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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. 19, 2019 PA HB 847 Prohibits Using Public Assistance Funds for Purchasing Tobacco or Tobacco Products Bill Passed - House (154 - 32)
July 8, 2019 CA AB 1054 Establishes Wildfire Victim Compensation Fund Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
June 30, 2019 OR HB 2005 Requires 12 Weeks of Paid Medical Leave Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 6)
June 26, 2019 PA HB 33 Repeals a General Assistance Program for Adults with Disabilities Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
June 21, 2019 NY S 4573 Reduces Amount of Time Workers on Strike Must Wait to Collect Unemployment Bill Passed - House (106 - 30)
June 20, 2019 OR HB 2005 Requires 12 Weeks of Paid Medical Leave Bill Passed - House (45 - 13)
June 19, 2019 ME LD 459 Defines Homelessness in Laws Governing Emergency General Assistance Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
June 19, 2019 PA HB 33 Repeals a General Assistance Program for Adults with Disabilities Bill Passed - House (106 - 95)
June 5, 2019 NH SB 290 Amends Medicaid Work Requirements "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (207 - 143)
May 31, 2019 AL HB 77 Expands Retirement Benefits for Public School Teachers Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 4)
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 28, 2019 CA AB 4 Authorizes Medi-Cal Benefits for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (51 - 17)
May 23, 2019 NH HB 696 Establishes a Protective Order for Vulnerable Adults "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (13 - 10)
May 23, 2019 NH HB 616 Establishes a 1.5 Percent Cost of Living Adjustment for Retired Public Employees "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (12 - 11)
May 22, 2019 CA AB 163 Requires State Oversight of Unaccompanied Undocumented Minors Bill Passed - House (60 - 5)
May 21, 2019 ME LD 1417 Expands Access to Head Start Programs "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (24 - 11)
May 16, 2019 ME LD 820 Requires the State Medicaid Program to Cover Abortion Services Concurrence Vote Passed - House (77 - 59)
May 14, 2019 ME LD 820 Requires the State Medicaid Program to Cover Abortion Services Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
May 2, 2019 TN HB 1280 Amends State Medicaid Funding Conference Report Adopted - House (63 - 19)
May 2, 2019 TN HB 1280 Amends State Medicaid Funding Conference Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 6)
May 1, 2019 NY S 4573 Reduces Amount of Time Workers on Strike Must Wait to Collect Unemployment Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 14)
April 23, 2019 WA HB 1087 Establishes a Long-Term Care Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 41)
April 18, 2019 MT HB 658 Amends State Medicaid Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 35)
April 16, 2019 MT HB 658 Amends State Medicaid Program Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
April 16, 2019 WA HB 1087 Establishes a Long-Term Care Program Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 22)
April 11, 2019 TN HB 1280 Amends State Medicaid Funding Bill Passed - House (68 - 21)
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 25, 2019 GA SB 106 Authorizes Governor to Pursue Medicaid Waivers Bill Passed - House (104 - 67)
March 19, 2019 IA SF 538 Establishes Medicaid Work Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
March 14, 2019 IL SB 1596 Authorizes Exceptions for Limits on Workers' Compensation Claims Bill Passed - House (70 - 40)
March 14, 2019 NH SB 228 Increases State Consumer Protections Related to Welfare Programs Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 10)
March 6, 2019 IL SB 1596 Authorizes Exceptions for Limits on Workers' Compensation Claims Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 16)
Feb. 27, 2019 NH HB 696 Establishes a Protective Order for Vulnerable Adults "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (219 - 156)
Feb. 26, 2019 GA SB 106 Authorizes Governor to Pursue Medicaid Waivers Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 20)
Date No. Title Outcome
9/19 HB 847 Prohibits Using Public Assistance Funds for Purchasing Tobacco or Tobacco Products Bill Passed - House (154 - 32)
7/08 AB 1054 Establishes Wildfire Victim Compensation Fund Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
6/30 HB 2005 Requires 12 Weeks of Paid Medical Leave Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 6)
6/26 HB 33 Repeals a General Assistance Program for Adults with Disabilities Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
6/21 S 4573 Reduces Amount of Time Workers on Strike Must Wait to Collect Unemployment Bill Passed - House (106 - 30)
6/20 HB 2005 Requires 12 Weeks of Paid Medical Leave Bill Passed - House (45 - 13)
6/19 LD 459 Defines Homelessness in Laws Governing Emergency General Assistance Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
6/19 HB 33 Repeals a General Assistance Program for Adults with Disabilities Bill Passed - House (106 - 95)
6/05 SB 290 Amends Medicaid Work Requirements "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (207 - 143)
5/31 HB 77 Expands Retirement Benefits for Public School Teachers Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 4)
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)
5/28 AB 4 Authorizes Medi-Cal Benefits for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (51 - 17)
5/23 HB 696 Establishes a Protective Order for Vulnerable Adults "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (13 - 10)
5/23 HB 616 Establishes a 1.5 Percent Cost of Living Adjustment for Retired Public Employees "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (12 - 11)
5/22 AB 163 Requires State Oversight of Unaccompanied Undocumented Minors Bill Passed - House (60 - 5)
5/21 LD 1417 Expands Access to Head Start Programs "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (24 - 11)
5/16 LD 820 Requires the State Medicaid Program to Cover Abortion Services Concurrence Vote Passed - House (77 - 59)
5/14 LD 820 Requires the State Medicaid Program to Cover Abortion Services Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
5/02 HB 1280 Amends State Medicaid Funding Conference Report Adopted - House (63 - 19)
5/02 HB 1280 Amends State Medicaid Funding Conference Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 6)
5/01 S 4573 Reduces Amount of Time Workers on Strike Must Wait to Collect Unemployment Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 14)
4/23 HB 1087 Establishes a Long-Term Care Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 41)
4/18 HB 658 Amends State Medicaid Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 35)
4/16 HB 658 Amends State Medicaid Program Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
4/16 HB 1087 Establishes a Long-Term Care Program Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 22)
4/11 HB 1280 Amends State Medicaid Funding Bill Passed - House (68 - 21)
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)
3/25 SB 106 Authorizes Governor to Pursue Medicaid Waivers Bill Passed - House (104 - 67)
3/19 SF 538 Establishes Medicaid Work Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
3/14 SB 1596 Authorizes Exceptions for Limits on Workers' Compensation Claims Bill Passed - House (70 - 40)
3/14 SB 228 Increases State Consumer Protections Related to Welfare Programs Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 10)
3/06 SB 1596 Authorizes Exceptions for Limits on Workers' Compensation Claims Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 16)
2/27 HB 696 Establishes a Protective Order for Vulnerable Adults "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (219 - 156)
2/26 SB 106 Authorizes Governor to Pursue Medicaid Waivers Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 20)

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