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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. 19, 2020 OH HB 310 Increases Penalties for Bullying and Hazing Bill Passed - House (74 - 14)
Oct. 12, 2020 LA SB 31 Prohibits the Use of Statewide Assessments to Evaluate Teacher Performance or Student Placement in the 2020-2021 School Year Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
Oct. 5, 2020 PA HB 1984 Authorizes a Parent to Petition to Terminate the Other Parent's Parental Rights Prior to Making Adoption Arrangements in Cases of Rape or Incest Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
Oct. 2, 2020 LA HB 1 Establishes Parole Eligibility for Juvenile Offenders Bill Passed - House (81 - 10)
Sept. 2, 2020 NC HB 1105 Appropriates COVID Relief Checks to Parents Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 5)
Aug. 31, 2020 CA SB 823 Establishes the Office of Youth and Community Restoration Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
Aug. 31, 2020 CA SB 823 Establishes the Office of Youth and Community Restoration Bill Passed - House (54 - 16)
Aug. 31, 2020 CA SB 1383 Expands Protections for Paid Family Leave Bill Passed - House (46 - 16)
Aug. 25, 2020 MO HB 16 Classifies Knowingly Transferring a Firearm to a Minor for the Purpose of Avoiding an Arrest or Investigation as a Felony Bill Passed - House (99 - 49)
Aug. 25, 2020 MO HB 11 Classifies the Crime of Child Endangerment as a First-Degree Felony Bill Passed - House (111 - 39)
Aug. 24, 2020 CA AB 901 Limits a School District's Ability to Refer Students to Probation Officers Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
July 29, 2020 National HR 7027 Child Care Is Essential Act Bill Passed - House (249 - 163)
July 29, 2020 National HR 7327 Child Care for Economic Recovery Act Bill Passed - House (250 - 161)
July 21, 2020 NY A 6710 Requires Incarcerated Parents to Be Placed at Facilities Closest to Their Children's Home Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 11)
July 16, 2020 RI H 7541 Establishes the "Uniform Parentage Act" Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 1)
July 2, 2020 CA SB 1383 Expands Protections for Paid Family Leave Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
June 30, 2020 NH HB 1162 Amends Adoption Laws for Unmarried Couples Concurrence Vote Passed - House (209 - 119)
June 30, 2020 NH HB 1162 Amends Adoption Laws for Unmarried Couples Concurrence Vote Passed - House (209 - 119)
June 26, 2020 VT H 965 Appropriates Funds to Health Care and Human Services Programs from Coronavirus Relief Fund Concurrence Vote Passed - House
June 26, 2020 VT H 965 Appropriates Funds to Health Care and Human Services Programs from Coronavirus Relief Fund Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 0)
June 26, 2020 CA SB 1111 Requires Certain Juvenile Offenders to Remain in Juvenile Hall Until Age 21 Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 8)
June 25, 2020 CA ACA 11 Establishes the "Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act" Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
June 13, 2020 CO SB 20-163 Amends the Definition for Nonmedical Exemptions for School Immunization Policies Conference Report Adopted - Senate (20 - 13)
May 20, 2020 OH HB 3 Amends Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence Bill Passed - House (94 - 0)
May 20, 2020 LA HB 109 Prohibits Vaping in Motor Vehicles When a Child Is Present Bill Passed - House (80 - 19)
May 15, 2020 LA HB 173 Expands Parole Eligibility for Certain Juvenile Offenders Bill Passed - House (68 - 22)
May 14, 2020 MO HB 1414 Establishes a State Birth Certificate Program and Medicaid Health Coverage for Missouri's Homeless Youth Concurrence Vote Passed - House (138 - 4)
March 18, 2020 MD SB 1006 Reduces the Amount of Time Child Support May be Suspended While Parent is Incarcerated Bill Passed - House (102 - 32)
March 18, 2020 National HR 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act Bill Passed - Senate (90 - 8)
March 14, 2020 National HR 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act Bill Passed - House (363 - 40)
March 12, 2020 FL SB 810 Increases the Legal Smoking Age to 21 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 9)
March 11, 2020 WY SF 50 Increases the Legal Smoking Age to 21 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 11)
March 9, 2020 WY HB 174 Amends Kindergarten Minimum Age Start Date Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
March 6, 2020 FL HB 43 Amends Child Welfare Training Standards Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
March 6, 2020 FL HB 43 Amends Child Welfare Training Standards Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
March 5, 2020 WY SF 50 Increases the Legal Smoking Age to 21 Bill Passed - House (37 - 23)
March 5, 2020 SD SB 186 Establishes Paid Family Leave Policies for State Employees Bill Passed - House (52 - 14)
March 5, 2020 WA HB 2614 Amends the Paid Family Medical Leave Program for Union Employees Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 10)
