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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
Oct. 29, 2019 IL SB 1786 Prohibits License Suspension for Unpaid Parking Tickets Bill Passed - House (88 - 27)
Oct. 22, 2019 PA HB 1780 Exempts Volunteer Firefighters from Right-to-Know Laws Bill Passed - House (166 - 34)
Sept. 24, 2019 MI SB 149 Establishes a Transportation Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (22 - 16)
Sept. 10, 2019 CA SB 210 Establishes a Smog-Check Program for Diesel Trucks Bill Passed - House (51 - 19)
July 22, 2019 NC SB 320 Expands Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Among Systems Utilizing Reservoir Water Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 22)
July 16, 2019 NC SB 320 Expands Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Among Systems Utilizing Reservoir Water Bill Passed - House (63 - 54)
June 29, 2019 OR HB 2015 Authorizes Driver Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 10)
June 25, 2019 OR SB 998 Authorizes Bicyclists to Yield at Stop Signs Bill Passed - House (31 - 28)
June 20, 2019 NJ S 824 Requires Ignition interlock Devices for Sentenced Drunk Drivers Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
June 20, 2019 ME LD 1836 Establishes Ballot Measure for Infrastructure Bonds "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (90 - 45)
June 20, 2019 NJ A 4135 Establishes Procedures for Digital Parking Meters and a Fund for Encouraging Designated Drivers Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
June 20, 2019 ME LD 1836 Establishes Ballot Measure for Infrastructure Bonds Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
June 18, 2019 OR HB 2015 Authorizes Driver Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (39 - 21)
June 17, 2019 NY A 3675 Authorizes Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 29)
June 12, 2019 NY A 3675 Authorizes Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (87 - 61)
June 6, 2019 NH SB 241 Authorizes Funding for Capitol Corridor Rail Project "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (213 - 141)
May 30, 2019 CA AB 56 Authorizes the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority to Procure Energy Needs for Californians Bill Passed - House (41 - 21)
May 29, 2019 IL HB 2276 Prohibits Smoking in a Vehicle with Minors Present Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 10)
May 29, 2019 CA SB 210 Establishes a Smog-Check Program for Diesel Trucks Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 10)
May 29, 2019 IL HB 62 Appropriates $45 Billion for Infrastructure Repairs Bill Passed - House (76 - 39)
May 29, 2019 CA AB 1046 Increases Tax Rebates for Electric Vehicles Bill Passed - House (55 - 21)
May 26, 2019 TX HB 3557 Increases Penalties for Pipeline Protesting Conference Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 12)
May 26, 2019 TX HB 3557 Increases Penalties for Pipeline Protesting Conference Report Adopted - House (97 - 49)
May 24, 2019 MI SB 1 Reduces Premium Amount Required for No-Fault Auto Insurance Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 4)
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 CT HB 7223 Prohibits Unlocked Vehicle Storage of Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
May 17, 2019 TX HB 1631 Prohibits Use of Red Light Cameras Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 8)
May 9, 2019 MI HB 4397 Reduces the Amount Required for No-Fault Auto Insurance Bill Passed - House (61 - 49)
May 8, 2019 CT HB 7223 Prohibits Unlocked Vehicle Storage of Firearms Bill Passed - House (98 - 48)
May 7, 2019 NV AB 337 Amends Certain Railroad Freight Transportation Safety Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
May 7, 2019 NV AB 337 Amends Certain Railroad Freight Transportation Safety Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
May 7, 2019 PA SB 588 Exempts Milk Haulers from Travel Bans Imposed During Emergency Disasters Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
May 7, 2019 NC HB 144 Prohibits Distracted Driving Bill Passed - House (92 - 23)
May 1, 2019 OH SB 33 Increases Penalties for Infrastructure Protesting Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 8)
April 30, 2019 TN HB 164 Prohibits Cell Phone Use While Driving Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 7)
April 27, 2019 IA HF 767 Requires Annual Fee for Electric Cars Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 14)
April 23, 2019 IA HF 765 Appropriates $3 Million for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 45)
April 23, 2019 IA HF 765 Appropriates $3 Million for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 45)
April 22, 2019 IA HF 765 Appropriates $3 Million for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 13)
April 22, 2019 IA HF 765 Appropriates $3 Million for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 13)
