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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. 5, 2019 WI SB 49 Prohibits Prostitution Charges Against Minors Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 14)
Sept. 4, 2019 CA AB 175 Amends Foster Care Bill of Rights Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 8)
July 31, 2019 NC SB 199 Extends Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse Bill Passed - House (92 - 15)
June 27, 2019 DE HB 79 Requires Beverages Included in Kids' Meals to be Milk or Water Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 6)
June 20, 2019 DE HB 79 Requires Beverages Included in Kids' Meals to be Milk or Water Bill Passed - House (28 - 11)
June 19, 2019 ME LD 1028 Increases Taxes on Tobacco Products Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
June 19, 2019 ME LD 1028 Increases Taxes on Tobacco Products Bill Passed - House (86 - 49)
June 18, 2019 NY S 4203 Authorizes Foster Care Adoptees to Have Contact with Their Parents Bill Passed - House (99 - 49)
June 18, 2019 WI AB 110 Requires State Published Dyslexia Guidebooks in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (76 - 21)
June 14, 2019 NY S 4203 Authorizes Foster Care Adoptees to Have Contact with Their Parents Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 16)
June 11, 2019 NY S 2071 Repeals Prohibitions on Surrogacy and In Vitro Fertilization Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 21)
June 4, 2019 National HR 6 American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 Bill Passed - House (237 - 187)
June 2, 2019 LA SB 172 Requires Individuals to be At Least 16 Years Old to Marry Bill Passed - House (67 - 28)
June 2, 2019 LA SB 172 Requires Individuals to be At Least 16 Years Old to Marry Bill Passed - House (67 - 28)
May 31, 2019 CT SB 1 Establishes Paid Family and Medical Leave Bill Passed - House (79 - 69)
May 30, 2019 IL HB 3606 Authorizes Parental Privacy Rights for Student Data Collection Concurrence Vote Passed - House (93 - 22)
May 30, 2019 NH HB 651 Authorizes the Use of Campaign Funds for Child Care Expenses "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (15 - 9)
May 29, 2019 IL HB 2276 Prohibits Smoking in a Vehicle with Minors Present Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 10)
May 24, 2019 NE LB 149 Increases State Smoking Age Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 0)
May 23, 2019 TX HB 448 Requires Children Under 2 Ride in Rear-Facing Car Seats Concurrence Vote Passed - House (100 - 38)
May 23, 2019 IL HB 3606 Authorizes Parental Privacy Rights for Student Data Collection Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 17)
May 23, 2019 AL SB 69 Repeals Marriage Licenses Bill Passed - House (67 - 26)
May 23, 2019 OR SB 1008 Amends Juvenile Offender Sentencing Bill Passed - House (40 - 18)
May 23, 2019 CA SB 360 Requires Religious Officials Report Minor Sex Abuse Evidence to Law Enforcement Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 4)
May 22, 2019 TX HB 1528 Requires Family Violence Convictions be Reported to the Department of Public Safety Concurrence Vote Passed - House (102 - 39)
May 22, 2019 CT SB 1 Establishes Paid Family and Medical Leave Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
May 22, 2019 CA AB 163 Requires State Oversight of Unaccompanied Undocumented Minors Bill Passed - House (60 - 5)
May 22, 2019 CA AB 175 Amends Foster Care Bill of Rights Bill Passed - House (59 - 8)
May 21, 2019 ME LD 1417 Expands Access to Head Start Programs "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (24 - 11)
May 21, 2019 AL HB 379 Requires Chemical Castration for All Child Sex Offenders Bill Passed - House (72 - 16)
May 20, 2019 LA SB 172 Requires Individuals to be At Least 16 Years Old to Marry Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
May 20, 2019 LA SB 172 Requires Individuals to be At Least 16 Years Old to Marry Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
May 15, 2019 VT H 107 Establishes a Paid Statewide Family and Medical Leave Program Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10)
May 15, 2019 MI SB 106 Prohibits Selling Vaping Products to Minors Bill Passed - House (100 - 9)
May 15, 2019 MI SB 155 Prohibits the Sale of Flavored Nicotine Products Bill Passed - House (99 - 10)
May 6, 2019 NC HB 918 Limits Parental Rights In Regard to Foster Care Bill Passed - House (62 - 54)
May 3, 2019 CO HB 19-1120 Reduces the Age at Which a Child Can Seek Mental Health Treatment Without Parental Consent Concurrence Vote Passed - House (40 - 24)
May 2, 2019 CO HB 19-1120 Reduces the Age at Which a Child Can Seek Mental Health Treatment Without Parental Consent Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
May 1, 2019 TN HB 939 Authorizes Education Savings Account Vouchers Conference Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 14)
May 1, 2019 TN HB 939 Authorizes Education Savings Account Vouchers Conference Report Adopted - House (51 - 46)