March 5, 2020 MN HF 5 Establishes Family and Medical Leave Bill Passed - House (70 - 59)
March 4, 2020 VA HB 623 Repeals the State Statutory Same-Sex Marriage Ban and Amends State Gender-Neutral Terms Concurrence Vote Passed - House (53 - 43)
March 4, 2020 OK HB 2804 Requires Dyslexia Screening for All K-3rd Grade Students Not Reading at Grade Level Bill Passed - House (92 - 1)
March 3, 2020 WA SB 5434 Establishes Restrictions for Firearms in Daycare and Child Care Facilities Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
March 3, 2020 VA HB 623 Repeals the State Statutory Same-Sex Marriage Ban and Amends State Gender-Neutral Terms (24 - 16)
Feb. 28, 2020 CO SB 20-163 Amends the Definition for Nonmedical Exemptions for School Immunization Policies Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
Feb. 26, 2020 UT SB 102 Reduces Criminal Penalties for Polygamy Bill Passed - House (70 - 3)
Feb. 20, 2020 FL SB 404 Requires Parental Consent for Minors Prior to Abortion Bill Passed - House (75 - 43)
Feb. 20, 2020 SD HB 1133 Establishes a Rebuttable Presumption in Favor of Joint Custody of a Minor Bill Passed - House (41 - 25)
Feb. 20, 2020 SD HB 1133 Establishes a Rebuttable Presumption in Favor of Joint Custody of a Minor Bill Passed - House (41 - 25)
Feb. 13, 2020 WA HB 2614 Amends the Paid Family Medical Leave Program for Union Employees Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
Feb. 13, 2020 KY HB 37 Requires Visual and Performing Arts Courses be Taught in Elementary and Middle Schools Bill Passed - House (73 - 16)
Feb. 11, 2020 NE LB 329 Amends Eligibility Provisions for Transitional Childcare Assistance Subsidies Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
Feb. 11, 2020 WI AB 806 Amends the Age for Juvenile Incarceration Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
Feb. 10, 2020 NM HB 83 Establishes the Early Childhood Education and Care Fund Bill Passed - House (51 - 14)
Feb. 7, 2020 WV HB 4585 Establishes Criminal Immunity for "Good Faith" Child Abuse or Neglect Reporting Bill Passed - House (69 - 29)
Feb. 6, 2020 FL SB 404 Requires Parental Consent for Minors Prior to Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 17)
Feb. 4, 2020 IN SB 342 Establishes Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 8)
Feb. 4, 2020 IN SB 449 Reduces the Age at Which Juveniles Can be Sent to Jail Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
Jan. 16, 2020 MA H 4218 Requires School Districts Offer Breakfast After Instruction Begins Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 0)
Jan. 15, 2020 WV HB 3039 Increases Court Discretion When Determining Child Custody Bill Passed - House (87 - 11)
Jan. 9, 2020 NH HB 377 Amends Child Protection Laws to Establish a Study on the Best Interest of the Child "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (255 - 115)
Date No. Title Outcome
11/19 HB 310 Increases Penalties for Bullying and Hazing Bill Passed - House (74 - 14)
10/12 SB 31 Prohibits the Use of Statewide Assessments to Evaluate Teacher Performance or Student Placement in the 2020-2021 School Year Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
10/05 HB 1984 Authorizes a Parent to Petition to Terminate the Other Parent's Parental Rights Prior to Making Adoption Arrangements in Cases of Rape or Incest Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
10/02 HB 1 Establishes Parole Eligibility for Juvenile Offenders Bill Passed - House (81 - 10)
9/02 HB 1105 Appropriates COVID Relief Checks to Parents Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 5)
8/31 SB 823 Establishes the Office of Youth and Community Restoration Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
8/31 SB 823 Establishes the Office of Youth and Community Restoration Bill Passed - House (54 - 16)
8/31 SB 1383 Expands Protections for Paid Family Leave Bill Passed - House (46 - 16)
8/25 HB 16 Classifies Knowingly Transferring a Firearm to a Minor for the Purpose of Avoiding an Arrest or Investigation as a Felony Bill Passed - House (99 - 49)
8/25 HB 11 Classifies the Crime of Child Endangerment as a First-Degree Felony Bill Passed - House (111 - 39)
8/24 AB 901 Limits a School District's Ability to Refer Students to Probation Officers Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
7/29 HR 7027 Child Care Is Essential Act Bill Passed - House (249 - 163)
7/29 HR 7327 Child Care for Economic Recovery Act Bill Passed - House (250 - 161)
7/21 A 6710 Requires Incarcerated Parents to Be Placed at Facilities Closest to Their Children's Home Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 11)
7/16 H 7541 Establishes the "Uniform Parentage Act" Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 1)
7/02 SB 1383 Expands Protections for Paid Family Leave Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
6/30 HB 1162 Amends Adoption Laws for Unmarried Couples Concurrence Vote Passed - House (209 - 119)
6/30 HB 1162 Amends Adoption Laws for Unmarried Couples Concurrence Vote Passed - House (209 - 119)
