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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
Nov. 18, 2020 PA SB 1216 Authorizes the Issuance of Temporary Teaching Certificates Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (49 - 0)
Oct. 29, 2020 NJ A 4545 Requires Instruction on Racial Discrimination, Social Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Bill Passed - House (56 - 7)
Oct. 12, 2020 LA SB 31 Prohibits the Use of Statewide Assessments to Evaluate Teacher Performance or Student Placement in the 2020-2021 School Year Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
Sept. 23, 2020 MI SB 927 Authorizes an Increase in Funding for Education Conference Report Adopted - House (103 - 2)
Sept. 23, 2020 MI SB 927 Authorizes an Increase in Funding for Education Conference Report Adopted - Senate (36 - 1)
Sept. 9, 2020 MI SB 171 Repeals the 2024 Expiration Date on the Career-Tech or Arts Class for Foreign Language Credit Exchange Program Bill Passed - House (67 - 38)
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 NC HB 1105 Appropriates COVID Relief Checks to Parents Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 5)
Sept. 2, 2020 PA HB 2788 Authorizes Students to Repeat a Grade Level Due to COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (197 - 5)
Sept. 2, 2020 PA HB 2787 Authorizes Individual School Districts to Make Decisions Surrounding Activities and COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (155 - 47)
Aug. 31, 2020 CA AB 331 Establishes One Credit of Ethnic and Racial Studies as a High School Graduation Requirement Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 12)
Aug. 27, 2020 NJ A 4006 Authorizes a Postponement of NJQSAC for Certain School Districts Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
Aug. 24, 2020 CA AB 901 Limits a School District's Ability to Refer Students to Probation Officers Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
Aug. 17, 2020 MI HB 5913 Requires School Districts to Administer Math and Reading Exams During E-Learning Concurrence Vote Passed - House (73 - 33)
Aug. 15, 2020 MI HB 5913 Requires School Districts to Administer Math and Reading Exams During E-Learning Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
Aug. 10, 2020 MS HB 1806 Increases Funding to the Department of Education Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 12)
July 22, 2020 MI HB 5912 Requires Districts to Have at Least 75 Percent Attendance to Avoid Prorated Funding Bill Passed - House (57 - 47)
July 22, 2020 MI HB 5910 Authorizes School Districts to Adopt Programs for E-Learning Days (56 - 48)
July 22, 2020 MI HB 5911 Expands Access to Virtual Classes at Parental Request Due to Health Concerns Bill Passed - House (57 - 47)
July 22, 2020 MI HB 5913 Requires School Districts to Administer Math and Reading Exams During E-Learning Bill Passed - House (55 - 49)
July 21, 2020 NY S 6648 Requires Instruction Regarding Symbols of Hate for Grades 6-12 Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 1)
July 15, 2020 PA SB 1216 Authorizes the Issuance of Temporary Teaching Certificates Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
June 30, 2020 NH HB 1558 Amends School Disciplinary Policies to Address Behavioral Needs Concurrence Vote Passed - House (201 - 129)
June 29, 2020 NJ S 2273 Amends Teacher Health Benefits Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 0)
June 29, 2020 CA SB 98 Establishes Distance Education Guidance and Standards Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 10)
June 26, 2020 NC SB 681 Requires Credit in the Arts in Order to Graduate Conference Report Adopted - House (87 - 21)
June 26, 2020 CA SB 98 Establishes Distance Education Guidance and Standards Bill Passed - House (57 - 17)
June 26, 2020 NC SB 681 Requires Credit in the Arts in Order to Graduate Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 9)
June 17, 2020 NC SB 818 Authorizes Bonuses for Public School Teachers During the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - House (84 - 35)
June 16, 2020 NH HB 1454 Authorizes Credit for Alternative Learning and Work Programs "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (15 - 9)
June 15, 2020 NC SB 818 Authorizes Bonuses for Public School Teachers During the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
June 13, 2020 IA SF 2310 Establishes Educational Instructional Requirements for Online Learning Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (49 - 0)
June 11, 2020 OH HB 164 Authorizes Religious Expression in Public Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - House (90 - 3)
June 10, 2020 OH HB 164 Authorizes Religious Expression in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