May 1, 2019 CO SB 19-188 Establishes A Task Force Related To Paid-Family-Leave Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
April 30, 2019 CO HB 19-1278 Authorizes Primary Voting for 17 Year Olds and Increases Rural Voter Services Concurrence Vote Passed - House (38 - 27)
April 30, 2019 CO SB 19-188 Establishes A Task Force Related To Paid-Family-Leave Bill Passed - House (40 - 24)
April 29, 2019 CO HB 19-1278 Authorizes Primary Voting for 17 Year Olds and Increases Rural Voter Services Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
April 27, 2019 CO HB 19-1312 Requires Waivers from Parents Wanting to Exempt their Children from Vaccinations Bill Passed - House (39 - 20)
April 23, 2019 TN HB 939 Authorizes Education Savings Account Vouchers Bill Passed - House (50 - 48)
April 23, 2019 NV AB 153 Prohibits the Negligent Storage of Firearms Around Minors Bill Passed - House (32 - 9)
April 17, 2019 WA HB 1638 Prohibits Parental Exemptions of the Measles Vaccine Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 22)
April 17, 2019 FL HB 1335 Requires Parental Consent for Minors to Obtain Abortions Bill Passed - House (69 - 44)
April 16, 2019 NV AB 139 Requires Individuals to be At Least 18 Years Old to Marry Bill Passed - House (32 - 8)
April 16, 2019 OR SB 1008 Amends Juvenile Offender Sentencing Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
April 16, 2019 NV AB 139 Requires Individuals to be At Least 18 Years Old to Marry Bill Passed - House (32 - 8)
April 11, 2019 CA SB 92 Amends Tax Policies Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 9)
April 11, 2019 IL SB 2075 Requires 5-Year-Olds to Attend Kindergarten Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 16)
April 9, 2019 TX SB 21 Prohibits Smoking Under the Age of 21 Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11)
April 5, 2019 VT H 107 Establishes a Paid Statewide Family and Medical Leave Program Bill Passed - House (92 - 52)
April 3, 2019 MD HB 1169 Prohibits Smoking Under the Age of 21 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (101 - 35)
April 2, 2019 GA SB 15 Requires Schools to Perform Certain Threat Assessments Bill Passed - House (110 - 56)
April 2, 2019 MD HB 1169 Prohibits Smoking Under the Age of 21 Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 13)
March 31, 2019 NY A 2006 Establishes an Education, Labor, Housing and Family Assistance Budget for FY 2019-2020 Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 22)
March 28, 2019 IL HB 836 Authorizes Temporary Guardians for Children Whose Parents Have Been Detained or Deported by ICE Bill Passed - House (89 - 19)
March 28, 2019 IL HB 2276 Prohibits Smoking in a Vehicle with Minors Present Bill Passed - House (78 - 20)
March 28, 2019 IL HB 1553 Authorizes Certain Kinds of Visas for Undocumented Children that are Victims of Abuse, Neglect, or Abandonment Bill Passed - House (87 - 18)
March 27, 2019 WA HB 1074 Increases the Smoking and Vaping Age to 21 Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 12)
March 26, 2019 GA HB 83 Requires Recess for Students in Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 4)
March 21, 2019 AL SB 69 Repeals Marriage Licenses Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 0)
March 20, 2019 NH SB 1 Establishes Paid Family and Medical Leave Bill Passed - House (219 - 142)
March 19, 2019 NY A 6449 Increases Number of Speed Cameras in School Zones Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 18)
March 19, 2019 DE SB 25 Prohibits Smoking Under the Age of 21 Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 6)
March 19, 2019 NY A 6449 Increases Number of Speed Cameras in School Zones Bill Passed - House (100 - 46)
March 19, 2019 NH HB 520 Requires Diaper Changing Stations in Public Restrooms Bill Passed - House (206 - 142)
March 14, 2019 IL HB 345 Prohibits Smoking Under the Age of 21 Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 16)
March 13, 2019 MA H 140 Prohibits Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy for Minors Bill Passed - House (148 - 8)
March 11, 2019 WA SB 5434 Establishes Restrictions for Firearms in Daycare and Child Care Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 21)
March 8, 2019 WV HB 2010 Amends State Foster Care System Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 31)
March 6, 2019 UT SB 43 Repeals the Misdemeanor Crime of Fornication Outside of Marriage Bill Passed - House (41 - 32)
March 5, 2019 WA HB 1638 Prohibits Parental Exemptions of the Measles Vaccine Bill Passed - House (57 - 40)
Feb. 28, 2019 ID H 98 Establishes Restrictions on Marriage Involving Minors Bill Failed - House (28 - 39)
Feb. 28, 2019 ID H 98 Establishes Restrictions on Marriage Involving Minors Bill Failed - House (28 - 39)
Feb. 27, 2019 WV SB 348 Increases Age for Tobacco Sale Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
Feb. 25, 2019 MT SB 21 Prohibits Minors from Using Tanning Beds Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
