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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
Nov. 3, 2017 National HR 3922 Community Health and Medical Professionals Improve Our Nation Act of 2017 (CHAMPION Act) Bill Passed - House (242 - 174)
Nov. 2, 2017 National HR 849 Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare Act Bill Passed - House (307 - 111)
July 28, 2017 National S Amdt 667 Health Care Freedom Act of 2017 Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 51)
July 26, 2017 National S Amdt 271 Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017 Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 55)
July 25, 2017 National S Amdt 270 Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 57)
July 5, 2017 OR HB 3391 Requires Coverage for Abortions and Contraceptives Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
July 1, 2017 OR HB 3391 Requires Coverage for Abortions and Contraceptives Bill Passed - House (33 - 23)
May 16, 2017 NY A 4738 Establishes New York Health Plan Bill Passed - House (94 - 46)
May 10, 2017 IL HB 40 Amends Restrictions on Publicly Funded Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 22)
May 8, 2017 FL HB 5007 Revises Florida Retirement System Conference Report Adopted - Senate (24 - 13)
May 4, 2017 National HR 1628 American Health Care Act of 2017 Bill Passed - House (217 - 213)
May 4, 2017 National HR 2192 McSally Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (429 - 0)
April 25, 2017 NV AB 249 Requires Insurance Coverage for 12-Month Refills of Contraceptive Drugs Bill Passed - House (40 - 2)
April 18, 2017 ME LD 12 Establishes Protections for Living Organ Donors Veto Override Passed - Senate (32 - 2)
April 13, 2017 ME LD 12 Establishes Protections for Living Organ Donors Veto Override Passed - House (146 - 0)
April 12, 2017 WA HB 1234 Requires Coverage for 12-Month Refills of Contraceptive Drugs Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 1)
April 4, 2017 SC H 3809 Requires Coverage for 12-Month Refills of Contraceptive Drugs Bill Passed - House (64 - 38)
March 30, 2017 MN HF 5 Establishes a Health Insurance Cost-Sharing Program Conference Report Adopted - Senate (35 - 32)
March 23, 2017 FL HB 7007 Authorizes Health Insurance and Retirement Benefits Bill Passed - House (77 - 37)
March 15, 2017 MN HF 5 Establishes a Health Insurance Cost-Sharing Program Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 29)
March 13, 2017 MN HF 5 Establishes a Health Insurance Cost-Sharing Program Bill Passed - House (78 - 53)
Jan. 12, 2017 National S Con Res 3 A Concurrent Resolution Setting Forth the Congressional Budget for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2017 and Setting Forth the Appropriate Budgetary Levels for Fiscal Years 2018 Through 2026 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (51 - 48)
Date No. Title Outcome
11/03 HR 3922 Community Health and Medical Professionals Improve Our Nation Act of 2017 (CHAMPION Act) Bill Passed - House (242 - 174)
11/02 HR 849 Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare Act Bill Passed - House (307 - 111)
7/28 S Amdt 667 Health Care Freedom Act of 2017 Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 51)
7/26 S Amdt 271 Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017 Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 55)
7/25 S Amdt 270 Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 57)
7/05 HB 3391 Requires Coverage for Abortions and Contraceptives Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
7/01 HB 3391 Requires Coverage for Abortions and Contraceptives Bill Passed - House (33 - 23)
5/16 A 4738 Establishes New York Health Plan Bill Passed - House (94 - 46)
5/10 HB 40 Amends Restrictions on Publicly Funded Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 22)
5/08 HB 5007 Revises Florida Retirement System Conference Report Adopted - Senate (24 - 13)
5/04 HR 1628 American Health Care Act of 2017 Bill Passed - House (217 - 213)
5/04 HR 2192 McSally Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (429 - 0)
4/25 AB 249 Requires Insurance Coverage for 12-Month Refills of Contraceptive Drugs Bill Passed - House (40 - 2)
4/18 LD 12 Establishes Protections for Living Organ Donors Veto Override Passed - Senate (32 - 2)
4/13 LD 12 Establishes Protections for Living Organ Donors Veto Override Passed - House (146 - 0)
4/12 HB 1234 Requires Coverage for 12-Month Refills of Contraceptive Drugs Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 1)
4/04 H 3809 Requires Coverage for 12-Month Refills of Contraceptive Drugs Bill Passed - House (64 - 38)
3/30 HF 5 Establishes a Health Insurance Cost-Sharing Program Conference Report Adopted - Senate (35 - 32)
3/23 HB 7007 Authorizes Health Insurance and Retirement Benefits Bill Passed - House (77 - 37)
3/15 HF 5 Establishes a Health Insurance Cost-Sharing Program Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 29)
3/13 HF 5 Establishes a Health Insurance Cost-Sharing Program Bill Passed - House (78 - 53)
1/12 S Con Res 3 A Concurrent Resolution Setting Forth the Congressional Budget for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2017 and Setting Forth the Appropriate Budgetary Levels for Fiscal Years 2018 Through 2026 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (51 - 48)

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