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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)
Nov. 16, 2020 NJ S 2484 Establishes the Office of Clean Energy Equity Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
Oct. 21, 2020 LA HB 29 Establishes Severance Tax Exemption for Oil Wells Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 17)
Sept. 24, 2020 National HR 4447 Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019 Bill Passed - House (220 - 185)
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)
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. 27, 2020 NJ A 3367 Requires Installment of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Common Interest Communities Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 2)
Aug. 27, 2020 NJ S 232 Requires the Evaluation of Environmental and Public Health Stressors Bill Passed - House (49 - 28)
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)
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)
July 1, 2020 HI SB 2629 Prohibits Burning Coal After 2022 Bill Passed - House (46 - 5)
June 29, 2020 NJ S 232 Requires the Evaluation of Environmental and Public Health Stressors Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14)
June 26, 2020 CA SB 1215 Appropriates Funds to Assist Municipalities with Power Outages Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
June 10, 2020 CO HB 20-1143 Increases Maximum Fines for Air and Water Quality Violations Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
June 10, 2020 CA AB 3214 Increases Penalties for Oil Spills Bill Passed - House (41 - 28)
June 5, 2020 CO HB 20-1143 Increases Maximum Fines for Air and Water Quality Violations Bill Passed - House (40 - 24)
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)
May 11, 2020 MN HF 4502 Increases the Minnesota Conservation Program's Energy Savings Goal Bill Passed - House (79 - 55)
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 11, 2020 WY HB 200 Establishes Low-Carbon Energy Standards and Subsidizes Carbon Capture Projects Concurrence Vote Passed - House (41 - 18)
March 10, 2020 SD SB 151 Defines "Critical Infrastructure" and Restructures Associated Crimes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 4)
March 10, 2020 WY HB 200 Establishes Low-Carbon Energy Standards and Subsidizes Carbon Capture Projects Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 10)
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 2, 2020 AK SB 115 Increases the State Highway Motor Fuel Tax Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 5)
Feb. 13, 2020 AZ HB 2686 Amends Local Government Utility Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10)
Feb. 12, 2020 AZ HB 2686 Amends Local Government Utility Regulations Bill Passed - House (36 - 23)
Feb. 10, 2020 KY HB 44 Amends Criminal Trespassing Laws Relating to Critical Infrastructure Bill Passed - House (71 - 7)
Feb. 3, 2020 IN HB 1414 Requires Notification from Utility Companies Prior to Closure of Energy Plant Bill Passed - House (52 - 41)
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)
11/16 S 2484 Establishes the Office of Clean Energy Equity Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
10/21 HB 29 Establishes Severance Tax Exemption for Oil Wells Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 17)
9/24 HR 4447 Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019 Bill Passed - House (220 - 185)
9/09 HB 2025 Requires Legislative Authorization Before Entering a State or Regional Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Program Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 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)
8/27 A 3367 Requires Installment of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Common Interest Communities Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 2)
8/27 S 232 Requires the Evaluation of Environmental and Public Health Stressors Bill Passed - House (49 - 28)
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)
7/08 HB 2025 Requires Legislative Authorization Before Entering a State or Regional Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Program Bill Passed - House (130 - 71)
7/01 SB 2629 Prohibits Burning Coal After 2022 Bill Passed - House (46 - 5)
6/29 S 232 Requires the Evaluation of Environmental and Public Health Stressors Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14)
6/26 SB 1215 Appropriates Funds to Assist Municipalities with Power Outages Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
6/10 HB 20-1143 Increases Maximum Fines for Air and Water Quality Violations Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
6/10 AB 3214 Increases Penalties for Oil Spills Bill Passed - House (41 - 28)
6/05 HB 20-1143 Increases Maximum Fines for Air and Water Quality Violations Bill Passed - House (40 - 24)
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)
5/11 HF 4502 Increases the Minnesota Conservation Program's Energy Savings Goal Bill Passed - House (79 - 55)
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)
3/11 HB 200 Establishes Low-Carbon Energy Standards and Subsidizes Carbon Capture Projects Concurrence Vote Passed - House (41 - 18)
3/10 SB 151 Defines "Critical Infrastructure" and Restructures Associated Crimes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 4)
3/10 HB 200 Establishes Low-Carbon Energy Standards and Subsidizes Carbon Capture Projects Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 10)
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)
3/02 SB 115 Increases the State Highway Motor Fuel Tax Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 5)
2/13 HB 2686 Amends Local Government Utility Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10)
2/12 HB 2686 Amends Local Government Utility Regulations Bill Passed - House (36 - 23)
2/10 HB 44 Amends Criminal Trespassing Laws Relating to Critical Infrastructure Bill Passed - House (71 - 7)
2/03 HB 1414 Requires Notification from Utility Companies Prior to Closure of Energy Plant Bill Passed - House (52 - 41)
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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