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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. 3, 2015 National HR 8 North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act Bill Passed - House (249 - 174)
Nov. 3, 2015 AK SB 3001 Appropriates Funds for Liquid Natural Gas (AKLNG) Pipeline Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 3)
Oct. 9, 2015 National HR 702 To Adapt to Changing Crude Oil Market Conditions Bill Passed - House (261 - 159)
Oct. 8, 2015 National HR 538 Native American Energy Act Bill Passed - House (254 - 173)
Sept. 25, 2015 National HR 348 Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (233 - 170)
Sept. 11, 2015 CA SB 350 Establishes Renewable Energy Production Targets Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 14)
Sept. 11, 2015 CA SB 350 Establishes Renewable Energy Production Targets Bill Passed - House (52 - 27)
July 22, 2015 National HR 1734 Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulations Act of 2016 Bill Passed - House (258 - 166)
June 30, 2015 WA SB 5987 Increases Motor Fuel Tax and Amends Transportation Funding Bill Passed - House (54 - 44)
June 3, 2015 CA SB 788 Repeals Offshore Oil and Gas Leases Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 14)
June 3, 2015 CA SB 350 Establishes Renewable Energy Production Targets Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
June 3, 2015 CA SB 185 Requires Public Retirement Systems to Divest from Coal Companies Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
June 3, 2015 CA SB 32 Establishes Certain Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 15)
May 20, 2015 National HR 1806 America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (217 - 205)
May 5, 2015 HI HB 623 Requires 100 Percent Dependency on Renewable Energy by 2045 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (24 - 1)
May 4, 2015 TX HB 40 Specifies That The State Will Regulate Oil and Gas Operations Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 7)
May 1, 2015 National HR 2028 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 Bill Passed - House (240 - 177)
April 27, 2015 FL HB 1205 Amends Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations Bill Passed - House (82 - 34)
April 23, 2015 ND HB 1476 Reduces Oil Extraction Tax Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
April 20, 2015 ND HB 1476 Reduces Oil Extraction Tax Bill Passed - House (57 - 32)
April 17, 2015 AK HB 158 Establishes Refined Fuel Surcharge Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 7)
April 8, 2015 AK HB 158 Establishes Refined Fuel Surcharge Bill Passed - House (21 - 19)
March 31, 2015 AK HB 132 Prohibits Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Participation in Certain Projects Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 7)
March 30, 2015 ND HB 1437 Extends Triggered Oil Extraction Tax Rate Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 12)
March 24, 2015 KY HB 299 Increases Wholesale Gas Tax Conference Report Adopted - Senate (29 - 9)
March 24, 2015 MD SB 458 Increases Liabilities for Hydraulic Fracturing Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 17)
March 23, 2015 AK HB 132 Prohibits Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Participation in Certain Projects Bill Passed - House (24 - 14)
March 14, 2015 WV HB 2688 Authorizes Petroleum Drilling Without Consent of all Property Owners Concurrence Vote Failed - House (49 - 49)
March 14, 2015 WV HB 2688 Authorizes Petroleum Drilling Without Consent of all Property Owners Concurrence Vote Failed - House (49 - 49)
March 14, 2015 WV HB 2688 Authorizes Petroleum Drilling Without Consent of all Property Owners Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
March 14, 2015 WV HB 2688 Authorizes Petroleum Drilling Without Consent of all Property Owners Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
March 12, 2015 UT HB 362 Amends Motor Fuel Tax Conference Report Adopted - House (44 - 29)
March 12, 2015 UT HB 362 Amends Motor Fuel Tax Conference Report Adopted - Senate (20 - 8)
March 11, 2015 OK HB 2178 Amends Local Municipalities' Ability to Regulate Oil and Gas Production Bill Passed - House (74 - 23)
March 11, 2015 NC HB 157 Authorizes the Environmental Management Commission to Use Existing State and Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Air Emission Regulations Bill Passed - House (76 - 40)
March 11, 2015 OK SB 809 Amends Local Municipalities' Ability to Regulate Oil and Gas Production Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 7)
March 10, 2015 NM HB 366 Authorizes State Regulation of Oil and Gas Production Bill Passed - House (37 - 28)
March 9, 2015 WA SB 5735 Establishes Carbon Reduction Investment as Alternative to Meeting Renewable Energy Targets Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
March 9, 2015 UT HB 396 Prohibits a Seasonal Prohibition on Wood-Burning Stoves Bill Passed - House (58 - 15)
March 9, 2015 UT HB 362 Amends Motor Fuel Tax Bill Passed - House (51 - 22)
March 4, 2015 National S 1 A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline Veto Override Failed - Senate (62 - 37)
March 4, 2015 OR SB 324 Extends Low Carbon Fuel Standards Target Date Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
March 4, 2015 WV HB 2688 Authorizes Petroleum Drilling Without Consent of all Property Owners Bill Passed - House (60 - 40)
March 4, 2015 WV HB 2688 Authorizes Petroleum Drilling Without Consent of all Property Owners Bill Passed - House (60 - 40)
March 2, 2015 WA SB 5987 Increases Gas Tax and Amends Transportation Funding Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
Feb. 27, 2015 WV SB 357 Establishes New Coal Mining Safety Guidelines. Bill Passed - House (73 - 25)
Feb. 24, 2015 CO SB 93 Requires Compensation for Mineral Rights Owners Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
Feb. 17, 2015 OR SB 324 Extends Low Carbon Fuel Standards Target Date Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
Feb. 16, 2015 ND HB 1437 Extends Triggered Oil Extraction Tax Rate Bill Passed - House (79 - 14)
Feb. 11, 2015 National S 1 A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Passed - House (270 - 152)
