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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:

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
May 6, 2021 IL SB 1747 Establishes Tax Advantaged Zones for Green Energy Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 11)
May 5, 2021 NY S 1130 Prohibits Pet Shops from Selling Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits Bill Passed - Senate (57 - 6)
April 29, 2021 MO HB 508 Increases Penalties for Knowingly Releasing Feral Hogs Into the Wild Bill Passed - House (108 - 38)
April 28, 2021 National S J Res 14 A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to "Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources Review" Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (52 - 42)
April 27, 2021 CO SB 21-006 Authorizes the Use of Human Remains in Composting Bill Passed - House (45 - 18)
April 26, 2021 MT SB 306 Expands the Size of the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission Conference Report Adopted - House (70 - 28)
April 26, 2021 NY A 4302 Requires 100% of Cars and Trucks Sold in State to be Zero-Emissions by 2035 Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 18)
April 23, 2021 MT SB 306 Expands the Size of the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission Conference Report Adopted - Senate (30 - 20)
April 22, 2021 MN SF 959 Appropriates Funds for Environmental and Natural Resource Programs Bill Passed - House (70 - 63)
April 21, 2021 IN HB 1191 Prohibits a Local Government's Control Board from Banning a Fuel Source Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 29)
April 21, 2021 ID S 1211 Authorizes Removal of 90 Percent of the Wolf Population Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
April 19, 2021 MN SF 959 Appropriates Funds for Environmental and Natural Resource Programs Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 29)
April 15, 2021 VT H 175 Expands the state's "Bottle Law" Bill Passed - House (99 - 46)
April 14, 2021 IL HB 1711 Prohibits Puppy Mills Bill Passed - House (76 - 24)
April 13, 2021 IN HB 1191 Prohibits a Local Government's Control Board from Banning a Fuel Source Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
April 13, 2021 MN HF 164 Establishes Updates and Expansions to the State's Energy Conservation Programs Bill Passed - House (82 - 50)
April 9, 2021 AK HB 10 Establishes Protections for a Unangan Cemetery Bill Passed - House (31 - 8)
April 8, 2021 WA SB 5126 Requires the State to Reach 0 Carbon Emissions by 2050 Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 24)
April 8, 2021 OR SCR 17 Establishes Environmental Frameworks to Address Climate Change Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 7)
April 6, 2021 WY HB 166 Requires Additional Steps be Taken by Utility Companies to Shut Down Coal and Natural Gas Plants Concurrence Vote Passed - House (49 - 8)
April 6, 2021 RI H 5445 Establishes an Updated Outline of State Climate Goals Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 9)
April 1, 2021 WY HB 207 Appropriates $1.2 Million to the Governor and Attorney General to Challenge Other State's Coal Mining Projects Impacting Wyoming Coal Exports Concurrence Vote Passed - House (36 - 24)
March 30, 2021 MT SB 354 Increases Restrictions to Prescriptive Easements Bill Passed - House (62 - 38)
March 25, 2021 CO SB 21-135 Prohibits the Use of Certain Animals in Traveling Animal Acts Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
March 23, 2021 RI H 5445 Establishes an Updated Outline of State Climate Goals Bill Passed - House (53 - 22)
March 18, 2021 National HR 1603 Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (247 - 174)
March 15, 2021 National PN 78-11 Nomination of Debra Haaland as Secretary of the Interior Nomination Confirmed - Senate (51 - 40)
March 15, 2021 TX SB 2142 Authorizes Retroactively Correcting Prices to Compensate Customers after Blackouts Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
March 12, 2021 MD SB 414 Requires the State to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions to a Lower Level Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 11)
March 12, 2021 MD SB 414 Requires the State to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions to a Lower Level Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 11)
March 11, 2021 ME LD 314 Extends the Green Power Electricity Offer Bill Passed - House (90 - 54)
March 10, 2021 National PN 78-16 Nomination of Michael Regan as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Nomination Confirmed - Senate (66 - 34)
March 10, 2021 NM HB 299 Establishes Financing Options for Improvements to Properties Bill Passed - House (42 - 26)
March 10, 2021 NM HB 299 Establishes Financing Options for Improvements to Properties Bill Passed - House (42 - 26)
