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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
July 22, 2020 NY S 8247 Authorizes Online Grocery Purchases for SNAP Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 1)
June 25, 2020 GA SB 211 Requires Clear Product Labeling on Plant-Based Meat Alternatives Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (43 - 8)
June 25, 2020 GA SB 211 Requires Clear Product Labeling on Plant-Based Meat Alternatives Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (43 - 8)
June 24, 2020 MI HB 5781 Authorizes the Creation of Social Districts for Alcohol Consumption Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 1)
June 23, 2020 GA HB 879 Authorizes Retailers to Deliver Alcohol to Residents Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 9)
June 10, 2020 CO HB 20-1343 Requires Colorado Eggs to be Cage-Free by 2025 Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
June 10, 2020 CO SB 20-213 Extends State Take-Out Regulations for Alcohol Sales Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 1)
June 10, 2020 MI SB 942 Extends To-Go and Delivery Options to Cocktails Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 1)
June 5, 2020 IA SF 2413 Increases Penalties for Trespassing on Animal Food Operations Bill Passed - House (59 - 37)
June 5, 2020 IA SF 2413 Increases Penalties for Trespassing on Animal Food Operations Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 11)
May 31, 2020 LA SB 508 Limits Liability of Restaurants During the COVID-19 Epidemic Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
May 23, 2020 IL HB 2682 Authorizes the Sale of To-Go Cocktails Concurrence Vote Passed - House (104 - 6)
May 15, 2020 OK SB 1714 Repeals Certain Regulations for Selling Homemade Food Items Bill Passed - House (69 - 13)
May 15, 2020 LA HB 173 Expands Parole Eligibility for Certain Juvenile Offenders Bill Passed - House (68 - 22)
May 14, 2020 NJ S 2437 Limits Fees Charged to Restaurants by Third-Party Food Delivery Applications Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
March 18, 2020 MD HB 732 Increases Tobacco Tax and Establishes Vaping Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - House (88 - 47)
March 18, 2020 MD SB 300 Prohibits Use of Chlorpyrifos Bill Passed - House (94 - 37)
March 17, 2020 MD HB 732 Increases Tobacco Tax and Establishes Vaping Tax Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 16)
March 16, 2020 NJ A 3865 Limits Return Items to Retail Stores Under Certain Circumstances Bill Passed - House (49 - 4)
March 11, 2020 NH HB 1410 Prohibits Use of Flavors in Vaping Products "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (192 - 143)
March 10, 2020 GA HB 879 Authorizes Retailers to Deliver Alcohol to Residents Bill Passed - House (110 - 54)
March 5, 2020 NJ A 2371 Requires Recycling of Food Waste Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
March 3, 2020 WA SB 6261 Expands Farm Labor Contractor System Bill Passed - House (57 - 39)
March 3, 2020 MD SB 300 Prohibits Use of Chlorpyrifos Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 14)
Feb. 28, 2020 National HR 2339 Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act Bill Passed - House (213 - 195)
Feb. 27, 2020 VA HB 119 Requires Milk be Defined as the Lacteal Secretion Obtained by the Complete Milking of a Hooved Animal Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 16)
Feb. 24, 2020 NJ A 2371 Requires Recycling of Food Waste Bill Passed - House (49 - 28)
Feb. 19, 2020 OR HB 4109 Prohibits Aerial Pesticide Applications of Chlorpyrifos Bill Passed - House (32 - 24)
Feb. 18, 2020 WA SB 6261 Expands Farm Labor Contractor System Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
Jan. 29, 2020 VA HB 119 Requires Milk be Defined as the Lacteal Secretion Obtained by the Complete Milking of a Hooved Animal Bill Passed - House (66 - 32)
Jan. 16, 2020 MA H 4218 Requires School Districts Offer Breakfast After Instruction Begins Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 0)
Date No. Title Outcome
7/22 S 8247 Authorizes Online Grocery Purchases for SNAP Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 1)
6/25 SB 211 Requires Clear Product Labeling on Plant-Based Meat Alternatives Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (43 - 8)
6/25 SB 211 Requires Clear Product Labeling on Plant-Based Meat Alternatives Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (43 - 8)
6/24 HB 5781 Authorizes the Creation of Social Districts for Alcohol Consumption Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 1)
6/23 HB 879 Authorizes Retailers to Deliver Alcohol to Residents Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 9)
6/10 HB 20-1343 Requires Colorado Eggs to be Cage-Free by 2025 Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
6/10 SB 20-213 Extends State Take-Out Regulations for Alcohol Sales Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 1)
6/10 SB 942 Extends To-Go and Delivery Options to Cocktails Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 1)
6/05 SF 2413 Increases Penalties for Trespassing on Animal Food Operations Bill Passed - House (59 - 37)
6/05 SF 2413 Increases Penalties for Trespassing on Animal Food Operations Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 11)
5/31 SB 508 Limits Liability of Restaurants During the COVID-19 Epidemic Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
5/23 HB 2682 Authorizes the Sale of To-Go Cocktails Concurrence Vote Passed - House (104 - 6)
5/15 SB 1714 Repeals Certain Regulations for Selling Homemade Food Items Bill Passed - House (69 - 13)
5/15 HB 173 Expands Parole Eligibility for Certain Juvenile Offenders Bill Passed - House (68 - 22)
5/14 S 2437 Limits Fees Charged to Restaurants by Third-Party Food Delivery Applications Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
3/18 HB 732 Increases Tobacco Tax and Establishes Vaping Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - House (88 - 47)
3/18 SB 300 Prohibits Use of Chlorpyrifos Bill Passed - House (94 - 37)
3/17 HB 732 Increases Tobacco Tax and Establishes Vaping Tax Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 16)
3/16 A 3865 Limits Return Items to Retail Stores Under Certain Circumstances Bill Passed - House (49 - 4)
3/11 HB 1410 Prohibits Use of Flavors in Vaping Products "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (192 - 143)
3/10 HB 879 Authorizes Retailers to Deliver Alcohol to Residents Bill Passed - House (110 - 54)
3/05 A 2371 Requires Recycling of Food Waste Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
3/03 SB 6261 Expands Farm Labor Contractor System Bill Passed - House (57 - 39)
3/03 SB 300 Prohibits Use of Chlorpyrifos Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 14)
2/28 HR 2339 Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act Bill Passed - House (213 - 195)
2/27 HB 119 Requires Milk be Defined as the Lacteal Secretion Obtained by the Complete Milking of a Hooved Animal Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 16)
2/24 A 2371 Requires Recycling of Food Waste Bill Passed - House (49 - 28)
2/19 HB 4109 Prohibits Aerial Pesticide Applications of Chlorpyrifos Bill Passed - House (32 - 24)
2/18 SB 6261 Expands Farm Labor Contractor System Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
1/29 HB 119 Requires Milk be Defined as the Lacteal Secretion Obtained by the Complete Milking of a Hooved Animal Bill Passed - House (66 - 32)
1/16 H 4218 Requires School Districts Offer Breakfast After Instruction Begins Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 0)

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