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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. 18, 2020 PA HB 2440 Classifies Shooting Ranges, Sportsman Clubs, Hunting Facilities, and Firearm Businesses as "Life-Sustaining" Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
Sept. 30, 2020 MI HB 4332 Authorizes Use of Pneumatic Guns Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
Sept. 15, 2020 SC H 4831 Prohibits the Release of Non-Native Species Into the Wild Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
July 21, 2020 NY S 4234 Prohibits the Sale of Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits by Retail Pet Shops Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 13)
June 26, 2020 CA SB 1175 Prohibits Importation and Possession of Wild Animals Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
June 10, 2020 CO HB 20-1343 Requires Colorado Eggs to be Cage-Free by 2025 Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
May 20, 2020 PA HB 2440 Classifies Shooting Ranges, Sportsman Clubs, Hunting Facilities, and Firearm Businesses as "Life-Sustaining" Bill Passed - House (124 - 78)
March 3, 2020 VA SB 1030 Prohibits Dangerous Captive Animal Exhibits Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 14)
March 2, 2020 VA SB 1030 Prohibits Dangerous Captive Animal Exhibits Bill Passed - House (52 - 48)
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. 6, 2020 MI HB 4567 Amends Fishing Regulations Bill Passed - House (72 - 32)
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. 23, 2020 DE SB 139 Establishes Requirements for the Treatment of Dogs in Cold Weather Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 5)
Date No. Title Outcome
11/18 HB 2440 Classifies Shooting Ranges, Sportsman Clubs, Hunting Facilities, and Firearm Businesses as "Life-Sustaining" Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
9/30 HB 4332 Authorizes Use of Pneumatic Guns Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
9/15 H 4831 Prohibits the Release of Non-Native Species Into the Wild Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
7/21 S 4234 Prohibits the Sale of Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits by Retail Pet Shops Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 13)
6/26 SB 1175 Prohibits Importation and Possession of Wild Animals Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
6/10 HB 20-1343 Requires Colorado Eggs to be Cage-Free by 2025 Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
5/20 HB 2440 Classifies Shooting Ranges, Sportsman Clubs, Hunting Facilities, and Firearm Businesses as "Life-Sustaining" Bill Passed - House (124 - 78)
3/03 SB 1030 Prohibits Dangerous Captive Animal Exhibits Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 14)
3/02 SB 1030 Prohibits Dangerous Captive Animal Exhibits Bill Passed - House (52 - 48)
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)
2/06 HB 4567 Amends Fishing Regulations Bill Passed - House (72 - 32)
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)
1/23 SB 139 Establishes Requirements for the Treatment of Dogs in Cold Weather Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 5)

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