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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. 24, 2020 MI SB 757 Authorizes Cities With Over 25,000 Residents to Begin Processing Absentee Ballots the Day Before an Election Bill Passed - House (94 - 11)
Sept. 22, 2020 VT H 688 Establishes the Global Warming Solutions Act Veto Override Passed - Senate (22 - 8)
Sept. 22, 2020 VT S 54 Authorizes the Sale and Regulation of Cannabis Conference Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 6)
Sept. 22, 2020 PA SB 1164 Amends County Coroner Notification Requirements for Contagious Disease Deaths Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 10)
Sept. 17, 2020 VT H 688 Establishes the Global Warming Solutions Act Veto Override Passed - House (103 - 47)
Sept. 17, 2020 VT S 54 Authorizes the Sale and Regulation of Cannabis Conference Report Adopted - House (92 - 56)
Sept. 15, 2020 MI SB 757 Authorizes Cities With Over 25,000 Residents to Begin Processing Absentee Ballots the Day Before an Election Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 2)
Sept. 9, 2020 VT H 688 Establishes the Global Warming Solutions Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (102 - 45)
Sept. 2, 2020 PA HB 1566 Prohibits License Revocation as Punishment for Not Following Disaster Declaration Bill Passed - House (115 - 87)
Aug. 31, 2020 CA SB 1120 Authorizes Duplex Construction in Single-Family Homes Bill Passed - House (44 - 18)
Aug. 27, 2020 NJ A 4276 Establishes the "Ballot Cure Act" Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
July 15, 2020 PA HB 2463 Requires State Agency Response to Public Record Requests Made During a Gubernatorial Disaster Declaration Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
July 14, 2020 PA HB 2541 Authorizes County Commissioners to Reopen Counties Bill Passed - House (114 - 87)
June 29, 2020 NJ S 2485 Authorizes Local Governments to Prohibit Evictions during COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
June 26, 2020 VT H 688 Establishes the Global Warming Solutions Act Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 5)
June 26, 2020 National HR 51 Washington, D.C. Admission Act Bill Passed - House (232 - 180)
June 24, 2020 PA HB 1841 Requires Background Checks for Police Officers Bill Passed - House (201 - 0)
June 10, 2020 PA SB 1125 Authorizes School Districts to Extend Time Needed to Pay Taxes Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
June 3, 2020 IA HF 2502 Amends Gun Policies Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
May 29, 2020 LA HB 140 Prohibits Localities from Establishing Restrictions to Prohibit Firearm Possession Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 3)
May 27, 2020 NY S 8192 Extends Eviction Protections for Tenants During Emergency Shutdowns Bill Passed - House (94 - 50)
May 27, 2020 OH HB 242 Prohibits Local Government from Enacting Fees on Plastic Bags in Stores Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
May 27, 2020 NY S 8192 Extends Eviction Protections for Tenants During Emergency Shutdowns Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 23)
May 21, 2020 KS HB 2054 Limits Governor Powers During an Emergency and Increases Legislative Oversight Conference Report Adopted - Senate (27 - 11)
May 21, 2020 KS HB 2054 Limits Governor Powers During an Emergency and Increases Legislative Oversight Conference Report Adopted - House (76 - 34)
May 18, 2020 AL SB 161 Appropriates CARE Act Funds to the State Government for the COVID-19 Pandemic Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 1)
May 15, 2020 OK SB 1081 Prohibits Localities from Enacting "Red Flag" Firearm Ordinances Bill Passed - House (77 - 14)
May 15, 2020 National HR 6800 Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act Bill Passed - House (208 - 199)
May 14, 2020 OK SB 1102 Amends the "Catastrophic Health Emergency Powers Act" Bill Passed - House (53 - 44)
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 588 Authorizes Counties to Levy Certain Taxes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 12)
April 22, 2020 VA SB 588 Authorizes Counties to Levy Certain Taxes Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 35)
April 17, 2020 UT SB 3004 Establishes Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission and Requires COVID-19 Response Plan Bill Passed - House (59 - 15)
April 16, 2020 UT SB 3004 Establishes Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission and Requires COVID-19 Response Plan Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
