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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. Our summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to our strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. They do not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill, but rather the version voted on in that stage. While many procedural votes take place before a full chamber vote, our voting stages reflect the final reading of each chamber vote. 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
Dec. 28, 2020 NY S 9114 Establishes Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Protections Bill Passed - House (96 - 50)
Dec. 28, 2020 NY S 9114 Establishes Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Protections Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 21)
Dec. 21, 2020 MI SB 604 Extends Unemployment Benefits During the COVID-19 Pandemic Concurrence Vote Passed - House (98 - 4)
Dec. 21, 2020 OR HB 4401 Requires Distribution of Unpaid Rent During State of Emergencies Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 6)
Dec. 21, 2020 OR HB 4401 Requires Distribution of Unpaid Rent During State of Emergencies Bill Passed - House (40 - 14)
Dec. 18, 2020 MI SB 748 Extends Unemployment Benefits Through March Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (35 - 2)
Dec. 2, 2020 CO HB 20B-1003 Expands Food Pantry Programs for Pandemic Relief Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 5)
Dec. 2, 2020 CO SB 20B-003 Appropriates Funds for Energy Utility Bill Payment Assistance Bill Passed - House (59 - 5)
Oct. 8, 2020 MI SB 886 Extends COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits Until the End of 2020 Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 0)
Sept. 1, 2020 MI SB 745 Appropriates Funds for a Temporary Additional $300 Weekly Unemployment Benefit Bill Passed - House (106 - 3)
Aug. 30, 2020 CA AB 826 Establishes a Disaster Food Assistance Program Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
Aug. 29, 2020 CA AB 2405 Establishes a Right to Affordable Housing Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 8)
Aug. 10, 2020 OR SB 1703 Authorizes the Department of Revenue to Share Information with the Director of Employment Bill Passed - House (52 - 5)
Aug. 10, 2020 OR SB 1701 Authorizes Unemployment Benefits for Employees Working Less than Full-Time Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 6)
June 26, 2020 MS SB 3051 Establishes Special Provisions for Unemployment Compensation Due to COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 3)
June 13, 2020 CO SB 20-207 Increases the Wages One Can Earn on Unemployment Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
June 12, 2020 CO SB 20-207 Increases the Wages One Can Earn on Unemployment Bill Passed - House (41 - 24)
June 10, 2020 CA AB 2405 Establishes a Right to Affordable Housing Bill Passed - House (64 - 5)
May 14, 2020 MO HB 1414 Establishes a State Birth Certificate Program and Medicaid Health Coverage for Missouri's Homeless Youth Concurrence Vote Passed - House (138 - 4)
May 12, 2020 SC H 3998 Establishes a State Housing Credit Equal to the Federal Low Income Housing Credit Concurrence Vote Passed - House (97 - 18)
May 12, 2020 OK HB 2760 Reduces the Annual Affordable Housing Tax Credits Offered by the State Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 20)
May 9, 2020 MN HF 4582 Expands Access to Temporary Assistance for Low Income Families Bill Passed - House (73 - 59)
May 7, 2020 OK HB 2760 Reduces the Annual Affordable Housing Tax Credits Offered by the State Bill Passed - House (59 - 41)
May 5, 2020 OK SB 1073 Expands Oklahoma's Medicaid Program Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 8)
April 22, 2020 VA SB 883 Establishes the Virginia Council on Environmental Justice Concurrence Vote Passed - House (48 - 44)
April 22, 2020 VA SB 883 Establishes the Virginia Council on Environmental Justice Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 16)
March 11, 2020 WA SB 6478 Reduces Sanctions Related to Noncompliance with TANF Work Requirements for Abuse Survivors Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
March 11, 2020 WA HB 2441 Increases Access to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 41)
March 11, 2020 WA SB 6478 Reduces Sanctions Related to Noncompliance with TANF Work Requirements for Abuse Survivors Bill Passed - House (56 - 41)
March 10, 2020 IN HB 1022 Expands the Definition of Panhandling Conference Report Adopted - Senate (35 - 14)
March 10, 2020 UT SB 39 Increases Funding for Affordable Housing Development Bill Passed - House (48 - 24)
March 9, 2020 SD SB 96 Repeals the Lifetime Ban on Drug Felons Receiving TANF Benefits Bill Passed - House (49 - 17)
March 5, 2020 WA HB 2441 Increases Access to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
Feb. 26, 2020 SD SB 96 Repeals the Lifetime Ban on Drug Felons Receiving TANF Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
Feb. 26, 2020 IA SF 2272 Establishes Computer Verification System for Public Assistance Programs Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
Feb. 26, 2020 UT SB 39 Increases Funding for Affordable Housing Development Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 11)
Feb. 25, 2020 VT S 23 Increases the State Minimum Wage Veto Override Passed - House (100 - 49)
Feb. 21, 2020 KY HB 1 Amends Public Assistance Laws and Regulations Bill Passed - House (58 - 32)
Feb. 18, 2020 AZ HB 2732 Increases Low-Income Housing Tax Credits by $8 Million Bill Passed - House (45 - 15)
Feb. 14, 2020 OR HB 4067 Authorizes the Public Utility Commission to Provide Assistance to Low-Income Earners Bill Passed - House (43 - 11)
