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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. 2, 2020 National H Res 1154 Condemning QAnon and rejecting the conspiracy theories it promotes Bill Passed - House (371 - 18)
Sept. 25, 2020 VA HB 5052 Establishes Juneteenth Day as a Legal Holiday Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
Sept. 22, 2020 MI SB 385 Repeals Ticket-Scalping Ban Bill Passed - House (91 - 14)
Sept. 9, 2020 PA HB 2787 Authorizes Individual School Districts to Make Decisions Surrounding Activities and COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 11)
Sept. 2, 2020 PA HB 2787 Authorizes Individual School Districts to Make Decisions Surrounding Activities and COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (155 - 47)
July 30, 2020 NJ S 971 Authorizes Compensation for College Athletes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 9)
July 30, 2020 NJ S 19 Establishes Juneteenth Day as a Public Holiday Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (35 - 3)
July 30, 2020 NJ S 971 Authorizes Compensation for College Athletes Bill Passed - House (56 - 16)
July 30, 2020 NJ AR 178 Requires the Removal of Confederate Statues From the Capitol Resolution Passed - House (55 - 1)
July 28, 2020 MA S 2848 Establishes a Commission to Revise the State Seal and Motto Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
July 22, 2020 National HR 7573 To direct the Joint Committee on the Library to replace the bust of Roger Brooke Taney in the Old Supreme Court Chamber of the United States Capitol with a bust of Thurgood Marshall to be obtained by the Joint Committee on the Library and to remove certain statues from areas of the United States Capitol which are accessible to the public, to remove all statues of individuals who voluntarily served the Confederate States of America from display in the United States Capitol, and for other purposes Bill Passed - House (305 - 113)
July 8, 2020 NC SB 599 Authorizes the Reopening of Bowling Alleys and Skating Rinks Veto Override Failed - Senate (26 - 21)
June 28, 2020 MS HB 1796 Authorizes the Redesign of the Mississippi State Flag Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 14)
June 28, 2020 MS HB 1796 Authorizes the Redesign of the Mississippi State Flag Bill Passed - House (92 - 23)
June 26, 2020 NC SB 681 Requires Credit in the Arts in Order to Graduate Conference Report Adopted - House (87 - 21)
June 26, 2020 NC SB 681 Requires Credit in the Arts in Order to Graduate Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 9)
June 16, 2020 NC SB 599 Authorizes the Reopening of Bowling Alleys and Skating Rinks Bill Passed - House (68 - 52)
May 28, 2020 LA SB 178 Authorizes Alcohol Delivery by Third Party Platforms Bill Passed - House (87 - 13)
May 27, 2020 MI HB 5217 Authorizes Compensation for College Athletes Bill Passed - House (94 - 13)
May 7, 2020 LA HB 132 Establishes Daylight Savings Time as the Standard Time Year-Round Bill Passed - House (89 - 0)
April 22, 2020 VA SB 384 Amends Sports Betting Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 29)
April 22, 2020 VA SB 384 Amends Sports Betting Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 13)
March 17, 2020 MD SB 1065 Appropriates Funds to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Bill Passed - House (103 - 29)
March 13, 2020 FL SB 646 Authorizes Compensation for College Athletes Bill Passed - House (98 - 14)
March 12, 2020 WY SF 134 Authorizes Liquor Licenses for Events Conducted at Rodeo Arenas Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 8)
March 12, 2020 WY HB 44 Requires the Observation of Mountain Daylight Time Concurrence Vote Passed - House (45 - 13)
March 12, 2020 NH HB 1251 Prohibits Transgender Students from Playing on a Female Sports Team "Inexpedient to Legislate" Vote Passed - House (184 - 131)
March 11, 2020 WY SF 134 Authorizes Liquor Licenses for Events Conducted at Rodeo Arenas Bill Passed - House (34 - 25)
March 11, 2020 WY HB 44 Requires the Observation of Mountain Daylight Time Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 11)
March 11, 2020 FL HB 1213 Requires Adding Ocoee Riots to School Curriculum Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
March 10, 2020 AL HB 235 Repeals Ban on Yoga Classes in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (84 - 17)
March 8, 2020 VA SB 183 Authorizes Localities to Remove, Relocate, or Alter Monuments Conference Report Adopted - House (52 - 44)
March 7, 2020 VA SB 183 Authorizes Localities to Remove, Relocate, or Alter Monuments Conference Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 16)
March 6, 2020 UT HB 243 Requires Warning Labels on Pornography Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 6)
March 4, 2020 CO SB 20-123 Authorizes Compensation for College Athletes Bill Passed - House (55 - 9)
Feb. 20, 2020 WI AB 869 Extends Bar Hours During Democratic National Convention Bill Passed - House (84 - 13)
Feb. 18, 2020 AZ HB 2259 Establishes a Victims of Communism Memorial Day Bill Passed - House (45 - 15)
Feb. 18, 2020 UT HB 243 Requires Warning Labels on Pornography Bill Passed - House (60 - 12)
Feb. 11, 2020 WV SB 131 Establishes the Tim Tebow Act Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
Feb. 11, 2020 National HR 1980 Smithsonian Women's History Museum Act Bill Passed - House (374 - 37)
Feb. 6, 2020 VA HB 108 Establishes Election Day as a State Holiday Bill Passed - House (55 - 42)