May 13, 2020 OK HB 2741 Reduces Contributions to Teachers' Retirement System Veto Override Passed - Senate (34 - 12)
May 8, 2020 MO HB 2002 Appropriates Education Funding for Fiscal Year 2021 Conference Report Adopted - House (120 - 28)
March 25, 2020 OH HB 197 Establishes Relief Provisions in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency Concurrence Vote Passed - House (92 - 0)
March 25, 2020 PA SB 751 Authorizes Financial Assistance for Schools Amid COVID-19-Related Shutdown Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
March 25, 2020 OH HB 197 Establishes Relief Provisions in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 0)
March 17, 2020 KS SB 142 Authorizes Waiver for School Hour Requirement Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 4)
March 16, 2020 CA SB 117 Appropriates Funds to Public Schools Amid COVID-19 Emergency Shut-Down Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
March 16, 2020 ID H 500 Prohibits Transgender Female Students from Sports designated for Females Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
March 12, 2020 UT HB 222 Expands School Breakfast Programs Concurrence Vote Passed - House (53 - 17)
March 12, 2020 NH HB 1285 Prohibits Firearms on School Property "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (182 - 141)
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 IN HB 1065 Authorizes School Districts To Use Tax Dollars For Charter Schools Conference Report Adopted - Senate (31 - 18)
March 11, 2020 IN HB 1065 Authorizes School Districts To Use Tax Dollars For Charter Schools Conference Report Adopted - House (52 - 40)
March 11, 2020 NY S 5073 Establishes a School Voter Registration Access Program Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 18)
March 11, 2020 FL HB 1213 Requires Adding Ocoee Riots to School Curriculum Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
March 10, 2020 UT HB 99 Expands Enhanced Kindergarten Early Intervention Programs Concurrence Vote Passed - House (47 - 23)
March 10, 2020 FL SB 70 Establishes Alert Systems in Public Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
March 10, 2020 AL HB 235 Repeals Ban on Yoga Classes in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (84 - 17)
March 9, 2020 WY HB 119 Establishes Medicaid Billing Process for School-Based Services Concurrence Vote Passed - House (44 - 14)
March 9, 2020 WY HB 174 Amends Kindergarten Minimum Age Start Date Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
March 4, 2020 WA SB 5395 Establishes K-12 Sexual Health Education Programs in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
March 4, 2020 OK HB 2804 Requires Dyslexia Screening for All K-3rd Grade Students Not Reading at Grade Level Bill Passed - House (92 - 1)
March 3, 2020 VA HB 837 Establishes the "Dress Code Equity Act" Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 15)
March 3, 2020 AZ HB 2706 Prohibits Transgender Female Students from Sports Designated for Females Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
Feb. 26, 2020 ID H 500 Prohibits Transgender Female Students from Sports designated for Females Bill Passed - House (52 - 17)
Feb. 24, 2020 SD HB 1175 Defines Dyslexia for Special Education and Other Related Services Bill Passed - House (58 - 10)
Feb. 20, 2020 VA SB 161 Requires Schools to Create Policies Transgender-Friendly Student Policies (58 - 40)
Feb. 20, 2020 NH HB 1454 Authorizes Credit for Alternative Learning and Work Programs "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (202 - 142)
Feb. 13, 2020 KY HB 37 Requires Visual and Performing Arts Courses be Taught in Elementary and Middle Schools Bill Passed - House (73 - 16)
Feb. 12, 2020 OK HB 2336 Authorizes Handguns on the Premises of Schools Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 7)
Feb. 12, 2020 WA SB 6262 Requires Schools to Incorporate Curriculum on Local Indian Tribes Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 13)
Feb. 12, 2020 UT HB 99 Expands Enhanced Kindergarten Early Intervention Programs Bill Passed - House (48 - 21)
Feb. 11, 2020 WV HB 4069 Prohibits Religious Discrimination in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (76 - 22)
Feb. 11, 2020 WV SB 131 Establishes the Tim Tebow Act Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
Feb. 7, 2020 KY HB 22 Prohibits Corporal Punishment in Schools Bill Passed - House (65 - 17)
Feb. 7, 2020 VA HB 837 Establishes the "Dress Code Equity Act" Bill Passed - House (81 - 17)
Jan. 30, 2020 DE HB 285 Requires Schools to Provide Free Feminine Hygiene Products Bill Passed - House (33 - 6)
Jan. 28, 2020 GA HB 444 Limits State Funding for Dual Enrollment Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 18)
Jan. 21, 2020 VA SB 161 Requires Schools to Create Policies Transgender-Friendly Student Policies Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 16)
