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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. 15, 2019 National HR 4863 United States Export Finance Agency Act of 2019 Bill Passed - House (235 - 184)
Sept. 11, 2019 CA AB 857 Authorizes Cities and Counties to Establish Public Banks Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
July 24, 2019 National HR 397 Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act of 2019 Bill Passed - House (264 - 169)
May 30, 2019 CA AB 857 Authorizes Cities and Counties to Establish Public Banks Bill Passed - House (41 - 29)
May 28, 2019 CA AB 376 Establishes a Student Loan Bill of Rights Bill Passed - House (59 - 15)
May 22, 2019 NV SB 201 Requires the Creation of a Loan Database Bill Passed - House (28 - 12)
May 22, 2019 National HR 1500 Consumers First Act Bill Passed - House (231 - 191)
April 28, 2019 WA HB 2167 Increases Business and Occupation Tax on Large Financial Institutions Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 24)
April 26, 2019 WA HB 2167 Increases Business and Occupation Tax on Large Financial Institutions Bill Passed - House (53 - 43)
April 18, 2019 NV SB 201 Requires the Creation of a Loan Database Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
Feb. 15, 2019 WY HB 74 Establishes Special Purpose Depository Institutions to Serve Blockchain Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
Date No. Title Outcome
11/15 HR 4863 United States Export Finance Agency Act of 2019 Bill Passed - House (235 - 184)
9/11 AB 857 Authorizes Cities and Counties to Establish Public Banks Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
7/24 HR 397 Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act of 2019 Bill Passed - House (264 - 169)
5/30 AB 857 Authorizes Cities and Counties to Establish Public Banks Bill Passed - House (41 - 29)
5/28 AB 376 Establishes a Student Loan Bill of Rights Bill Passed - House (59 - 15)
5/22 SB 201 Requires the Creation of a Loan Database Bill Passed - House (28 - 12)
5/22 HR 1500 Consumers First Act Bill Passed - House (231 - 191)
4/28 HB 2167 Increases Business and Occupation Tax on Large Financial Institutions Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 24)
4/26 HB 2167 Increases Business and Occupation Tax on Large Financial Institutions Bill Passed - House (53 - 43)
4/18 SB 201 Requires the Creation of a Loan Database Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
2/15 HB 74 Establishes Special Purpose Depository Institutions to Serve Blockchain Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)

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