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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
Aug. 31, 2020 CA SB 908 Requires the Licensing of Debt Collectors Bill Passed - House (53 - 19)
Aug. 30, 2020 CA AB 376 Establishes Protections for Student Loan Borrowers Concurrence Vote Passed - House (57 - 15)
Aug. 28, 2020 CA AB 376 Establishes Protections for Student Loan Borrowers Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
June 26, 2020 National H J Res 76 Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to "Borrower Defense Institutional Accountability" Veto Override Failed - House (238 - 173)
June 25, 2020 CA SB 908 Requires the Licensing of Debt Collectors Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 4)
May 26, 2020 LA HB 722 Specifies that Electronic Signatures Used in Transactions with Financial Institutions are Enforceable to the Full Extent of the Law Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
May 20, 2020 LA HB 211 Prohibits State Commissioner from Penalizing Financial Institutions for Providing Services to Cannabis-Related Businesses Bill Passed - House (73 - 20)
March 28, 2020 AK SB 241 Appropriates Emergency Funds for COVID-19 Coronavirus Relief Conference Report Adopted - Senate (16 - 1)
March 17, 2020 KY HB 99 Establishes a Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority Loan for a Qualifying Public Medical Center Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
March 11, 2020 National H J Res 76 Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to "Borrower Defense Institutional Accountability" Bill Passed - Senate (53 - 42)
Jan. 29, 2020 National HR 3621 Comprehensive CREDIT Act of 2020 Bill Passed - House (221 - 189)
Jan. 27, 2020 VA HB 10 Establishes Rules for Student Loan Lenders Bill Passed - House (84 - 15)
Jan. 16, 2020 National H J Res 76 Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to "Borrower Defense Institutional Accountability" Bill Passed - House (231 - 180)
Date No. Title Outcome
8/31 SB 908 Requires the Licensing of Debt Collectors Bill Passed - House (53 - 19)
8/30 AB 376 Establishes Protections for Student Loan Borrowers Concurrence Vote Passed - House (57 - 15)
8/28 AB 376 Establishes Protections for Student Loan Borrowers Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
6/26 H J Res 76 Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to "Borrower Defense Institutional Accountability" Veto Override Failed - House (238 - 173)
6/25 SB 908 Requires the Licensing of Debt Collectors Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 4)
5/26 HB 722 Specifies that Electronic Signatures Used in Transactions with Financial Institutions are Enforceable to the Full Extent of the Law Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
5/20 HB 211 Prohibits State Commissioner from Penalizing Financial Institutions for Providing Services to Cannabis-Related Businesses Bill Passed - House (73 - 20)
3/28 SB 241 Appropriates Emergency Funds for COVID-19 Coronavirus Relief Conference Report Adopted - Senate (16 - 1)
3/17 HB 99 Establishes a Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority Loan for a Qualifying Public Medical Center Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
3/11 H J Res 76 Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to "Borrower Defense Institutional Accountability" Bill Passed - Senate (53 - 42)
1/29 HR 3621 Comprehensive CREDIT Act of 2020 Bill Passed - House (221 - 189)
1/27 HB 10 Establishes Rules for Student Loan Lenders Bill Passed - House (84 - 15)
1/16 H J Res 76 Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to "Borrower Defense Institutional Accountability" Bill Passed - House (231 - 180)

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