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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. 1, 2020 MI SB 745 Appropriates Funds for a Temporary Additional $300 Weekly Unemployment Benefit Bill Passed - House (106 - 3)
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)
Aug. 2, 2020 NV SB 1 Authorizes Courts to Grant a Stay on Certain Evictions Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 3)
July 22, 2020 NY S 8247 Authorizes Online Grocery Purchases for SNAP Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 1)
July 16, 2020 RI S 2302 Establishes Tax-Free Disability Pensions for Firefighters Bill Passed - House (67 - 0)
July 2, 2020 CA SB 1383 Expands Protections for Paid Family Leave Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
June 30, 2020 NH HB 1166 Extends Emergency Benefit Enhancements Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic Concurrence Vote Passed - House (178 - 154)
June 29, 2020 National HR 1425 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act Bill Passed - House (234 - 179)
June 26, 2020 CA SB 1410 Authorizes COVID-19 Eviction Relief Agreements Between Tenants and Landlords Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 9)
June 25, 2020 CA ACA 11 Establishes the "Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act" Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
June 25, 2020 CA SB 795 Appropriates Funds for Affordable Housing and Homelessness Aid Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 10)
June 22, 2020 CA SB 1138 Requires Land Zoned for Shelters Meet Certain Standards Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 8)
June 16, 2020 NH HB 1166 Extends Emergency Benefit Enhancements Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (14 - 10)
June 15, 2020 CA AB 3300 Establishes the California Access to Housing and Services Fund Bill Passed - House (62 - 2)
June 10, 2020 CA AB 3269 Requires the Establishment of Plans to Reduce Homelessness Bill Passed - House (58 - 10)
May 29, 2020 LA HB 846 Establishes Tax Rebates for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 6)
May 29, 2020 NY S 8428 Appropriates Funds for Expenses Related to the COVID-19 Emergency Bill Passed - House (107 - 35)
May 28, 2020 NY S 8419 Establishes the "Emergency Rent Relief Act of 2020" Bill Passed - House (133 - 10)
May 28, 2020 NY S 8275 Authorizes Suspending the Forfeiture of Unemployment Benefits During the COVID-19 State of Emergency Bill Passed - House (97 - 46)
May 28, 2020 NY S 8113 Establishes Temporary Moratorium on Utility Termination of Services Bill Passed - House (111 - 32)
May 15, 2020 OK SB 1046 Amends the Supplemental Hospital Offset Payment Program Bill Passed - House (70 - 20)
May 14, 2020 NJ S 2332 Establishes the 2020 New Jersey Emergency Rental Assistance Program Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
May 13, 2020 OK HB 2741 Reduces Contributions to Teachers' Retirement System Veto Override Passed - Senate (34 - 12)
May 13, 2020 OK HB 2742 Reduces Contributions to Retirement Systems for Police and Firefighters Veto Override Passed - Senate (34 - 11)
May 5, 2020 OK SB 1073 Expands Oklahoma's Medicaid Program Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 8)
April 15, 2020 WI AB 1038 Establishes Various Provisions in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
April 14, 2020 WI AB 1038 Establishes Various Provisions in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - House (97 - 2)
April 8, 2020 MO HB 2014 Establishes a Supplemental Budget to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic Concurrence Vote Passed - House (147 - 4)
March 30, 2020 SD SB 192 Establishes the Small Business Economic Disaster Relief Subfund Bill Passed - House (61 - 6)
March 22, 2020 AK HB 308 Establishes Relief for Employees Affected by COVID-19 Coronavirus Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 0)
March 19, 2020 AZ SB 1690 Establishes the Emergency Crisis Contingency and Safety Net Fund Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
March 19, 2020 TN HB 2821 Establishes the State Budget for Fiscal Years 2019-2020 and Appropriates Funding for COVID-19 Initiatives Bill Passed - House (86 - 3)
March 18, 2020 MD HB 1663 Establishes the "COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Protection Act of 2020" Concurrence Vote Passed - House (131 - 3)
March 18, 2020 National HR 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act Bill Passed - Senate (90 - 8)
March 17, 2020 KS SB 27 Authorizes 26 Weeks of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 4)
March 14, 2020 National HR 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act Bill Passed - House (363 - 40)
March 11, 2020 FL SB 82 Amends Medicaid Program for Individuals with Disabilities Bill Passed - House (78 - 37)
March 9, 2020 WA SB 6088 Establishes a Prescription Drug Affordability Board Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 17)
Feb. 26, 2020 MS SB 2257 Authorizes State Auditor to Examine Tax Returns of Public Assistance Beneficiaries Bill Passed - House (76 - 45)
Feb. 26, 2020 IA SF 2272 Establishes Computer Verification System for Public Assistance Programs Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
Feb. 21, 2020 KY HB 1 Amends Public Assistance Laws and Regulations Bill Passed - House (58 - 32)
Feb. 11, 2020 MS SB 2257 Authorizes State Auditor to Examine Tax Returns of Public Assistance Beneficiaries Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 15)
