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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
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  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
Nov. 21, 2013 National H Amdt 513 Removes the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Permit Issuance Requirement Amendment Rejected - House (184 - 233)
Nov. 21, 2013 National H Amdt 515 Prohibits the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act from Taking Effect During the Sequester Amendment Rejected - House (175 - 243)
Nov. 21, 2013 National H Amdt 512 Requires Natural Gas Pipeline Applications to Include Certain Information Amendment Rejected - House (183 - 233)
Nov. 21, 2013 National HR 1900 Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act Bill Passed - House (252 - 165)
Nov. 20, 2013 National H Amdt 504 Appropriates $10 Million to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Amendment Rejected - House (195 - 226)
Nov. 20, 2013 National H Amdt 499 Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to Require Certain Findings for Categorical Exclusions Amendment Rejected - House (194 - 228)
Nov. 20, 2013 National H Amdt 499 Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to Require Certain Findings for Categorical Exclusions Amendment Rejected - House (194 - 228)
Nov. 20, 2013 National H Amdt 507 Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions Amendment Rejected - House (190 - 230)
Nov. 20, 2013 National H Amdt 507 Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions Amendment Rejected - House (190 - 230)
Nov. 20, 2013 National H Amdt 503 Requires a Report on the Effect of Flooding on Oil and Gas Facilities Amendment Rejected - House (202 - 221)
Nov. 20, 2013 National H Amdt 503 Requires a Report on the Effect of Flooding on Oil and Gas Facilities Amendment Rejected - House (202 - 221)
Nov. 20, 2013 National H Amdt 504 Appropriates $10 Million to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Amendment Rejected - House (195 - 226)
Nov. 20, 2013 National H Amdt 498 Specifies That Certain Fees Do Not Limit the Right to Petition Amendment Rejected - House (199 - 222)
Nov. 20, 2013 National H Amdt 498 Specifies That Certain Fees Do Not Limit the Right to Petition Amendment Rejected - House (199 - 222)
Nov. 20, 2013 National HR 2728 Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act Bill Passed - House (235 - 187)
Nov. 20, 2013 National HR 1965 Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act Bill Passed - House (228 - 192)
Nov. 20, 2013 National HR 1965 Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act Bill Passed - House (228 - 192)
Nov. 20, 2013 National HR 2728 Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act Bill Passed - House (235 - 187)
Sept. 11, 2013 CA SB 4 Amends Hydraulic Fracturing Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
Sept. 11, 2013 CA SB 4 Amends Hydraulic Fracturing Laws Bill Passed - House (54 - 20)
Aug. 2, 2013 National H Amdt 448 Requires Congressional Approval Prior to Establishing a Tax on Carbon Emissions Amendment Adopted - House (237 - 176)
Aug. 1, 2013 National HR 1582 Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (232 - 181)
July 25, 2013 National HR 2218 Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (265 - 155)
July 23, 2013 NC SB 76 Amends Hydraulic Fracturing Requirements and Authorizes Off-Shore Drilling Conference Report Adopted - Senate (37 - 11)
July 22, 2013 NC SB 76 Amends Hydraulic Fracturing Requirements and Authorizes Off-Shore Drilling Conference Report Adopted - House (70 - 40)
July 7, 2013 OR SB 838 Prohibits Motorized Mining Bill Passed - House (33 - 27)
July 3, 2013 OR SB 838 Prohibits Motorized Mining Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
June 28, 2013 National HR 2231 Offshore Energy and Jobs Act Bill Passed - House (235 - 186)
June 4, 2013 OR SB 692 Requires Certain Electronics to Meet Energy Efficiency Standards Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 9)
May 30, 2013 OR SB 692 Requires Certain Electronics to Meet Energy Efficiency Standards Bill Passed - House (40 - 19)
May 22, 2013 IL SB 9 Increases Utility Rates Veto Override Passed - House (71 - 41)
May 22, 2013 National H Amdt 71 Repeals Requirement that Secretary of the Army Approve All Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Applications Amendment Rejected - House (182 - 234)
May 22, 2013 National H Amdt 72 Increases Time to File a Claim Under the Northern Route Approval Act from 60 Days to 1 Year Amendment Rejected - House (182 - 234)
May 22, 2013 National H Amdt 75 Requires All Oil and Refined Fuels Transported Through the Keystone XL Pipeline to be Used Only in The United States Amendment Rejected - House (162 - 255)
May 22, 2013 National H Amdt 67 Requires a Finding be Added Concerning Oil Sand Crudes Amendment Rejected - House (146 - 269)
May 22, 2013 National H Amdt 69 Requires Threat Assessment of Pipeline Vulnerabilities to a Terrorist Attack Amendment Rejected - House (176 - 239)
May 22, 2013 National HR 3 Northern Route Approval Act Bill Passed - House (241 - 175)
May 21, 2013 IL SB 9 Increases Utility Rates Veto Override Passed - Senate (44 - 11)
May 8, 2013 ME LD 115 Prohibits the Sale of Gasoline Containing Corn-Based Ethanol Bill Passed - House (109 - 32)