April 14, 2020 KY HB 195 Authorizes Local Governments to Advertise Online in Lieu of Newspaper Publications Veto Override Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
April 14, 2020 KY HB 195 Authorizes Local Governments to Advertise Online in Lieu of Newspaper Publications Veto Override Passed - House (55 - 32)
March 30, 2020 SD SB 191 Authorizes Emergency Powers for Counties During a Public Health Crisis in Order to Declare an Emergency Bill Failed - House (37 - 29)
March 30, 2020 SD SB 191 Authorizes Emergency Powers for Counties During a Public Health Crisis in Order to Declare an Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 5)
March 23, 2020 AK HB 232 Authorizes Local Governments to Create Property Tax Credits to Increase Efficiency and Local Air Quality Bill Passed - House (31 - 4)
March 19, 2020 KS SB 66 Appropriates Funds for the 2020 and 2021 Fiscal Years Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 10)
March 18, 2020 ID S 1385 Prohibits Abortion if Roe v Wade is Overturned by the Supreme Court Bill Passed - House (49 - 18)
March 18, 2020 MS HB 1647 Authorizes Local Governments and School Districts to Grant Administrative Leave with Pay In Case of Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (51 - 0)
March 12, 2020 WY HB 44 Requires the Observation of Mountain Daylight Time Concurrence Vote Passed - House (45 - 13)
March 12, 2020 WY SF 134 Authorizes Liquor Licenses for Events Conducted at Rodeo Arenas Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 8)
March 12, 2020 OK SB 1081 Prohibits Localities from Enacting "Red Flag" Firearm Ordinances Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 9)
March 12, 2020 ID S 1385 Prohibits Abortion if Roe v Wade is Overturned by the Supreme Court Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
March 11, 2020 IN SB 148 Prohibits Regulating Relationship between Renters and Landlords Conference Report Adopted - House (64 - 32)
March 11, 2020 IN SB 148 Prohibits Regulating Relationship between Renters and Landlords Conference Report Adopted - Senate (29 - 19)
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 10, 2020 FL SB 172 Prohibits Local Governments from Prohibiting Certain Drugs and Cosmetics Bill Passed - House (68 - 47)
March 9, 2020 MO HJR 103 Amends the State Constitution to Create a State Department of Defense Bill Passed - House (117 - 30)
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 7, 2020 WV HB 4176 Establishes the West Virginia Intelligence/Fusion Center Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (88 - 11)
March 5, 2020 AZ HB 2771 Amends State Income Tax Code to Conform with Federal Tax Law Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 9)
March 4, 2020 MI HB 5479 Prohibits Gun Buyback Programs by Local Governments Bill Passed - House (58 - 49)
March 2, 2020 TN HJR 741 Prohibits the Governor from Solely Taking Action to Assist with the Federal Refugee Resettlement Program Bill Passed - House (71 - 25)
Feb. 27, 2020 TN SB 9 Authorizes Local Governments to Prohibit Smoking on Playgrounds Conference Report Adopted - House (73 - 14)
Feb. 27, 2020 AZ HB 2771 Amends State Income Tax Code to Conform with Federal Tax Law Bill Passed - House (44 - 16)
Feb. 27, 2020 IA HF 2502 Amends Gun Policies Bill Passed - House (52 - 44)
Feb. 26, 2020 VA SB 35 Authorizes Localities to Prohibit Guns at Public Events Bill Passed - House (53 - 46)
Feb. 24, 2020 VA SB 601 Establishes Election Day to Replace Lee-Jackson Day Bill Passed - House (55 - 44)
Feb. 13, 2020 AZ HB 2686 Amends Local Government Utility Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10)
Feb. 13, 2020 IA SJR 2001 Amends the State Constitution to Repeal the Right to Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 18)
Feb. 12, 2020 AZ HB 2686 Amends Local Government Utility Regulations Bill Passed - House (36 - 23)
Feb. 11, 2020 AL HB 147 Prohibits City Occupational Taxes Without Permission of State Legislature Bill Passed - House (74 - 27)
Feb. 10, 2020 OK HB 3195 Requires County Jails Comply with ICE Detainer Requests Bill Passed - House (78 - 21)
Feb. 4, 2020 KY SB 1 Prohibits "Sanctuary" Immigration Policies Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
Jan. 29, 2020 FL SB 172 Prohibits Local Governments from Prohibiting Certain Drugs and Cosmetics Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 14)
Jan. 21, 2020 VA SB 601 Establishes Election Day to Replace Lee-Jackson Day Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
Jan. 16, 2020 VA SB 35 Authorizes Localities to Prohibit Guns at Public Events Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
