Nov. 3, 2011 National H Amdt 853 Requires Crowdfunding Intermediaries to Disclose Methods of Compensation to Investors Amendment Rejected - House (189 - 234)
Nov. 3, 2011 National H Amdt 849 Requires Public Disclosure of Bonuses and Golden Parachute Arrangements Amendment Rejected - House (190 - 234)
Nov. 3, 2011 National HR 2930 Authorizes Crowdfunding for Small Businesses Bill Passed - House (407 - 17)
Oct. 27, 2011 WI SB 12 Limits Attorney Fees in Consumer Cases Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 15)
Oct. 20, 2011 National S Amdt 769 Authorizes Individuals to Import FDA-Approved Drugs from Canada Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 55)
Oct. 18, 2011 National S Amdt 740 Repeals Funding for Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 55)
Oct. 18, 2011 National S Amdt 740 Repeals Funding for Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 55)
Oct. 12, 2011 National HR 3080 Free Trade Agreement with Korea Bill Passed - Senate (83 - 15)
Oct. 12, 2011 National HR 3079 Trade Promotion Agreement with Panama Bill Passed - Senate (77 - 22)
Oct. 12, 2011 National HR 3078 Trade Promotion Agreement with Colombia Bill Passed - Senate (66 - 33)
Oct. 12, 2011 National HR 3079 Trade Promotion Agreement with Panama Bill Passed - House (300 - 129)
Oct. 12, 2011 National HR 3080 Free Trade Agreement with Korea Bill Passed - House (278 - 151)
Oct. 12, 2011 National HR 3078 Trade Promotion Agreement with Colombia Bill Passed - House (262 - 167)
Oct. 11, 2011 National S 1619 Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Act of 2011 Bill Passed - Senate (63 - 35)
Sept. 22, 2011 National S Amdt 633 Extends Trade Adjustment Assistance Amendment Adopted - Senate (69 - 28)
Sept. 21, 2011 National S Amdt 645 Repeals the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program for Firms Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 54)
Sept. 21, 2011 National S Amdt 645 Repeals the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program for Firms Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 54)
Sept. 21, 2011 National S Amdt 625 Reducing and Extending Trade Adjustment Assistance Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
Sept. 21, 2011 National S Amdt 641 Requires Extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance to be Contingent Upon Ratification of Free Trade Agreements with Columbia, Korea and Panama Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 54)
Sept. 21, 2011 National S Amdt 642 Modifies Eligibility Requirements for Trade Adjustment Assistance Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 57)
Sept. 8, 2011 National HR 1249 Patent Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (89 - 9)
Sept. 8, 2011 CA ABX1 40 State Tax Code Restructuring Bill Passed - House (54 - 15)
Sept. 6, 2011 CA AB 1319 Prohibiting the Use of BPA in Baby Products Concurrence Vote Passed - House (49 - 27)
Sept. 1, 2011 CA SB 469 Requirements for Expansion by Large Retailers Bill Passed - House (46 - 28)
Aug. 30, 2011 CA AB 1319 Prohibiting the Use of BPA in Baby Products Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
July 21, 2011 National HR 1315 Oversight of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Bill Passed - House (241 - 173)
June 23, 2011 National HR 1249 Patent Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (304 - 117)
June 22, 2011 NH HB 2 Recertification of Employer Retirement Contribution Rates Conference Report Adopted - House (259 - 119)
June 22, 2011 NH HB 2 Recertification of Employer Retirement Contribution Rates Conference Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 5)
June 20, 2011 NY A 6698A Freelance Wage Protection Bill Passed - House (84 - 58)
June 9, 2011 National S Amdt 390 Amending Small Business Regulations Amendment Rejected - Senate (53 - 46)
June 8, 2011 National S Amdt 392 Debit Card Transactions Amendment Rejected - Senate (54 - 45)
June 8, 2011 National S Amdt 392 Debit Card Transactions Amendment Rejected - Senate (54 - 45)
June 2, 2011 CA SB 568 Recycling Polystyrene Food Containers Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
June 2, 2011 NC HB 810 Consumer Finance Act Amendments Bill Passed - House (61 - 54)
May 31, 2011 IL HB 1698 Amends Workers' Compensation Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 43)
May 31, 2011 CA AB 155 Online Sale Taxes Bill Passed - House (52 - 20)
May 31, 2011 CA SB 469 Requirements for Expansion by Large Retailers Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
May 23, 2011 CA AB 1319 Prohibiting the Use of BPA in Baby Products Bill Passed - House (42 - 29)
May 18, 2011 NV SB 75 Investment in Private Equity Firms Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
May 12, 2011 MI HB 4362 Business Tax Reduction Concurrence Vote Passed - House (57 - 51)
