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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
Oct. 7, 2013 National H J Res 77 Food and Drug Administration Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House (235 - 162)
June 20, 2013 National HR 1947 Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 Bill Failed - House (195 - 234)
June 10, 2013 National S 954 Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate (66 - 27)
May 30, 2013 KS SB 84 Reduces State Income Tax Rates Conference Report Rejected - House (18 - 94)
May 23, 2013 ME LD 1546 Expands Medicaid and Authorizes Liquor Operation Bonds Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
May 22, 2013 ME LD 1546 Expands Medicaid and Authorizes Liquor Operation Bonds Bill Passed - House (87 - 56)
May 20, 2013 MN HF 677 Amends State Taxes Conference Report Adopted - Senate (36 - 30)
May 19, 2013 MN HF 677 Amends State Taxes Conference Report Adopted - House (69 - 65)
May 9, 2013 TX SB 376 Establishes a Free Breakfast Program for Students Bill Passed - House (73 - 58)
May 8, 2013 MO SB 114 Amends Homebrewed Beer and Liquor Distributor Regulations Bill Passed - House (110 - 48)
May 7, 2013 AL HB 9 Authorizes Home Brewing Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 7)
May 7, 2013 NC HB 610 Expands the Sale of Alcohol in Seating Areas of Certain Stadiums and Ballparks Bill Passed - House (73 - 45)
April 30, 2013 MI SB 197 Requires the State Prison Food Service To Seek Competitive Bids From Private Entities Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
April 18, 2013 NV AB 126 Requires Restaurant Chains to Disclose Calorie Counts Bill Passed - House (25 - 14)
April 16, 2013 WI AB 82 Prohibits the Unauthorized Transfer of Food Stamps Bill Passed - House (73 - 24)
April 12, 2013 WA HB 1001 Establishes a Liquor License for Small Theaters Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 21)
April 10, 2013 AR HB 1536 Authorizes Sale of Unpasteurized Whole Milk Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11)
April 6, 2013 AR HB 1536 Authorizes Sale of Unpasteurized Whole Milk Bill Passed - House (60 - 19)
April 2, 2013 AL HB 9 Authorizes Home Brewing Bill Passed - House (58 - 33)
March 26, 2013 IN HB 1293 Establishes Micro-Distiller Permits Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 9)
March 21, 2013 KS SB 84 Reduces State Income Tax Rates Bill Passed - House (82 - 39)
March 21, 2013 PA HB 790 Requires the State to Privatize Alcohol Sales Bill Passed - House (105 - 90)
March 14, 2013 UT HB 228 Amends Liquor Licensing Laws Conference Report Adopted - House (57 - 16)
March 6, 2013 MS SB 2687 Prohibits Local Government Management of Nutrition Labeling Bill Passed - House (92 - 26)
Feb. 4, 2013 NM HJM 16 Authorizes a Feasibility Study of Horse Slaughter Plants Joint Resolution Failed - House (28 - 36)
Date No. Title Outcome
10/07 H J Res 77 Food and Drug Administration Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House (235 - 162)
6/20 HR 1947 Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 Bill Failed - House (195 - 234)
6/10 S 954 Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate (66 - 27)
5/30 SB 84 Reduces State Income Tax Rates Conference Report Rejected - House (18 - 94)
5/23 LD 1546 Expands Medicaid and Authorizes Liquor Operation Bonds Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
5/22 LD 1546 Expands Medicaid and Authorizes Liquor Operation Bonds Bill Passed - House (87 - 56)
5/20 HF 677 Amends State Taxes Conference Report Adopted - Senate (36 - 30)
5/19 HF 677 Amends State Taxes Conference Report Adopted - House (69 - 65)
5/09 SB 376 Establishes a Free Breakfast Program for Students Bill Passed - House (73 - 58)
5/08 SB 114 Amends Homebrewed Beer and Liquor Distributor Regulations Bill Passed - House (110 - 48)
5/07 HB 9 Authorizes Home Brewing Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 7)
5/07 HB 610 Expands the Sale of Alcohol in Seating Areas of Certain Stadiums and Ballparks Bill Passed - House (73 - 45)
4/30 SB 197 Requires the State Prison Food Service To Seek Competitive Bids From Private Entities Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
4/18 AB 126 Requires Restaurant Chains to Disclose Calorie Counts Bill Passed - House (25 - 14)
4/16 AB 82 Prohibits the Unauthorized Transfer of Food Stamps Bill Passed - House (73 - 24)
4/12 HB 1001 Establishes a Liquor License for Small Theaters Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 21)
4/10 HB 1536 Authorizes Sale of Unpasteurized Whole Milk Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11)
4/06 HB 1536 Authorizes Sale of Unpasteurized Whole Milk Bill Passed - House (60 - 19)
4/02 HB 9 Authorizes Home Brewing Bill Passed - House (58 - 33)
3/26 HB 1293 Establishes Micro-Distiller Permits Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 9)
3/21 SB 84 Reduces State Income Tax Rates Bill Passed - House (82 - 39)
3/21 HB 790 Requires the State to Privatize Alcohol Sales Bill Passed - House (105 - 90)
3/14 HB 228 Amends Liquor Licensing Laws Conference Report Adopted - House (57 - 16)
3/06 SB 2687 Prohibits Local Government Management of Nutrition Labeling Bill Passed - House (92 - 26)
2/04 HJM 16 Authorizes a Feasibility Study of Horse Slaughter Plants Joint Resolution Failed - House (28 - 36)

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