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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. Our summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to our strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. They do not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill, but rather the version voted on in that stage. While many procedural votes take place before a full chamber vote, our voting stages reflect the final reading of each chamber vote. 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
June 16, 2021 National HR 1187 ESG Disclosure Simplification Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (215 - 214)
June 15, 2021 National HR 1443 LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act Bill Failed - House (248 - 177)
June 8, 2021 National S 1260 United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021 Bill Passed - Senate (68 - 32)
June 7, 2021 NY S 933 Establishes new Anti-Trust Enforcement Mechanisms Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
June 3, 2021 CA SB 38 Requires the Beverage Industry to Create an Accessible Recycling and Redemption System Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 8)
May 25, 2021 MI HB 4501 Prohibits Levying Fines Towards Businesses for Violations of COVID-19 Emergency Orders Bill Passed - House (74 - 34)
May 20, 2021 NJ S 2875 Establishes New Ownership Exceptions to Expand Access to Investments for Certain Businesses Bill Passed - House (68 - 5)
May 20, 2021 OR HB 2542 Requires Oregon Public Colleges to Publicize Information on Student Fees Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 1)
May 13, 2021 National HR 2547 Comprehensive Debt Collection Improvement Act Bill Passed - House (215 - 207)
May 11, 2021 National S J Res 15 A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Office of the Comptroller of Currency relating to "National Banks and Federal Savings Associations as Lenders". Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (52 - 47)
May 6, 2021 OH HB 172 Amends the State's Fireworks Laws Bill Passed - House (73 - 24)
May 6, 2021 OH HB 215 Classifies All Businesses as Essential and Allows them to Stay Open Bill Passed - House (77 - 17)
May 6, 2021 IL SB 1747 Establishes Tax Advantaged Zones for Green Energy Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 11)
May 5, 2021 MI SB 354 Extends Waivers for Licensing Fees for Certain Food Establishments Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
May 3, 2021 NY A 7127 Extends Small Business Benefits Established under the "COVID-19 Emergency Protect Our Small Business Act of 2021" Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 19)
May 3, 2021 NY A 7127 Extends Small Business Benefits Established under the "COVID-19 Emergency Protect Our Small Business Act of 2021" Bill Passed - House (106 - 42)
April 29, 2021 NE LB 152 Authorizes the Sale of a Variety of Fireworks Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 3)
April 28, 2021 MO HB 271 Limits the Authority of Local Health Officials to Close Organizations During a Public Health Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 6)
April 27, 2021 RI S 708 Establishes a Tax Treaty Between the City of East Providence and ExxonMobil Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 5)
April 19, 2021 National HR 1996 SAFE Banking Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (321 - 101)
April 15, 2021 VT H 175 Expands the state's "Bottle Law" Bill Passed - House (99 - 46)
April 8, 2021 ID H 362 Expands Idaho's State Sales Taxes Bill Passed - House (59 - 11)
April 6, 2021 PA HB 605 Establishes Protections For Businesses From Certain COVID-19 Related Lawsuits Bill Passed - House (107 - 94)
April 1, 2021 AZ HB 2770 Authorizes Businesses to Ignore Mask Mandates Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 12)
March 31, 2021 NY S 2929 Establishes that Certain Zones in Brooklyn are Cease and Desist Zones Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 24)
March 30, 2021 NY S 1453 Extends the Utility Shut-Off Moratorium throughout the Duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic State of Emergency Bill Passed - House (111 - 35)
March 30, 2021 NY S 1453 Extends the Utility Shut-Off Moratorium throughout the Duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic State of Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 9)
March 25, 2021 KS HB 2126 Exempts Various Industries from Legal Liability Related to COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
March 25, 2021 MI SB 250 Establishes Opening Rules for Restaurants Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
March 22, 2021 MN HF 844 Prohibits Price Gouging Bill Passed - House (71 - 62)