May 12, 2011 MI HB 4362 Business Tax Reduction Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 10)
May 11, 2011 WI SB 13 Repealing Regulations for Telecommunications Services Bill Passed - House (80 - 13)
May 11, 2011 WI SB 13 Repealing Regulations for Telecommunications Services Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
May 6, 2011 FL HB 5007 Amends Business Regulations Conference Report Rejected - Senate (18 - 21)
May 6, 2011 FL HB 5007 Amends Business Regulations Conference Report Adopted - House (81 - 35)
April 28, 2011 FL SB 408 Property and Casualty Insurance Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
April 27, 2011 SC Amendment No. 1 Distribution Facilities and the Sales Tax Amendment Rejected - House (47 - 71)
April 27, 2011 TX HB 2403 Internet Sales Tax Bill Passed - House (125 - 20)
April 26, 2011 GA HB 234 Reduces Sales Taxes for Tourism Projects Concurrence Vote Passed - House (90 - 73)
April 18, 2011 CO HB 1141 Reduces Business Taxes Bill Passed - House (34 - 31)
April 13, 2011 AZ SB 1593 Authorizing Out-of-State Insurance Policies in Arizona Bill Passed - House (37 - 21)
April 12, 2011 GA HB 234 Reduces Sales Taxes for Tourism Projects Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 10)
April 11, 2011 NY A 6130 Prohibiting Discrimination in Wages Based on Gender, Race or National Origin Bill Passed - House (93 - 53)
April 5, 2011 AZ HB 2619 Unemployment Security Special Assessment Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 8)
April 5, 2011 National HR 4 Repeals the Form 1099 Provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate (87 - 12)
March 30, 2011 NH HB 580 Public Employee Retirement System Amendments Bill Passed - House (228 - 139)
March 26, 2011 MT SB 372 Business Equipment Tax Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
March 15, 2011 IA SF 301 Low Interest Loans for Small Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
March 14, 2011 AZ SB 1322 Competition for City Services Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 10)
March 11, 2011 National HR 836 Terminating the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program Bill Passed - House (242 - 177)
March 10, 2011 UT HB 317 Specifies that Gold and Silver Coins are Legal Tender in Utah Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 7)
March 10, 2011 National HR 830 Terminating the Federal Housing Administration Refinance Program Bill Passed - House (256 - 171)
March 10, 2011 GA HB 47 Ability to Purchase Insurance Out of State Bill Passed - House (111 - 47)
March 8, 2011 AZ SB 1363 Labor Organization Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 9)
March 4, 2011 UT HB 317 Specifies that Gold and Silver Coins are Legal Tender in Utah Bill Passed - House (47 - 26)
March 3, 2011 NJ S 1216 Loans for Women and Minority-Owned Businesses Veto Override Failed - Senate (23 - 16)
March 3, 2011 National HR 4 Repeals the Form 1099 Provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - House (314 - 112)
March 3, 2011 MO HB 61 Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (92 - 60)
Feb. 28, 2011 AZ SB 1388 Regulation of Firework Sales Bill Failed - Senate (12 - 17)
Feb. 21, 2011 VA SB 1367 Motor Vehicle Title Loans for Non-Residents Bill Passed - House (51 - 47)
Feb. 16, 2011 AZ HB 2001 Tax Reductions for Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 11)
Feb. 16, 2011 AZ HB 2001 Tax Reductions for Businesses Bill Passed - House (39 - 21)
Feb. 15, 2011 ND HB 1189 Corporate Income Tax Reductions Bill Passed - House (72 - 22)
Feb. 8, 2011 VA HB 2314 Education Improvement Scholarships Bill Passed - House (54 - 45)
Feb. 8, 2011 MT HB 30 Health Care Sharing Ministries Bill Passed - House (68 - 32)
Feb. 7, 2011 AR HB 1013 Hiring of Unauthorized Workers Bill Passed - House (54 - 39)
Feb. 2, 2011 WI SB 10 Wetland Regulations Bill Passed - House (56 - 35)
Feb. 2, 2011 National S Amdt 9 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Motion Agreed - Senate (81 - 17)
Feb. 2, 2011 National S Amdt 28 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Health Care Law Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 54)
Feb. 2, 2011 National S Amdt 28 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Health Care Law Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 54)
Feb. 2, 2011 WI SB 10 Wetland Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11)
Jan. 27, 2011 AR SB 113 Prohibit Abortion Health Care Coverage Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
Jan. 25, 2011 WI AB 3 Tax Incentives for Job Creation Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
Jan. 25, 2011 WI AB 7 Small Business Tax Credit Bill Passed - House (60 - 33)
Jan. 24, 2011 ND HB 1255 Lifting the Ban on Bottle Rocket Sales Bill Failed - House (39 - 52)
