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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 9, 2016 MI HB 5384 Appropriates Funds for New Detroit School District Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 54)
June 8, 2016 MI HB 5384 Appropriates Funds for New Detroit School District Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 18)
May 10, 2016 IL SB 231 Appropriates Funds for Education Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 21)
May 5, 2016 AK HB 156 Amends Certain Public Education Regulations Conference Report Adopted - House (21 - 18)
May 4, 2016 AK HB 156 Amends Certain Public Education Regulations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (14 - 4)
April 25, 2016 MN HF 2749 Appropriates Funds for Education Bill Passed - House (84 - 46)
April 25, 2016 LA HB 863 Prohibits Schools from Holding Membership in Certain Associations or Organizations Bill Failed - House (33 - 51)
April 17, 2016 AK HB 156 Amends Certain Public Education Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 5)
April 13, 2016 OH HB 425 Authorizes Religious Expression in Schools Bill Passed - House (73 - 22)
April 7, 2016 MD HB 172 Amends School Board Nominating Commission Veto Override Passed - House (90 - 50)
April 7, 2016 MA S 2220 Increases Spending Cap on Charter School Tuition Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
March 23, 2016 IA SF 174 Increases K-12 Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (55 - 41)
March 23, 2016 IA SF 175 Increases K-12 Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (55 - 41)
March 23, 2016 KS SB 469 Amends Labor Union Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
March 22, 2016 AL SB 205 Prohibits Abortion Clinics from being Located Near Schools Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6)
March 22, 2016 MI SB 710 Amends the Detroit Public School System Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
March 21, 2016 ID S 1342 Authorizes Bibles in Schools as Educational References Bill Passed - House (54 - 15)
March 16, 2016 KY SB 253 Establishes Public Charter School Pilot Project Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 9)
March 16, 2016 MD SB 706 Establishes Education Credit Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 19)
March 11, 2016 VA HB 8 Establishes Virtual Public School Conference Report Adopted - House (60 - 36)
March 11, 2016 VA HB 8 Establishes Virtual Public School Conference Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 17)
March 10, 2016 IN HB 1005 Establishes Regulations Regarding Education Conference Report Adopted - Senate (33 - 17)
March 10, 2016 WA SB 6194 Authorizes Public Charter Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
March 9, 2016 IN HB 1005 Establishes Regulations Regarding Education Conference Report Adopted - House (52 - 43)
March 9, 2016 FL HB 7029 Amends Charter School Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12)
March 9, 2016 WA SB 6194 Authorizes Public Charter Schools Bill Passed - House (58 - 39)
March 7, 2016 VA HB 389 Establishes School Choice Program for Children with Disabilities Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 19)
March 3, 2016 SD HB 1008 Prohibits Students from Using School Restrooms Designated for the Opposite Biological Sex Veto Override Failed - House (36 - 29)
March 3, 2016 IN SB 334 Amends School Voucher Program Bill Passed - House (60 - 33)
March 3, 2016 MS HB 989 Establishes the Mississippi Achievement School District Bill Passed - House (82 - 38)
March 1, 2016 VA HB 516 Requires Parental Review of Explicit School Books Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
March 1, 2016 AZ HB 2151 Authorizes Teachers to Receive Tax Credits for Purchased School Supplies Bill Passed - House (34 - 24)
March 1, 2016 OK HB 2797 Requires Public High Schools to Teach Students about Fetal Development During Pregnancy Bill Passed - House (64 - 12)
Feb. 29, 2016 AK SB 89 Prohibits Schools from Contracting with Abortion Services Providers Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 7)
Feb. 29, 2016 AZ HB 2338 Authorizes Concealed Carry near Schools Bill Passed - House (35 - 24)
Feb. 26, 2016 WV HB 4014 Prohibits State Board of Education From Implementing Common Core Bill Passed - House (73 - 20)