March 9, 2021 OK HB 2034 Prohibits the State From Conducting Business With Vendors that Divest From Oil and Gas Bill Passed - House (78 - 21)
March 8, 2021 OK HB 1681 Establishes an Annual State Park Pass Bill Passed - House (77 - 20)
March 3, 2021 NY S 4378 Requires Fossil Fuel Plants to Submit a Renewable Energy Plan Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 22)
March 1, 2021 MT SB 354 Increases Restrictions to Prescriptive Easements Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 15)
March 1, 2021 WA SB 5141 Establishes the Environmental Justice Council Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
Feb. 27, 2021 WA HB 1091 Reduces Carbon Emissions by Altering Transportation Fuels Bill Passed - House (52 - 46)
Feb. 27, 2021 WA HB 1091 Reduces Carbon Emissions by Altering Transportation Fuels Bill Passed - House (52 - 46)
Feb. 25, 2021 National PN 78-8 Nomination of Jennifer Granholm as Secretary of Energy Nomination Confirmed - Senate (64 - 35)
Feb. 24, 2021 HI HB 817 Requires 10% of Produce to be Grown Locally Within the State Bill Passed - House (50 - 0)
Feb. 23, 2021 National PN 78-22 Nomination of Thomas J. Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture Nomination Confirmed - Senate (92 - 7)
Feb. 23, 2021 IA SF 356 Establishes Liability Protections for Agritourism Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
Feb. 17, 2021 AZ HB 2042 Requires Aquifer Protection Permits Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
Feb. 17, 2021 IN HB 1381 Establishes Standards for Assessing Solar Projects Bill Passed - House (58 - 38)
Feb. 16, 2021 MD HB 391 Prohibits the Release of Celebratory Balloons Bill Passed - House (94 - 34)
Feb. 15, 2021 MT HB 202 Specifies Hunting Permits are Once-in-a-Lifetime Bill Passed - House (54 - 45)
Feb. 11, 2021 KY SB 120 Authorizes Historical Horse Racing Machines Bill Passed - House (55 - 38)
Feb. 11, 2021 MO HB 574 Limits Law Enforcement and Regulators Ability to Inspect Farm and Dog Breeding Operations Bill Passed - House (109 - 43)
Feb. 11, 2021 MO HB 574 Limits Law Enforcement and Regulators Ability to Inspect Farm and Dog Breeding Operations Bill Passed - House (109 - 43)
Feb. 10, 2021 MS HB 949 Prohibits New Landfills in Counties Where 2 or more Already Exist Bill Passed - House (107 - 5)
Feb. 9, 2021 ND SB 2211 Authorizes the Use of Artificial Light While Hunting Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 19)
Feb. 9, 2021 KY SB 120 Authorizes Historical Horse Racing Machines Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
Feb. 5, 2021 PA HB 101 Establishes Limited Liability Protections for Farmers Offering Agritourism Activities Bill Passed - House (142 - 60)
Feb. 4, 2021 WY HB 30 Increases Tax Mills to the Utilities Regulated by the Public Service Commission Concurrence Vote Passed - House (35 - 23)
Feb. 4, 2021 WY HB 30 Increases Tax Mills to the Utilities Regulated by the Public Service Commission Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
Feb. 4, 2021 WY HB 58 Reduces the Wyoming State Park Budget by $1.1 Million Bill Passed - House (44 - 15)
Feb. 3, 2021 UT HB 17 Prohibits Restricting Energy Utility Services Bill Passed - House (51 - 18)
Feb. 1, 2021 IN SB 389 Repeals State Law Regarding Wetland Regulation Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
Jan. 29, 2021 WY SF 16 Requires the State Public Service Commission Establish a New Net Metering System Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 13)
Jan. 29, 2021 WY SF 16 Requires the State Public Service Commission Establish a New Net Metering System Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 13)
Jan. 28, 2021 DE SB 33 Amends State Clean Energy Standards to Require Renewables Generate 40 Percent of Electricity by 2035 Bill Passed - House (29 - 12)
Jan. 28, 2021 DE SB 33 Amends State Clean Energy Standards to Require Renewables Generate 40 Percent of Electricity by 2035 Bill Passed - House (29 - 12)
Jan. 28, 2021 MA S 9 Establishes a Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy Bill Passed - House (144 - 14)
Jan. 28, 2021 MA S 9 Establishes a Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy Bill Passed - House (144 - 14)
Jan. 28, 2021 AZ HB 2042 Requires Aquifer Protection Permits Bill Passed - House (41 - 18)
Jan. 26, 2021 SC H 3194 Authorizes the Sale of Santee Cooper Bill Passed - House (89 - 26)
Jan. 25, 2021 ND SB 2172 Authorizes 75 Year Olds to Register Twice for the Moose Hunting State Lottery Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
Jan. 21, 2021 DE SB 33 Amends State Clean Energy Standards to Require Renewables Generate 40 Percent of Electricity by 2035 Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
Jan. 21, 2021 DE SB 33 Amends State Clean Energy Standards to Require Renewables Generate 40 Percent of Electricity by 2035 Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