May 7, 2013 MN HF 956 Amends Solar Energy Requirements Bill Passed - House (70 - 63)
May 6, 2013 OK HB 2005 Extends Tax Credits for Qualified Clean-Burning Motor Vehicle Property Concurrence Vote Passed - House (63 - 29)
May 1, 2013 ND HB 1234 Reduces Oil Extraction Tax Conference Report Rejected - House (21 - 71)
May 1, 2013 CT SB 1138 Amends Renewable Energy Source Standards Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 6)
April 27, 2013 IN SB 494 Establishes New Standards for the Gasification Plant Project Conference Report Adopted - House (70 - 28)
April 14, 2013 AK SB 21 Amends the Oil Industry Tax Rate Structure Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (12 - 8)
April 13, 2013 AK SB 21 Amends the Oil Industry Tax Rate Structure Bill Passed - House (27 - 12)
April 13, 2013 AK SB 21 Amends the Oil Industry Tax Rate Structure Bill Passed - House (24 - 15)
April 9, 2013 CO HB 1269 Amends Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Procedures Bill Passed - House (34 - 29)
March 29, 2013 MD HB 1515 Increases the Gas Tax Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
March 27, 2013 NH HB 617 Increases Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Tax Bill Passed - House (206 - 158)
March 22, 2013 MD HB 1515 Increases the Gas Tax Bill Passed - House (76 - 63)
March 21, 2013 AK SB 21 Amends the Oil Industry Tax Rate Structure Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 9)
March 21, 2013 IL SB 9 Increases Utility Rates Bill Passed - House (86 - 28)
March 18, 2013 MD HB 226 Establishes Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (88 - 48)
March 14, 2013 IL SB 9 Increases Utility Rates Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 9)
March 13, 2013 UT HB 96 Extends Tax Credits for Certain Vehicles Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 12)
March 8, 2013 MD HB 226 Establishes Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 15)
March 6, 2013 NY A 5424 Establishes a Two-Year Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing Bill Passed - House (103 - 40)
Feb. 28, 2013 KS SB 82 Extends Renewable Energy Requirements for Utilities Bill Failed - Senate (17 - 23)
Feb. 27, 2013 NC SB 76 Amends Hydraulic Fracturing Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 7)
Feb. 26, 2013 ND SB 2336 Restructures Oil and Gas Income Tax Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 13)
Feb. 25, 2013 MS HB 844 Exempts Certain Sales Taxes for Agricultural Businesses Bill Passed - House (75 - 43)
Feb. 23, 2013 VA HB 2313 Repeals the Retail Gas Tax and Establishes a Wholesale Gas Tax Conference Report Adopted - Senate (25 - 15)
Feb. 22, 2013 VA HB 2313 Repeals the Retail Gas Tax and Establishes a Wholesale Gas Tax Conference Report Adopted - House (60 - 40)
Feb. 22, 2013 MD HB 226 Establishes Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits Bill Passed - House (86 - 48)
Feb. 19, 2013 SD SB 195 Establishes Incentives for Wind Energy Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
Feb. 13, 2013 VA HB 2313 Repeals the Retail Gas Tax and Establishes a Wholesale Gas Tax Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 14)
Date No. Title Outcome
11/21 H Amdt 513 Removes the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Permit Issuance Requirement Amendment Rejected - House (184 - 233)
11/21 H Amdt 515 Prohibits the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act from Taking Effect During the Sequester Amendment Rejected - House (175 - 243)
11/21 H Amdt 512 Requires Natural Gas Pipeline Applications to Include Certain Information Amendment Rejected - House (183 - 233)
11/21 HR 1900 Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act Bill Passed - House (252 - 165)
11/20 H Amdt 504 Appropriates $10 Million to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Amendment Rejected - House (195 - 226)
11/20 H Amdt 499 Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to Require Certain Findings for Categorical Exclusions Amendment Rejected - House (194 - 228)
11/20 H Amdt 499 Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to Require Certain Findings for Categorical Exclusions Amendment Rejected - House (194 - 228)
11/20 H Amdt 507 Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions Amendment Rejected - House (190 - 230)
11/20 H Amdt 507 Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions Amendment Rejected - House (190 - 230)
11/20 H Amdt 503 Requires a Report on the Effect of Flooding on Oil and Gas Facilities Amendment Rejected - House (202 - 221)
11/20 H Amdt 503 Requires a Report on the Effect of Flooding on Oil and Gas Facilities Amendment Rejected - House (202 - 221)
11/20 H Amdt 504 Appropriates $10 Million to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Amendment Rejected - House (195 - 226)
11/20 H Amdt 498 Specifies That Certain Fees Do Not Limit the Right to Petition Amendment Rejected - House (199 - 222)
11/20 H Amdt 498 Specifies That Certain Fees Do Not Limit the Right to Petition Amendment Rejected - House (199 - 222)
11/20 HR 2728 Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act Bill Passed - House (235 - 187)
11/20 HR 1965 Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act Bill Passed - House (228 - 192)
