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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
Sept. 17, 2015 MA S 1981 Requires Foreclosure Title Clearing Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
May 21, 2015 CT HB 6965 Requires Certain Hospitals and Universities to Pay Property Taxes Bill Passed - House (82 - 60)
May 12, 2015 MI HB 4038 Authorizes Electronic Notification of Eviction Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
April 23, 2015 IL HB 373 Authorizes Construction of Presidential Libraries and Museums on Park Land Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 13)
April 16, 2015 National HR 1105 Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (240 - 179)
April 14, 2015 National HR 650 Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (263 - 162)
April 7, 2015 TX SB 267 Prohibits Local Regulations that Prohibit Refusal of Tenants Based on Source of Income Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11)
April 2, 2015 AZ SB 1185 Authorizes Landlords to Evict Guests Bill Passed - House (34 - 25)
March 30, 2015 AZ HB 2318 Authorizes the State to Adopt the Interstate Compact on the Transfer of Public Lands Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 12)
March 19, 2015 NY S 3709 Limits Property Tax Increases for New York City Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 15)
March 16, 2015 ID S 1044 Prohibits the Use of Eminent Domain for Trails Bill Passed - House (54 - 15)
March 16, 2015 NJ S 1593 Establishes Interest-Free Housing Loans for Public Employees Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 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 Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
March 10, 2015 NM HB 366 Authorizes State Regulation of Oil and Gas Production Bill Passed - House (37 - 28)
March 7, 2015 NM HB 235 Requires Consent to Use Waterways that Flow Through Private Property Bill Passed - House (34 - 28)
March 4, 2015 WY SF 56 Appropriates Funds for Study of Public Lands Bill Passed - House (42 - 17)
March 4, 2015 WV HB 2688 Authorizes Petroleum Drilling Without Consent of all Property Owners Bill Passed - House (60 - 40)
Feb. 26, 2015 MT SB 262 Establishes Water Rights Compact Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 19)
Feb. 24, 2015 CO SB 93 Requires Compensation for Mineral Rights Owners Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
Feb. 20, 2015 NV AB 125 Amends Provisions Relating to Constructional Defects Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 8)
Feb. 17, 2015 NV AB 125 Amends Provisions Relating to Constructional Defects Bill Passed - House (25 - 17)
Feb. 9, 2015 WY SF 14 Amends Property Forfeiture Laws Bill Passed - House (54 - 6)
Feb. 5, 2015 AZ HB 2128 Exempts Religious Organizations from Certain Property Taxes Bill Passed - House (33 - 25)
Jan. 30, 2015 WY SF 56 Appropriates Funds for Study of Public Lands Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 4)
Jan. 23, 2015 WY SF 14 Amends Property Forfeiture Laws Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 3)
Date No. Title Outcome
9/17 S 1981 Requires Foreclosure Title Clearing Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
5/21 HB 6965 Requires Certain Hospitals and Universities to Pay Property Taxes Bill Passed - House (82 - 60)
5/12 HB 4038 Authorizes Electronic Notification of Eviction Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
4/23 HB 373 Authorizes Construction of Presidential Libraries and Museums on Park Land Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 13)
4/16 HR 1105 Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (240 - 179)
4/14 HR 650 Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (263 - 162)
4/07 SB 267 Prohibits Local Regulations that Prohibit Refusal of Tenants Based on Source of Income Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11)
4/02 SB 1185 Authorizes Landlords to Evict Guests Bill Passed - House (34 - 25)
3/30 HB 2318 Authorizes the State to Adopt the Interstate Compact on the Transfer of Public Lands Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 12)
3/19 S 3709 Limits Property Tax Increases for New York City Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 15)
3/16 S 1044 Prohibits the Use of Eminent Domain for Trails Bill Passed - House (54 - 15)
3/16 S 1593 Establishes Interest-Free Housing Loans for Public Employees Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 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 Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
3/10 HB 366 Authorizes State Regulation of Oil and Gas Production Bill Passed - House (37 - 28)
3/07 HB 235 Requires Consent to Use Waterways that Flow Through Private Property Bill Passed - House (34 - 28)
3/04 SF 56 Appropriates Funds for Study of Public Lands Bill Passed - House (42 - 17)
3/04 HB 2688 Authorizes Petroleum Drilling Without Consent of all Property Owners Bill Passed - House (60 - 40)
2/26 SB 262 Establishes Water Rights Compact Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 19)
2/24 SB 93 Requires Compensation for Mineral Rights Owners Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
2/20 AB 125 Amends Provisions Relating to Constructional Defects Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 8)
2/17 AB 125 Amends Provisions Relating to Constructional Defects Bill Passed - House (25 - 17)
2/09 SF 14 Amends Property Forfeiture Laws Bill Passed - House (54 - 6)
2/05 HB 2128 Exempts Religious Organizations from Certain Property Taxes Bill Passed - House (33 - 25)
1/30 SF 56 Appropriates Funds for Study of Public Lands Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 4)
1/23 SF 14 Amends Property Forfeiture Laws Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 3)

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