Jan. 21, 2021 MT HB 124 Authorizes Shooting Big Game if it Collides with a Motor Vehicle Bill Passed - House (58 - 41)
Jan. 18, 2021 ND SB 2144 Amends Hunting Laws Related to Trespassing Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 2)
Jan. 12, 2021 NY S 528 Amends the State Constitution to Ensure the Right to a Healthy Environment Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 14)
Jan. 4, 2021 MA S 2995 Amends State Climate Goals Conference Report Adopted - Senate (38 - 2)
Jan. 4, 2021 MA S 2995 Amends State Climate Goals Conference Report Adopted - Senate (38 - 2)
Date No. Title Outcome
5/06 SB 1747 Establishes Tax Advantaged Zones for Green Energy Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 11)
5/05 S 1130 Prohibits Pet Shops from Selling Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits Bill Passed - Senate (57 - 6)
4/29 HB 508 Increases Penalties for Knowingly Releasing Feral Hogs Into the Wild Bill Passed - House (108 - 38)
4/28 S J Res 14 A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to "Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources Review" Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (52 - 42)
4/27 SB 21-006 Authorizes the Use of Human Remains in Composting Bill Passed - House (45 - 18)
4/26 SB 306 Expands the Size of the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission Conference Report Adopted - House (70 - 28)
4/26 A 4302 Requires 100% of Cars and Trucks Sold in State to be Zero-Emissions by 2035 Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 18)
4/23 SB 306 Expands the Size of the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission Conference Report Adopted - Senate (30 - 20)
4/22 SF 959 Appropriates Funds for Environmental and Natural Resource Programs Bill Passed - House (70 - 63)
4/21 HB 1191 Prohibits a Local Government's Control Board from Banning a Fuel Source Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 29)
4/21 S 1211 Authorizes Removal of 90 Percent of the Wolf Population Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
4/19 SF 959 Appropriates Funds for Environmental and Natural Resource Programs Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 29)
4/15 H 175 Expands the state's "Bottle Law" Bill Passed - House (99 - 46)
4/14 HB 1711 Prohibits Puppy Mills Bill Passed - House (76 - 24)
4/13 HB 1191 Prohibits a Local Government's Control Board from Banning a Fuel Source Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
4/13 HF 164 Establishes Updates and Expansions to the State's Energy Conservation Programs Bill Passed - House (82 - 50)
4/09 HB 10 Establishes Protections for a Unangan Cemetery Bill Passed - House (31 - 8)
4/08 SB 5126 Requires the State to Reach 0 Carbon Emissions by 2050 Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 24)
4/08 SCR 17 Establishes Environmental Frameworks to Address Climate Change Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 7)
4/06 HB 166 Requires Additional Steps be Taken by Utility Companies to Shut Down Coal and Natural Gas Plants Concurrence Vote Passed - House (49 - 8)
4/06 H 5445 Establishes an Updated Outline of State Climate Goals Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 9)
4/01 HB 207 Appropriates $1.2 Million to the Governor and Attorney General to Challenge Other State's Coal Mining Projects Impacting Wyoming Coal Exports Concurrence Vote Passed - House (36 - 24)
3/30 SB 354 Increases Restrictions to Prescriptive Easements Bill Passed - House (62 - 38)
3/25 SB 21-135 Prohibits the Use of Certain Animals in Traveling Animal Acts Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
3/23 H 5445 Establishes an Updated Outline of State Climate Goals Bill Passed - House (53 - 22)
3/18 HR 1603 Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (247 - 174)
3/15 PN 78-11 Nomination of Debra Haaland as Secretary of the Interior Nomination Confirmed - Senate (51 - 40)
3/15 SB 2142 Authorizes Retroactively Correcting Prices to Compensate Customers after Blackouts Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
3/12 SB 414 Requires the State to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions to a Lower Level Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 11)
3/12 SB 414 Requires the State to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions to a Lower Level Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 11)
3/11 LD 314 Extends the Green Power Electricity Offer Bill Passed - House (90 - 54)
3/10 PN 78-16 Nomination of Michael Regan as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Nomination Confirmed - Senate (66 - 34)
3/10 HB 299 Establishes Financing Options for Improvements to Properties Bill Passed - House (42 - 26)
3/10 HB 299 Establishes Financing Options for Improvements to Properties Bill Passed - House (42 - 26)
3/09 HB 2034 Prohibits the State From Conducting Business With Vendors that Divest From Oil and Gas Bill Passed - House (78 - 21)