March 22, 2021 NV SB 103 Prohibits Insurance Companies from Discriminating Based on a Dog's Breed Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 3)
March 17, 2021 GA HB 112 Establishes COVID-19 Liability Protections for Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 17)
March 12, 2021 CO SB 21-123 Authorizes Prescription Drug Importation from Other Countries Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
March 11, 2021 MO HB 554 Requires Companies Charge Sales Tax for Online Shopping Bill Passed - House (96 - 59)
March 5, 2021 CO SB 21-111 Establishes a Program to Support Entrepreneurs in the Marijuana Industry Bill Passed - House (40 - 23)
March 5, 2021 GA SB 200 Authorizes Businesses and Religious Operations to Continue During the Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
March 5, 2021 FL HB 07 Establishes a Legal Defense Fund for Businesses Bill Passed - House (83 - 31)
March 4, 2021 KS HB 2126 Exempts Various Industries from Legal Liability Related to COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (85 - 37)
March 3, 2021 KS SB 91 Establishes That Companies Can Transfer a Maximum of 50% of Their Tax Credits to Another Company Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 5)
March 3, 2021 AZ HB 2770 Authorizes Businesses to Ignore Mask Mandates Bill Passed - House (31 - 28)
March 3, 2021 AZ SB 1382 Classifies Gun Stores as Essential Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
March 2, 2021 National PN 78-15 Nomination of Gina Raimondo as Secretary of Commerce Nomination Confirmed - Senate (84 - 15)
March 2, 2021 AL HB 103 Prohibits the Government Selecting Which Entities Can Remain Open During COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (75 - 22)
March 1, 2021 CT HB 6514 Establishes Tax Breaks for Data Centers Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
Feb. 26, 2021 CO SB 21-111 Establishes a Program to Support Entrepreneurs in the Marijuana Industry Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
Feb. 25, 2021 MO HB 345 Restructures Arbitration Award Guidelines Bill Passed - House (110 - 47)
Feb. 25, 2021 SC S 147 Establishes COVID-19 Liability Protections for Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 3)
Feb. 25, 2021 MN SF 1 Requires Businesses Design and Implement a Safety Preparedness Plan Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 29)
Feb. 24, 2021 VA SB 1182 Increases Auto Insurance Minimum Coverage Limits Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
Feb. 23, 2021 VA SB 1182 Increases Auto Insurance Minimum Coverage Limits Bill Passed - House (61 - 37)
Feb. 11, 2021 UT SB 87 Amends Licensing Requirements for Hair Dressers and Stylists Bill Passed - House (50 - 22)
Feb. 9, 2021 GA HB 112 Establishes COVID-19 Liability Protections for Businesses Bill Passed - House (99 - 68)
Feb. 8, 2021 SD HB 1046 Establishes a COVID-19 Liability Shield for Businesses and Healthcare Providers Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 3)
Feb. 5, 2021 National HR 447 National Apprenticeship Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (247 - 173)
Feb. 4, 2021 MT HB 195 Restructures Property Insurance Claims Bill Passed - House (73 - 24)
Feb. 4, 2021 AL SB 30 Increases Protections Against Lawsuits Involving COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 1)
Feb. 2, 2021 KY HB 1 Authorizes Businesses, Organizations, and Schools to Remain Open if they are Following CDC Guidelines Regardless of Governor Mandate Veto Override Passed - House (72 - 22)
Feb. 1, 2021 MT HB 137 Restructures Vaping and Nicotine Product Laws Bill Passed - House (62 - 37)
Feb. 1, 2021 WA HB 1368 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Bill Passed - House (61 - 36)
Jan. 29, 2021 VA SB 1413 Increases Broadband by Allowing Deals with the State Corporation Commission Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
Jan. 28, 2021 NJ S 111 Prohibits Using Education, Occupation, Homeownership or Marital Status and Credit Scores in Determining Auto Insurance Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 9)
Jan. 26, 2021 NY S 1042 Extends Aid to Small Businesses and Restaurants Bill Passed - House (130 - 20)
Jan. 26, 2021 SD HB 1046 Establishes a COVID-19 Liability Shield for Businesses and Healthcare Providers Bill Passed - House (60 - 10)
Jan. 21, 2021 CA SB 87 Expands COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 2)
Jan. 15, 2021 CO SB 21-001 Expands COVID-19 Relief Programs for Minority Small Business Owners Bill Passed - House (47 - 16)
Jan. 15, 2021 CO SB 21-002 Extends Limitations on Debt Collection Actions Bill Passed - House (44 - 20)
Jan. 15, 2021 CA AB 80 Authorizes Businesses to Deduct PPP Loans as Expenses on Their Taxes Bill Passed - House (48 - 13)