Jan. 16, 2020 MA H 4218 Requires School Districts Offer Breakfast After Instruction Begins Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 0)
Jan. 14, 2020 IN SB 69 Authorizes Firearms on School Grounds Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 7)
Jan. 9, 2020 MS HB 1 Increases State Teacher Pay Bill Passed - House (121 - 1)
Date No. Title Outcome
11/18 SB 1216 Authorizes the Issuance of Temporary Teaching Certificates Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (49 - 0)
10/29 A 4545 Requires Instruction on Racial Discrimination, Social Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Bill Passed - House (56 - 7)
10/12 SB 31 Prohibits the Use of Statewide Assessments to Evaluate Teacher Performance or Student Placement in the 2020-2021 School Year Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
9/23 SB 927 Authorizes an Increase in Funding for Education Conference Report Adopted - House (103 - 2)
9/23 SB 927 Authorizes an Increase in Funding for Education Conference Report Adopted - Senate (36 - 1)
9/09 SB 171 Repeals the 2024 Expiration Date on the Career-Tech or Arts Class for Foreign Language Credit Exchange Program Bill Passed - House (67 - 38)
9/09 HB 2787 Authorizes Individual School Districts to Make Decisions Surrounding Activities and COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 11)
9/02 HB 1105 Appropriates COVID Relief Checks to Parents Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 5)
9/02 HB 2788 Authorizes Students to Repeat a Grade Level Due to COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (197 - 5)
9/02 HB 2787 Authorizes Individual School Districts to Make Decisions Surrounding Activities and COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (155 - 47)
8/31 AB 331 Establishes One Credit of Ethnic and Racial Studies as a High School Graduation Requirement Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 12)
8/27 A 4006 Authorizes a Postponement of NJQSAC for Certain School Districts Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
8/24 AB 901 Limits a School District's Ability to Refer Students to Probation Officers Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
8/17 HB 5913 Requires School Districts to Administer Math and Reading Exams During E-Learning Concurrence Vote Passed - House (73 - 33)
8/15 HB 5913 Requires School Districts to Administer Math and Reading Exams During E-Learning Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
8/10 HB 1806 Increases Funding to the Department of Education Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 12)
7/22 HB 5912 Requires Districts to Have at Least 75 Percent Attendance to Avoid Prorated Funding Bill Passed - House (57 - 47)
7/22 HB 5910 Authorizes School Districts to Adopt Programs for E-Learning Days (56 - 48)
7/22 HB 5911 Expands Access to Virtual Classes at Parental Request Due to Health Concerns Bill Passed - House (57 - 47)
7/22 HB 5913 Requires School Districts to Administer Math and Reading Exams During E-Learning Bill Passed - House (55 - 49)
7/21 S 6648 Requires Instruction Regarding Symbols of Hate for Grades 6-12 Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 1)
7/15 SB 1216 Authorizes the Issuance of Temporary Teaching Certificates Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
6/30 HB 1558 Amends School Disciplinary Policies to Address Behavioral Needs Concurrence Vote Passed - House (201 - 129)
6/29 S 2273 Amends Teacher Health Benefits Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 0)
6/29 SB 98 Establishes Distance Education Guidance and Standards Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 10)
6/26 SB 681 Requires Credit in the Arts in Order to Graduate Conference Report Adopted - House (87 - 21)
6/26 SB 98 Establishes Distance Education Guidance and Standards Bill Passed - House (57 - 17)
6/26 SB 681 Requires Credit in the Arts in Order to Graduate Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 9)
6/17 SB 818 Authorizes Bonuses for Public School Teachers During the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - House (84 - 35)
6/16 HB 1454 Authorizes Credit for Alternative Learning and Work Programs "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (15 - 9)
6/15 SB 818 Authorizes Bonuses for Public School Teachers During the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
6/13 SF 2310 Establishes Educational Instructional Requirements for Online Learning Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (49 - 0)
6/11 HB 164 Authorizes Religious Expression in Public Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - House (90 - 3)
6/10 HB 164 Authorizes Religious Expression in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
5/13 HB 2741 Reduces Contributions to Teachers' Retirement System Veto Override Passed - Senate (34 - 12)
