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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. 6, 2016 OH HB 493 Prohibits Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat Detection Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 39)
Dec. 6, 2016 OH HB 493 Prohibits Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat Detection Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10)
July 13, 2016 National S 304 Conscience Protection Act of 2016 Bill Passed - House (245 - 182)
May 25, 2016 IL SB 1564 Requires Healthcare Workers to Provide Treatment Options Bill Passed - House (61 - 54)
May 25, 2016 MI HB 4787 Prohibits Coercing a Pregnant Woman to Have an Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
May 17, 2016 SC H 3114 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Conference Report Adopted - House (79 - 29)
May 5, 2016 NH HB 1570 Repeals Buffer Zone Around Abortion Clinics Bill Failed - Senate (12 - 12)
May 4, 2016 AL SB 363 Prohibits Dilation and Evacuation Abortion Bill Passed - House (74 - 26)
March 24, 2016 MI HB 4787 Prohibits Coercing a Pregnant Woman to Have an Abortion Bill Passed - House (65 - 43)
March 22, 2016 AL SB 205 Prohibits Abortion Clinics from being Located Near Schools Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6)
March 17, 2016 MO HB 1370 Requires All Guardians of a Minor to be Notified Prior to Abortion Bill Passed - House (121 - 34)
March 14, 2016 GA HB 555 Establishes Regulations Regarding Records of Juvenile Petitions for Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 17)
March 10, 2016 WV SB 10 Prohibits Certain Abortion Procedures Veto Override Passed - House (85 - 15)
March 10, 2016 WV SB 10 Prohibits Certain Abortion Procedures Veto Override Passed - Senate (25 - 9)
March 9, 2016 FL HB 1411 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Tissue Concurrence Vote Passed - House (76 - 40)
March 9, 2016 FL HB 1411 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Tissue Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 15)
March 9, 2016 KY SB 212 Amends Abortion Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
March 9, 2016 IA HF 2329 Prohibits Sale of Fetal Tissue Bill Passed - House (56 - 43)
March 8, 2016 SC H 3114 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Conference Report Adopted - Senate (36 - 9)
March 8, 2016 OK SB 1552 Prohibits State from Issuing or Renewing Physician Licenses Following the Performance of an Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 7)
March 7, 2016 UT SB 234 Requires Anesthesia to be Administered to a Fetus During an Abortion Procedure Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 3)
March 3, 2016 FL HB 1411 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Tissue Bill Passed - House (74 - 44)
March 2, 2016 AZ HB 2599 Establishes Provisions that Prohibit Certain Organizations from Receiving State or Federal Funding Bill Passed - House (35 - 24)
March 1, 2016 IN HB 1337 Amends Abortion Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 13)
March 1, 2016 ID H 516 Requires Physician to Offer Ultrasound 24 Hours before Abortion Bill Passed - House (56 - 13)
Feb. 29, 2016 WV SB 10 Prohibits Certain Abortion Procedures Bill Passed - House (86 - 13)
Feb. 29, 2016 AK SB 89 Prohibits Schools from Contracting with Abortion Services Providers Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 7)
Feb. 25, 2016 MS HB 519 Prohibits Dismemberment Abortion Bill Passed - House (83 - 33)
Feb. 25, 2016 AZ SB 1324 Amends Requirements for Certain Abortion-Inducing Drug Prescriptions Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 10)
Feb. 23, 2016 SD SB 72 Prohibits Abortions After 22 Weeks Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
Feb. 17, 2016 AL HB 45 Prohibits Fetal Tissue from Being Sold or Used for Research Bill Passed - House (76 - 24)
Feb. 17, 2016 WV SB 10 Prohibits Certain Abortion Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
Feb. 17, 2016 GA HB 555 Establishes Regulations Regarding Records of Juvenile Petitions for Abortion Bill Passed - House (119 - 51)
Feb. 2, 2016 IN SB 313 Prohibits Abortion Based on Gender, Race, or Disability of Fetus Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 14)
Feb. 2, 2016 KY SB 7 Prohibits Appropriation of Local Funds for Certain Family Planning Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 5)