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 VA HJ 1 Establishes an Amendment to the US Constitution Relating to Equal Rights Bill Passed - House (59 - 41)
Jan. 14, 2020 IN HB 1027 Repeals Township Assessor Offices Bill Passed - House (53 - 44)
Jan. 9, 2020 NH HB 102 Authorizes Municipalities to Regulate Single-Use Bags "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (215 - 151)
Date No. Title Outcome
9/24 SB 757 Authorizes Cities With Over 25,000 Residents to Begin Processing Absentee Ballots the Day Before an Election Bill Passed - House (94 - 11)
9/22 H 688 Establishes the Global Warming Solutions Act Veto Override Passed - Senate (22 - 8)
9/22 S 54 Authorizes the Sale and Regulation of Cannabis Conference Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 6)
9/22 SB 1164 Amends County Coroner Notification Requirements for Contagious Disease Deaths Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 10)
9/17 H 688 Establishes the Global Warming Solutions Act Veto Override Passed - House (103 - 47)
9/17 S 54 Authorizes the Sale and Regulation of Cannabis Conference Report Adopted - House (92 - 56)
9/15 SB 757 Authorizes Cities With Over 25,000 Residents to Begin Processing Absentee Ballots the Day Before an Election Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 2)
9/09 H 688 Establishes the Global Warming Solutions Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (102 - 45)
9/02 HB 1566 Prohibits License Revocation as Punishment for Not Following Disaster Declaration Bill Passed - House (115 - 87)
8/31 SB 1120 Authorizes Duplex Construction in Single-Family Homes Bill Passed - House (44 - 18)
8/27 A 4276 Establishes the "Ballot Cure Act" Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
7/15 HB 2463 Requires State Agency Response to Public Record Requests Made During a Gubernatorial Disaster Declaration Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
7/14 HB 2541 Authorizes County Commissioners to Reopen Counties Bill Passed - House (114 - 87)
6/29 S 2485 Authorizes Local Governments to Prohibit Evictions during COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
6/26 H 688 Establishes the Global Warming Solutions Act Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 5)
6/26 HR 51 Washington, D.C. Admission Act Bill Passed - House (232 - 180)
6/24 HB 1841 Requires Background Checks for Police Officers Bill Passed - House (201 - 0)
6/10 SB 1125 Authorizes School Districts to Extend Time Needed to Pay Taxes Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
6/03 HF 2502 Amends Gun Policies Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
5/29 HB 140 Prohibits Localities from Establishing Restrictions to Prohibit Firearm Possession Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 3)
5/27 S 8192 Extends Eviction Protections for Tenants During Emergency Shutdowns Bill Passed - House (94 - 50)
5/27 HB 242 Prohibits Local Government from Enacting Fees on Plastic Bags in Stores Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
5/27 S 8192 Extends Eviction Protections for Tenants During Emergency Shutdowns Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 23)
5/21 HB 2054 Limits Governor Powers During an Emergency and Increases Legislative Oversight Conference Report Adopted - Senate (27 - 11)
5/21 HB 2054 Limits Governor Powers During an Emergency and Increases Legislative Oversight Conference Report Adopted - House (76 - 34)
5/18 SB 161 Appropriates CARE Act Funds to the State Government for the COVID-19 Pandemic Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 1)
5/15 SB 1081 Prohibits Localities from Enacting "Red Flag" Firearm Ordinances Bill Passed - House (77 - 14)
5/15 HR 6800 Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act Bill Passed - House (208 - 199)
5/14 SB 1102 Amends the "Catastrophic Health Emergency Powers Act" Bill Passed - House (53 - 44)
5/07 HB 132 Establishes Daylight Savings Time as the Standard Time Year-Round Bill Passed - House (89 - 0)
4/22 SB 588 Authorizes Counties to Levy Certain Taxes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 12)
4/22 SB 588 Authorizes Counties to Levy Certain Taxes Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 35)
4/17 SB 3004 Establishes Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission and Requires COVID-19 Response Plan Bill Passed - House (59 - 15)
4/16 SB 3004 Establishes Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission and Requires COVID-19 Response Plan Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
4/14 HB 195 Authorizes Local Governments to Advertise Online in Lieu of Newspaper Publications Veto Override Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
