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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. The summary does not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill. Summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to the project's strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. 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. 12, 2013 MI SB 660 Authorizes the Growth and Sale of Pharmaceutical-Grade Marijuana Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 18)
Dec. 12, 2013 MI SB 660 Authorizes the Growth and Sale of Pharmaceutical-Grade Marijuana Bill Passed - House (87 - 22)
Nov. 13, 2013 MI SB 2 Authorizes Certain Nurses to Prescribe Controlled Substances Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 18)
Nov. 13, 2013 MI SB 660 Authorizes the Growth and Sale of Pharmaceutical-Grade Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 16)
Sept. 18, 2013 MI SB 276 Requires Community Service for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 9)
Sept. 10, 2013 CA SB 649 Classifies Certain Drug Infractions as Misdemeanors Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
Sept. 4, 2013 CA SB 649 Classifies Certain Drug Infractions as Misdemeanors Bill Passed - House (41 - 31)
Aug. 26, 2013 CA AB 721 Amends Transportation of Controlled Substances Laws Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 15)
July 24, 2013 NC HB 392 Authorizes Drug Testing for Work First Program Applicants Conference Report Adopted - House (92 - 21)
July 6, 2013 OR HB 3460 Authorizes Retail Medical Marijuana Establishments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (31 - 28)
July 3, 2013 OR HB 3460 Authorizes Retail Medical Marijuana Establishments Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
July 1, 2013 OR HB 3194 Amends Sentencing Regulations in the Prison System Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11)
June 27, 2013 OR HB 3194 Amends Sentencing Regulations in the Prison System Bill Passed - House (40 - 18)
June 24, 2013 NJ S 2842 Authorizes Medical Marijuana for Minors Bill Passed - House (55 - 13)
June 20, 2013 NJ S 2842 Authorizes Medical Marijuana for Minors Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
June 6, 2013 LA HB 103 Reduces Penalties for Marijuana Possession Motion Rejected - Senate (24 - 11)
June 3, 2013 NV SB 374 Establishes Framework for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Bill Passed - House (28 - 14)
May 31, 2013 CA AB 473 Establishes a State Agency to Regulate Medical Marijuana Sales Bill Failed - House (35 - 37)
May 29, 2013 LA HB 103 Reduces Penalties for Marijuana Possession Bill Passed - House (54 - 38)
May 22, 2013 TX SB 21 Requires Drug Testing for Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - House (104 - 42)
May 20, 2013 CA SB 439 Exempts Certain Medical Marijuana Collectives and Cooperatives from Prosecution Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
May 17, 2013 IL HB 1 Authorizes the Use of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 21)
May 8, 2013 CO HB 1318 Establishes Sales Taxes for Retail Marijuana Concurrence Vote Passed - House (37 - 28)
May 8, 2013 CO HB 1317 Establishes Regulations for the Retail Marijuana Industry Concurrence Vote Passed - House (37 - 28)
May 8, 2013 CO HB 1317 Establishes Regulations for the Retail Marijuana Industry Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 6)
May 8, 2013 CO HB 1318 Establishes Sales Taxes for Retail Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
May 2, 2013 CA SB 649 Classifies Certain Drug Infractions as Misdemeanors Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 14)
May 1, 2013 MI HB 4118 Requires Drug Testing For Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (77 - 33)
April 26, 2013 IN HB 1006 Amends the Criminal Code Conference Report Adopted - Senate (34 - 15)
April 24, 2013 AL SB 191 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 10)
April 17, 2013 IL HB 1 Authorizes the Use of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (61 - 57)
April 16, 2013 VT H 200 Reduces Penalties for Small Amounts of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (92 - 49)
April 10, 2013 IN HB 1483 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 12)
April 8, 2013 AR SB 38 Requires Drug Testing for Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 5)
April 4, 2013 MO SB 126 Prohibits Pharmacies from Being Required to Carry Specific Drugs Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
April 1, 2013 MD SB 580 Expands Affirmative Defense to include a Caregiver Providing Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (95 - 37)
March 25, 2013 MD HB 1101 Authorizes Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (108 - 28)
March 19, 2013 MD SB 297 Reduces Fine for Marijuana Possession Under 10 Grams Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 16)
March 11, 2013 NM HB 465 Reduces Penalties for Marijuana Possession Bill Passed - House (37 - 33)
March 5, 2013 WA HB 1404 Authorizes Immunity From Prosecution for Minors Who Report Underage Intoxication Bill Passed - House (72 - 24)
Feb. 28, 2013 KS SB 149 Requires Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 8)
Feb. 25, 2013 ID SCR 112 Affirms Legislature's Opposition to Marijuana Authorization Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
Feb. 25, 2013 ID SJM 101 Urges the Enforcement of Federal Drug-Free Policy Bill Failed - Senate (13 - 21)
Feb. 25, 2013 IN HB 1483 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (78 - 17)
Feb. 25, 2013 IN HB 1006 Amends the Criminal Code Bill Passed - House (80 - 13)
Feb. 22, 2013 ND HB 1385 Requires Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Bill Failed - House (19 - 72)
Feb. 20, 2013 GA HB 178 Requires Pain Management Clinics to be Licensed Bill Passed - House (150 - 15)