Feb. 10, 2020 NM HB 83 Establishes the Early Childhood Education and Care Fund Bill Passed - House (51 - 14)
Feb. 6, 2020 National H Res 826 Expressing disapproval of the Trump administration's harmful actions towards Medicaid Bill Passed - House (223 - 190)
Date No. Title Outcome
9/01 SB 745 Appropriates Funds for a Temporary Additional $300 Weekly Unemployment Benefit Bill Passed - House (106 - 3)
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)
8/02 SB 1 Authorizes Courts to Grant a Stay on Certain Evictions Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 3)
7/22 S 8247 Authorizes Online Grocery Purchases for SNAP Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 1)
7/16 S 2302 Establishes Tax-Free Disability Pensions for Firefighters Bill Passed - House (67 - 0)
7/02 SB 1383 Expands Protections for Paid Family Leave Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
6/30 HB 1166 Extends Emergency Benefit Enhancements Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic Concurrence Vote Passed - House (178 - 154)
6/29 HR 1425 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act Bill Passed - House (234 - 179)
6/26 SB 1410 Authorizes COVID-19 Eviction Relief Agreements Between Tenants and Landlords Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 9)
6/25 ACA 11 Establishes the "Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act" Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
6/25 SB 795 Appropriates Funds for Affordable Housing and Homelessness Aid Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 10)
6/22 SB 1138 Requires Land Zoned for Shelters Meet Certain Standards Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 8)
6/16 HB 1166 Extends Emergency Benefit Enhancements Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (14 - 10)
6/15 AB 3300 Establishes the California Access to Housing and Services Fund Bill Passed - House (62 - 2)
6/10 AB 3269 Requires the Establishment of Plans to Reduce Homelessness Bill Passed - House (58 - 10)
5/29 HB 846 Establishes Tax Rebates for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 6)
5/29 S 8428 Appropriates Funds for Expenses Related to the COVID-19 Emergency Bill Passed - House (107 - 35)
5/28 S 8419 Establishes the "Emergency Rent Relief Act of 2020" Bill Passed - House (133 - 10)
5/28 S 8275 Authorizes Suspending the Forfeiture of Unemployment Benefits During the COVID-19 State of Emergency Bill Passed - House (97 - 46)
5/28 S 8113 Establishes Temporary Moratorium on Utility Termination of Services Bill Passed - House (111 - 32)
5/15 SB 1046 Amends the Supplemental Hospital Offset Payment Program Bill Passed - House (70 - 20)
5/14 S 2332 Establishes the 2020 New Jersey Emergency Rental Assistance Program Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
5/13 HB 2741 Reduces Contributions to Teachers' Retirement System Veto Override Passed - Senate (34 - 12)
5/13 HB 2742 Reduces Contributions to Retirement Systems for Police and Firefighters Veto Override Passed - Senate (34 - 11)
5/05 SB 1073 Expands Oklahoma's Medicaid Program Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 8)
4/15 AB 1038 Establishes Various Provisions in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
4/14 AB 1038 Establishes Various Provisions in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - House (97 - 2)
4/08 HB 2014 Establishes a Supplemental Budget to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic Concurrence Vote Passed - House (147 - 4)
3/30 SB 192 Establishes the Small Business Economic Disaster Relief Subfund Bill Passed - House (61 - 6)
3/22 HB 308 Establishes Relief for Employees Affected by COVID-19 Coronavirus Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 0)
3/19 SB 1690 Establishes the Emergency Crisis Contingency and Safety Net Fund Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
3/19 HB 2821 Establishes the State Budget for Fiscal Years 2019-2020 and Appropriates Funding for COVID-19 Initiatives Bill Passed - House (86 - 3)
3/18 HB 1663 Establishes the "COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Protection Act of 2020" Concurrence Vote Passed - House (131 - 3)
3/18 HR 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act Bill Passed - Senate (90 - 8)
3/17 SB 27 Authorizes 26 Weeks of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 4)
3/14 HR 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act Bill Passed - House (363 - 40)
3/11 SB 82 Amends Medicaid Program for Individuals with Disabilities Bill Passed - House (78 - 37)
3/09 SB 6088 Establishes a Prescription Drug Affordability Board Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 17)
2/26 SB 2257 Authorizes State Auditor to Examine Tax Returns of Public Assistance Beneficiaries Bill Passed - House (76 - 45)
2/26 SF 2272 Establishes Computer Verification System for Public Assistance Programs Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
2/21 HB 1 Amends Public Assistance Laws and Regulations Bill Passed - House (58 - 32)
2/11 SB 2257 Authorizes State Auditor to Examine Tax Returns of Public Assistance Beneficiaries Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 15)
2/10 HB 83 Establishes the Early Childhood Education and Care Fund Bill Passed - House (51 - 14)
2/06 H Res 826 Expressing disapproval of the Trump administration's harmful actions towards Medicaid Bill Passed - House (223 - 190)

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