4/14 HB 195 Authorizes Local Governments to Advertise Online in Lieu of Newspaper Publications Veto Override Passed - House (55 - 32)
3/30 SB 191 Authorizes Emergency Powers for Counties During a Public Health Crisis in Order to Declare an Emergency Bill Failed - House (37 - 29)
3/30 SB 191 Authorizes Emergency Powers for Counties During a Public Health Crisis in Order to Declare an Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 5)
3/23 HB 232 Authorizes Local Governments to Create Property Tax Credits to Increase Efficiency and Local Air Quality Bill Passed - House (31 - 4)
3/19 SB 66 Appropriates Funds for the 2020 and 2021 Fiscal Years Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 10)
3/18 S 1385 Prohibits Abortion if Roe v Wade is Overturned by the Supreme Court Bill Passed - House (49 - 18)
3/18 HB 1647 Authorizes Local Governments and School Districts to Grant Administrative Leave with Pay In Case of Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (51 - 0)
3/12 HB 44 Requires the Observation of Mountain Daylight Time Concurrence Vote Passed - House (45 - 13)
3/12 SF 134 Authorizes Liquor Licenses for Events Conducted at Rodeo Arenas Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 8)
3/12 SB 1081 Prohibits Localities from Enacting "Red Flag" Firearm Ordinances Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 9)
3/12 S 1385 Prohibits Abortion if Roe v Wade is Overturned by the Supreme Court Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
3/11 SB 148 Prohibits Regulating Relationship between Renters and Landlords Conference Report Adopted - House (64 - 32)
3/11 SB 148 Prohibits Regulating Relationship between Renters and Landlords Conference Report Adopted - Senate (29 - 19)
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)
3/10 SB 172 Prohibits Local Governments from Prohibiting Certain Drugs and Cosmetics Bill Passed - House (68 - 47)
3/09 HJR 103 Amends the State Constitution to Create a State Department of Defense Bill Passed - House (117 - 30)
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)
3/07 HB 4176 Establishes the West Virginia Intelligence/Fusion Center Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (88 - 11)
3/05 HB 2771 Amends State Income Tax Code to Conform with Federal Tax Law Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 9)
3/04 HB 5479 Prohibits Gun Buyback Programs by Local Governments Bill Passed - House (58 - 49)
3/02 HJR 741 Prohibits the Governor from Solely Taking Action to Assist with the Federal Refugee Resettlement Program Bill Passed - House (71 - 25)
2/27 SB 9 Authorizes Local Governments to Prohibit Smoking on Playgrounds Conference Report Adopted - House (73 - 14)
2/27 HB 2771 Amends State Income Tax Code to Conform with Federal Tax Law Bill Passed - House (44 - 16)
2/27 HF 2502 Amends Gun Policies Bill Passed - House (52 - 44)
2/26 SB 35 Authorizes Localities to Prohibit Guns at Public Events Bill Passed - House (53 - 46)
2/24 SB 601 Establishes Election Day to Replace Lee-Jackson Day Bill Passed - House (55 - 44)
2/13 HB 2686 Amends Local Government Utility Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10)
2/13 SJR 2001 Amends the State Constitution to Repeal the Right to Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 18)
2/12 HB 2686 Amends Local Government Utility Regulations Bill Passed - House (36 - 23)
2/11 HB 147 Prohibits City Occupational Taxes Without Permission of State Legislature Bill Passed - House (74 - 27)
2/10 HB 3195 Requires County Jails Comply with ICE Detainer Requests Bill Passed - House (78 - 21)
2/04 SB 1 Prohibits "Sanctuary" Immigration Policies Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
1/29 SB 172 Prohibits Local Governments from Prohibiting Certain Drugs and Cosmetics Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 14)
1/21 SB 601 Establishes Election Day to Replace Lee-Jackson Day Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
1/16 SB 35 Authorizes Localities to Prohibit Guns at Public Events Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
1/15 SJ 1 Establishes an Amendment to the US Constitution Relating to Equal Rights Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12)
1/15 HJ 1 Establishes an Amendment to the US Constitution Relating to Equal Rights Bill Passed - House (59 - 41)
1/14 HB 1027 Repeals Township Assessor Offices Bill Passed - House (53 - 44)
1/09 HB 102 Authorizes Municipalities to Regulate Single-Use Bags "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (215 - 151)

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