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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
Sept. 17, 2020 National HR 2694 Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Bill Passed - House (329 - 73)
Aug. 30, 2020 CA SB 973 Requires Employers to Submit Annual Pay Data Report Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
July 1, 2020 NH HB 685 Requires Maternity Insurance Benefits to Include Abortion Services Concurrence Vote Passed - House (196 - 132)
July 1, 2020 NH HB 685 Requires Maternity Insurance Benefits to Include Abortion Services Concurrence Vote Passed - House (196 - 132)
June 30, 2020 MA H 4818 Establishes a Special Commission to Reduce Racial Inequalities in Maternal Health Bill Passed - House (159 - 0)
June 30, 2020 MA H 4818 Establishes a Special Commission to Reduce Racial Inequalities in Maternal Health Bill Passed - House (159 - 0)
June 16, 2020 NH HB 705 Repeals Statute of Limitation Requirements for Sexual Assault Lawsuits "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 5)
June 16, 2020 NH HB 685 Requires Maternity Insurance Benefits to Include Abortion Services "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (14 - 10)
June 16, 2020 NH HB 685 Requires Maternity Insurance Benefits to Include Abortion Services "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (14 - 10)
May 12, 2020 MO SB 569 Requires Forensic Testing of Rape Kits Upon Request of Victim Bill Passed - House (150 - 3)
May 11, 2020 OK SB 1823 Establishes a Process to License Midwives Bill Passed - House (85 - 12)
May 11, 2020 OK SB 1823 Establishes a Process to License Midwives Bill Passed - House (85 - 12)
March 15, 2020 MD SB 684 Establishes a Prerelease Unit for Women Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 14)
March 13, 2020 FL HB 1259 Prohibits Putting Pregnant Prisoners in Restrictive Housing Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
March 12, 2020 UT HB 364 Requires an Ultrasound Procedure Prior to Abortion Concurrence Vote Passed - House (41 - 32)
March 12, 2020 UT SB 174 Prohibits Abortion if Roe v Wade is Overturned by the Supreme Court Bill Passed - House (51 - 21)
March 12, 2020 MS SB 2522 Requires Employers to Pay Employees the Same Wage Regardless of Sex Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 11)
March 11, 2020 FL HB 199 Extends Sexual Battery Prosecution Time Limitations Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
March 6, 2020 UT SB 67 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Remains Conference Report Adopted - Senate (22 - 6)
March 6, 2020 UT SB 67 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Remains Conference Report Adopted - Senate (22 - 6)
March 6, 2020 UT SB 67 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Remains Conference Report Adopted - House (49 - 20)
March 6, 2020 UT SB 67 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Remains Conference Report Adopted - House (49 - 20)
March 4, 2020 UT SB 67 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Remains Bill Passed - House (58 - 14)
March 4, 2020 UT SB 67 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Remains Bill Passed - House (58 - 14)
March 4, 2020 SC H 3967 Establishes Requirements for the Treatment of Female Inmates Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 0)
March 3, 2020 WA SB 6037 Requires Public Companies to have a Gender-Diverse Board of Directors Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
Feb. 26, 2020 VA HB 980 Establishes the "Reproductive Health Protection Act" Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 44)
Feb. 24, 2020 VA HB 980 Establishes the "Reproductive Health Protection Act" Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20)
Feb. 13, 2020 National H J Res 79 Removing the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment Bill Passed - House (232 - 183)
Feb. 11, 2020 National HR 1980 Smithsonian Women's History Museum Act Bill Passed - House (374 - 37)
Feb. 7, 2020 KS SCR 1613 Establishes a State Constitutional Amendment Specifying that Abortion Shall Not Be Constitutionally Protected Bill Failed - House (80 - 43)
Feb. 6, 2020 SD HB 1096 Prohibits Commercial Surrogacy and Establishes a Committee to Study the Issue Bill Passed - House (46 - 20)
Feb. 6, 2020 VA HB 827 Prohibits Discrimination on the Basis of Pregnancy Bill Passed - House (66 - 31)
Jan. 29, 2020 KS SCR 1613 Establishes a State Constitutional Amendment Specifying that Abortion Shall Not Be Constitutionally Protected Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12)
Jan. 24, 2020 WA SB 6037 Requires Public Companies to have a Gender-Diverse Board of Directors Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 14)
Jan. 15, 2020 VA HJ 1 Establishes an Amendment to the US Constitution Relating to Equal Rights Bill Passed - House (59 - 41)
