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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
Oct. 27, 2011 IL SB 1701 Legal Immunity for Individuals Seeking Treatment for Drug Overdose Bill Passed - House (61 - 53)
June 30, 2011 PA HB 960 Public Assistance Program Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (130 - 66)
June 30, 2011 PA HB 960 Public Assistance Program Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 15)
June 21, 2011 LA HB 7 Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Bill Failed - Senate (20 - 12)
June 7, 2011 CT SB 1014 Penalties For Certain Nonviolent Drug Offenses Bill Passed - House (90 - 57)
June 4, 2011 CT SB 1014 Penalties For Certain Nonviolent Drug Offenses Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 18)
May 17, 2011 LA HB 7 Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (67 - 26)
May 11, 2011 DE SB 17 Authorizes Medical Marijuana Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (17 - 4)
May 10, 2011 MO HB 73 Drug Testing Of Welfare Recipients Concurrence Vote Passed - House (113 - 34)
May 5, 2011 VT S 17 Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (99 - 44)
May 5, 2011 DE SB 17 Authorizes Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (27 - 14)
May 5, 2011 FL HB 353 Drug Screening for Temporary Assistance Beneficiaries Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
April 28, 2011 MO HB 73 Drug Testing Of Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
April 27, 2011 MT SB 423 Medical Marijuana Conference Report Adopted - House (70 - 30)
April 27, 2011 MT SB 423 Medical Marijuana Conference Report Adopted - Senate (33 - 17)
April 26, 2011 FL HB 353 Drug Screening for Temporary Assistance Beneficiaries Bill Passed - House (78 - 38)
April 11, 2011 WA SB 5073 Regulations for the Use of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (54 - 43)
April 5, 2011 DE HB 19 Reduce Punishment for Drug Possession Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 4)
April 1, 2011 MT HB 161 Repeals Montana Medical Marijuana Law Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
March 31, 2011 MT SB 423 Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 14)
March 31, 2011 DE SB 17 Authorizes Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 3)
March 15, 2011 DE HA 1 Reduced Punishment for Drug Possession Amendment Adopted - House (21 - 17)
March 4, 2011 MT HB 389 Warning Labels for Medical Marijuana Bill Failed - House (40 - 59)
March 2, 2011 WV HB 2946 Prescriptions for Methamphetamine Chemical Precursors Bill Passed - House (77 - 23)
March 2, 2011 WA SB 5073 Regulations for the Use of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
Feb. 22, 2011 IN SB 192 Authorizing a Study of Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
Feb. 21, 2011 MT HB 161 Repeals Montana Medical Marijuana Law Bill Passed - House (62 - 37)
Feb. 17, 2011 NJ S 958 Authorizes the Limited Sale of Syringes and Needles Without a Prescription Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12)
Feb. 7, 2011 SD HB 1152 Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Bill Failed - House (32 - 36)
Jan. 6, 2011 IL SB 1381 Legalize Medical Marijuana Bill Failed - House (56 - 60)
Date No. Title Outcome
10/27 SB 1701 Legal Immunity for Individuals Seeking Treatment for Drug Overdose Bill Passed - House (61 - 53)
6/30 HB 960 Public Assistance Program Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (130 - 66)
6/30 HB 960 Public Assistance Program Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 15)
6/21 HB 7 Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Bill Failed - Senate (20 - 12)
6/07 SB 1014 Penalties For Certain Nonviolent Drug Offenses Bill Passed - House (90 - 57)
6/04 SB 1014 Penalties For Certain Nonviolent Drug Offenses Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 18)
5/17 HB 7 Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (67 - 26)
5/11 SB 17 Authorizes Medical Marijuana Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (17 - 4)
5/10 HB 73 Drug Testing Of Welfare Recipients Concurrence Vote Passed - House (113 - 34)
5/05 S 17 Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (99 - 44)
5/05 SB 17 Authorizes Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (27 - 14)
5/05 HB 353 Drug Screening for Temporary Assistance Beneficiaries Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
4/28 HB 73 Drug Testing Of Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
4/27 SB 423 Medical Marijuana Conference Report Adopted - House (70 - 30)
4/27 SB 423 Medical Marijuana Conference Report Adopted - Senate (33 - 17)
4/26 HB 353 Drug Screening for Temporary Assistance Beneficiaries Bill Passed - House (78 - 38)
4/11 SB 5073 Regulations for the Use of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (54 - 43)
4/05 HB 19 Reduce Punishment for Drug Possession Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 4)
4/01 HB 161 Repeals Montana Medical Marijuana Law Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
3/31 SB 423 Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 14)
3/31 SB 17 Authorizes Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 3)
3/15 HA 1 Reduced Punishment for Drug Possession Amendment Adopted - House (21 - 17)
3/04 HB 389 Warning Labels for Medical Marijuana Bill Failed - House (40 - 59)
3/02 HB 2946 Prescriptions for Methamphetamine Chemical Precursors Bill Passed - House (77 - 23)
3/02 SB 5073 Regulations for the Use of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
2/22 SB 192 Authorizing a Study of Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
2/21 HB 161 Repeals Montana Medical Marijuana Law Bill Passed - House (62 - 37)
2/17 S 958 Authorizes the Limited Sale of Syringes and Needles Without a Prescription Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12)
2/07 HB 1152 Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Bill Failed - House (32 - 36)
1/06 SB 1381 Legalize Medical Marijuana Bill Failed - House (56 - 60)

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