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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
June 20, 2016 NC HB 763 Prohibits Wind Farms in Certain Military Flight Zones Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 14)
June 7, 2016 RI H 8240 Requires Referendum for Power Plant Tax Agreement Bill Passed - House (64 - 7)
June 6, 2016 AK HB 247 Amends Oil and Gas Tax Credit System Conference Report Adopted - House (21 - 19)
June 6, 2016 AK HB 247 Amends Oil and Gas Tax Credit System Conference Report Adopted - Senate (13 - 6)
May 13, 2016 AK HB 247 Amends Oil and Gas Tax Credit System Bill Passed - House (25 - 12)
April 21, 2016 CO HB 1430 Requires Oil and Gas Companies to Provide Certain Information Bill Passed - House (34 - 31)
April 13, 2016 NE LB 824 Amends Renewable Energy Development Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 10)
April 6, 2016 MO SB 623 Increases Motor Fuel Tax Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10)
April 6, 2016 MD SB 921 Increases Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 14)
April 5, 2016 RI S 2185 Extends Renewable Energy Standard Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
March 29, 2016 CO SB 157 Requires Suspension of Clean Power Plan Implementation Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
March 23, 2016 AK SB 125 Amends Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Board of Directors Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 7)
March 21, 2016 MD HB 1106 Increases Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Bill Passed - House (92 - 43)
March 14, 2016 NJ S 1707 Requires Increased Use of Renewable Energy Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
March 10, 2016 UT SB 115 Amends Regulations Regarding Public Electricity Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 8)
March 10, 2016 UT SB 115 Amends Regulations Regarding Public Electricity Bill Passed - House (46 - 26)
March 2, 2016 OR SB 1547 Prohibits the Use of Coal as an Energy Supply Source Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (17 - 12)
March 2, 2016 OR HB 4037 Establishes Solar Energy Incentives Program Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 6)
March 2, 2016 WV SB 705 Reduces Severance Tax Rate on Oil, Natural Gas and Coal Production Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
March 1, 2016 OR SB 1547 Prohibits the Use of Coal as an Energy Supply Source Bill Passed - House (38 - 20)
March 1, 2016 KY SB 89 Authorizes Construction of Nuclear Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
Feb. 15, 2016 OR HB 4036 Requires Electric Companies to Eliminate Coal Power Bill Passed - House (39 - 20)
Feb. 11, 2016 NJ S 988 Authorizes Qualified Wind Energy Projects Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11)
Feb. 9, 2016 CO HB 1004 Amends Climate Impact Plan Bill Passed - House (34 - 31)
Feb. 4, 2016 National S 2012 Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (43 - 54)
Jan. 27, 2016 FL HB 191 Authorizes Hydraulic Fracking Bill Passed - House (73 - 45)
Date No. Title Outcome
6/20 HB 763 Prohibits Wind Farms in Certain Military Flight Zones Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 14)
6/07 H 8240 Requires Referendum for Power Plant Tax Agreement Bill Passed - House (64 - 7)
6/06 HB 247 Amends Oil and Gas Tax Credit System Conference Report Adopted - House (21 - 19)
6/06 HB 247 Amends Oil and Gas Tax Credit System Conference Report Adopted - Senate (13 - 6)
5/13 HB 247 Amends Oil and Gas Tax Credit System Bill Passed - House (25 - 12)
4/21 HB 1430 Requires Oil and Gas Companies to Provide Certain Information Bill Passed - House (34 - 31)
4/13 LB 824 Amends Renewable Energy Development Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 10)
4/06 SB 623 Increases Motor Fuel Tax Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10)
4/06 SB 921 Increases Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 14)
4/05 S 2185 Extends Renewable Energy Standard Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
3/29 SB 157 Requires Suspension of Clean Power Plan Implementation Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
3/23 SB 125 Amends Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Board of Directors Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 7)
3/21 HB 1106 Increases Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Bill Passed - House (92 - 43)
3/14 S 1707 Requires Increased Use of Renewable Energy Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
3/10 SB 115 Amends Regulations Regarding Public Electricity Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 8)
3/10 SB 115 Amends Regulations Regarding Public Electricity Bill Passed - House (46 - 26)
3/02 SB 1547 Prohibits the Use of Coal as an Energy Supply Source Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (17 - 12)
3/02 HB 4037 Establishes Solar Energy Incentives Program Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 6)
3/02 SB 705 Reduces Severance Tax Rate on Oil, Natural Gas and Coal Production Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
3/01 SB 1547 Prohibits the Use of Coal as an Energy Supply Source Bill Passed - House (38 - 20)
3/01 SB 89 Authorizes Construction of Nuclear Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
2/15 HB 4036 Requires Electric Companies to Eliminate Coal Power Bill Passed - House (39 - 20)
2/11 S 988 Authorizes Qualified Wind Energy Projects Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11)
2/09 HB 1004 Amends Climate Impact Plan Bill Passed - House (34 - 31)
2/04 S 2012 Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (43 - 54)
1/27 HB 191 Authorizes Hydraulic Fracking Bill Passed - House (73 - 45)

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