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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. 16, 2020 VA HB 5106 Requires Landlords to Establish Payment Plans for Tenants Prior to Eviction Conference Report Adopted - House (57 - 42)
Sept. 25, 2020 VA HB 5106 Requires Landlords to Establish Payment Plans for Tenants Prior to Eviction Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
Aug. 31, 2020 CA SB 1079 Prohibits Bundling Foreclosed Properties for the Purpose of Sale Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 9)
Aug. 31, 2020 CA AB 3088 Establishes the Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 8)
Aug. 31, 2020 CA SB 1120 Authorizes Duplex Construction in Single-Family Homes Bill Passed - House (44 - 18)
Aug. 30, 2020 CA SB 1079 Prohibits Bundling Foreclosed Properties for the Purpose of Sale Bill Passed - House (49 - 17)
Aug. 29, 2020 CA AB 2405 Establishes a Right to Affordable Housing Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 8)
July 30, 2020 NJ S 2412 Requires Refunds or Credit for Certain Short-Term Rental Reservations During Public Health Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 6)
July 30, 2020 NJ S 2340 Prohibits Eviction of Tenants During a Pandemic Bill Passed - House (49 - 22)
June 29, 2020 NJ S 2485 Authorizes Local Governments to Prohibit Evictions during COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
June 29, 2020 National HR 7301 Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020 Bill Passed - House (232 - 180)
June 26, 2020 OR HB 4213 Prohibits Evictions for Nonpayment During Emergency Period Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 8)
June 26, 2020 CA SB 1410 Authorizes COVID-19 Eviction Relief Agreements Between Tenants and Landlords Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 9)
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 25, 2020 CA SB 795 Appropriates Funds for Affordable Housing and Homelessness Aid Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 10)
June 22, 2020 CA SB 1138 Requires Land Zoned for Shelters Meet Certain Standards Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 8)
June 18, 2020 NJ S 1055 Prohibits Rent Controlled Units From Being Converted into Condominiums Bill Passed - House (50 - 27)
June 16, 2020 NH HB 1247 Requires Landlords to Offer Tenants a 6-Month Repayment Plan Before Filing an Eviction "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (14 - 10)
June 15, 2020 CA AB 3300 Establishes the California Access to Housing and Services Fund Bill Passed - House (62 - 2)
June 13, 2020 CO SB 20-224 Prohibits Landlords from Asking Immigration Status Questions on Rental Applications Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
June 12, 2020 CO SB 20-224 Prohibits Landlords from Asking Immigration Status Questions on Rental Applications Bill Passed - House (41 - 23)
June 10, 2020 CA AB 3269 Requires the Establishment of Plans to Reduce Homelessness Bill Passed - House (58 - 10)
June 10, 2020 CA AB 2405 Establishes a Right to Affordable Housing Bill Passed - House (64 - 5)
May 28, 2020 NY S 8419 Establishes the "Emergency Rent Relief Act of 2020" Bill Passed - House (133 - 10)
May 28, 2020 NY S 8113 Establishes Temporary Moratorium on Utility Termination of Services Bill Passed - House (111 - 32)
May 14, 2020 NJ S 2332 Establishes the 2020 New Jersey Emergency Rental Assistance Program Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
May 14, 2020 NJ A 4131 Requires Sanitation and Cleaning Guidelines for Hotels Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 13)
May 14, 2020 NJ S 1055 Prohibits Rent Controlled Units From Being Converted into Condominiums Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 13)
May 14, 2020 NJ A 4131 Requires Sanitation and Cleaning Guidelines for Hotels Bill Passed - House (51 - 26)
May 12, 2020 OK HB 2760 Reduces the Annual Affordable Housing Tax Credits Offered by the State Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 20)
May 7, 2020 OK HB 2760 Reduces the Annual Affordable Housing Tax Credits Offered by the State Bill Passed - House (59 - 41)
April 10, 2020 VT S 333 Establishes a Temporary Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures during COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 0)
March 19, 2020 AZ SB 1690 Establishes the Emergency Crisis Contingency and Safety Net Fund Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
March 18, 2020 ID H 461 Amends State Eviction Laws and Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 10)
