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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. 23, 2020 MI HB 6032 Protects Employees From Being Fired or Facing Consequences From an Employer Upon Diagnosis of COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (83 - 23)
Sept. 23, 2020 MI HB 6031 Authorizes Immunity for Businesses from COVID-19 Exposure Lawsuits Bill Passed - House (59 - 47)
Sept. 17, 2020 National HR 2694 Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Bill Passed - House (329 - 73)
Sept. 10, 2020 MI HB 4488 Limits the Use of Criminal Background Checks to Prohibit Occupational Licensure Bill Passed - House (106 - 0)
July 30, 2020 NJ S 2380 Requires Employer to Offer Benefits to Essential Workers Unable to Work Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 12)
July 30, 2020 NJ S 2380 Requires Employer to Offer Benefits to Essential Workers Unable to Work Bill Passed - House (42 - 27)
July 30, 2020 NJ A 3971 Authorizes the Issuance of "Coronavirus Relief Bonds" by Local Governments Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 14)
July 16, 2020 NJ A 4175 Establishes the "New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act" Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
July 13, 2020 PA HB 732 Establishes Tax Credit for Companies that Invest and Create Jobs Building Petrochemical or Fertilizer Plants using Dry Natural Gas Produced in Pennsylvania Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 9)
June 30, 2020 OH HB 606 Establishes a COVID-19 Business Liability Shield Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
June 19, 2020 VT H 966 Appropriates Funds for Broadband Connectivity, Housing, and Economic Relief During the COVID-19 Emergency Bill Passed - House (143 - 1)
June 19, 2020 NM SB 3 Establishes the "Small Business Recovery Act of 2020" Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
June 4, 2020 NJ A 4175 Establishes the "New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act" Bill Passed - House (52 - 28)
May 28, 2020 OH HB 606 Establishes a COVID-19 Business Liability Shield Bill Passed - House (83 - 9)
May 23, 2020 IL SB 2135 Establishes the "Government Emergency Administration Act" Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (36 - 19)
May 23, 2020 IL SB 2135 Establishes the "Government Emergency Administration Act" Bill Passed - House (66 - 44)
May 14, 2020 NJ A 3971 Authorizes the Issuance of "Coronavirus Relief Bonds" by Local Governments Bill Passed - House (57 - 20)
May 12, 2020 SC H 3411 Establishes Allocations of Federal COVID-19 Appropriations to the State Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 8)
May 8, 2020 MO HB 2011 Appropriates Funds for the Department of Social Services Conference Report Adopted - House (105 - 44)
May 8, 2020 MO HB 2007 Appropriates Funds to the Departments of Economic Development, Commerce & Insurance and Labor & Industrial Relations Conference Report Adopted - House (128 - 21)
May 8, 2020 MO HB 2007 Appropriates Funds to the Departments of Economic Development, Commerce & Insurance and Labor & Industrial Relations Conference Report Adopted - House (128 - 21)
May 7, 2020 MO SB 676 Exempts Federal Government Stimulus Checks from State Taxable Income Bill Passed - House (105 - 39)
May 5, 2020 MO HB 2011 Appropriates Funds for the Department of Social Services Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 6)
April 14, 2020 PA HB 2376 Authorizes Certain Retail Operations and Construction Sites to Reopen Bill Passed - House (112 - 90)
March 27, 2020 National HR 748 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
March 25, 2020 National HR 748 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 0)
March 23, 2020 National HR 748 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (49 - 46)
March 22, 2020 National HR 748 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (47 - 47)
March 19, 2020 KS SB 66 Appropriates Funds for the 2020 and 2021 Fiscal Years Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 10)
March 3, 2020 WA SB 5165 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Citizenship or Immigration Status Bill Passed - House (57 - 39)
March 3, 2020 IN HB 1222 Reduces Number of Assistance Funding Requests Made by Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 13)
March 2, 2020 AZ SB 1059 Establishes a Ballot Referendum to Raise $900 Million Per Year for State K-12 Education Funding Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 11)
Feb. 25, 2020 VT S 23 Increases the State Minimum Wage Veto Override Passed - House (100 - 49)
Feb. 13, 2020 VT S 23 Increases the State Minimum Wage Veto Override Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