Jan. 14, 2021 KS SB 14 Extends the COVID-19 Liability Shield for Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 1)
Jan. 12, 2021 IL SB 1608 Establishes New Commissions to Impose Racial Diversity Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
Jan. 11, 2021 IL SB 1608 Establishes New Commissions to Impose Racial Diversity Requirements Bill Passed - House (70 - 39)
Jan. 9, 2021 KY HB 1 Authorizes Businesses, Organizations, and Schools to Remain Open if they are Following CDC Guidelines Regardless of Governor Mandate Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
Jan. 9, 2021 KY HB 10 Protects Businesses from Civil Lawsuits Arising from COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (75 - 21)
Date No. Title Outcome
6/16 HR 1187 ESG Disclosure Simplification Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (215 - 214)
6/15 HR 1443 LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act Bill Failed - House (248 - 177)
6/08 S 1260 United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021 Bill Passed - Senate (68 - 32)
6/07 S 933 Establishes new Anti-Trust Enforcement Mechanisms Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
6/03 SB 38 Requires the Beverage Industry to Create an Accessible Recycling and Redemption System Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 8)
5/25 HB 4501 Prohibits Levying Fines Towards Businesses for Violations of COVID-19 Emergency Orders Bill Passed - House (74 - 34)
5/20 S 2875 Establishes New Ownership Exceptions to Expand Access to Investments for Certain Businesses Bill Passed - House (68 - 5)
5/20 HB 2542 Requires Oregon Public Colleges to Publicize Information on Student Fees Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 1)
5/13 HR 2547 Comprehensive Debt Collection Improvement Act Bill Passed - House (215 - 207)
5/11 S J Res 15 A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Office of the Comptroller of Currency relating to "National Banks and Federal Savings Associations as Lenders". Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (52 - 47)
5/06 HB 172 Amends the State's Fireworks Laws Bill Passed - House (73 - 24)
5/06 HB 215 Classifies All Businesses as Essential and Allows them to Stay Open Bill Passed - House (77 - 17)
5/06 SB 1747 Establishes Tax Advantaged Zones for Green Energy Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 11)
5/05 SB 354 Extends Waivers for Licensing Fees for Certain Food Establishments Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
5/03 A 7127 Extends Small Business Benefits Established under the "COVID-19 Emergency Protect Our Small Business Act of 2021" Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 19)
5/03 A 7127 Extends Small Business Benefits Established under the "COVID-19 Emergency Protect Our Small Business Act of 2021" Bill Passed - House (106 - 42)
4/29 LB 152 Authorizes the Sale of a Variety of Fireworks Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 3)
4/28 HB 271 Limits the Authority of Local Health Officials to Close Organizations During a Public Health Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 6)
4/27 S 708 Establishes a Tax Treaty Between the City of East Providence and ExxonMobil Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 5)
4/19 HR 1996 SAFE Banking Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (321 - 101)
4/15 H 175 Expands the state's "Bottle Law" Bill Passed - House (99 - 46)
4/08 H 362 Expands Idaho's State Sales Taxes Bill Passed - House (59 - 11)
4/06 HB 605 Establishes Protections For Businesses From Certain COVID-19 Related Lawsuits Bill Passed - House (107 - 94)
4/01 HB 2770 Authorizes Businesses to Ignore Mask Mandates Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 12)
3/31 S 2929 Establishes that Certain Zones in Brooklyn are Cease and Desist Zones Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 24)
3/30 S 1453 Extends the Utility Shut-Off Moratorium throughout the Duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic State of Emergency Bill Passed - House (111 - 35)
3/30 S 1453 Extends the Utility Shut-Off Moratorium throughout the Duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic State of Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 9)
3/25 HB 2126 Exempts Various Industries from Legal Liability Related to COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
3/25 SB 250 Establishes Opening Rules for Restaurants Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
3/22 HF 844 Prohibits Price Gouging Bill Passed - House (71 - 62)
3/22 SB 103 Prohibits Insurance Companies from Discriminating Based on a Dog's Breed Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 3)
3/17 HB 112 Establishes COVID-19 Liability Protections for Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 17)