Feb. 23, 2016 IN HB 1395 Repeals ISTEP Test Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 10)
Feb. 22, 2016 ID S 1248 Repeals the Requirement that Charter Schools Use State Contracts Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
Feb. 18, 2016 WA SB 6195 Amends Education Funding System Bill Passed - House (66 - 31)
Feb. 18, 2016 FL HB 7029 Amends Charter School Regulations Bill Passed - House (79 - 35)
Feb. 18, 2016 FL HB 7043 Establishes Funding Programs Related to Education Bill Passed - House (81 - 31)
Feb. 17, 2016 KY SB 1 Amends Public Education Standard Review Processes Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
Feb. 16, 2016 SD HB 1008 Prohibits Students from Using School Restrooms Designated for the Opposite Biological Sex Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
Feb. 16, 2016 WA SB 6195 Amends Education Funding System Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
Feb. 16, 2016 VA HB 389 Establishes School Choice Program for Children with Disabilities Bill Passed - House (53 - 46)
Feb. 16, 2016 WI AB 873 Requires Open Meetings and Public Records for Interscholastic Athletics Associations Bill Passed - House (61 - 34)
Feb. 15, 2016 VA HB 1234 Authorizes School Security Officers to Carry Firearms Bill Passed - House (66 - 33)
Feb. 15, 2016 VA SJ 6 Authorizes the Board of Education to Establish Charter Schools Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 21)
Feb. 10, 2016 WA SB 6443 Repeals Rule Authorizing Use of Bathrooms Consistent with Gender Identity Bill Failed - Senate (24 - 25)
Feb. 9, 2016 VA HB 518 Authorizes Students to Transfer from Certain Schools Bill Passed - House (57 - 42)
Feb. 9, 2016 SD HB 1112 Repeals Transgender Policies Adopted by High School Sports Associations Bill Passed - House (45 - 23)
Feb. 3, 2016 IN HB 1004 Authorizes Higher Wages for Hard-to-Fill Teaching Positions Bill Passed - House (57 - 42)
Jan. 27, 2016 RI H 7051 Requires City Council Approval to Establish or Expand a Charter School Bill Passed - House (60 - 11)
Jan. 27, 2016 SD HB 1008 Prohibits Students from Using School Restrooms Designated for the Opposite Biological Sex Bill Passed - House (58 - 10)
Jan. 25, 2016 WA HB 2366 Amends Education Funding System Bill Passed - House (64 - 34)
Jan. 20, 2016 NE LB 18 Requires a Meningitis Immunization Before Entering Seventh Grade Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (29 - 14)
Jan. 20, 2016 WA SB 6194 Authorizes Commission Oversight for Public Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
Date No. Title Outcome
6/09 HB 5384 Appropriates Funds for New Detroit School District Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 54)
6/08 HB 5384 Appropriates Funds for New Detroit School District Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 18)
5/10 SB 231 Appropriates Funds for Education Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 21)
5/05 HB 156 Amends Certain Public Education Regulations Conference Report Adopted - House (21 - 18)
5/04 HB 156 Amends Certain Public Education Regulations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (14 - 4)
4/25 HF 2749 Appropriates Funds for Education Bill Passed - House (84 - 46)
4/25 HB 863 Prohibits Schools from Holding Membership in Certain Associations or Organizations Bill Failed - House (33 - 51)
4/17 HB 156 Amends Certain Public Education Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 5)
4/13 HB 425 Authorizes Religious Expression in Schools Bill Passed - House (73 - 22)
4/07 HB 172 Amends School Board Nominating Commission Veto Override Passed - House (90 - 50)
4/07 S 2220 Increases Spending Cap on Charter School Tuition Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
3/23 SF 174 Increases K-12 Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (55 - 41)
3/23 SF 175 Increases K-12 Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (55 - 41)
3/23 SB 469 Amends Labor Union Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
3/22 SB 205 Prohibits Abortion Clinics from being Located Near Schools Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6)
3/22 SB 710 Amends the Detroit Public School System Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
3/21 S 1342 Authorizes Bibles in Schools as Educational References Bill Passed - House (54 - 15)
