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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. 28, 2018 National HR 6760 Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (220 - 191)
Sept. 27, 2018 NJ A 4495 Increases Corporate Business Tax Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
Sept. 27, 2018 NJ A 4496 Amends Sales Tax Regulations Bill Passed - House (43 - 35)
Sept. 27, 2018 National HR 6757 Family Savings Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (240 - 177)
Sept. 27, 2018 NJ S 2892 Expands State Tax on Aviation Fuel Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
Sept. 27, 2018 NJ A 4495 Increases Corporate Business Tax Bill Passed - House (41 - 37)
Sept. 26, 2018 MI SB 704 Amends Tourism Laws to Impose a Hotel Room Tax Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 9)
Sept. 25, 2018 PA SB 172 Authorizes Speed Cameras in Work Zones Concurrence Vote Passed - House (173 - 22)
Sept. 13, 2018 ME LD 1629 Specifies Protections for Elderly from Tax Lien Foreclosures Bill Passed - House (61 - 34)
July 18, 2018 MA H 4546 Authorizes Creation of Community Benefit Districts Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
July 1, 2018 NJ A 4202 Amends State Tax Rates Conference Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 15)
July 1, 2018 NJ A 3088 Increases New Jersey's Earned Income Tax Credit Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 15)
July 1, 2018 NJ A 4261 Requires Out of State Online Vendors to Collect New Jersey Sales Tax (22 - 15)
June 30, 2018 NJ A 3088 Increases New Jersey's Earned Income Tax Credit Bill Passed - House (51 - 20)
June 30, 2018 NJ A 4261 Requires Out of State Online Vendors to Collect New Jersey Sales Tax Bill Passed - House (44 - 27)
June 28, 2018 NC SB 75 Establishes a 7 Percent Cap on State Income Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 13)
June 28, 2018 CA AB 1838 Prohibits Local Grocery Taxes Concurrence Vote Passed - House (70 - 2)
June 28, 2018 CA AB 1838 Prohibits Local Grocery Taxes Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 7)
June 25, 2018 NJ A 4163 Authorizes Municipal Payroll Taxes for School Funding Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
June 21, 2018 NJ A 4132 Amends Nicotine Taxation Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
June 21, 2018 NJ A 4163 Authorizes Municipal Payroll Taxes for School Funding Bill Passed - House (46 - 27)
June 21, 2018 NJ A 3088 Increases New Jersey's Earned Income Tax Credit Bill Passed - House (56 - 11)
June 13, 2018 PA HB 1810 Requires Data Information Sharing for Hosting Platforms Bill Passed - House (177 - 14)
June 7, 2018 OH HB 430 Exempts Oil Production from Sales Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - House
May 16, 2018 MN HF 4385 Amends Tax Law Conference Report Adopted - Senate (34 - 33)
May 15, 2018 MN HF 4385 Amends Tax Law Conference Report Adopted - House (78 - 50)
April 17, 2018 MO HB 2540 Amends Various Tax Laws Bill Passed - House (91 - 61)
April 17, 2018 CO SB 18-083 Establishes Educational Tax Credit System Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
April 12, 2018 NJ S 122 Authorizes Tax Credits for Film Production Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 3)
April 12, 2018 NJ S 122 Authorizes Tax Credits for Film Production Bill Passed - House (59 - 14)
April 4, 2018 TN HB 1701 Establishes Tax on Gentleman's Clubs Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 2)
March 28, 2018 NC SB 75 Establishes a 7 Percent Cap on State Income Tax Bill Passed - House (73 - 45)
March 21, 2018 MD SB 646 Establishes a Maryland Estate Tax Bill Passed - House (90 - 49)
March 20, 2018 AL SB 311 Authorizes Car Rental Taxes to be Used for Birmingham Stadium Bill Passed - House (14 - 3)
March 19, 2018 MD SB 877 Authorizes Corporate Tax Incentives Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 12)
March 15, 2018 AR HB 1008 Expands Tuition Savings Plan Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 5)
March 15, 2018 OK SB 1086 Repeals Capital Gains Deduction Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 9)
March 14, 2018 AR HB 1008 Expands Tuition Savings Plan Bill Passed - House (62 - 16)
March 12, 2018 TN HB 1701 Establishes Tax on Gentleman's Clubs Bill Passed - House (69 - 15)
March 5, 2018 MD SB 256 Requires Presidential Candidates to Disclose Tax Returns Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 17)
March 5, 2018 FL HB 7087 Authorizes Tax Cuts and Holidays Bill Passed - House (75 - 35)
March 2, 2018 OR SB 1529 Amends Oregon Corporate Tax Bill Passed - House (39 - 21)
March 1, 2018 ID H 463 Amends Tax Law Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 9)
Feb. 28, 2018 IA SF 2383 Decreases Income Tax Rates Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
Feb. 23, 2018 OR SB 1528 Authorizes Taxation of Repatriated Money Bill Passed - Senate