April 18, 2019 AZ HB 2318 Prohibits Handheld Phone Use While Driving Concurrence Vote Passed - House (44 - 16)
April 17, 2019 TN HB 164 Prohibits Cell Phone Use While Driving Bill Passed - House (53 - 38)
April 13, 2019 MT SB 160 Establishes Presumptive Health Care Coverage for Firefighters Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (40 - 10)
April 12, 2019 MN HF 50 Prohibits Cell Phone Use While Driving Conference Report Adopted - Senate (48 - 12)
April 11, 2019 CO SB 19-139 Authorizes Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (42 - 22)
April 11, 2019 IL HB 1633 Prohibits Infrastructure-Related Protests Bill Passed - House (77 - 28)
April 11, 2019 AL HB 212 Prohibits Driving in the Left Lane for More than 1.5 Miles Bill Passed - House (61 - 24)
April 11, 2019 IL HB 1690 Amends Criminal Record Expungement Law Bill Passed - House (69 - 36)
April 8, 2019 AZ HB 2318 Prohibits Handheld Phone Use While Driving Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 9)
April 8, 2019 MT SB 171 Requires Paid Firefighters be Tobacco-Free Bill Passed - House (83 - 14)
March 28, 2019 GA SB 131 Expands State Control over the Atlanta Airport Bill Passed - House (104 - 70)
March 28, 2019 IL HB 2276 Prohibits Smoking in a Vehicle with Minors Present Bill Passed - House (78 - 20)
March 28, 2019 IL SB 1786 Prohibits License Suspension for Unpaid Parking Tickets Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 10)
March 26, 2019 IA SF 343 Prohibits Traffic Cameras Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
March 25, 2019 NJ S 1080 Establishes Conditions for Restricted Usage of Suspended or Revoked Driver's Licenses Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 10)
March 18, 2019 MN HF 50 Prohibits Cell Phone Use While Driving Bill Passed - House (106 - 21)
March 14, 2019 CO SB 19-139 Authorizes Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
March 13, 2019 UT HB 353 Establishes the "Reduction of Single Occupancy Vehicle Trips Pilot Program" Concurrence Vote Passed - House (44 - 30)
March 7, 2019 GA SB 131 Expands State Control over the Atlanta Airport Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 22)
March 4, 2019 AR SB 336 Establishes a Fuel Tax and Other Provisions Bill Passed - House (71 - 26)
Feb. 23, 2019 VA HB 1811 Prohibits Texting While Driving Conference Report Rejected - House (45 - 50)
Feb. 21, 2019 NH SB 241 Authorizes Funding for Capitol Corridor Rail Project Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 10)
Feb. 5, 2019 VA HB 1811 Prohibits Texting While Driving Bill Passed - House (69 - 27)
Jan. 31, 2019 NJ A 4135 Establishes Procedures for Digital Parking Meters and a Fund for Encouraging Designated Drivers Bill Passed - House (55 - 20)
Date No. Title Outcome
10/29 SB 1786 Prohibits License Suspension for Unpaid Parking Tickets Bill Passed - House (88 - 27)
10/22 HB 1780 Exempts Volunteer Firefighters from Right-to-Know Laws Bill Passed - House (166 - 34)
9/24 SB 149 Establishes a Transportation Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (22 - 16)
9/10 SB 210 Establishes a Smog-Check Program for Diesel Trucks Bill Passed - House (51 - 19)
7/22 SB 320 Expands Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Among Systems Utilizing Reservoir Water Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 22)
7/16 SB 320 Expands Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Among Systems Utilizing Reservoir Water Bill Passed - House (63 - 54)
6/29 HB 2015 Authorizes Driver Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 10)
6/25 SB 998 Authorizes Bicyclists to Yield at Stop Signs Bill Passed - House (31 - 28)
6/20 S 824 Requires Ignition interlock Devices for Sentenced Drunk Drivers Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
6/20 LD 1836 Establishes Ballot Measure for Infrastructure Bonds "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (90 - 45)
6/20 A 4135 Establishes Procedures for Digital Parking Meters and a Fund for Encouraging Designated Drivers Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
6/20 LD 1836 Establishes Ballot Measure for Infrastructure Bonds Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
6/18 HB 2015 Authorizes Driver Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (39 - 21)
6/17 A 3675 Authorizes Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 29)
6/12 A 3675 Authorizes Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (87 - 61)
6/06 SB 241 Authorizes Funding for Capitol Corridor Rail Project "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (213 - 141)
5/30 AB 56 Authorizes the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority to Procure Energy Needs for Californians Bill Passed - House (41 - 21)
5/29 HB 2276 Prohibits Smoking in a Vehicle with Minors Present Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 10)