3/16 SB 253 Establishes Public Charter School Pilot Project Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 9)
3/16 SB 706 Establishes Education Credit Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 19)
3/11 HB 8 Establishes Virtual Public School Conference Report Adopted - House (60 - 36)
3/11 HB 8 Establishes Virtual Public School Conference Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 17)
3/10 HB 1005 Establishes Regulations Regarding Education Conference Report Adopted - Senate (33 - 17)
3/10 SB 6194 Authorizes Public Charter Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
3/09 HB 1005 Establishes Regulations Regarding Education Conference Report Adopted - House (52 - 43)
3/09 HB 7029 Amends Charter School Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12)
3/09 SB 6194 Authorizes Public Charter Schools Bill Passed - House (58 - 39)
3/07 HB 389 Establishes School Choice Program for Children with Disabilities Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 19)
3/03 HB 1008 Prohibits Students from Using School Restrooms Designated for the Opposite Biological Sex Veto Override Failed - House (36 - 29)
3/03 SB 334 Amends School Voucher Program Bill Passed - House (60 - 33)
3/03 HB 989 Establishes the Mississippi Achievement School District Bill Passed - House (82 - 38)
3/01 HB 516 Requires Parental Review of Explicit School Books Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
3/01 HB 2151 Authorizes Teachers to Receive Tax Credits for Purchased School Supplies Bill Passed - House (34 - 24)
3/01 HB 2797 Requires Public High Schools to Teach Students about Fetal Development During Pregnancy Bill Passed - House (64 - 12)
2/29 SB 89 Prohibits Schools from Contracting with Abortion Services Providers Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 7)
2/29 HB 2338 Authorizes Concealed Carry near Schools Bill Passed - House (35 - 24)
2/26 HB 4014 Prohibits State Board of Education From Implementing Common Core Bill Passed - House (73 - 20)
2/23 HB 1395 Repeals ISTEP Test Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 10)
2/22 S 1248 Repeals the Requirement that Charter Schools Use State Contracts Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
2/18 SB 6195 Amends Education Funding System Bill Passed - House (66 - 31)
2/18 HB 7029 Amends Charter School Regulations Bill Passed - House (79 - 35)
2/18 HB 7043 Establishes Funding Programs Related to Education Bill Passed - House (81 - 31)
2/17 SB 1 Amends Public Education Standard Review Processes Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
2/16 HB 1008 Prohibits Students from Using School Restrooms Designated for the Opposite Biological Sex Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
2/16 SB 6195 Amends Education Funding System Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
2/16 HB 389 Establishes School Choice Program for Children with Disabilities Bill Passed - House (53 - 46)
2/16 AB 873 Requires Open Meetings and Public Records for Interscholastic Athletics Associations Bill Passed - House (61 - 34)
2/15 HB 1234 Authorizes School Security Officers to Carry Firearms Bill Passed - House (66 - 33)
2/15 SJ 6 Authorizes the Board of Education to Establish Charter Schools Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 21)
2/10 SB 6443 Repeals Rule Authorizing Use of Bathrooms Consistent with Gender Identity Bill Failed - Senate (24 - 25)
2/09 HB 518 Authorizes Students to Transfer from Certain Schools Bill Passed - House (57 - 42)
2/09 HB 1112 Repeals Transgender Policies Adopted by High School Sports Associations Bill Passed - House (45 - 23)
2/03 HB 1004 Authorizes Higher Wages for Hard-to-Fill Teaching Positions Bill Passed - House (57 - 42)
1/27 H 7051 Requires City Council Approval to Establish or Expand a Charter School Bill Passed - House (60 - 11)
1/27 HB 1008 Prohibits Students from Using School Restrooms Designated for the Opposite Biological Sex Bill Passed - House (58 - 10)
1/25 HB 2366 Amends Education Funding System Bill Passed - House (64 - 34)
1/20 LB 18 Requires a Meningitis Immunization Before Entering Seventh Grade Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (29 - 14)
1/20 SB 6194 Authorizes Commission Oversight for Public Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)

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