Jan. 15, 2020 VA SJ 1 Establishes an Amendment to the US Constitution Relating to Equal Rights Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12)
Jan. 15, 2020 WV HB 4007 Establishes Requirements for Abortions Resulting in Premature Birth Bill Passed - House (93 - 5)
Date No. Title Outcome
9/17 HR 2694 Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Bill Passed - House (329 - 73)
8/30 SB 973 Requires Employers to Submit Annual Pay Data Report Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
7/01 HB 685 Requires Maternity Insurance Benefits to Include Abortion Services Concurrence Vote Passed - House (196 - 132)
7/01 HB 685 Requires Maternity Insurance Benefits to Include Abortion Services Concurrence Vote Passed - House (196 - 132)
6/30 H 4818 Establishes a Special Commission to Reduce Racial Inequalities in Maternal Health Bill Passed - House (159 - 0)
6/30 H 4818 Establishes a Special Commission to Reduce Racial Inequalities in Maternal Health Bill Passed - House (159 - 0)
6/16 HB 705 Repeals Statute of Limitation Requirements for Sexual Assault Lawsuits "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 5)
6/16 HB 685 Requires Maternity Insurance Benefits to Include Abortion Services "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (14 - 10)
6/16 HB 685 Requires Maternity Insurance Benefits to Include Abortion Services "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (14 - 10)
5/12 SB 569 Requires Forensic Testing of Rape Kits Upon Request of Victim Bill Passed - House (150 - 3)
5/11 SB 1823 Establishes a Process to License Midwives Bill Passed - House (85 - 12)
5/11 SB 1823 Establishes a Process to License Midwives Bill Passed - House (85 - 12)
3/15 SB 684 Establishes a Prerelease Unit for Women Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 14)
3/13 HB 1259 Prohibits Putting Pregnant Prisoners in Restrictive Housing Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
3/12 HB 364 Requires an Ultrasound Procedure Prior to Abortion Concurrence Vote Passed - House (41 - 32)
3/12 SB 174 Prohibits Abortion if Roe v Wade is Overturned by the Supreme Court Bill Passed - House (51 - 21)
3/12 SB 2522 Requires Employers to Pay Employees the Same Wage Regardless of Sex Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 11)
3/11 HB 199 Extends Sexual Battery Prosecution Time Limitations Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
3/06 SB 67 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Remains Conference Report Adopted - Senate (22 - 6)
3/06 SB 67 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Remains Conference Report Adopted - Senate (22 - 6)
3/06 SB 67 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Remains Conference Report Adopted - House (49 - 20)
3/06 SB 67 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Remains Conference Report Adopted - House (49 - 20)
3/04 SB 67 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Remains Bill Passed - House (58 - 14)
3/04 SB 67 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Remains Bill Passed - House (58 - 14)
3/04 H 3967 Establishes Requirements for the Treatment of Female Inmates Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 0)
3/03 SB 6037 Requires Public Companies to have a Gender-Diverse Board of Directors Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
2/26 HB 980 Establishes the "Reproductive Health Protection Act" Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 44)
2/24 HB 980 Establishes the "Reproductive Health Protection Act" Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20)
2/13 H J Res 79 Removing the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment Bill Passed - House (232 - 183)
2/11 HR 1980 Smithsonian Women's History Museum Act Bill Passed - House (374 - 37)
2/07 SCR 1613 Establishes a State Constitutional Amendment Specifying that Abortion Shall Not Be Constitutionally Protected Bill Failed - House (80 - 43)
2/06 HB 1096 Prohibits Commercial Surrogacy and Establishes a Committee to Study the Issue Bill Passed - House (46 - 20)
2/06 HB 827 Prohibits Discrimination on the Basis of Pregnancy Bill Passed - House (66 - 31)
1/29 SCR 1613 Establishes a State Constitutional Amendment Specifying that Abortion Shall Not Be Constitutionally Protected Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12)
1/24 SB 6037 Requires Public Companies to have a Gender-Diverse Board of Directors Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 14)
1/15 HJ 1 Establishes an Amendment to the US Constitution Relating to Equal Rights Bill Passed - House (59 - 41)
1/15 SJ 1 Establishes an Amendment to the US Constitution Relating to Equal Rights Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12)
1/15 HB 4007 Establishes Requirements for Abortions Resulting in Premature Birth Bill Passed - House (93 - 5)

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