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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
Sept. 29, 2015 National HR 3495 Women's Public Health and Safety Act Bill Passed - House (236 - 193)
Sept. 9, 2015 IL HB 1 Expands Heroin Abuse Treatment Programs Veto Override Passed - Senate (44 - 11)
July 6, 2015 OR HB 2828 Appropriates Funds for Healthcare Financing Study Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
July 3, 2015 OR HB 2828 Appropriates Funds for Healthcare Financing Study Bill Failed - Senate (12 - 17)
July 1, 2015 OR HB 2828 Appropriates Funds for Healthcare Financing Study Bill Passed - House (36 - 24)
June 12, 2015 FL HB 21-A Amends State Health Insurance Program Bill Passed - House (71 - 28)
June 5, 2015 FL SB 2-A Establishes the Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange Program Bill Failed - House (41 - 72)
June 2, 2015 CA SB 4 Expands Health Care Coverage to Certain Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 11)
May 6, 2015 TX SB 575 Prohibits Health Plan Coverage for Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10)
May 5, 2015 HI SB 1028 Appropriates Funds for the Hawaii Health Connector Conference Report Adopted - House (41 - 9)
May 5, 2015 HI SB 1028 Appropriates Funds for the Hawaii Health Connector Conference Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 2)
April 30, 2015 OR HB 2758 Authorizes Confidential Communications Requests Bill Passed - House (34 - 25)
April 28, 2015 MN SF 1458 2015-2016 Health and Human Services Budget Bill Passed - House (72 - 60)
April 21, 2015 AL SJR 34 Specifies the Intent to Not Expand Medicaid Services Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (22 - 8)
April 18, 2015 MT SB 405 Expands Health Care Coverage Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
April 11, 2015 MT SB 405 Expands Health Care Coverage Bill Passed - House (54 - 42)
March 30, 2015 MT SB 405 Expands Health Care Coverage Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
March 24, 2015 MD SB 416 Requires Health Insurers to Cover In Vitro Fertilization for Same-Sex Couples Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 10)
March 23, 2015 AZ SB 1318 Limits Health Insurance Coverage for Abortions Bill Passed - House (33 - 24)
March 13, 2015 GA HB 429 Requires Coverage for Terminal Conditions Bill Passed - House (105 - 61)
March 11, 2015 AZ HB 2643 Prohibits Enforcement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - House (36 - 21)
March 10, 2015 WA HB 1647 Requires Maternity Health Plans to Cover Abortion Bill Passed - House (51 - 46)
Feb. 26, 2015 AZ SB 1092 Requires Waivers for Certain Health Insurance Bill Passed - House (34 - 23)
Feb. 25, 2015 UT SB 164 Establishes Medicaid Expansion Pilot Program Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 11)
Feb. 23, 2015 PA SB 293 Requires Health Care Exchange Navigator Certification Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
Feb. 23, 2015 AZ SB 1092 Requires Waivers for Certain Health Insurance Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 12)
Feb. 19, 2015 AZ SB 1318 Limits Health Insurance Coverage for Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 12)
Feb. 19, 2015 OR SB 1 Repeals Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Corporation Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
Feb. 6, 2015 WY SF 129 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Bill Failed - Senate (11 - 19)
Feb. 3, 2015 National HR 596 Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 Bill Passed - House (239 - 186)
Jan. 27, 2015 CO SB 52 Expands Legislative Oversight of the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
Jan. 22, 2015 National HR 7 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (242 - 179)
Jan. 8, 2015 National HR 30 Save American Workers Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (252 - 172)
Date No. Title Outcome
9/29 HR 3495 Women's Public Health and Safety Act Bill Passed - House (236 - 193)
9/09 HB 1 Expands Heroin Abuse Treatment Programs Veto Override Passed - Senate (44 - 11)
7/06 HB 2828 Appropriates Funds for Healthcare Financing Study Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
7/03 HB 2828 Appropriates Funds for Healthcare Financing Study Bill Failed - Senate (12 - 17)
7/01 HB 2828 Appropriates Funds for Healthcare Financing Study Bill Passed - House (36 - 24)
6/12 HB 21-A Amends State Health Insurance Program Bill Passed - House (71 - 28)
6/05 SB 2-A Establishes the Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange Program Bill Failed - House (41 - 72)
6/02 SB 4 Expands Health Care Coverage to Certain Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 11)
5/06 SB 575 Prohibits Health Plan Coverage for Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10)
5/05 SB 1028 Appropriates Funds for the Hawaii Health Connector Conference Report Adopted - House (41 - 9)
5/05 SB 1028 Appropriates Funds for the Hawaii Health Connector Conference Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 2)
4/30 HB 2758 Authorizes Confidential Communications Requests Bill Passed - House (34 - 25)
4/28 SF 1458 2015-2016 Health and Human Services Budget Bill Passed - House (72 - 60)
4/21 SJR 34 Specifies the Intent to Not Expand Medicaid Services Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (22 - 8)
4/18 SB 405 Expands Health Care Coverage Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
4/11 SB 405 Expands Health Care Coverage Bill Passed - House (54 - 42)
3/30 SB 405 Expands Health Care Coverage Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
3/24 SB 416 Requires Health Insurers to Cover In Vitro Fertilization for Same-Sex Couples Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 10)
3/23 SB 1318 Limits Health Insurance Coverage for Abortions Bill Passed - House (33 - 24)
3/13 HB 429 Requires Coverage for Terminal Conditions Bill Passed - House (105 - 61)
3/11 HB 2643 Prohibits Enforcement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - House (36 - 21)
3/10 HB 1647 Requires Maternity Health Plans to Cover Abortion Bill Passed - House (51 - 46)
2/26 SB 1092 Requires Waivers for Certain Health Insurance Bill Passed - House (34 - 23)
2/25 SB 164 Establishes Medicaid Expansion Pilot Program Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 11)
2/23 SB 293 Requires Health Care Exchange Navigator Certification Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
2/23 SB 1092 Requires Waivers for Certain Health Insurance Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 12)
2/19 SB 1318 Limits Health Insurance Coverage for Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 12)
2/19 SB 1 Repeals Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Corporation Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
2/06 SF 129 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Bill Failed - Senate (11 - 19)
2/03 HR 596 Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 Bill Passed - House (239 - 186)
1/27 SB 52 Expands Legislative Oversight of the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
1/22 HR 7 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (242 - 179)
1/08 HR 30 Save American Workers Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (252 - 172)

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