Feb. 22, 2019 UT HB 40 Repeals the Misdemeanor Crime of Sodomy and Adultery Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 2)
Feb. 20, 2019 WA HB 1074 Increases the Smoking and Vaping Age to 21 Bill Passed - House (66 - 30)
Feb. 14, 2019 NH SB 1 Establishes Paid Family and Medical Leave Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 10)
Feb. 5, 2019 VA HB 2384 Prohibits Tobacco and Nicotine Vapor Products at Public Schools Bill Passed - House (83 - 15)
Date No. Title Outcome
11/05 SB 49 Prohibits Prostitution Charges Against Minors Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 14)
9/04 AB 175 Amends Foster Care Bill of Rights Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 8)
7/31 SB 199 Extends Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse Bill Passed - House (92 - 15)
6/27 HB 79 Requires Beverages Included in Kids' Meals to be Milk or Water Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 6)
6/20 HB 79 Requires Beverages Included in Kids' Meals to be Milk or Water Bill Passed - House (28 - 11)
6/19 LD 1028 Increases Taxes on Tobacco Products Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
6/19 LD 1028 Increases Taxes on Tobacco Products Bill Passed - House (86 - 49)
6/18 S 4203 Authorizes Foster Care Adoptees to Have Contact with Their Parents Bill Passed - House (99 - 49)
6/18 AB 110 Requires State Published Dyslexia Guidebooks in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (76 - 21)
6/14 S 4203 Authorizes Foster Care Adoptees to Have Contact with Their Parents Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 16)
6/11 S 2071 Repeals Prohibitions on Surrogacy and In Vitro Fertilization Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 21)
6/04 HR 6 American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 Bill Passed - House (237 - 187)
6/02 SB 172 Requires Individuals to be At Least 16 Years Old to Marry Bill Passed - House (67 - 28)
6/02 SB 172 Requires Individuals to be At Least 16 Years Old to Marry Bill Passed - House (67 - 28)
5/31 SB 1 Establishes Paid Family and Medical Leave Bill Passed - House (79 - 69)
5/30 HB 3606 Authorizes Parental Privacy Rights for Student Data Collection Concurrence Vote Passed - House (93 - 22)
5/30 HB 651 Authorizes the Use of Campaign Funds for Child Care Expenses "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (15 - 9)
5/29 HB 2276 Prohibits Smoking in a Vehicle with Minors Present Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 10)
5/24 LB 149 Increases State Smoking Age Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 0)
5/23 HB 448 Requires Children Under 2 Ride in Rear-Facing Car Seats Concurrence Vote Passed - House (100 - 38)
5/23 HB 3606 Authorizes Parental Privacy Rights for Student Data Collection Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 17)
5/23 SB 69 Repeals Marriage Licenses Bill Passed - House (67 - 26)
5/23 SB 1008 Amends Juvenile Offender Sentencing Bill Passed - House (40 - 18)
5/23 SB 360 Requires Religious Officials Report Minor Sex Abuse Evidence to Law Enforcement Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 4)
5/22 HB 1528 Requires Family Violence Convictions be Reported to the Department of Public Safety Concurrence Vote Passed - House (102 - 39)
5/22 SB 1 Establishes Paid Family and Medical Leave Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
5/22 AB 163 Requires State Oversight of Unaccompanied Undocumented Minors Bill Passed - House (60 - 5)
5/22 AB 175 Amends Foster Care Bill of Rights Bill Passed - House (59 - 8)
5/21 LD 1417 Expands Access to Head Start Programs "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (24 - 11)
5/21 HB 379 Requires Chemical Castration for All Child Sex Offenders Bill Passed - House (72 - 16)
5/20 SB 172 Requires Individuals to be At Least 16 Years Old to Marry Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
5/20 SB 172 Requires Individuals to be At Least 16 Years Old to Marry Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
5/15 H 107 Establishes a Paid Statewide Family and Medical Leave Program Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10)
5/15 SB 106 Prohibits Selling Vaping Products to Minors Bill Passed - House (100 - 9)
5/15 SB 155 Prohibits the Sale of Flavored Nicotine Products Bill Passed - House (99 - 10)
5/06 HB 918 Limits Parental Rights In Regard to Foster Care Bill Passed - House (62 - 54)
5/03 HB 19-1120 Reduces the Age at Which a Child Can Seek Mental Health Treatment Without Parental Consent Concurrence Vote Passed - House (40 - 24)
5/02 HB 19-1120 Reduces the Age at Which a Child Can Seek Mental Health Treatment Without Parental Consent Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
5/01 HB 939 Authorizes Education Savings Account Vouchers Conference Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 14)
5/01 HB 939 Authorizes Education Savings Account Vouchers Conference Report Adopted - House (51 - 46)
