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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. 21, 2020 LA SB 72 Authorizes One-Time Income Tax Credit For Businesses Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (35 - 0)
Oct. 21, 2020 LA HB 29 Establishes Severance Tax Exemption for Oil Wells Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 17)
Oct. 20, 2020 LA HB 26 Establishes Sales Tax Holiday to Provide Relief for Recovery Concurrence Vote Passed - House (86 - 0)
Oct. 20, 2020 LA HB 37 Expands Business Tax Credits Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
Sept. 24, 2020 NJ A 4721 Establishes a Corporate Business Tax Rate of 2.5 Percent Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 17)
Sept. 24, 2020 NJ A 10 Increases Gross Income Tax Rate for Millionaires Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 14)
Sept. 24, 2020 NJ A 10 Increases Gross Income Tax Rate for Millionaires Bill Passed - House (52 - 27)
Sept. 24, 2020 NJ A 4721 Establishes a Corporate Business Tax Rate of 2.5 Percent Bill Passed - House (42 - 35)
Sept. 22, 2020 SC S 217 Authorizes Hospitality Taxes be Used for Repairs in Tourism Areas Affected by Flood Damage Bill Passed - House (87 - 15)
Aug. 31, 2020 CA AB 1876 Authorizes Undocumented Immigrant Workers to Qualify for State Tax Returns Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
Aug. 20, 2020 UT SB 6005 Exempts Certain Loans and Grants From State Income Tax Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 0)
July 30, 2020 NJ A 4389 Establishes 2.5% State Tax on Net Premiums on Most Health Insurers Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
July 30, 2020 NJ A 4389 Establishes 2.5% State Tax on Net Premiums on Most Health Insurers Bill Passed - House (43 - 30)
July 15, 2020 NV SB 3 Requires Mining Companies to Temporarily Prepay Half of Taxes Bill Passed - House (32 - 10)
June 17, 2020 MI SB 781 Establishes 18 Percent Tax on E-Cigarette Liquid Nicotine Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 5)
June 17, 2020 LA HB 64 Establishes 8 Percent Taxation Rate for Fantasy Sports Bill Passed - House (82 - 11)
June 15, 2020 CO HB 20-1427 Increases the Cigarette Tobacco and Nicotine Products Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - House (38 - 25)
June 15, 2020 CO HB 20-1420 Amends State Tax Breaks Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
June 15, 2020 CO HB 20-1427 Increases the Cigarette Tobacco and Nicotine Products Tax Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
June 11, 2020 CO HB 20-1420 Amends State Tax Breaks Bill Passed - House (39 - 26)
June 10, 2020 CA AB 2570 Establishes the False Claims Act Bill Passed - House (44 - 20)
June 10, 2020 PA SB 1125 Authorizes School Districts to Extend Time Needed to Pay Taxes Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
May 29, 2020 LA HB 846 Establishes Tax Rebates for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 6)
May 29, 2020 VT H 959 Establishes an Education Property Tax for Fiscal Year 2021 Bill Passed - House (127 - 20)
May 23, 2020 IL SB 516 Amends Tax Structure for Chicago Casino Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (42 - 14)
May 23, 2020 IL SB 516 Amends Tax Structure for Chicago Casino Bill Passed - House (77 - 32)
May 22, 2020 LA HB 506 Reduces Severance Tax Rate for Oil Bill Passed - House (72 - 25)
May 7, 2020 MO SB 676 Exempts Federal Government Stimulus Checks from State Taxable Income Bill Passed - House (105 - 39)
April 30, 2020 MN SF 3843 Amends Business Tax Policies and Establishes Recovery Aid to Small Businesses for Financial Relief Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 27)
April 22, 2020 VA SB 588 Authorizes Counties to Levy Certain Taxes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 12)
April 22, 2020 VA SB 588 Authorizes Counties to Levy Certain Taxes Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 35)
April 15, 2020 KY HB 351 Increases Taxes on Tobacco Products and Authorizes the Expansion of Absentee Voting Veto Override Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
April 15, 2020 KY HB 351 Increases Taxes on Tobacco Products and Authorizes the Expansion of Absentee Voting Veto Override Passed - House (57 - 32)
April 1, 2020 KY HB 351 Increases Taxes on Tobacco Products and Authorizes the Expansion of Absentee Voting Concurrence Vote Passed - House (68 - 22)