Jan. 23, 2020 CA AB 323 Establishes the Save Local Journalism Act Bill Passed - House (77 - 0)
Jan. 17, 2020 WA SB 5165 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Citizenship or Immigration Status Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 20)
Date No. Title Outcome
9/23 HB 6032 Protects Employees From Being Fired or Facing Consequences From an Employer Upon Diagnosis of COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (83 - 23)
9/23 HB 6031 Authorizes Immunity for Businesses from COVID-19 Exposure Lawsuits Bill Passed - House (59 - 47)
9/17 HR 2694 Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Bill Passed - House (329 - 73)
9/10 HB 4488 Limits the Use of Criminal Background Checks to Prohibit Occupational Licensure Bill Passed - House (106 - 0)
7/30 S 2380 Requires Employer to Offer Benefits to Essential Workers Unable to Work Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 12)
7/30 S 2380 Requires Employer to Offer Benefits to Essential Workers Unable to Work Bill Passed - House (42 - 27)
7/30 A 3971 Authorizes the Issuance of "Coronavirus Relief Bonds" by Local Governments Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 14)
7/16 A 4175 Establishes the "New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act" Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
7/13 HB 732 Establishes Tax Credit for Companies that Invest and Create Jobs Building Petrochemical or Fertilizer Plants using Dry Natural Gas Produced in Pennsylvania Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 9)
6/30 HB 606 Establishes a COVID-19 Business Liability Shield Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
6/19 H 966 Appropriates Funds for Broadband Connectivity, Housing, and Economic Relief During the COVID-19 Emergency Bill Passed - House (143 - 1)
6/19 SB 3 Establishes the "Small Business Recovery Act of 2020" Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
6/04 A 4175 Establishes the "New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act" Bill Passed - House (52 - 28)
5/28 HB 606 Establishes a COVID-19 Business Liability Shield Bill Passed - House (83 - 9)
5/23 SB 2135 Establishes the "Government Emergency Administration Act" Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (36 - 19)
5/23 SB 2135 Establishes the "Government Emergency Administration Act" Bill Passed - House (66 - 44)
5/14 A 3971 Authorizes the Issuance of "Coronavirus Relief Bonds" by Local Governments Bill Passed - House (57 - 20)
5/12 H 3411 Establishes Allocations of Federal COVID-19 Appropriations to the State Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 8)
5/08 HB 2011 Appropriates Funds for the Department of Social Services Conference Report Adopted - House (105 - 44)
5/08 HB 2007 Appropriates Funds to the Departments of Economic Development, Commerce & Insurance and Labor & Industrial Relations Conference Report Adopted - House (128 - 21)
5/08 HB 2007 Appropriates Funds to the Departments of Economic Development, Commerce & Insurance and Labor & Industrial Relations Conference Report Adopted - House (128 - 21)
5/07 SB 676 Exempts Federal Government Stimulus Checks from State Taxable Income Bill Passed - House (105 - 39)
5/05 HB 2011 Appropriates Funds for the Department of Social Services Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 6)
4/14 HB 2376 Authorizes Certain Retail Operations and Construction Sites to Reopen Bill Passed - House (112 - 90)
3/27 HR 748 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
3/25 HR 748 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 0)
3/23 HR 748 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (49 - 46)
3/22 HR 748 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (47 - 47)
3/19 SB 66 Appropriates Funds for the 2020 and 2021 Fiscal Years Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 10)
3/03 SB 5165 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Citizenship or Immigration Status Bill Passed - House (57 - 39)
3/03 HB 1222 Reduces Number of Assistance Funding Requests Made by Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 13)
3/02 SB 1059 Establishes a Ballot Referendum to Raise $900 Million Per Year for State K-12 Education Funding Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 11)
2/25 S 23 Increases the State Minimum Wage Veto Override Passed - House (100 - 49)
2/13 S 23 Increases the State Minimum Wage Veto Override Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
1/23 AB 323 Establishes the Save Local Journalism Act Bill Passed - House (77 - 0)
1/17 SB 5165 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Citizenship or Immigration Status Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 20)

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