Feb. 15, 2018 NM HB 79 Authorizes Sale of Goods Without Tax Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 20)
Feb. 9, 2018 National HR 1892 Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (240 - 186)
Feb. 9, 2018 National HR 1892 Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (71 - 28)
Feb. 7, 2018 ID H 463 Amends Tax Law Bill Passed - House (59 - 11)
Date No. Title Outcome
9/28 HR 6760 Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (220 - 191)
9/27 A 4495 Increases Corporate Business Tax Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
9/27 A 4496 Amends Sales Tax Regulations Bill Passed - House (43 - 35)
9/27 HR 6757 Family Savings Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (240 - 177)
9/27 S 2892 Expands State Tax on Aviation Fuel Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
9/27 A 4495 Increases Corporate Business Tax Bill Passed - House (41 - 37)
9/26 SB 704 Amends Tourism Laws to Impose a Hotel Room Tax Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 9)
9/25 SB 172 Authorizes Speed Cameras in Work Zones Concurrence Vote Passed - House (173 - 22)
9/13 LD 1629 Specifies Protections for Elderly from Tax Lien Foreclosures Bill Passed - House (61 - 34)
7/18 H 4546 Authorizes Creation of Community Benefit Districts Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
7/01 A 4202 Amends State Tax Rates Conference Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 15)
7/01 A 3088 Increases New Jersey's Earned Income Tax Credit Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 15)
7/01 A 4261 Requires Out of State Online Vendors to Collect New Jersey Sales Tax (22 - 15)
6/30 A 3088 Increases New Jersey's Earned Income Tax Credit Bill Passed - House (51 - 20)
6/30 A 4261 Requires Out of State Online Vendors to Collect New Jersey Sales Tax Bill Passed - House (44 - 27)
6/28 SB 75 Establishes a 7 Percent Cap on State Income Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 13)
6/28 AB 1838 Prohibits Local Grocery Taxes Concurrence Vote Passed - House (70 - 2)
6/28 AB 1838 Prohibits Local Grocery Taxes Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 7)
6/25 A 4163 Authorizes Municipal Payroll Taxes for School Funding Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
6/21 A 4132 Amends Nicotine Taxation Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
6/21 A 4163 Authorizes Municipal Payroll Taxes for School Funding Bill Passed - House (46 - 27)
6/21 A 3088 Increases New Jersey's Earned Income Tax Credit Bill Passed - House (56 - 11)
6/13 HB 1810 Requires Data Information Sharing for Hosting Platforms Bill Passed - House (177 - 14)
6/07 HB 430 Exempts Oil Production from Sales Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - House
5/16 HF 4385 Amends Tax Law Conference Report Adopted - Senate (34 - 33)
5/15 HF 4385 Amends Tax Law Conference Report Adopted - House (78 - 50)
4/17 HB 2540 Amends Various Tax Laws Bill Passed - House (91 - 61)
4/17 SB 18-083 Establishes Educational Tax Credit System Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
4/12 S 122 Authorizes Tax Credits for Film Production Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 3)
4/12 S 122 Authorizes Tax Credits for Film Production Bill Passed - House (59 - 14)
4/04 HB 1701 Establishes Tax on Gentleman's Clubs Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 2)
3/28 SB 75 Establishes a 7 Percent Cap on State Income Tax Bill Passed - House (73 - 45)
3/21 SB 646 Establishes a Maryland Estate Tax Bill Passed - House (90 - 49)
3/20 SB 311 Authorizes Car Rental Taxes to be Used for Birmingham Stadium Bill Passed - House (14 - 3)
3/19 SB 877 Authorizes Corporate Tax Incentives Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 12)
3/15 HB 1008 Expands Tuition Savings Plan Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 5)
3/15 SB 1086 Repeals Capital Gains Deduction Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 9)
3/14 HB 1008 Expands Tuition Savings Plan Bill Passed - House (62 - 16)
3/12 HB 1701 Establishes Tax on Gentleman's Clubs Bill Passed - House (69 - 15)
3/05 SB 256 Requires Presidential Candidates to Disclose Tax Returns Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 17)
3/05 HB 7087 Authorizes Tax Cuts and Holidays Bill Passed - House (75 - 35)
3/02 SB 1529 Amends Oregon Corporate Tax Bill Passed - House (39 - 21)
3/01 H 463 Amends Tax Law Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 9)
2/28 SF 2383 Decreases Income Tax Rates Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
2/23 SB 1528 Authorizes Taxation of Repatriated Money Bill Passed - Senate
2/15 HB 79 Authorizes Sale of Goods Without Tax Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 20)
2/09 HR 1892 Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (240 - 186)
2/09 HR 1892 Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (71 - 28)
2/07 H 463 Amends Tax Law Bill Passed - House (59 - 11)

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