Jan. 20, 2011 WI AB 3 Tax Incentives for Job Creation Bill Passed - House (82 - 12)
Jan. 18, 2011 MS HB 455 Payday Lending Provisions Bill Passed - House (79 - 37)
Jan. 7, 2011 ND HB 1189 Corporate Income Tax Reductions
Date No. Title Outcome
12/07 HR 10 Congressional Approval of Regulations Bill Passed - House (241 - 184)
12/02 HR 3010 Establishes Additional Requirements for Regulatory Agencies Bill Passed - House (253 - 167)
12/01 HR 527 Increases Requirements for Agencies that Promulgate Regulations Affecting Small Businesses Bill Passed - House (263 - 159)
11/29 HB 1883 Property Tax Amendments Concurrence Vote Failed - House (8 - 99)
11/29 HB 1883 Property Tax Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 18)
11/10 S J Res 6 Disapproval of FCC Regulation of Internet and Broadband Industry Motion Rejected - Senate (46 - 52)
11/10 S Amdt 928 American Jobs and Economic Growth Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 56)
11/03 H Amdt 853 Requires Crowdfunding Intermediaries to Disclose Methods of Compensation to Investors Amendment Rejected - House (189 - 234)
11/03 H Amdt 849 Requires Public Disclosure of Bonuses and Golden Parachute Arrangements Amendment Rejected - House (190 - 234)
11/03 HR 2930 Authorizes Crowdfunding for Small Businesses Bill Passed - House (407 - 17)
10/27 SB 12 Limits Attorney Fees in Consumer Cases Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 15)
10/20 S Amdt 769 Authorizes Individuals to Import FDA-Approved Drugs from Canada Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 55)
10/18 S Amdt 740 Repeals Funding for Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 55)
10/18 S Amdt 740 Repeals Funding for Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 55)
10/12 HR 3080 Free Trade Agreement with Korea Bill Passed - Senate (83 - 15)
10/12 HR 3079 Trade Promotion Agreement with Panama Bill Passed - Senate (77 - 22)
10/12 HR 3078 Trade Promotion Agreement with Colombia Bill Passed - Senate (66 - 33)
10/12 HR 3079 Trade Promotion Agreement with Panama Bill Passed - House (300 - 129)
10/12 HR 3080 Free Trade Agreement with Korea Bill Passed - House (278 - 151)
10/12 HR 3078 Trade Promotion Agreement with Colombia Bill Passed - House (262 - 167)
10/11 S 1619 Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Act of 2011 Bill Passed - Senate (63 - 35)
9/22 S Amdt 633 Extends Trade Adjustment Assistance Amendment Adopted - Senate (69 - 28)
9/21 S Amdt 645 Repeals the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program for Firms Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 54)
9/21 S Amdt 645 Repeals the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program for Firms Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 54)
9/21 S Amdt 625 Reducing and Extending Trade Adjustment Assistance Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
9/21 S Amdt 641 Requires Extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance to be Contingent Upon Ratification of Free Trade Agreements with Columbia, Korea and Panama Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 54)
9/21 S Amdt 642 Modifies Eligibility Requirements for Trade Adjustment Assistance Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 57)
9/08 HR 1249 Patent Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (89 - 9)
9/08 ABX1 40 State Tax Code Restructuring Bill Passed - House (54 - 15)
9/06 AB 1319 Prohibiting the Use of BPA in Baby Products Concurrence Vote Passed - House (49 - 27)
9/01 SB 469 Requirements for Expansion by Large Retailers Bill Passed - House (46 - 28)
8/30 AB 1319 Prohibiting the Use of BPA in Baby Products Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
7/21 HR 1315 Oversight of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Bill Passed - House (241 - 173)
6/23 HR 1249 Patent Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (304 - 117)
6/22 HB 2 Recertification of Employer Retirement Contribution Rates Conference Report Adopted - House (259 - 119)
6/22 HB 2 Recertification of Employer Retirement Contribution Rates Conference Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 5)
6/20 A 6698A Freelance Wage Protection Bill Passed - House (84 - 58)
6/09 S Amdt 390 Amending Small Business Regulations Amendment Rejected - Senate (53 - 46)
6/08 S Amdt 392 Debit Card Transactions Amendment Rejected - Senate (54 - 45)
6/08 S Amdt 392 Debit Card Transactions Amendment Rejected - Senate (54 - 45)
6/02 SB 568 Recycling Polystyrene Food Containers Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
6/02 HB 810 Consumer Finance Act Amendments Bill Passed - House (61 - 54)
5/31 HB 1698 Amends Workers' Compensation Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 43)
5/31 AB 155 Online Sale Taxes Bill Passed - House (52 - 20)