5/01 SB 19-188 Establishes A Task Force Related To Paid-Family-Leave Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
4/30 HB 19-1278 Authorizes Primary Voting for 17 Year Olds and Increases Rural Voter Services Concurrence Vote Passed - House (38 - 27)
4/30 SB 19-188 Establishes A Task Force Related To Paid-Family-Leave Bill Passed - House (40 - 24)
4/29 HB 19-1278 Authorizes Primary Voting for 17 Year Olds and Increases Rural Voter Services Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
4/27 HB 19-1312 Requires Waivers from Parents Wanting to Exempt their Children from Vaccinations Bill Passed - House (39 - 20)
4/23 HB 939 Authorizes Education Savings Account Vouchers Bill Passed - House (50 - 48)
4/23 AB 153 Prohibits the Negligent Storage of Firearms Around Minors Bill Passed - House (32 - 9)
4/17 HB 1638 Prohibits Parental Exemptions of the Measles Vaccine Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 22)
4/17 HB 1335 Requires Parental Consent for Minors to Obtain Abortions Bill Passed - House (69 - 44)
4/16 AB 139 Requires Individuals to be At Least 18 Years Old to Marry Bill Passed - House (32 - 8)
4/16 SB 1008 Amends Juvenile Offender Sentencing Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
4/16 AB 139 Requires Individuals to be At Least 18 Years Old to Marry Bill Passed - House (32 - 8)
4/11 SB 92 Amends Tax Policies Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 9)
4/11 SB 2075 Requires 5-Year-Olds to Attend Kindergarten Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 16)
4/09 SB 21 Prohibits Smoking Under the Age of 21 Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11)
4/05 H 107 Establishes a Paid Statewide Family and Medical Leave Program Bill Passed - House (92 - 52)
4/03 HB 1169 Prohibits Smoking Under the Age of 21 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (101 - 35)
4/02 SB 15 Requires Schools to Perform Certain Threat Assessments Bill Passed - House (110 - 56)
4/02 HB 1169 Prohibits Smoking Under the Age of 21 Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 13)
3/31 A 2006 Establishes an Education, Labor, Housing and Family Assistance Budget for FY 2019-2020 Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 22)
3/28 HB 836 Authorizes Temporary Guardians for Children Whose Parents Have Been Detained or Deported by ICE Bill Passed - House (89 - 19)
3/28 HB 2276 Prohibits Smoking in a Vehicle with Minors Present Bill Passed - House (78 - 20)
3/28 HB 1553 Authorizes Certain Kinds of Visas for Undocumented Children that are Victims of Abuse, Neglect, or Abandonment Bill Passed - House (87 - 18)
3/27 HB 1074 Increases the Smoking and Vaping Age to 21 Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 12)
3/26 HB 83 Requires Recess for Students in Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 4)
3/21 SB 69 Repeals Marriage Licenses Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 0)
3/20 SB 1 Establishes Paid Family and Medical Leave Bill Passed - House (219 - 142)
3/19 A 6449 Increases Number of Speed Cameras in School Zones Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 18)
3/19 SB 25 Prohibits Smoking Under the Age of 21 Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 6)
3/19 A 6449 Increases Number of Speed Cameras in School Zones Bill Passed - House (100 - 46)
3/19 HB 520 Requires Diaper Changing Stations in Public Restrooms Bill Passed - House (206 - 142)
3/14 HB 345 Prohibits Smoking Under the Age of 21 Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 16)
3/13 H 140 Prohibits Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy for Minors Bill Passed - House (148 - 8)
3/11 SB 5434 Establishes Restrictions for Firearms in Daycare and Child Care Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 21)
3/08 HB 2010 Amends State Foster Care System Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 31)
3/06 SB 43 Repeals the Misdemeanor Crime of Fornication Outside of Marriage Bill Passed - House (41 - 32)
3/05 HB 1638 Prohibits Parental Exemptions of the Measles Vaccine Bill Passed - House (57 - 40)
2/28 H 98 Establishes Restrictions on Marriage Involving Minors Bill Failed - House (28 - 39)
2/28 H 98 Establishes Restrictions on Marriage Involving Minors Bill Failed - House (28 - 39)
2/27 SB 348 Increases Age for Tobacco Sale Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
2/25 SB 21 Prohibits Minors from Using Tanning Beds Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
2/22 HB 40 Repeals the Misdemeanor Crime of Sodomy and Adultery Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 2)
2/20 HB 1074 Increases the Smoking and Vaping Age to 21 Bill Passed - House (66 - 30)
2/14 SB 1 Establishes Paid Family and Medical Leave Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 10)
2/05 HB 2384 Prohibits Tobacco and Nicotine Vapor Products at Public Schools Bill Passed - House (83 - 15)

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