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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. 10, 2019 CA SB 329 Prohibits Discrimination Against Section 8 Housing Renters Bill Passed - House (46 - 21)
June 17, 2019 OR HB 3076 Establishes Standards for Non-Profit Hospitals Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 8)
June 5, 2019 NH SB 290 Amends Medicaid Work Requirements "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (207 - 143)
May 30, 2019 ME LD 1324 Establishes Committee for Universal Basic Income System "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (77 - 62)
May 29, 2019 ME LD 1324 Establishes Committee for Universal Basic Income System "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 13)
May 23, 2019 NH SB 165 Authorizes Solar Energy Development in Low-Income Communities "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (229 - 113)
May 23, 2019 CA SB 329 Prohibits Discrimination Against Section 8 Housing Renters Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
May 20, 2019 OR HB 3076 Establishes Standards for Non-Profit Hospitals Bill Passed - House (38 - 21)
April 11, 2019 CA AB 101 Prohibits Citizens' Right to Appeal the Building of Homeless Navigation Centers Bill Passed - House (54 - 13)
April 4, 2019 ID S 1204 Amends Medicaid Eligibility Requirements Bill Passed - House (49 - 20)
April 2, 2019 ID S 1204 Amends Medicaid Eligibility Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
March 29, 2019 IL HB 3343 Authorizes Food Stamp Benefits to Be Used in Restaurants Bill Passed - House (75 - 18)
March 25, 2019 GA SB 106 Authorizes Governor to Pursue Medicaid Waivers Bill Passed - House (104 - 67)
Feb. 26, 2019 GA SB 106 Authorizes Governor to Pursue Medicaid Waivers Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 20)
Date No. Title Outcome
9/10 SB 329 Prohibits Discrimination Against Section 8 Housing Renters Bill Passed - House (46 - 21)
6/17 HB 3076 Establishes Standards for Non-Profit Hospitals Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 8)
6/05 SB 290 Amends Medicaid Work Requirements "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (207 - 143)
5/30 LD 1324 Establishes Committee for Universal Basic Income System "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (77 - 62)
5/29 LD 1324 Establishes Committee for Universal Basic Income System "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 13)
5/23 SB 165 Authorizes Solar Energy Development in Low-Income Communities "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (229 - 113)
5/23 SB 329 Prohibits Discrimination Against Section 8 Housing Renters Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
5/20 HB 3076 Establishes Standards for Non-Profit Hospitals Bill Passed - House (38 - 21)
4/11 AB 101 Prohibits Citizens' Right to Appeal the Building of Homeless Navigation Centers Bill Passed - House (54 - 13)
4/04 S 1204 Amends Medicaid Eligibility Requirements Bill Passed - House (49 - 20)
4/02 S 1204 Amends Medicaid Eligibility Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
3/29 HB 3343 Authorizes Food Stamp Benefits to Be Used in Restaurants Bill Passed - House (75 - 18)
3/25 SB 106 Authorizes Governor to Pursue Medicaid Waivers Bill Passed - House (104 - 67)
2/26 SB 106 Authorizes Governor to Pursue Medicaid Waivers Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 20)

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