Feb. 14, 2013 KY SB 50 Authorizes Industrial Hemp Farming Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 6)
Feb. 8, 2013 MD SB 74 Prohibits Operating a Vessel Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 8)
Feb. 4, 2013 VA SB 721 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 20)
Jan. 31, 2013 SD SB 70 Establishes Alternative Court Programs for Nonviolent Offenders Bill Passed - House (63 - 7)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/12 SB 660 Authorizes the Growth and Sale of Pharmaceutical-Grade Marijuana Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 18)
12/12 SB 660 Authorizes the Growth and Sale of Pharmaceutical-Grade Marijuana Bill Passed - House (87 - 22)
11/13 SB 2 Authorizes Certain Nurses to Prescribe Controlled Substances Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 18)
11/13 SB 660 Authorizes the Growth and Sale of Pharmaceutical-Grade Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 16)
9/18 SB 276 Requires Community Service for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 9)
9/10 SB 649 Classifies Certain Drug Infractions as Misdemeanors Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
9/04 SB 649 Classifies Certain Drug Infractions as Misdemeanors Bill Passed - House (41 - 31)
8/26 AB 721 Amends Transportation of Controlled Substances Laws Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 15)
7/24 HB 392 Authorizes Drug Testing for Work First Program Applicants Conference Report Adopted - House (92 - 21)
7/06 HB 3460 Authorizes Retail Medical Marijuana Establishments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (31 - 28)
7/03 HB 3460 Authorizes Retail Medical Marijuana Establishments Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
7/01 HB 3194 Amends Sentencing Regulations in the Prison System Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11)
6/27 HB 3194 Amends Sentencing Regulations in the Prison System Bill Passed - House (40 - 18)
6/24 S 2842 Authorizes Medical Marijuana for Minors Bill Passed - House (55 - 13)
6/20 S 2842 Authorizes Medical Marijuana for Minors Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
6/06 HB 103 Reduces Penalties for Marijuana Possession Motion Rejected - Senate (24 - 11)
6/03 SB 374 Establishes Framework for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Bill Passed - House (28 - 14)
5/31 AB 473 Establishes a State Agency to Regulate Medical Marijuana Sales Bill Failed - House (35 - 37)
5/29 HB 103 Reduces Penalties for Marijuana Possession Bill Passed - House (54 - 38)
5/22 SB 21 Requires Drug Testing for Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - House (104 - 42)
5/20 SB 439 Exempts Certain Medical Marijuana Collectives and Cooperatives from Prosecution Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
5/17 HB 1 Authorizes the Use of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 21)
5/08 HB 1318 Establishes Sales Taxes for Retail Marijuana Concurrence Vote Passed - House (37 - 28)
5/08 HB 1317 Establishes Regulations for the Retail Marijuana Industry Concurrence Vote Passed - House (37 - 28)
5/08 HB 1317 Establishes Regulations for the Retail Marijuana Industry Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 6)
5/08 HB 1318 Establishes Sales Taxes for Retail Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
5/02 SB 649 Classifies Certain Drug Infractions as Misdemeanors Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 14)
5/01 HB 4118 Requires Drug Testing For Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (77 - 33)
4/26 HB 1006 Amends the Criminal Code Conference Report Adopted - Senate (34 - 15)
4/24 SB 191 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 10)
4/17 HB 1 Authorizes the Use of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (61 - 57)
4/16 H 200 Reduces Penalties for Small Amounts of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (92 - 49)
4/10 HB 1483 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 12)
4/08 SB 38 Requires Drug Testing for Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 5)
4/04 SB 126 Prohibits Pharmacies from Being Required to Carry Specific Drugs Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
4/01 SB 580 Expands Affirmative Defense to include a Caregiver Providing Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (95 - 37)
3/25 HB 1101 Authorizes Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (108 - 28)
3/19 SB 297 Reduces Fine for Marijuana Possession Under 10 Grams Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 16)
3/11 HB 465 Reduces Penalties for Marijuana Possession Bill Passed - House (37 - 33)
3/05 HB 1404 Authorizes Immunity From Prosecution for Minors Who Report Underage Intoxication Bill Passed - House (72 - 24)
2/28 SB 149 Requires Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 8)
2/25 SCR 112 Affirms Legislature's Opposition to Marijuana Authorization Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
2/25 SJM 101 Urges the Enforcement of Federal Drug-Free Policy Bill Failed - Senate (13 - 21)
2/25 HB 1483 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (78 - 17)
2/25 HB 1006 Amends the Criminal Code Bill Passed - House (80 - 13)
2/22 HB 1385 Requires Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Bill Failed - House (19 - 72)
2/20 HB 178 Requires Pain Management Clinics to be Licensed Bill Passed - House (150 - 15)
2/14 SB 50 Authorizes Industrial Hemp Farming Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 6)
2/08 SB 74 Prohibits Operating a Vessel Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 8)
2/04 SB 721 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 20)
1/31 SB 70 Establishes Alternative Court Programs for Nonviolent Offenders Bill Passed - House (63 - 7)

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