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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. 22, 2015 National S Amdt 2564 Prohibits Liability Immunity for Corporations that Break User Agreements Amendment Rejected - Senate (32 - 65)
Oct. 1, 2015 National HR 3457 Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act Bill Passed - House (251 - 173)
July 16, 2015 CA SB 227 Prohibits Grand Juries from Investigating Certain Cases Bill Passed - House (41 - 33)
May 26, 2015 CA AB 884 Requires the Attorney General to Denote Ballot Initiatives That May Be Unconstitutional Bill Passed - House (50 - 26)
May 18, 2015 ID H 1 Amends Foreign Child Support Order Bill Passed - House (49 - 21)
May 16, 2015 NV AB 193 Authorizes a Court of Law to Admit Hearsay as Evidence Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 8)
May 12, 2015 DE SB 75 Prohibits Stock Corporations from Establishing Fee-Shifting Bylaws Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 5)
May 7, 2015 CA SB 227 Prohibits Grand Juries from Investigating Certain Cases Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
April 30, 2015 TX SB 1628 Amends Existing Law Relating to Insurance Claim Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10)
April 24, 2015 FL HB 943 Amends Alimony Law Bill Passed - House (93 - 22)
April 23, 2015 National PN 4 Nomination of Loretta E. Lynch to be Attorney General Nomination Confirmed - Senate (56 - 43)
April 21, 2015 TX HB 1690 Requires Texas Rangers to Investigate Public Corruption Bill Passed - House (95 - 49)
March 26, 2015 NJ S 2791 Environmental Protection Budget Amendments Bill Passed - House (43 - 30)
March 19, 2015 MD HB 124 Authorizes Expungement of Certain Crimes Bill Passed - House (93 - 46)
March 16, 2015 NJ S 2791 Environmental Protection Budget Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 14)
March 14, 2015 WV HB 2011 Amends Requirements for Workplace Injury Lawsuits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (63 - 33)
March 5, 2015 AZ SB 1222 Prohibits Plea Agreements for Individuals Deported During Trial Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
March 3, 2015 OR HB 2700 Requires Redistribution of Unclaimed Damages from Class Action Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
Feb. 23, 2015 WV HB 2002 Amends Liability Standards Conference Report Adopted - House (71 - 21)
Feb. 20, 2015 NV AB 125 Amends Provisions Relating to Constructional Defects Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 8)
Feb. 17, 2015 WV SB 6 Amends Existing Medical Malpractice Law Bill Passed - House (76 - 21)
Feb. 17, 2015 NV AB 125 Amends Provisions Relating to Constructional Defects Bill Passed - House (25 - 17)
Feb. 12, 2015 MS HB 1338 Authorizes Lawsuits for "Wrongful Death" of a Fetus Bill Passed - House (78 - 37)
Feb. 10, 2015 WV HB 2011 Amends Requirements for Workplace Injury Lawsuits Bill Passed - House (59 - 38)
Feb. 9, 2015 WV HB 2002 Amends Liability Standards Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
Feb. 9, 2015 OR HB 2700 Requires Redistribution of Unclaimed Damages from Class Action Lawsuits Bill Passed - House (35 - 22)
Jan. 27, 2015 WV HB 2002 Amends Liability Standards Bill Passed - House (74 - 25)
Date No. Title Outcome
10/22 S Amdt 2564 Prohibits Liability Immunity for Corporations that Break User Agreements Amendment Rejected - Senate (32 - 65)
10/01 HR 3457 Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act Bill Passed - House (251 - 173)
7/16 SB 227 Prohibits Grand Juries from Investigating Certain Cases Bill Passed - House (41 - 33)
5/26 AB 884 Requires the Attorney General to Denote Ballot Initiatives That May Be Unconstitutional Bill Passed - House (50 - 26)
5/18 H 1 Amends Foreign Child Support Order Bill Passed - House (49 - 21)
5/16 AB 193 Authorizes a Court of Law to Admit Hearsay as Evidence Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 8)
5/12 SB 75 Prohibits Stock Corporations from Establishing Fee-Shifting Bylaws Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 5)
5/07 SB 227 Prohibits Grand Juries from Investigating Certain Cases Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
4/30 SB 1628 Amends Existing Law Relating to Insurance Claim Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10)
4/24 HB 943 Amends Alimony Law Bill Passed - House (93 - 22)
4/23 PN 4 Nomination of Loretta E. Lynch to be Attorney General Nomination Confirmed - Senate (56 - 43)
4/21 HB 1690 Requires Texas Rangers to Investigate Public Corruption Bill Passed - House (95 - 49)
3/26 S 2791 Environmental Protection Budget Amendments Bill Passed - House (43 - 30)
3/19 HB 124 Authorizes Expungement of Certain Crimes Bill Passed - House (93 - 46)
3/16 S 2791 Environmental Protection Budget Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 14)
3/14 HB 2011 Amends Requirements for Workplace Injury Lawsuits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (63 - 33)
3/05 SB 1222 Prohibits Plea Agreements for Individuals Deported During Trial Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
3/03 HB 2700 Requires Redistribution of Unclaimed Damages from Class Action Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
2/23 HB 2002 Amends Liability Standards Conference Report Adopted - House (71 - 21)
2/20 AB 125 Amends Provisions Relating to Constructional Defects Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 8)
2/17 SB 6 Amends Existing Medical Malpractice Law Bill Passed - House (76 - 21)
2/17 AB 125 Amends Provisions Relating to Constructional Defects Bill Passed - House (25 - 17)
2/12 HB 1338 Authorizes Lawsuits for "Wrongful Death" of a Fetus Bill Passed - House (78 - 37)
2/10 HB 2011 Amends Requirements for Workplace Injury Lawsuits Bill Passed - House (59 - 38)
2/09 HB 2002 Amends Liability Standards Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
2/09 HB 2700 Requires Redistribution of Unclaimed Damages from Class Action Lawsuits Bill Passed - House (35 - 22)
1/27 HB 2002 Amends Liability Standards Bill Passed - House (74 - 25)

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