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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. 17, 2020 PA SB 790 Repeals Certain Oil and Gas Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
Oct. 21, 2020 LA HB 29 Establishes Severance Tax Exemption for Oil Wells Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 17)
Sept. 9, 2020 PA HB 2025 Requires Legislative Authorization Before Entering a State or Regional Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Program Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 17)
Aug. 10, 2020 OR HB 4302 Limits Number of Onshore Exploration Sites and Oil Wells Bill Passed - House (34 - 23)
July 8, 2020 PA HB 2025 Requires Legislative Authorization Before Entering a State or Regional Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Program Bill Passed - House (130 - 71)
June 10, 2020 CA AB 3214 Increases Penalties for Oil Spills Bill Passed - House (41 - 28)
May 27, 2020 PA SB 790 Repeals Certain Oil and Gas Regulations Bill Passed - House (109 - 93)
May 22, 2020 LA HB 506 Reduces Severance Tax Rate for Oil Bill Passed - House (72 - 25)
May 20, 2020 LA SB 440 Limits Environmental Lawsuits Against Oil and Gas Companies Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
March 12, 2020 WY SF 138 Authorizes One Million Acre Land Purchase Conference Report Adopted - House (46 - 10)
March 12, 2020 AL SB 45 Amends Criminal Trespassing Penalties Relating to Critical Infrastructure Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 3)
March 10, 2020 SD SB 151 Defines "Critical Infrastructure" and Restructures Associated Crimes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 4)
March 2, 2020 AK SB 115 Increases the State Highway Motor Fuel Tax Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 5)
Feb. 10, 2020 KY HB 44 Amends Criminal Trespassing Laws Relating to Critical Infrastructure Bill Passed - House (71 - 7)
Jan. 29, 2020 WA HB 1110 Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transportation Fuels Bill Passed - House (52 - 44)
Jan. 27, 2020 CA AB 1441 Amends Oil Drilling Laws and Regulations Bill Passed - House (41 - 18)
Date No. Title Outcome
11/17 SB 790 Repeals Certain Oil and Gas Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
10/21 HB 29 Establishes Severance Tax Exemption for Oil Wells Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 17)
9/09 HB 2025 Requires Legislative Authorization Before Entering a State or Regional Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Program Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 17)
8/10 HB 4302 Limits Number of Onshore Exploration Sites and Oil Wells Bill Passed - House (34 - 23)
7/08 HB 2025 Requires Legislative Authorization Before Entering a State or Regional Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Program Bill Passed - House (130 - 71)
6/10 AB 3214 Increases Penalties for Oil Spills Bill Passed - House (41 - 28)
5/27 SB 790 Repeals Certain Oil and Gas Regulations Bill Passed - House (109 - 93)
5/22 HB 506 Reduces Severance Tax Rate for Oil Bill Passed - House (72 - 25)
5/20 SB 440 Limits Environmental Lawsuits Against Oil and Gas Companies Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
3/12 SF 138 Authorizes One Million Acre Land Purchase Conference Report Adopted - House (46 - 10)
3/12 SB 45 Amends Criminal Trespassing Penalties Relating to Critical Infrastructure Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 3)
3/10 SB 151 Defines "Critical Infrastructure" and Restructures Associated Crimes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 4)
3/02 SB 115 Increases the State Highway Motor Fuel Tax Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 5)
2/10 HB 44 Amends Criminal Trespassing Laws Relating to Critical Infrastructure Bill Passed - House (71 - 7)
1/29 HB 1110 Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transportation Fuels Bill Passed - House (52 - 44)
1/27 AB 1441 Amends Oil Drilling Laws and Regulations Bill Passed - House (41 - 18)

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