March 16, 2020 NJ A 3859 Prohibits Evictions and Foreclosures During Emergency Circumstances Bill Passed - House (60 - 0)
March 12, 2020 NH HB 1247 Requires Sooner Notice of Rent Increases "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (188 - 108)
March 11, 2020 IN SB 148 Prohibits Regulating Relationship between Renters and Landlords Conference Report Adopted - House (64 - 32)
March 11, 2020 IN SB 148 Prohibits Regulating Relationship between Renters and Landlords Conference Report Adopted - Senate (29 - 19)
March 11, 2020 MD HB 231 Establishes the "Housing Opportunities Made Equal Act" Bill Passed - House (95 - 42)
March 10, 2020 IN HB 1022 Expands the Definition of Panhandling Conference Report Adopted - Senate (35 - 14)
March 10, 2020 WA SB 6617 Expands Access to Accessory Dwelling Unit Construction Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (41 - 8)
March 10, 2020 UT SB 39 Increases Funding for Affordable Housing Development Bill Passed - House (48 - 24)
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 6, 2020 WA HB 1590 Authorizes Local Affordable Housing Tax to be Imposed by a Councilmanic Authority Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 21)
March 3, 2020 CO HB 20-1009 Prohibits Landlords from Viewing Eviction Filing Records Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
Feb. 26, 2020 UT SB 39 Increases Funding for Affordable Housing Development Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 11)
Feb. 25, 2020 NY A 7331 Requires Housing Providers to Make Reasonable Accommodations for the Use of an Animal to Alleviate Symptoms of a Disability Bill Passed - Senate (51 - 9)
Feb. 24, 2020 WV SB 837 Establishes Certain Tax Exemptions Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 16)
Feb. 18, 2020 AZ HB 2732 Increases Low-Income Housing Tax Credits by $8 Million Bill Passed - House (45 - 15)
Feb. 3, 2020 VA HB 340 Establishes Housing Relief to Furloughed Government Employees Bill Passed - House (65 - 34)
Jan. 30, 2020 CA SB 50 Amends City Housing and Transportation Accommodations and Developments Bill Failed - Senate (18 - 15)
Jan. 29, 2020 NY A 7331 Requires Housing Providers to Make Reasonable Accommodations for the Use of an Animal to Alleviate Symptoms of a Disability Bill Passed - House (95 - 42)
Jan. 29, 2020 CO HB 20-1009 Prohibits Landlords from Viewing Eviction Filing Records Bill Passed - House (44 - 19)
Jan. 14, 2020 IN HB 1027 Repeals Township Assessor Offices Bill Passed - House (53 - 44)
Date No. Title Outcome
10/16 HB 5106 Requires Landlords to Establish Payment Plans for Tenants Prior to Eviction Conference Report Adopted - House (57 - 42)
9/25 HB 5106 Requires Landlords to Establish Payment Plans for Tenants Prior to Eviction Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
8/31 SB 1079 Prohibits Bundling Foreclosed Properties for the Purpose of Sale Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 9)
8/31 AB 3088 Establishes the Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 8)
8/31 SB 1120 Authorizes Duplex Construction in Single-Family Homes Bill Passed - House (44 - 18)
8/30 SB 1079 Prohibits Bundling Foreclosed Properties for the Purpose of Sale Bill Passed - House (49 - 17)
8/29 AB 2405 Establishes a Right to Affordable Housing Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 8)
7/30 S 2412 Requires Refunds or Credit for Certain Short-Term Rental Reservations During Public Health Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 6)
7/30 S 2340 Prohibits Eviction of Tenants During a Pandemic Bill Passed - House (49 - 22)
6/29 S 2485 Authorizes Local Governments to Prohibit Evictions during COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
6/29 HR 7301 Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020 Bill Passed - House (232 - 180)
6/26 HB 4213 Prohibits Evictions for Nonpayment During Emergency Period Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 8)
6/26 SB 1410 Authorizes COVID-19 Eviction Relief Agreements Between Tenants and Landlords Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 9)
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)
6/25 SB 795 Appropriates Funds for Affordable Housing and Homelessness Aid Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 10)
6/22 SB 1138 Requires Land Zoned for Shelters Meet Certain Standards Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 8)
6/18 S 1055 Prohibits Rent Controlled Units From Being Converted into Condominiums Bill Passed - House (50 - 27)