March 25, 2020 PA HB 1232 Authorizes Emergency Finances and Tax Provisions in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
March 23, 2020 AK HB 232 Authorizes Local Governments to Create Property Tax Credits to Increase Efficiency and Local Air Quality Bill Passed - House (31 - 4)
March 18, 2020 MD HB 732 Increases Tobacco Tax and Establishes Vaping Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - House (88 - 47)
March 17, 2020 MD HB 732 Increases Tobacco Tax and Establishes Vaping Tax Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 16)
March 15, 2020 MD HB 932 Requires the Distribution of Sales and Use Tax Revenue from Certain Digital Products to the Blueprint for Maryland's Future Fund Concurrence Vote Passed - House (89 - 45)
March 13, 2020 MD HB 932 Requires the Distribution of Sales and Use Tax Revenue from Certain Digital Products to the Blueprint for Maryland's Future Fund Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 15)
March 12, 2020 WA SB 6168 Establishes the 2020 Supplemental Operating Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 21)
March 12, 2020 WA SB 6168 Establishes the 2020 Supplemental Operating Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (56 - 41)
March 12, 2020 AZ HCR 2045 Requires Warning Labels on Medical Marijuana Among Other Provisions Bill Passed - House (31 - 27)
March 11, 2020 IN HB 1065 Authorizes School Districts To Use Tax Dollars For Charter Schools Conference Report Adopted - Senate (31 - 18)
March 11, 2020 IN HB 1065 Authorizes School Districts To Use Tax Dollars For Charter Schools Conference Report Adopted - House (52 - 40)
March 11, 2020 WA SB 6690 Reduces the Business and Occupation Tax Preference for Aerospace Manufacturers Bill Passed - House (73 - 24)
March 10, 2020 WY HB 159 Requires Payment of Ad Valorem Tax on Mineral Production Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 7)
March 9, 2020 WA HB 1590 Authorizes Local Affordable Housing Tax to be Imposed by a Councilmanic Authority Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 44)
March 8, 2020 VA SB 710 Expands Renewable Energy Tax Credits Conference Report Adopted - Senate (27 - 12)
March 8, 2020 VA SB 710 Expands Renewable Energy Tax Credits Conference Report Adopted - House (60 - 31)
March 6, 2020 WA HB 1590 Authorizes Local Affordable Housing Tax to be Imposed by a Councilmanic Authority Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 21)
March 5, 2020 AZ HB 2771 Amends State Income Tax Code to Conform with Federal Tax Law Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 9)
March 2, 2020 AK SB 115 Increases the State Highway Motor Fuel Tax Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 5)
Feb. 28, 2020 ID H 521 Exempts Large Data Centers from the New State Sales Tax Bill Passed - House (37 - 21)
Feb. 27, 2020 AZ HB 2771 Amends State Income Tax Code to Conform with Federal Tax Law Bill Passed - House (44 - 16)
Feb. 26, 2020 KY HB 32 Establishes a Tax on Vaping Products and Increases Taxes on Other Tobacco Products Bill Passed - House (75 - 17)
Feb. 25, 2020 WV SJR 9 Amends the Constitution to Authorize the State Legislature to Establish Certain Tax Exemptions Bill Failed - Senate (18 - 16)
Feb. 24, 2020 WV SB 837 Establishes Certain Tax Exemptions Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 16)
Feb. 19, 2020 NM SB 29 Establishes a Solar Market Development Income Tax Credit Bill Passed - House (51 - 19)
Feb. 18, 2020 AZ HB 2732 Increases Low-Income Housing Tax Credits by $8 Million Bill Passed - House (45 - 15)
Feb. 18, 2020 NM SB 2 Establishes an Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 18)
Feb. 15, 2020 NM SB 29 Establishes a Solar Market Development Income Tax Credit Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 6)
Feb. 13, 2020 OK HB 1992 Authorizes Local Governments Pay for Portion of Operating Costs with Property Tax Revenue Bill Passed - House (76 - 20)
Feb. 11, 2020 AL HB 147 Prohibits City Occupational Taxes Without Permission of State Legislature Bill Passed - House (74 - 27)
Feb. 7, 2020 National HR 5687 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief and Puerto Rico Disaster Tax Relief Act, 2020 Bill Passed - House (237 - 161)