5/08 HB 2002 Appropriates Education Funding for Fiscal Year 2021 Conference Report Adopted - House (120 - 28)
3/25 HB 197 Establishes Relief Provisions in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency Concurrence Vote Passed - House (92 - 0)
3/25 SB 751 Authorizes Financial Assistance for Schools Amid COVID-19-Related Shutdown Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
3/25 HB 197 Establishes Relief Provisions in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 0)
3/17 SB 142 Authorizes Waiver for School Hour Requirement Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 4)
3/16 SB 117 Appropriates Funds to Public Schools Amid COVID-19 Emergency Shut-Down Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
3/16 H 500 Prohibits Transgender Female Students from Sports designated for Females Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
3/12 HB 222 Expands School Breakfast Programs Concurrence Vote Passed - House (53 - 17)
3/12 HB 1285 Prohibits Firearms on School Property "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (182 - 141)
3/12 HB 1251 Prohibits Transgender Students from Playing on a Female Sports Team "Inexpedient to Legislate" Vote Passed - House (184 - 131)
3/11 HB 1065 Authorizes School Districts To Use Tax Dollars For Charter Schools Conference Report Adopted - Senate (31 - 18)
3/11 HB 1065 Authorizes School Districts To Use Tax Dollars For Charter Schools Conference Report Adopted - House (52 - 40)
3/11 S 5073 Establishes a School Voter Registration Access Program Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 18)
3/11 HB 1213 Requires Adding Ocoee Riots to School Curriculum Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
3/10 HB 99 Expands Enhanced Kindergarten Early Intervention Programs Concurrence Vote Passed - House (47 - 23)
3/10 SB 70 Establishes Alert Systems in Public Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
3/10 HB 235 Repeals Ban on Yoga Classes in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (84 - 17)
3/09 HB 119 Establishes Medicaid Billing Process for School-Based Services Concurrence Vote Passed - House (44 - 14)
3/09 HB 174 Amends Kindergarten Minimum Age Start Date Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
3/04 SB 5395 Establishes K-12 Sexual Health Education Programs in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
3/04 HB 2804 Requires Dyslexia Screening for All K-3rd Grade Students Not Reading at Grade Level Bill Passed - House (92 - 1)
3/03 HB 837 Establishes the "Dress Code Equity Act" Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 15)
3/03 HB 2706 Prohibits Transgender Female Students from Sports Designated for Females Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
2/26 H 500 Prohibits Transgender Female Students from Sports designated for Females Bill Passed - House (52 - 17)
2/24 HB 1175 Defines Dyslexia for Special Education and Other Related Services Bill Passed - House (58 - 10)
2/20 SB 161 Requires Schools to Create Policies Transgender-Friendly Student Policies (58 - 40)
2/20 HB 1454 Authorizes Credit for Alternative Learning and Work Programs "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (202 - 142)
2/13 HB 37 Requires Visual and Performing Arts Courses be Taught in Elementary and Middle Schools Bill Passed - House (73 - 16)
2/12 HB 2336 Authorizes Handguns on the Premises of Schools Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 7)
2/12 SB 6262 Requires Schools to Incorporate Curriculum on Local Indian Tribes Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 13)
2/12 HB 99 Expands Enhanced Kindergarten Early Intervention Programs Bill Passed - House (48 - 21)
2/11 HB 4069 Prohibits Religious Discrimination in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (76 - 22)
2/11 SB 131 Establishes the Tim Tebow Act Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
2/07 HB 22 Prohibits Corporal Punishment in Schools Bill Passed - House (65 - 17)
2/07 HB 837 Establishes the "Dress Code Equity Act" Bill Passed - House (81 - 17)
1/30 HB 285 Requires Schools to Provide Free Feminine Hygiene Products Bill Passed - House (33 - 6)
1/28 HB 444 Limits State Funding for Dual Enrollment Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 18)
1/21 SB 161 Requires Schools to Create Policies Transgender-Friendly Student Policies Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 16)
1/16 H 4218 Requires School Districts Offer Breakfast After Instruction Begins Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 0)
1/14 SB 69 Authorizes Firearms on School Grounds Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 7)
1/09 HB 1 Increases State Teacher Pay Bill Passed - House (121 - 1)

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