6/26 H 965 Appropriates Funds to Health Care and Human Services Programs from Coronavirus Relief Fund Concurrence Vote Passed - House
6/26 H 965 Appropriates Funds to Health Care and Human Services Programs from Coronavirus Relief Fund Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 0)
6/26 SB 1111 Requires Certain Juvenile Offenders to Remain in Juvenile Hall Until Age 21 Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 8)
6/25 ACA 11 Establishes the "Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act" Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
6/13 SB 20-163 Amends the Definition for Nonmedical Exemptions for School Immunization Policies Conference Report Adopted - Senate (20 - 13)
5/20 HB 3 Amends Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence Bill Passed - House (94 - 0)
5/20 HB 109 Prohibits Vaping in Motor Vehicles When a Child Is Present Bill Passed - House (80 - 19)
5/15 HB 173 Expands Parole Eligibility for Certain Juvenile Offenders Bill Passed - House (68 - 22)
5/14 HB 1414 Establishes a State Birth Certificate Program and Medicaid Health Coverage for Missouri's Homeless Youth Concurrence Vote Passed - House (138 - 4)
3/18 SB 1006 Reduces the Amount of Time Child Support May be Suspended While Parent is Incarcerated Bill Passed - House (102 - 32)
3/18 HR 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act Bill Passed - Senate (90 - 8)
3/14 HR 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act Bill Passed - House (363 - 40)
3/12 SB 810 Increases the Legal Smoking Age to 21 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 9)
3/11 SF 50 Increases the Legal Smoking Age to 21 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 11)
3/09 HB 174 Amends Kindergarten Minimum Age Start Date Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
3/06 HB 43 Amends Child Welfare Training Standards Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
3/06 HB 43 Amends Child Welfare Training Standards Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
3/05 SF 50 Increases the Legal Smoking Age to 21 Bill Passed - House (37 - 23)
3/05 SB 186 Establishes Paid Family Leave Policies for State Employees Bill Passed - House (52 - 14)
3/05 HB 2614 Amends the Paid Family Medical Leave Program for Union Employees Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 10)
3/05 HF 5 Establishes Family and Medical Leave Bill Passed - House (70 - 59)
3/04 HB 623 Repeals the State Statutory Same-Sex Marriage Ban and Amends State Gender-Neutral Terms Concurrence Vote Passed - House (53 - 43)
3/04 HB 2804 Requires Dyslexia Screening for All K-3rd Grade Students Not Reading at Grade Level Bill Passed - House (92 - 1)
3/03 SB 5434 Establishes Restrictions for Firearms in Daycare and Child Care Facilities Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
3/03 HB 623 Repeals the State Statutory Same-Sex Marriage Ban and Amends State Gender-Neutral Terms (24 - 16)
2/28 SB 20-163 Amends the Definition for Nonmedical Exemptions for School Immunization Policies Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
2/26 SB 102 Reduces Criminal Penalties for Polygamy Bill Passed - House (70 - 3)
2/20 SB 404 Requires Parental Consent for Minors Prior to Abortion Bill Passed - House (75 - 43)
2/20 HB 1133 Establishes a Rebuttable Presumption in Favor of Joint Custody of a Minor Bill Passed - House (41 - 25)
2/20 HB 1133 Establishes a Rebuttable Presumption in Favor of Joint Custody of a Minor Bill Passed - House (41 - 25)
2/13 HB 2614 Amends the Paid Family Medical Leave Program for Union Employees Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
2/13 HB 37 Requires Visual and Performing Arts Courses be Taught in Elementary and Middle Schools Bill Passed - House (73 - 16)
2/11 LB 329 Amends Eligibility Provisions for Transitional Childcare Assistance Subsidies Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
2/11 AB 806 Amends the Age for Juvenile Incarceration Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
2/10 HB 83 Establishes the Early Childhood Education and Care Fund Bill Passed - House (51 - 14)
2/07 HB 4585 Establishes Criminal Immunity for "Good Faith" Child Abuse or Neglect Reporting Bill Passed - House (69 - 29)
2/06 SB 404 Requires Parental Consent for Minors Prior to Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 17)
2/04 SB 342 Establishes Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 8)
2/04 SB 449 Reduces the Age at Which Juveniles Can be Sent to Jail Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
1/16 H 4218 Requires School Districts Offer Breakfast After Instruction Begins Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 0)
1/15 HB 3039 Increases Court Discretion When Determining Child Custody Bill Passed - House (87 - 11)
1/09 HB 377 Amends Child Protection Laws to Establish a Study on the Best Interest of the Child "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (255 - 115)

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