Feb. 11, 2015 ND HB 1259 Requires Performance Audits of Certain State Agencies Bill Failed - House (22 - 67)
Jan. 29, 2015 National S 1 A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 36)
Jan. 21, 2015 National HR 161 Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act Bill Passed - House (253 - 169)
Jan. 9, 2015 National HR 3 Keystone XL Pipeline Act Bill Passed - House (266 - 153)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/03 HR 8 North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act Bill Passed - House (249 - 174)
11/03 SB 3001 Appropriates Funds for Liquid Natural Gas (AKLNG) Pipeline Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 3)
10/09 HR 702 To Adapt to Changing Crude Oil Market Conditions Bill Passed - House (261 - 159)
10/08 HR 538 Native American Energy Act Bill Passed - House (254 - 173)
9/25 HR 348 Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (233 - 170)
9/11 SB 350 Establishes Renewable Energy Production Targets Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 14)
9/11 SB 350 Establishes Renewable Energy Production Targets Bill Passed - House (52 - 27)
7/22 HR 1734 Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulations Act of 2016 Bill Passed - House (258 - 166)
6/30 SB 5987 Increases Motor Fuel Tax and Amends Transportation Funding Bill Passed - House (54 - 44)
6/03 SB 788 Repeals Offshore Oil and Gas Leases Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 14)
6/03 SB 350 Establishes Renewable Energy Production Targets Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
6/03 SB 185 Requires Public Retirement Systems to Divest from Coal Companies Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
6/03 SB 32 Establishes Certain Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 15)
5/20 HR 1806 America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (217 - 205)
5/05 HB 623 Requires 100 Percent Dependency on Renewable Energy by 2045 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (24 - 1)
5/04 HB 40 Specifies That The State Will Regulate Oil and Gas Operations Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 7)
5/01 HR 2028 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 Bill Passed - House (240 - 177)
4/27 HB 1205 Amends Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations Bill Passed - House (82 - 34)
4/23 HB 1476 Reduces Oil Extraction Tax Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
4/20 HB 1476 Reduces Oil Extraction Tax Bill Passed - House (57 - 32)
4/17 HB 158 Establishes Refined Fuel Surcharge Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 7)
4/08 HB 158 Establishes Refined Fuel Surcharge Bill Passed - House (21 - 19)
3/31 HB 132 Prohibits Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Participation in Certain Projects Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 7)
3/30 HB 1437 Extends Triggered Oil Extraction Tax Rate Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 12)
3/24 HB 299 Increases Wholesale Gas Tax Conference Report Adopted - Senate (29 - 9)
3/24 SB 458 Increases Liabilities for Hydraulic Fracturing Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 17)
3/23 HB 132 Prohibits Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Participation in Certain Projects Bill Passed - House (24 - 14)
3/14 HB 2688 Authorizes Petroleum Drilling Without Consent of all Property Owners Concurrence Vote Failed - House (49 - 49)
3/14 HB 2688 Authorizes Petroleum Drilling Without Consent of all Property Owners Concurrence Vote Failed - House (49 - 49)
3/14 HB 2688 Authorizes Petroleum Drilling Without Consent of all Property Owners Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
3/14 HB 2688 Authorizes Petroleum Drilling Without Consent of all Property Owners Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
3/12 HB 362 Amends Motor Fuel Tax Conference Report Adopted - House (44 - 29)
3/12 HB 362 Amends Motor Fuel Tax Conference Report Adopted - Senate (20 - 8)
3/11 HB 2178 Amends Local Municipalities' Ability to Regulate Oil and Gas Production Bill Passed - House (74 - 23)
3/11 HB 157 Authorizes the Environmental Management Commission to Use Existing State and Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Air Emission Regulations Bill Passed - House (76 - 40)
3/11 SB 809 Amends Local Municipalities' Ability to Regulate Oil and Gas Production Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 7)
3/10 HB 366 Authorizes State Regulation of Oil and Gas Production Bill Passed - House (37 - 28)
3/09 SB 5735 Establishes Carbon Reduction Investment as Alternative to Meeting Renewable Energy Targets Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
3/09 HB 396 Prohibits a Seasonal Prohibition on Wood-Burning Stoves Bill Passed - House (58 - 15)
3/09 HB 362 Amends Motor Fuel Tax Bill Passed - House (51 - 22)
3/04 S 1 A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline Veto Override Failed - Senate (62 - 37)
3/04 SB 324 Extends Low Carbon Fuel Standards Target Date Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
3/04 HB 2688 Authorizes Petroleum Drilling Without Consent of all Property Owners Bill Passed - House (60 - 40)
3/04 HB 2688 Authorizes Petroleum Drilling Without Consent of all Property Owners Bill Passed - House (60 - 40)
3/02 SB 5987 Increases Gas Tax and Amends Transportation Funding Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
2/27 SB 357 Establishes New Coal Mining Safety Guidelines. Bill Passed - House (73 - 25)
2/24 SB 93 Requires Compensation for Mineral Rights Owners Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
2/17 SB 324 Extends Low Carbon Fuel Standards Target Date Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
2/16 HB 1437 Extends Triggered Oil Extraction Tax Rate Bill Passed - House (79 - 14)
2/11 S 1 A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Passed - House (270 - 152)
2/11 HB 1259 Requires Performance Audits of Certain State Agencies Bill Failed - House (22 - 67)
1/29 S 1 A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 36)
1/21 HR 161 Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act Bill Passed - House (253 - 169)
1/09 HR 3 Keystone XL Pipeline Act Bill Passed - House (266 - 153)

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