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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. 27, 2016 National HR 954 CO-OP Consumer Protection Act of 2016 Bill Passed - House (258 - 165)
July 20, 2016 HI SB 2077 Authorizes Severance Packages for Certain Hospital Employees Veto Override Passed - House (43 - 3)
July 20, 2016 HI SB 2077 Authorizes Severance Packages for Certain Hospital Employees Veto Override Passed - Senate (18 - 4)
July 13, 2016 National S 304 Conscience Protection Act of 2016 Bill Passed - House (245 - 182)
June 2, 2016 CA SB 10 Authorizes Undocumented Immigrants to be Eligible for Health Coverage Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
May 31, 2016 CA SB 10 Authorizes Undocumented Immigrants to be Eligible for Health Coverage Bill Passed - House (55 - 20)
April 21, 2016 IL HB 5576 Requires Health Insurance Plans to Cover Birth Control Bill Passed - House (61 - 52)
March 31, 2016 NH HB 1696 Amends Health Protection Program Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 8)
March 23, 2016 ID H 644 Establishes Health Clinic Grant Program Bill Passed - House (43 - 26)
March 10, 2016 IN SB 165 Expands Medicaid Conference Report Adopted - Senate (34 - 16)
March 10, 2016 IN SB 165 Expands Medicaid Conference Report Adopted - House (65 - 35)
March 9, 2016 NH HB 1696 Amends Health Protection Program Bill Passed - House (216 - 145)
March 9, 2016 OK HB 2962 Requires Health Insurance Plans Cover Autism Treatment Bill Passed - House (76 - 20)
Feb. 26, 2016 MS HB 1116 Increases Identification Requirements for Medicaid Bill Passed - House (76 - 40)
Date No. Title Outcome
9/27 HR 954 CO-OP Consumer Protection Act of 2016 Bill Passed - House (258 - 165)
7/20 SB 2077 Authorizes Severance Packages for Certain Hospital Employees Veto Override Passed - House (43 - 3)
7/20 SB 2077 Authorizes Severance Packages for Certain Hospital Employees Veto Override Passed - Senate (18 - 4)
7/13 S 304 Conscience Protection Act of 2016 Bill Passed - House (245 - 182)
6/02 SB 10 Authorizes Undocumented Immigrants to be Eligible for Health Coverage Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
5/31 SB 10 Authorizes Undocumented Immigrants to be Eligible for Health Coverage Bill Passed - House (55 - 20)
4/21 HB 5576 Requires Health Insurance Plans to Cover Birth Control Bill Passed - House (61 - 52)
3/31 HB 1696 Amends Health Protection Program Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 8)
3/23 H 644 Establishes Health Clinic Grant Program Bill Passed - House (43 - 26)
3/10 SB 165 Expands Medicaid Conference Report Adopted - Senate (34 - 16)
3/10 SB 165 Expands Medicaid Conference Report Adopted - House (65 - 35)
3/09 HB 1696 Amends Health Protection Program Bill Passed - House (216 - 145)
3/09 HB 2962 Requires Health Insurance Plans Cover Autism Treatment Bill Passed - House (76 - 20)
2/26 HB 1116 Increases Identification Requirements for Medicaid Bill Passed - House (76 - 40)

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