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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
June 10, 2019 ME LD 777 Establishes a Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 14)
May 15, 2019 National HR 312 Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act Bill Passed - House (275 - 146)
May 9, 2019 AK HB 122 Expands Funter Bay Marine Park to Include Historic Cemetery Bill Passed - House (29 - 4)
April 30, 2019 ME LD 944 Prohibits Native American Mascots Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
April 23, 2019 ME LD 944 Prohibits Native American Mascots Bill Passed - House (88 - 49)
April 18, 2019 MT HB 54 Amends Requirements for Missing Persons Reports Conference Report Adopted - Senate (46 - 4)
April 18, 2019 ME LD 179 Amends Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 14)
April 16, 2019 MT HB 21 Establishes a Missing Persons Specialist in the Department of Justice Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 13)
April 9, 2019 NC SB 154 Authorizes Sports Gambling on Tribal Lands Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 7)
March 19, 2019 ME LD 179 Amends Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day Bill Passed - House (88 - 51)
March 15, 2019 NM HB 100 Amends the Columbus Day Holiday to Indigenous Peoples' Day Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
Date No. Title Outcome
6/10 LD 777 Establishes a Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 14)
5/15 HR 312 Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act Bill Passed - House (275 - 146)
5/09 HB 122 Expands Funter Bay Marine Park to Include Historic Cemetery Bill Passed - House (29 - 4)
4/30 LD 944 Prohibits Native American Mascots Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
4/23 LD 944 Prohibits Native American Mascots Bill Passed - House (88 - 49)
4/18 HB 54 Amends Requirements for Missing Persons Reports Conference Report Adopted - Senate (46 - 4)
4/18 LD 179 Amends Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 14)
4/16 HB 21 Establishes a Missing Persons Specialist in the Department of Justice Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 13)
4/09 SB 154 Authorizes Sports Gambling on Tribal Lands Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 7)
3/19 LD 179 Amends Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day Bill Passed - House (88 - 51)
3/15 HB 100 Amends the Columbus Day Holiday to Indigenous Peoples' Day Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)

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