5/31 SB 469 Requirements for Expansion by Large Retailers Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
5/23 AB 1319 Prohibiting the Use of BPA in Baby Products Bill Passed - House (42 - 29)
5/18 SB 75 Investment in Private Equity Firms Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
5/12 HB 4362 Business Tax Reduction Concurrence Vote Passed - House (57 - 51)
5/12 HB 4362 Business Tax Reduction Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 10)
5/11 SB 13 Repealing Regulations for Telecommunications Services Bill Passed - House (80 - 13)
5/11 SB 13 Repealing Regulations for Telecommunications Services Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
5/06 HB 5007 Amends Business Regulations Conference Report Rejected - Senate (18 - 21)
5/06 HB 5007 Amends Business Regulations Conference Report Adopted - House (81 - 35)
4/28 SB 408 Property and Casualty Insurance Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
4/27 Amendment No. 1 Distribution Facilities and the Sales Tax Amendment Rejected - House (47 - 71)
4/27 HB 2403 Internet Sales Tax Bill Passed - House (125 - 20)
4/26 HB 234 Reduces Sales Taxes for Tourism Projects Concurrence Vote Passed - House (90 - 73)
4/18 HB 1141 Reduces Business Taxes Bill Passed - House (34 - 31)
4/13 SB 1593 Authorizing Out-of-State Insurance Policies in Arizona Bill Passed - House (37 - 21)
4/12 HB 234 Reduces Sales Taxes for Tourism Projects Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 10)
4/11 A 6130 Prohibiting Discrimination in Wages Based on Gender, Race or National Origin Bill Passed - House (93 - 53)
4/05 HB 2619 Unemployment Security Special Assessment Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 8)
4/05 HR 4 Repeals the Form 1099 Provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate (87 - 12)
3/30 HB 580 Public Employee Retirement System Amendments Bill Passed - House (228 - 139)
3/26 SB 372 Business Equipment Tax Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
3/15 SF 301 Low Interest Loans for Small Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
3/14 SB 1322 Competition for City Services Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 10)
3/11 HR 836 Terminating the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program Bill Passed - House (242 - 177)
3/10 HB 317 Specifies that Gold and Silver Coins are Legal Tender in Utah Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 7)
3/10 HR 830 Terminating the Federal Housing Administration Refinance Program Bill Passed - House (256 - 171)
3/10 HB 47 Ability to Purchase Insurance Out of State Bill Passed - House (111 - 47)
3/08 SB 1363 Labor Organization Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 9)
3/04 HB 317 Specifies that Gold and Silver Coins are Legal Tender in Utah Bill Passed - House (47 - 26)
3/03 S 1216 Loans for Women and Minority-Owned Businesses Veto Override Failed - Senate (23 - 16)
3/03 HR 4 Repeals the Form 1099 Provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - House (314 - 112)
3/03 HB 61 Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (92 - 60)
2/28 SB 1388 Regulation of Firework Sales Bill Failed - Senate (12 - 17)
2/21 SB 1367 Motor Vehicle Title Loans for Non-Residents Bill Passed - House (51 - 47)
2/16 HB 2001 Tax Reductions for Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 11)
2/16 HB 2001 Tax Reductions for Businesses Bill Passed - House (39 - 21)
2/15 HB 1189 Corporate Income Tax Reductions Bill Passed - House (72 - 22)
2/08 HB 2314 Education Improvement Scholarships Bill Passed - House (54 - 45)
2/08 HB 30 Health Care Sharing Ministries Bill Passed - House (68 - 32)
2/07 HB 1013 Hiring of Unauthorized Workers Bill Passed - House (54 - 39)
2/02 SB 10 Wetland Regulations Bill Passed - House (56 - 35)
2/02 S Amdt 9 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Motion Agreed - Senate (81 - 17)
2/02 S Amdt 28 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Health Care Law Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 54)
2/02 S Amdt 28 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Health Care Law Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 54)
2/02 SB 10 Wetland Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11)
1/27 SB 113 Prohibit Abortion Health Care Coverage Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
1/25 AB 3 Tax Incentives for Job Creation Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
1/25 AB 7 Small Business Tax Credit Bill Passed - House (60 - 33)
1/24 HB 1255 Lifting the Ban on Bottle Rocket Sales Bill Failed - House (39 - 52)
1/20 AB 3 Tax Incentives for Job Creation Bill Passed - House (82 - 12)
1/18 HB 455 Payday Lending Provisions Bill Passed - House (79 - 37)
1/07 HB 1189 Corporate Income Tax Reductions

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