5/29 SB 210 Establishes a Smog-Check Program for Diesel Trucks Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 10)
5/29 HB 62 Appropriates $45 Billion for Infrastructure Repairs Bill Passed - House (76 - 39)
5/29 AB 1046 Increases Tax Rebates for Electric Vehicles Bill Passed - House (55 - 21)
5/26 HB 3557 Increases Penalties for Pipeline Protesting Conference Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 12)
5/26 HB 3557 Increases Penalties for Pipeline Protesting Conference Report Adopted - House (97 - 49)
5/24 SB 1 Reduces Premium Amount Required for No-Fault Auto Insurance Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 4)
5/23 HB 448 Requires Children Under 2 Ride in Rear-Facing Car Seats Concurrence Vote Passed - House (100 - 38)
5/23 HB 7223 Prohibits Unlocked Vehicle Storage of Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
5/17 HB 1631 Prohibits Use of Red Light Cameras Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 8)
5/09 HB 4397 Reduces the Amount Required for No-Fault Auto Insurance Bill Passed - House (61 - 49)
5/08 HB 7223 Prohibits Unlocked Vehicle Storage of Firearms Bill Passed - House (98 - 48)
5/07 AB 337 Amends Certain Railroad Freight Transportation Safety Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
5/07 AB 337 Amends Certain Railroad Freight Transportation Safety Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
5/07 SB 588 Exempts Milk Haulers from Travel Bans Imposed During Emergency Disasters Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
5/07 HB 144 Prohibits Distracted Driving Bill Passed - House (92 - 23)
5/01 SB 33 Increases Penalties for Infrastructure Protesting Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 8)
4/30 HB 164 Prohibits Cell Phone Use While Driving Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 7)
4/27 HF 767 Requires Annual Fee for Electric Cars Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 14)
4/23 HF 765 Appropriates $3 Million for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 45)
4/23 HF 765 Appropriates $3 Million for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 45)
4/22 HF 765 Appropriates $3 Million for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 13)
4/22 HF 765 Appropriates $3 Million for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 13)
4/18 HB 2318 Prohibits Handheld Phone Use While Driving Concurrence Vote Passed - House (44 - 16)
4/17 HB 164 Prohibits Cell Phone Use While Driving Bill Passed - House (53 - 38)
4/13 SB 160 Establishes Presumptive Health Care Coverage for Firefighters Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (40 - 10)
4/12 HF 50 Prohibits Cell Phone Use While Driving Conference Report Adopted - Senate (48 - 12)
4/11 SB 19-139 Authorizes Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (42 - 22)
4/11 HB 1633 Prohibits Infrastructure-Related Protests Bill Passed - House (77 - 28)
4/11 HB 212 Prohibits Driving in the Left Lane for More than 1.5 Miles Bill Passed - House (61 - 24)
4/11 HB 1690 Amends Criminal Record Expungement Law Bill Passed - House (69 - 36)
4/08 HB 2318 Prohibits Handheld Phone Use While Driving Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 9)
4/08 SB 171 Requires Paid Firefighters be Tobacco-Free Bill Passed - House (83 - 14)
3/28 SB 131 Expands State Control over the Atlanta Airport Bill Passed - House (104 - 70)
3/28 HB 2276 Prohibits Smoking in a Vehicle with Minors Present Bill Passed - House (78 - 20)
3/28 SB 1786 Prohibits License Suspension for Unpaid Parking Tickets Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 10)
3/26 SF 343 Prohibits Traffic Cameras Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
3/25 S 1080 Establishes Conditions for Restricted Usage of Suspended or Revoked Driver's Licenses Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 10)
3/18 HF 50 Prohibits Cell Phone Use While Driving Bill Passed - House (106 - 21)
3/14 SB 19-139 Authorizes Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
3/13 HB 353 Establishes the "Reduction of Single Occupancy Vehicle Trips Pilot Program" Concurrence Vote Passed - House (44 - 30)
3/07 SB 131 Expands State Control over the Atlanta Airport Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 22)
3/04 SB 336 Establishes a Fuel Tax and Other Provisions Bill Passed - House (71 - 26)
2/23 HB 1811 Prohibits Texting While Driving Conference Report Rejected - House (45 - 50)
2/21 SB 241 Authorizes Funding for Capitol Corridor Rail Project Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 10)
2/05 HB 1811 Prohibits Texting While Driving Bill Passed - House (69 - 27)
1/31 A 4135 Establishes Procedures for Digital Parking Meters and a Fund for Encouraging Designated Drivers Bill Passed - House (55 - 20)

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