Feb. 2, 2016 IN HB 1337 Amends Abortion Regulations Bill Passed - House (74 - 23)
Feb. 1, 2016 KY SB 4 Amends Informed Consent Procedures for Abortion Patients Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 5)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/06 HB 493 Prohibits Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat Detection Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 39)
12/06 HB 493 Prohibits Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat Detection Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10)
7/13 S 304 Conscience Protection Act of 2016 Bill Passed - House (245 - 182)
5/25 SB 1564 Requires Healthcare Workers to Provide Treatment Options Bill Passed - House (61 - 54)
5/25 HB 4787 Prohibits Coercing a Pregnant Woman to Have an Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
5/17 H 3114 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Conference Report Adopted - House (79 - 29)
5/05 HB 1570 Repeals Buffer Zone Around Abortion Clinics Bill Failed - Senate (12 - 12)
5/04 SB 363 Prohibits Dilation and Evacuation Abortion Bill Passed - House (74 - 26)
3/24 HB 4787 Prohibits Coercing a Pregnant Woman to Have an Abortion Bill Passed - House (65 - 43)
3/22 SB 205 Prohibits Abortion Clinics from being Located Near Schools Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6)
3/17 HB 1370 Requires All Guardians of a Minor to be Notified Prior to Abortion Bill Passed - House (121 - 34)
3/14 HB 555 Establishes Regulations Regarding Records of Juvenile Petitions for Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 17)
3/10 SB 10 Prohibits Certain Abortion Procedures Veto Override Passed - House (85 - 15)
3/10 SB 10 Prohibits Certain Abortion Procedures Veto Override Passed - Senate (25 - 9)
3/09 HB 1411 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Tissue Concurrence Vote Passed - House (76 - 40)
3/09 HB 1411 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Tissue Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 15)
3/09 SB 212 Amends Abortion Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
3/09 HF 2329 Prohibits Sale of Fetal Tissue Bill Passed - House (56 - 43)
3/08 H 3114 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Conference Report Adopted - Senate (36 - 9)
3/08 SB 1552 Prohibits State from Issuing or Renewing Physician Licenses Following the Performance of an Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 7)
3/07 SB 234 Requires Anesthesia to be Administered to a Fetus During an Abortion Procedure Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 3)
3/03 HB 1411 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Tissue Bill Passed - House (74 - 44)
3/02 HB 2599 Establishes Provisions that Prohibit Certain Organizations from Receiving State or Federal Funding Bill Passed - House (35 - 24)
3/01 HB 1337 Amends Abortion Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 13)
3/01 H 516 Requires Physician to Offer Ultrasound 24 Hours before Abortion Bill Passed - House (56 - 13)
2/29 SB 10 Prohibits Certain Abortion Procedures Bill Passed - House (86 - 13)
2/29 SB 89 Prohibits Schools from Contracting with Abortion Services Providers Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 7)
2/25 HB 519 Prohibits Dismemberment Abortion Bill Passed - House (83 - 33)
2/25 SB 1324 Amends Requirements for Certain Abortion-Inducing Drug Prescriptions Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 10)
2/23 SB 72 Prohibits Abortions After 22 Weeks Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
2/17 HB 45 Prohibits Fetal Tissue from Being Sold or Used for Research Bill Passed - House (76 - 24)
2/17 SB 10 Prohibits Certain Abortion Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
2/17 HB 555 Establishes Regulations Regarding Records of Juvenile Petitions for Abortion Bill Passed - House (119 - 51)
2/02 SB 313 Prohibits Abortion Based on Gender, Race, or Disability of Fetus Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 14)
2/02 SB 7 Prohibits Appropriation of Local Funds for Certain Family Planning Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 5)
2/02 HB 1337 Amends Abortion Regulations Bill Passed - House (74 - 23)
2/01 SB 4 Amends Informed Consent Procedures for Abortion Patients Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 5)

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