3/08 HB 1681 Establishes an Annual State Park Pass Bill Passed - House (77 - 20)
3/03 S 4378 Requires Fossil Fuel Plants to Submit a Renewable Energy Plan Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 22)
3/01 SB 354 Increases Restrictions to Prescriptive Easements Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 15)
3/01 SB 5141 Establishes the Environmental Justice Council Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
2/27 HB 1091 Reduces Carbon Emissions by Altering Transportation Fuels Bill Passed - House (52 - 46)
2/27 HB 1091 Reduces Carbon Emissions by Altering Transportation Fuels Bill Passed - House (52 - 46)
2/25 PN 78-8 Nomination of Jennifer Granholm as Secretary of Energy Nomination Confirmed - Senate (64 - 35)
2/24 HB 817 Requires 10% of Produce to be Grown Locally Within the State Bill Passed - House (50 - 0)
2/23 PN 78-22 Nomination of Thomas J. Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture Nomination Confirmed - Senate (92 - 7)
2/23 SF 356 Establishes Liability Protections for Agritourism Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
2/17 HB 2042 Requires Aquifer Protection Permits Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
2/17 HB 1381 Establishes Standards for Assessing Solar Projects Bill Passed - House (58 - 38)
2/16 HB 391 Prohibits the Release of Celebratory Balloons Bill Passed - House (94 - 34)
2/15 HB 202 Specifies Hunting Permits are Once-in-a-Lifetime Bill Passed - House (54 - 45)
2/11 SB 120 Authorizes Historical Horse Racing Machines Bill Passed - House (55 - 38)
2/11 HB 574 Limits Law Enforcement and Regulators Ability to Inspect Farm and Dog Breeding Operations Bill Passed - House (109 - 43)
2/11 HB 574 Limits Law Enforcement and Regulators Ability to Inspect Farm and Dog Breeding Operations Bill Passed - House (109 - 43)
2/10 HB 949 Prohibits New Landfills in Counties Where 2 or more Already Exist Bill Passed - House (107 - 5)
2/09 SB 2211 Authorizes the Use of Artificial Light While Hunting Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 19)
2/09 SB 120 Authorizes Historical Horse Racing Machines Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
2/05 HB 101 Establishes Limited Liability Protections for Farmers Offering Agritourism Activities Bill Passed - House (142 - 60)
2/04 HB 30 Increases Tax Mills to the Utilities Regulated by the Public Service Commission Concurrence Vote Passed - House (35 - 23)
2/04 HB 30 Increases Tax Mills to the Utilities Regulated by the Public Service Commission Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
2/04 HB 58 Reduces the Wyoming State Park Budget by $1.1 Million Bill Passed - House (44 - 15)
2/03 HB 17 Prohibits Restricting Energy Utility Services Bill Passed - House (51 - 18)
2/01 SB 389 Repeals State Law Regarding Wetland Regulation Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
1/29 SF 16 Requires the State Public Service Commission Establish a New Net Metering System Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 13)
1/29 SF 16 Requires the State Public Service Commission Establish a New Net Metering System Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 13)
1/28 SB 33 Amends State Clean Energy Standards to Require Renewables Generate 40 Percent of Electricity by 2035 Bill Passed - House (29 - 12)
1/28 SB 33 Amends State Clean Energy Standards to Require Renewables Generate 40 Percent of Electricity by 2035 Bill Passed - House (29 - 12)
1/28 S 9 Establishes a Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy Bill Passed - House (144 - 14)
1/28 S 9 Establishes a Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy Bill Passed - House (144 - 14)
1/28 HB 2042 Requires Aquifer Protection Permits Bill Passed - House (41 - 18)
1/26 H 3194 Authorizes the Sale of Santee Cooper Bill Passed - House (89 - 26)
1/25 SB 2172 Authorizes 75 Year Olds to Register Twice for the Moose Hunting State Lottery Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
1/21 SB 33 Amends State Clean Energy Standards to Require Renewables Generate 40 Percent of Electricity by 2035 Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
1/21 SB 33 Amends State Clean Energy Standards to Require Renewables Generate 40 Percent of Electricity by 2035 Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
1/21 HB 124 Authorizes Shooting Big Game if it Collides with a Motor Vehicle Bill Passed - House (58 - 41)
1/18 SB 2144 Amends Hunting Laws Related to Trespassing Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 2)
1/12 S 528 Amends the State Constitution to Ensure the Right to a Healthy Environment Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 14)
1/04 S 2995 Amends State Climate Goals Conference Report Adopted - Senate (38 - 2)
1/04 S 2995 Amends State Climate Goals Conference Report Adopted - Senate (38 - 2)

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