Feb. 6, 2020 WA SB 6492 Amends the Business and Occupation Tax for Workforce Education Investment Funding Bill Passed - House (52 - 45)
Jan. 30, 2020 WA SB 6492 Amends the Business and Occupation Tax for Workforce Education Investment Funding Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
Jan. 16, 2020 GA HB 276 Establishes an Online Sales Tax Conference Report Adopted - Senate (40 - 9)
Jan. 16, 2020 GA HB 276 Establishes an Online Sales Tax Conference Report Adopted - House (111 - 54)
Date No. Title Outcome
10/21 SB 72 Authorizes One-Time Income Tax Credit For Businesses Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (35 - 0)
10/21 HB 29 Establishes Severance Tax Exemption for Oil Wells Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 17)
10/20 HB 26 Establishes Sales Tax Holiday to Provide Relief for Recovery Concurrence Vote Passed - House (86 - 0)
10/20 HB 37 Expands Business Tax Credits Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
9/24 A 4721 Establishes a Corporate Business Tax Rate of 2.5 Percent Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 17)
9/24 A 10 Increases Gross Income Tax Rate for Millionaires Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 14)
9/24 A 10 Increases Gross Income Tax Rate for Millionaires Bill Passed - House (52 - 27)
9/24 A 4721 Establishes a Corporate Business Tax Rate of 2.5 Percent Bill Passed - House (42 - 35)
9/22 S 217 Authorizes Hospitality Taxes be Used for Repairs in Tourism Areas Affected by Flood Damage Bill Passed - House (87 - 15)
8/31 AB 1876 Authorizes Undocumented Immigrant Workers to Qualify for State Tax Returns Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
8/20 SB 6005 Exempts Certain Loans and Grants From State Income Tax Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 0)
7/30 A 4389 Establishes 2.5% State Tax on Net Premiums on Most Health Insurers Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
7/30 A 4389 Establishes 2.5% State Tax on Net Premiums on Most Health Insurers Bill Passed - House (43 - 30)
7/15 SB 3 Requires Mining Companies to Temporarily Prepay Half of Taxes Bill Passed - House (32 - 10)
6/17 SB 781 Establishes 18 Percent Tax on E-Cigarette Liquid Nicotine Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 5)
6/17 HB 64 Establishes 8 Percent Taxation Rate for Fantasy Sports Bill Passed - House (82 - 11)
6/15 HB 20-1427 Increases the Cigarette Tobacco and Nicotine Products Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - House (38 - 25)
6/15 HB 20-1420 Amends State Tax Breaks Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
6/15 HB 20-1427 Increases the Cigarette Tobacco and Nicotine Products Tax Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
6/11 HB 20-1420 Amends State Tax Breaks Bill Passed - House (39 - 26)
6/10 AB 2570 Establishes the False Claims Act Bill Passed - House (44 - 20)
6/10 SB 1125 Authorizes School Districts to Extend Time Needed to Pay Taxes Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
5/29 HB 846 Establishes Tax Rebates for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 6)
5/29 H 959 Establishes an Education Property Tax for Fiscal Year 2021 Bill Passed - House (127 - 20)
5/23 SB 516 Amends Tax Structure for Chicago Casino Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (42 - 14)
5/23 SB 516 Amends Tax Structure for Chicago Casino Bill Passed - House (77 - 32)
5/22 HB 506 Reduces Severance Tax Rate for Oil Bill Passed - House (72 - 25)
5/07 SB 676 Exempts Federal Government Stimulus Checks from State Taxable Income Bill Passed - House (105 - 39)
4/30 SF 3843 Amends Business Tax Policies and Establishes Recovery Aid to Small Businesses for Financial Relief Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 27)
4/22 SB 588 Authorizes Counties to Levy Certain Taxes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 12)
4/22 SB 588 Authorizes Counties to Levy Certain Taxes Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 35)
4/15 HB 351 Increases Taxes on Tobacco Products and Authorizes the Expansion of Absentee Voting Veto Override Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
4/15 HB 351 Increases Taxes on Tobacco Products and Authorizes the Expansion of Absentee Voting Veto Override Passed - House (57 - 32)
4/01 HB 351 Increases Taxes on Tobacco Products and Authorizes the Expansion of Absentee Voting Concurrence Vote Passed - House (68 - 22)
