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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. 13, 2020 MI SB 1108 Requires Public Bodies that Meet Electronically to Include 2-Way Communication that Allows the Public to Participate Bill Passed - House (85 - 18)
Oct. 2, 2020 National H Res 1154 Condemning QAnon and rejecting the conspiracy theories it promotes Bill Passed - House (371 - 18)
Sept. 23, 2020 SC H 3780 Expands Internet Access to Rural Communities Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
Sept. 10, 2020 MI SB 892 Authorizes Deliveries by Semi-Autonomous Delivery Devices Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 16)
June 11, 2020 OH HB 13 Establishes Fund to Create Broadband Infrastructure in Rural Areas of Ohio Bill Passed - House (82 - 8)
June 11, 2020 CA AB 3262 Requires Electronic Marketplaces Be Held Liable for Defective Products Bill Passed - House (54 - 14)
May 27, 2020 LA SB 50 Prohibits Handheld Cell Phone Use While Driving Bill Failed - House (40 - 59)
May 26, 2020 LA HB 722 Specifies that Electronic Signatures Used in Transactions with Financial Institutions are Enforceable to the Full Extent of the Law Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
May 22, 2020 OK SB 1002 Expands Broadband Internet Access to Rural Areas Veto Override Passed - House (91 - 7)
May 13, 2020 LA SB 50 Prohibits Handheld Cell Phone Use While Driving Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 5)
May 13, 2020 OH HB 368 Establishes Criminal Penalties for Cyber Crimes Bill Passed - House (93 - 1)
March 19, 2020 TN SJR 836 Increases the 911 Surcharge to $1.50 Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 8)
March 17, 2020 MD HB 448 Authorizes Telehealth Practices Concurrence Vote Passed - House (131 - 2)
March 12, 2020 WA SB 6280 Establishes Regulations for Facial-Recognition Technology Conference Report Adopted - House (53 - 43)
March 4, 2020 SD HB 1169 Prohibits Use of Certain Electronic Devices While Driving Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
March 4, 2020 SD HB 1189 Appropriates Funds to Expand Rural Access to Broadband Services Bill Passed - House (54 - 14)
Feb. 28, 2020 ID H 521 Exempts Large Data Centers from the New State Sales Tax Bill Passed - House (37 - 21)
Feb. 26, 2020 IA SF 2272 Establishes Computer Verification System for Public Assistance Programs Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
Feb. 19, 2020 WA SB 6280 Establishes Regulations for Facial-Recognition Technology Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
Feb. 19, 2020 SD HB 1169 Prohibits Use of Certain Electronic Devices While Driving Bill Passed - House (42 - 26)
Feb. 5, 2020 VA HB 874 Prohibits Handheld Phone Use While Driving Bill Passed - House (72 - 24)
Jan. 29, 2020 IN HB 1070 Prohibits Distracted Driving Bill Passed - House (86 - 10)
Date No. Title Outcome
10/13 SB 1108 Requires Public Bodies that Meet Electronically to Include 2-Way Communication that Allows the Public to Participate Bill Passed - House (85 - 18)
10/02 H Res 1154 Condemning QAnon and rejecting the conspiracy theories it promotes Bill Passed - House (371 - 18)
9/23 H 3780 Expands Internet Access to Rural Communities Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
9/10 SB 892 Authorizes Deliveries by Semi-Autonomous Delivery Devices Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 16)
6/11 HB 13 Establishes Fund to Create Broadband Infrastructure in Rural Areas of Ohio Bill Passed - House (82 - 8)
6/11 AB 3262 Requires Electronic Marketplaces Be Held Liable for Defective Products Bill Passed - House (54 - 14)
5/27 SB 50 Prohibits Handheld Cell Phone Use While Driving Bill Failed - House (40 - 59)
5/26 HB 722 Specifies that Electronic Signatures Used in Transactions with Financial Institutions are Enforceable to the Full Extent of the Law Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
5/22 SB 1002 Expands Broadband Internet Access to Rural Areas Veto Override Passed - House (91 - 7)
5/13 SB 50 Prohibits Handheld Cell Phone Use While Driving Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 5)
5/13 HB 368 Establishes Criminal Penalties for Cyber Crimes Bill Passed - House (93 - 1)
3/19 SJR 836 Increases the 911 Surcharge to $1.50 Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 8)
3/17 HB 448 Authorizes Telehealth Practices Concurrence Vote Passed - House (131 - 2)
3/12 SB 6280 Establishes Regulations for Facial-Recognition Technology Conference Report Adopted - House (53 - 43)
3/04 HB 1169 Prohibits Use of Certain Electronic Devices While Driving Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
3/04 HB 1189 Appropriates Funds to Expand Rural Access to Broadband Services Bill Passed - House (54 - 14)
2/28 H 521 Exempts Large Data Centers from the New State Sales Tax Bill Passed - House (37 - 21)
2/26 SF 2272 Establishes Computer Verification System for Public Assistance Programs Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
2/19 SB 6280 Establishes Regulations for Facial-Recognition Technology Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
2/19 HB 1169 Prohibits Use of Certain Electronic Devices While Driving Bill Passed - House (42 - 26)
2/05 HB 874 Prohibits Handheld Phone Use While Driving Bill Passed - House (72 - 24)
1/29 HB 1070 Prohibits Distracted Driving Bill Passed - House (86 - 10)

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