3/12 SB 21-123 Authorizes Prescription Drug Importation from Other Countries Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
3/11 HB 554 Requires Companies Charge Sales Tax for Online Shopping Bill Passed - House (96 - 59)
3/05 SB 21-111 Establishes a Program to Support Entrepreneurs in the Marijuana Industry Bill Passed - House (40 - 23)
3/05 SB 200 Authorizes Businesses and Religious Operations to Continue During the Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
3/05 HB 07 Establishes a Legal Defense Fund for Businesses Bill Passed - House (83 - 31)
3/04 HB 2126 Exempts Various Industries from Legal Liability Related to COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (85 - 37)
3/03 SB 91 Establishes That Companies Can Transfer a Maximum of 50% of Their Tax Credits to Another Company Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 5)
3/03 HB 2770 Authorizes Businesses to Ignore Mask Mandates Bill Passed - House (31 - 28)
3/03 SB 1382 Classifies Gun Stores as Essential Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
3/02 PN 78-15 Nomination of Gina Raimondo as Secretary of Commerce Nomination Confirmed - Senate (84 - 15)
3/02 HB 103 Prohibits the Government Selecting Which Entities Can Remain Open During COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (75 - 22)
3/01 HB 6514 Establishes Tax Breaks for Data Centers Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
2/26 SB 21-111 Establishes a Program to Support Entrepreneurs in the Marijuana Industry Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
2/25 HB 345 Restructures Arbitration Award Guidelines Bill Passed - House (110 - 47)
2/25 S 147 Establishes COVID-19 Liability Protections for Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 3)
2/25 SF 1 Requires Businesses Design and Implement a Safety Preparedness Plan Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 29)
2/24 SB 1182 Increases Auto Insurance Minimum Coverage Limits Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
2/23 SB 1182 Increases Auto Insurance Minimum Coverage Limits Bill Passed - House (61 - 37)
2/11 SB 87 Amends Licensing Requirements for Hair Dressers and Stylists Bill Passed - House (50 - 22)
2/09 HB 112 Establishes COVID-19 Liability Protections for Businesses Bill Passed - House (99 - 68)
2/08 HB 1046 Establishes a COVID-19 Liability Shield for Businesses and Healthcare Providers Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 3)
2/05 HR 447 National Apprenticeship Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (247 - 173)
2/04 HB 195 Restructures Property Insurance Claims Bill Passed - House (73 - 24)
2/04 SB 30 Increases Protections Against Lawsuits Involving COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 1)
2/02 HB 1 Authorizes Businesses, Organizations, and Schools to Remain Open if they are Following CDC Guidelines Regardless of Governor Mandate Veto Override Passed - House (72 - 22)
2/01 HB 137 Restructures Vaping and Nicotine Product Laws Bill Passed - House (62 - 37)
2/01 HB 1368 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Bill Passed - House (61 - 36)
1/29 SB 1413 Increases Broadband by Allowing Deals with the State Corporation Commission Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
1/28 S 111 Prohibits Using Education, Occupation, Homeownership or Marital Status and Credit Scores in Determining Auto Insurance Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 9)
1/26 S 1042 Extends Aid to Small Businesses and Restaurants Bill Passed - House (130 - 20)
1/26 HB 1046 Establishes a COVID-19 Liability Shield for Businesses and Healthcare Providers Bill Passed - House (60 - 10)
1/21 SB 87 Expands COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 2)
1/15 SB 21-001 Expands COVID-19 Relief Programs for Minority Small Business Owners Bill Passed - House (47 - 16)
1/15 SB 21-002 Extends Limitations on Debt Collection Actions Bill Passed - House (44 - 20)
1/15 AB 80 Authorizes Businesses to Deduct PPP Loans as Expenses on Their Taxes Bill Passed - House (48 - 13)
1/14 SB 14 Extends the COVID-19 Liability Shield for Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 1)
1/12 SB 1608 Establishes New Commissions to Impose Racial Diversity Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
1/11 SB 1608 Establishes New Commissions to Impose Racial Diversity Requirements Bill Passed - House (70 - 39)
1/09 HB 1 Authorizes Businesses, Organizations, and Schools to Remain Open if they are Following CDC Guidelines Regardless of Governor Mandate Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
1/09 HB 10 Protects Businesses from Civil Lawsuits Arising from COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (75 - 21)

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