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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
Dec. 3, 2018 UT HB 3001 Authorizes Medical Cannabis in the State Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 4)
Dec. 3, 2018 UT HB 3001 Authorizes Medical Cannabis in the State Bill Passed - House (60 - 13)
Nov. 27, 2018 IL SB 3136 Authorizes More Discretion by the State Police in Positive Cannabis Testing Terminations Veto Override Passed - House (86 - 24)
Oct. 2, 2018 MI HB 4668 Prohibits Marijuana Infused Beer Concurrence Vote Passed - House (101 - 4)
Sept. 27, 2018 NJ A 1330 Authorizes Research and Cultivation of Hemp Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 2)
Sept. 17, 2018 National HR 6 Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 Bill Passed - Senate (99 - 1)
Aug. 22, 2018 CA AB 1793 Amends Marijuana Convictions Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
June 22, 2018 National HR 6 Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (396 - 14)
June 21, 2018 RI H 7715 Classifies Delivery a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death as a Crime Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
June 15, 2018 National HR 2851 SITSA Act Bill Passed - House (239 - 142)
June 14, 2018 RI H 7715 Classifies Delivery a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death as a Crime Bill Passed - House (55 - 14)
June 14, 2018 National HR 5735 THRIVE Act Bill Passed - House (230 - 173)
June 13, 2018 NC SB 616 Establishes Heroin And Opioid Prevention and Enforcement Act Bill Passed - House (87 - 25)
June 6, 2018 NY A 2142 Requires Certain Marijuana Convictions be Sealed Bill Passed - House (98 - 41)
June 6, 2018 NY A 9016 Authorizes Medical Marijuana for Opioid-Use Disorder Bill Passed - House (108 - 28)
June 6, 2018 NY A 9016 Authorizes Medical Marijuana for Opioid-Use Disorder Bill Passed - House (108 - 28)
May 31, 2018 IL SB 336 Establishes the Alternatives to Opioids Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (72 - 38)
May 31, 2018 CA AB 1793 Amends Marijuana Convictions Bill Passed - House (43 - 28)
May 30, 2018 CA SB 930 Authorizes Cannabis Limited Charter Banks Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 6)
May 16, 2018 NY A 3557 Requires Public Education about Veterans' Mental Health Bill Passed - House (137 - 0)
May 9, 2018 LA HB 627 Authorizes Recommendation of Medical Marijuana for Treating Certain Health Conditions of Individuals with Autism Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10)
May 9, 2018 LA HB 823 Amends Termination Date of Medical Marijuana Laws Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
April 24, 2018 OK SB 793 Amends Drug Possession Sentences Concurrence Vote Passed - House (67 - 20)
April 15, 2018 AK HB 316 Amends Rules Concerning Release of Marijuana Conviction Records Bill Passed - House (30 - 10)
April 12, 2018 LA HB 579 Authorizes Additional Uses for Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (60 - 40)
April 11, 2018 ME LD 1719 Authorizes Adult-Use of Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
April 10, 2018 ME LD 1719 Authorizes Adult-Use of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (112 - 34)
March 21, 2018 National HR 5247 Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (259 - 140)
March 16, 2018 ID H 649 Amends Drug Use Laws Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 1)
March 12, 2018 TN HB 1875 Authorizes Commissioner of Agriculture to Exempt Industrial Hemp from Regulatory Requirements Bill Passed - House (79 - 7)
Feb. 28, 2018 VA SB 726 Authorizes Doctors Recommend Use of Cannabidiol Oil for Treatment Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
Feb. 27, 2018 IN HB 1359 Increases Penalties for Drug Dealers Connected to Overdose Deaths Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 9)
Feb. 21, 2018 AK SB 6 Authorizes Production of Industrial Hemp Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 0)
Feb. 13, 2018 UT HB 197 Authorizes the Cultivation and Distribution of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (38 - 32)
Feb. 9, 2018 UT HB 195 Authorizes Terminal Ill Individuals to Try Medical Cannabis Bill Passed - House (40 - 26)
Jan. 4, 2018 VT H 511 Authorizes Possession of 1 Ounce of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (81 - 63)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/03 HB 3001 Authorizes Medical Cannabis in the State Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 4)
12/03 HB 3001 Authorizes Medical Cannabis in the State Bill Passed - House (60 - 13)
11/27 SB 3136 Authorizes More Discretion by the State Police in Positive Cannabis Testing Terminations Veto Override Passed - House (86 - 24)
10/02 HB 4668 Prohibits Marijuana Infused Beer Concurrence Vote Passed - House (101 - 4)
9/27 A 1330 Authorizes Research and Cultivation of Hemp Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 2)
9/17 HR 6 Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 Bill Passed - Senate (99 - 1)
8/22 AB 1793 Amends Marijuana Convictions Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
6/22 HR 6 Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (396 - 14)
6/21 H 7715 Classifies Delivery a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death as a Crime Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
6/15 HR 2851 SITSA Act Bill Passed - House (239 - 142)
6/14 H 7715 Classifies Delivery a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death as a Crime Bill Passed - House (55 - 14)
6/14 HR 5735 THRIVE Act Bill Passed - House (230 - 173)
6/13 SB 616 Establishes Heroin And Opioid Prevention and Enforcement Act Bill Passed - House (87 - 25)
6/06 A 2142 Requires Certain Marijuana Convictions be Sealed Bill Passed - House (98 - 41)
6/06 A 9016 Authorizes Medical Marijuana for Opioid-Use Disorder Bill Passed - House (108 - 28)
6/06 A 9016 Authorizes Medical Marijuana for Opioid-Use Disorder Bill Passed - House (108 - 28)
5/31 SB 336 Establishes the Alternatives to Opioids Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (72 - 38)
5/31 AB 1793 Amends Marijuana Convictions Bill Passed - House (43 - 28)
5/30 SB 930 Authorizes Cannabis Limited Charter Banks Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 6)
5/16 A 3557 Requires Public Education about Veterans' Mental Health Bill Passed - House (137 - 0)
5/09 HB 627 Authorizes Recommendation of Medical Marijuana for Treating Certain Health Conditions of Individuals with Autism Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10)
5/09 HB 823 Amends Termination Date of Medical Marijuana Laws Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
4/24 SB 793 Amends Drug Possession Sentences Concurrence Vote Passed - House (67 - 20)
4/15 HB 316 Amends Rules Concerning Release of Marijuana Conviction Records Bill Passed - House (30 - 10)
4/12 HB 579 Authorizes Additional Uses for Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (60 - 40)
4/11 LD 1719 Authorizes Adult-Use of Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
4/10 LD 1719 Authorizes Adult-Use of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (112 - 34)
3/21 HR 5247 Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (259 - 140)
3/16 H 649 Amends Drug Use Laws Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 1)
3/12 HB 1875 Authorizes Commissioner of Agriculture to Exempt Industrial Hemp from Regulatory Requirements Bill Passed - House (79 - 7)
2/28 SB 726 Authorizes Doctors Recommend Use of Cannabidiol Oil for Treatment Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
2/27 HB 1359 Increases Penalties for Drug Dealers Connected to Overdose Deaths Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 9)
2/21 SB 6 Authorizes Production of Industrial Hemp Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 0)
2/13 HB 197 Authorizes the Cultivation and Distribution of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (38 - 32)
2/09 HB 195 Authorizes Terminal Ill Individuals to Try Medical Cannabis Bill Passed - House (40 - 26)
1/04 H 511 Authorizes Possession of 1 Ounce of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (81 - 63)

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