6/16 HB 1247 Requires Landlords to Offer Tenants a 6-Month Repayment Plan Before Filing an Eviction "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (14 - 10)
6/15 AB 3300 Establishes the California Access to Housing and Services Fund Bill Passed - House (62 - 2)
6/13 SB 20-224 Prohibits Landlords from Asking Immigration Status Questions on Rental Applications Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
6/12 SB 20-224 Prohibits Landlords from Asking Immigration Status Questions on Rental Applications Bill Passed - House (41 - 23)
6/10 AB 3269 Requires the Establishment of Plans to Reduce Homelessness Bill Passed - House (58 - 10)
6/10 AB 2405 Establishes a Right to Affordable Housing Bill Passed - House (64 - 5)
5/28 S 8419 Establishes the "Emergency Rent Relief Act of 2020" Bill Passed - House (133 - 10)
5/28 S 8113 Establishes Temporary Moratorium on Utility Termination of Services Bill Passed - House (111 - 32)
5/14 S 2332 Establishes the 2020 New Jersey Emergency Rental Assistance Program Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
5/14 A 4131 Requires Sanitation and Cleaning Guidelines for Hotels Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 13)
5/14 S 1055 Prohibits Rent Controlled Units From Being Converted into Condominiums Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 13)
5/14 A 4131 Requires Sanitation and Cleaning Guidelines for Hotels Bill Passed - House (51 - 26)
5/12 HB 2760 Reduces the Annual Affordable Housing Tax Credits Offered by the State Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 20)
5/07 HB 2760 Reduces the Annual Affordable Housing Tax Credits Offered by the State Bill Passed - House (59 - 41)
4/10 S 333 Establishes a Temporary Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures during COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 0)
3/19 SB 1690 Establishes the Emergency Crisis Contingency and Safety Net Fund Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
3/18 H 461 Amends State Eviction Laws and Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 10)
3/16 A 3859 Prohibits Evictions and Foreclosures During Emergency Circumstances Bill Passed - House (60 - 0)
3/12 HB 1247 Requires Sooner Notice of Rent Increases "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (188 - 108)
3/11 SB 148 Prohibits Regulating Relationship between Renters and Landlords Conference Report Adopted - House (64 - 32)
3/11 SB 148 Prohibits Regulating Relationship between Renters and Landlords Conference Report Adopted - Senate (29 - 19)
3/11 HB 231 Establishes the "Housing Opportunities Made Equal Act" Bill Passed - House (95 - 42)
3/10 HB 1022 Expands the Definition of Panhandling Conference Report Adopted - Senate (35 - 14)
3/10 SB 6617 Expands Access to Accessory Dwelling Unit Construction Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (41 - 8)
3/10 SB 39 Increases Funding for Affordable Housing Development Bill Passed - House (48 - 24)
3/09 HB 1590 Authorizes Local Affordable Housing Tax to be Imposed by a Councilmanic Authority Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 44)
3/06 HB 1590 Authorizes Local Affordable Housing Tax to be Imposed by a Councilmanic Authority Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 21)
3/03 HB 20-1009 Prohibits Landlords from Viewing Eviction Filing Records Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
2/26 SB 39 Increases Funding for Affordable Housing Development Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 11)
2/25 A 7331 Requires Housing Providers to Make Reasonable Accommodations for the Use of an Animal to Alleviate Symptoms of a Disability Bill Passed - Senate (51 - 9)
2/24 SB 837 Establishes Certain Tax Exemptions Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 16)
2/18 HB 2732 Increases Low-Income Housing Tax Credits by $8 Million Bill Passed - House (45 - 15)
2/03 HB 340 Establishes Housing Relief to Furloughed Government Employees Bill Passed - House (65 - 34)
1/30 SB 50 Amends City Housing and Transportation Accommodations and Developments Bill Failed - Senate (18 - 15)
1/29 A 7331 Requires Housing Providers to Make Reasonable Accommodations for the Use of an Animal to Alleviate Symptoms of a Disability Bill Passed - House (95 - 42)
1/29 HB 20-1009 Prohibits Landlords from Viewing Eviction Filing Records Bill Passed - House (44 - 19)
1/14 HB 1027 Repeals Township Assessor Offices Bill Passed - House (53 - 44)

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