3/25 HB 1232 Authorizes Emergency Finances and Tax Provisions in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
3/23 HB 232 Authorizes Local Governments to Create Property Tax Credits to Increase Efficiency and Local Air Quality Bill Passed - House (31 - 4)
3/18 HB 732 Increases Tobacco Tax and Establishes Vaping Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - House (88 - 47)
3/17 HB 732 Increases Tobacco Tax and Establishes Vaping Tax Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 16)
3/15 HB 932 Requires the Distribution of Sales and Use Tax Revenue from Certain Digital Products to the Blueprint for Maryland's Future Fund Concurrence Vote Passed - House (89 - 45)
3/13 HB 932 Requires the Distribution of Sales and Use Tax Revenue from Certain Digital Products to the Blueprint for Maryland's Future Fund Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 15)
3/12 SB 6168 Establishes the 2020 Supplemental Operating Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 21)
3/12 SB 6168 Establishes the 2020 Supplemental Operating Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (56 - 41)
3/12 HCR 2045 Requires Warning Labels on Medical Marijuana Among Other Provisions Bill Passed - House (31 - 27)
3/11 HB 1065 Authorizes School Districts To Use Tax Dollars For Charter Schools Conference Report Adopted - Senate (31 - 18)
3/11 HB 1065 Authorizes School Districts To Use Tax Dollars For Charter Schools Conference Report Adopted - House (52 - 40)
3/11 SB 6690 Reduces the Business and Occupation Tax Preference for Aerospace Manufacturers Bill Passed - House (73 - 24)
3/10 HB 159 Requires Payment of Ad Valorem Tax on Mineral Production Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 7)
3/09 HB 1590 Authorizes Local Affordable Housing Tax to be Imposed by a Councilmanic Authority Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 44)
3/08 SB 710 Expands Renewable Energy Tax Credits Conference Report Adopted - Senate (27 - 12)
3/08 SB 710 Expands Renewable Energy Tax Credits Conference Report Adopted - House (60 - 31)
3/06 HB 1590 Authorizes Local Affordable Housing Tax to be Imposed by a Councilmanic Authority Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 21)
3/05 HB 2771 Amends State Income Tax Code to Conform with Federal Tax Law Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 9)
3/02 SB 115 Increases the State Highway Motor Fuel Tax Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 5)
2/28 H 521 Exempts Large Data Centers from the New State Sales Tax Bill Passed - House (37 - 21)
2/27 HB 2771 Amends State Income Tax Code to Conform with Federal Tax Law Bill Passed - House (44 - 16)
2/26 HB 32 Establishes a Tax on Vaping Products and Increases Taxes on Other Tobacco Products Bill Passed - House (75 - 17)
2/25 SJR 9 Amends the Constitution to Authorize the State Legislature to Establish Certain Tax Exemptions Bill Failed - Senate (18 - 16)
2/24 SB 837 Establishes Certain Tax Exemptions Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 16)
2/19 SB 29 Establishes a Solar Market Development Income Tax Credit Bill Passed - House (51 - 19)
2/18 HB 2732 Increases Low-Income Housing Tax Credits by $8 Million Bill Passed - House (45 - 15)
2/18 SB 2 Establishes an Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 18)
2/15 SB 29 Establishes a Solar Market Development Income Tax Credit Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 6)
2/13 HB 1992 Authorizes Local Governments Pay for Portion of Operating Costs with Property Tax Revenue Bill Passed - House (76 - 20)
2/11 HB 147 Prohibits City Occupational Taxes Without Permission of State Legislature Bill Passed - House (74 - 27)
2/07 HR 5687 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief and Puerto Rico Disaster Tax Relief Act, 2020 Bill Passed - House (237 - 161)
2/06 SB 6492 Amends the Business and Occupation Tax for Workforce Education Investment Funding Bill Passed - House (52 - 45)
1/30 SB 6492 Amends the Business and Occupation Tax for Workforce Education Investment Funding Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
1/16 HB 276 Establishes an Online Sales Tax Conference Report Adopted - Senate (40 - 9)
1/16 HB 276 Establishes an Online Sales Tax Conference Report Adopted - House (111 - 54)

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