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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
June 16, 2020 NH HB 1494 Establishes Benefits for Public Works Employees That Die on the Job Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 10)
June 2, 2020 CO HB 20-1153 Authorizes the State Employee's Union to Collectively Bargain with the State Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
March 5, 2020 WA HB 2614 Amends the Paid Family Medical Leave Program for Union Employees Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 10)
March 3, 2020 SD SB 147 Prohibits Collective Bargaining by Certain University Employees Bill Passed - House (47 - 19)
Feb. 25, 2020 SD SB 147 Prohibits Collective Bargaining by Certain University Employees Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
Feb. 19, 2020 NM HB 364 Expands Bargaining Rights of Public Employees Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 17)
Feb. 18, 2020 NM HB 364 Expands Bargaining Rights of Public Employees Bill Passed - House (43 - 25)
Feb. 18, 2020 CO HB 20-1153 Authorizes the State Employee's Union to Collectively Bargain with the State Bill Passed - House (41 - 23)
Feb. 13, 2020 WA HB 2614 Amends the Paid Family Medical Leave Program for Union Employees Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
Feb. 6, 2020 National HR 2474 Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019 Bill Passed - House (224 - 194)
Jan. 23, 2020 CA AB 323 Establishes the Save Local Journalism Act Bill Passed - House (77 - 0)
Date No. Title Outcome
6/16 HB 1494 Establishes Benefits for Public Works Employees That Die on the Job Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 10)
6/02 HB 20-1153 Authorizes the State Employee's Union to Collectively Bargain with the State Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
3/05 HB 2614 Amends the Paid Family Medical Leave Program for Union Employees Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 10)
3/03 SB 147 Prohibits Collective Bargaining by Certain University Employees Bill Passed - House (47 - 19)
2/25 SB 147 Prohibits Collective Bargaining by Certain University Employees Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
2/19 HB 364 Expands Bargaining Rights of Public Employees Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 17)
2/18 HB 364 Expands Bargaining Rights of Public Employees Bill Passed - House (43 - 25)
2/18 HB 20-1153 Authorizes the State Employee's Union to Collectively Bargain with the State Bill Passed - House (41 - 23)
2/13 HB 2614 Amends the Paid Family Medical Leave Program for Union Employees Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
2/06 HR 2474 Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019 Bill Passed - House (224 - 194)
1/23 AB 323 Establishes the Save Local Journalism Act Bill Passed - House (77 - 0)

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