Feb. 13, 2020 VT S 23 Increases the State Minimum Wage Veto Override Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
Feb. 12, 2020 KY SB 30 Limits the Number of Companies that Oversee State's Medicaid Program Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 7)
Feb. 11, 2020 NE LB 329 Amends Eligibility Provisions for Transitional Childcare Assistance Subsidies Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/28 S 9114 Establishes Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Protections Bill Passed - House (96 - 50)
12/28 S 9114 Establishes Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Protections Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 21)
12/21 SB 604 Extends Unemployment Benefits During the COVID-19 Pandemic Concurrence Vote Passed - House (98 - 4)
12/21 HB 4401 Requires Distribution of Unpaid Rent During State of Emergencies Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 6)
12/21 HB 4401 Requires Distribution of Unpaid Rent During State of Emergencies Bill Passed - House (40 - 14)
12/18 SB 748 Extends Unemployment Benefits Through March Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (35 - 2)
12/02 HB 20B-1003 Expands Food Pantry Programs for Pandemic Relief Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 5)
12/02 SB 20B-003 Appropriates Funds for Energy Utility Bill Payment Assistance Bill Passed - House (59 - 5)
10/08 SB 886 Extends COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits Until the End of 2020 Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 0)
9/01 SB 745 Appropriates Funds for a Temporary Additional $300 Weekly Unemployment Benefit Bill Passed - House (106 - 3)
8/30 AB 826 Establishes a Disaster Food Assistance Program Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
8/29 AB 2405 Establishes a Right to Affordable Housing Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 8)
8/10 SB 1703 Authorizes the Department of Revenue to Share Information with the Director of Employment Bill Passed - House (52 - 5)
8/10 SB 1701 Authorizes Unemployment Benefits for Employees Working Less than Full-Time Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 6)
6/26 SB 3051 Establishes Special Provisions for Unemployment Compensation Due to COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 3)
6/13 SB 20-207 Increases the Wages One Can Earn on Unemployment Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
6/12 SB 20-207 Increases the Wages One Can Earn on Unemployment Bill Passed - House (41 - 24)
6/10 AB 2405 Establishes a Right to Affordable Housing Bill Passed - House (64 - 5)
5/14 HB 1414 Establishes a State Birth Certificate Program and Medicaid Health Coverage for Missouri's Homeless Youth Concurrence Vote Passed - House (138 - 4)
5/12 H 3998 Establishes a State Housing Credit Equal to the Federal Low Income Housing Credit Concurrence Vote Passed - House (97 - 18)
5/12 HB 2760 Reduces the Annual Affordable Housing Tax Credits Offered by the State Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 20)
5/09 HF 4582 Expands Access to Temporary Assistance for Low Income Families Bill Passed - House (73 - 59)
5/07 HB 2760 Reduces the Annual Affordable Housing Tax Credits Offered by the State Bill Passed - House (59 - 41)
5/05 SB 1073 Expands Oklahoma's Medicaid Program Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 8)
4/22 SB 883 Establishes the Virginia Council on Environmental Justice Concurrence Vote Passed - House (48 - 44)
4/22 SB 883 Establishes the Virginia Council on Environmental Justice Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 16)
3/11 SB 6478 Reduces Sanctions Related to Noncompliance with TANF Work Requirements for Abuse Survivors Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
3/11 HB 2441 Increases Access to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 41)
3/11 SB 6478 Reduces Sanctions Related to Noncompliance with TANF Work Requirements for Abuse Survivors Bill Passed - House (56 - 41)
3/10 HB 1022 Expands the Definition of Panhandling Conference Report Adopted - Senate (35 - 14)
3/10 SB 39 Increases Funding for Affordable Housing Development Bill Passed - House (48 - 24)
3/09 SB 96 Repeals the Lifetime Ban on Drug Felons Receiving TANF Benefits Bill Passed - House (49 - 17)
3/05 HB 2441 Increases Access to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
2/26 SB 96 Repeals the Lifetime Ban on Drug Felons Receiving TANF Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
2/26 SF 2272 Establishes Computer Verification System for Public Assistance Programs Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
2/26 SB 39 Increases Funding for Affordable Housing Development Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 11)
2/25 S 23 Increases the State Minimum Wage Veto Override Passed - House (100 - 49)
2/21 HB 1 Amends Public Assistance Laws and Regulations Bill Passed - House (58 - 32)
2/18 HB 2732 Increases Low-Income Housing Tax Credits by $8 Million Bill Passed - House (45 - 15)
2/14 HB 4067 Authorizes the Public Utility Commission to Provide Assistance to Low-Income Earners Bill Passed - House (43 - 11)
2/13 S 23 Increases the State Minimum Wage Veto Override Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
2/12 SB 30 Limits the Number of Companies that Oversee State's Medicaid Program Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 7)
2/11 LB 329 Amends Eligibility Provisions for Transitional Childcare Assistance Subsidies Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7)

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