11/20 HR 1965 Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act Bill Passed - House (228 - 192)
11/20 HR 2728 Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act Bill Passed - House (235 - 187)
9/11 SB 4 Amends Hydraulic Fracturing Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
9/11 SB 4 Amends Hydraulic Fracturing Laws Bill Passed - House (54 - 20)
8/02 H Amdt 448 Requires Congressional Approval Prior to Establishing a Tax on Carbon Emissions Amendment Adopted - House (237 - 176)
8/01 HR 1582 Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (232 - 181)
7/25 HR 2218 Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (265 - 155)
7/23 SB 76 Amends Hydraulic Fracturing Requirements and Authorizes Off-Shore Drilling Conference Report Adopted - Senate (37 - 11)
7/22 SB 76 Amends Hydraulic Fracturing Requirements and Authorizes Off-Shore Drilling Conference Report Adopted - House (70 - 40)
7/07 SB 838 Prohibits Motorized Mining Bill Passed - House (33 - 27)
7/03 SB 838 Prohibits Motorized Mining Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
6/28 HR 2231 Offshore Energy and Jobs Act Bill Passed - House (235 - 186)
6/04 SB 692 Requires Certain Electronics to Meet Energy Efficiency Standards Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 9)
5/30 SB 692 Requires Certain Electronics to Meet Energy Efficiency Standards Bill Passed - House (40 - 19)
5/22 SB 9 Increases Utility Rates Veto Override Passed - House (71 - 41)
5/22 H Amdt 71 Repeals Requirement that Secretary of the Army Approve All Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Applications Amendment Rejected - House (182 - 234)
5/22 H Amdt 72 Increases Time to File a Claim Under the Northern Route Approval Act from 60 Days to 1 Year Amendment Rejected - House (182 - 234)
5/22 H Amdt 75 Requires All Oil and Refined Fuels Transported Through the Keystone XL Pipeline to be Used Only in The United States Amendment Rejected - House (162 - 255)
5/22 H Amdt 67 Requires a Finding be Added Concerning Oil Sand Crudes Amendment Rejected - House (146 - 269)
5/22 H Amdt 69 Requires Threat Assessment of Pipeline Vulnerabilities to a Terrorist Attack Amendment Rejected - House (176 - 239)
5/22 HR 3 Northern Route Approval Act Bill Passed - House (241 - 175)
5/21 SB 9 Increases Utility Rates Veto Override Passed - Senate (44 - 11)
5/08 LD 115 Prohibits the Sale of Gasoline Containing Corn-Based Ethanol Bill Passed - House (109 - 32)
5/07 HF 956 Amends Solar Energy Requirements Bill Passed - House (70 - 63)
5/06 HB 2005 Extends Tax Credits for Qualified Clean-Burning Motor Vehicle Property Concurrence Vote Passed - House (63 - 29)
5/01 HB 1234 Reduces Oil Extraction Tax Conference Report Rejected - House (21 - 71)
5/01 SB 1138 Amends Renewable Energy Source Standards Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 6)
4/27 SB 494 Establishes New Standards for the Gasification Plant Project Conference Report Adopted - House (70 - 28)
4/14 SB 21 Amends the Oil Industry Tax Rate Structure Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (12 - 8)
4/13 SB 21 Amends the Oil Industry Tax Rate Structure Bill Passed - House (27 - 12)
4/13 SB 21 Amends the Oil Industry Tax Rate Structure Bill Passed - House (24 - 15)
4/09 HB 1269 Amends Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Procedures Bill Passed - House (34 - 29)
3/29 HB 1515 Increases the Gas Tax Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
3/27 HB 617 Increases Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Tax Bill Passed - House (206 - 158)
3/22 HB 1515 Increases the Gas Tax Bill Passed - House (76 - 63)
3/21 SB 21 Amends the Oil Industry Tax Rate Structure Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 9)
3/21 SB 9 Increases Utility Rates Bill Passed - House (86 - 28)
3/18 HB 226 Establishes Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (88 - 48)
3/14 SB 9 Increases Utility Rates Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 9)
3/13 HB 96 Extends Tax Credits for Certain Vehicles Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 12)
3/08 HB 226 Establishes Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 15)
3/06 A 5424 Establishes a Two-Year Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing Bill Passed - House (103 - 40)
2/28 SB 82 Extends Renewable Energy Requirements for Utilities Bill Failed - Senate (17 - 23)
2/27 SB 76 Amends Hydraulic Fracturing Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 7)
2/26 SB 2336 Restructures Oil and Gas Income Tax Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 13)
2/25 HB 844 Exempts Certain Sales Taxes for Agricultural Businesses Bill Passed - House (75 - 43)
2/23 HB 2313 Repeals the Retail Gas Tax and Establishes a Wholesale Gas Tax Conference Report Adopted - Senate (25 - 15)
2/22 HB 2313 Repeals the Retail Gas Tax and Establishes a Wholesale Gas Tax Conference Report Adopted - House (60 - 40)
2/22 HB 226 Establishes Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits Bill Passed - House (86 - 48)
2/19 SB 195 Establishes Incentives for Wind Energy Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
2/13 HB 2313 Repeals the Retail Gas Tax and Establishes a Wholesale Gas Tax Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 14)

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