Jan. 30, 2020 MI SB 385 Repeals Ticket-Scalping Ban Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
Jan. 22, 2020 VA SB 318 Reduces Number of Balloons that Can be Released per Hour Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 15)
Date No. Title Outcome
10/02 H Res 1154 Condemning QAnon and rejecting the conspiracy theories it promotes Bill Passed - House (371 - 18)
9/25 HB 5052 Establishes Juneteenth Day as a Legal Holiday Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
9/22 SB 385 Repeals Ticket-Scalping Ban Bill Passed - House (91 - 14)
9/09 HB 2787 Authorizes Individual School Districts to Make Decisions Surrounding Activities and COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 11)
9/02 HB 2787 Authorizes Individual School Districts to Make Decisions Surrounding Activities and COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (155 - 47)
7/30 S 971 Authorizes Compensation for College Athletes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 9)
7/30 S 19 Establishes Juneteenth Day as a Public Holiday Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (35 - 3)
7/30 S 971 Authorizes Compensation for College Athletes Bill Passed - House (56 - 16)
7/30 AR 178 Requires the Removal of Confederate Statues From the Capitol Resolution Passed - House (55 - 1)
7/28 S 2848 Establishes a Commission to Revise the State Seal and Motto Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
7/22 HR 7573 To direct the Joint Committee on the Library to replace the bust of Roger Brooke Taney in the Old Supreme Court Chamber of the United States Capitol with a bust of Thurgood Marshall to be obtained by the Joint Committee on the Library and to remove certain statues from areas of the United States Capitol which are accessible to the public, to remove all statues of individuals who voluntarily served the Confederate States of America from display in the United States Capitol, and for other purposes Bill Passed - House (305 - 113)
7/08 SB 599 Authorizes the Reopening of Bowling Alleys and Skating Rinks Veto Override Failed - Senate (26 - 21)
6/28 HB 1796 Authorizes the Redesign of the Mississippi State Flag Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 14)
6/28 HB 1796 Authorizes the Redesign of the Mississippi State Flag Bill Passed - House (92 - 23)
6/26 SB 681 Requires Credit in the Arts in Order to Graduate Conference Report Adopted - House (87 - 21)
6/26 SB 681 Requires Credit in the Arts in Order to Graduate Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 9)
6/16 SB 599 Authorizes the Reopening of Bowling Alleys and Skating Rinks Bill Passed - House (68 - 52)
5/28 SB 178 Authorizes Alcohol Delivery by Third Party Platforms Bill Passed - House (87 - 13)
5/27 HB 5217 Authorizes Compensation for College Athletes Bill Passed - House (94 - 13)
5/07 HB 132 Establishes Daylight Savings Time as the Standard Time Year-Round Bill Passed - House (89 - 0)
4/22 SB 384 Amends Sports Betting Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 29)
4/22 SB 384 Amends Sports Betting Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 13)
3/17 SB 1065 Appropriates Funds to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Bill Passed - House (103 - 29)
3/13 SB 646 Authorizes Compensation for College Athletes Bill Passed - House (98 - 14)
3/12 SF 134 Authorizes Liquor Licenses for Events Conducted at Rodeo Arenas Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 8)
3/12 HB 44 Requires the Observation of Mountain Daylight Time Concurrence Vote Passed - House (45 - 13)
3/12 HB 1251 Prohibits Transgender Students from Playing on a Female Sports Team "Inexpedient to Legislate" Vote Passed - House (184 - 131)
3/11 SF 134 Authorizes Liquor Licenses for Events Conducted at Rodeo Arenas Bill Passed - House (34 - 25)
3/11 HB 44 Requires the Observation of Mountain Daylight Time Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 11)
3/11 HB 1213 Requires Adding Ocoee Riots to School Curriculum Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
3/10 HB 235 Repeals Ban on Yoga Classes in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (84 - 17)
3/08 SB 183 Authorizes Localities to Remove, Relocate, or Alter Monuments Conference Report Adopted - House (52 - 44)
3/07 SB 183 Authorizes Localities to Remove, Relocate, or Alter Monuments Conference Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 16)
3/06 HB 243 Requires Warning Labels on Pornography Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 6)
3/04 SB 20-123 Authorizes Compensation for College Athletes Bill Passed - House (55 - 9)
2/20 AB 869 Extends Bar Hours During Democratic National Convention Bill Passed - House (84 - 13)
2/18 HB 2259 Establishes a Victims of Communism Memorial Day Bill Passed - House (45 - 15)
2/18 HB 243 Requires Warning Labels on Pornography Bill Passed - House (60 - 12)
2/11 SB 131 Establishes the Tim Tebow Act Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
2/11 HR 1980 Smithsonian Women's History Museum Act Bill Passed - House (374 - 37)
2/06 HB 108 Establishes Election Day as a State Holiday Bill Passed - House (55 - 42)
1/30 SB 385 Repeals Ticket-Scalping Ban Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
1/22 SB 318 Reduces Number of Balloons that Can be Released per Hour Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 15)

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