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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 8, 2021 CO SB 21-293 Reduces Property Assessment Rates in the 2022 and 2023 Taxation Years Bill Passed - House (42 - 23)
June 7, 2021 CO SB 21-293 Reduces Property Assessment Rates in the 2022 and 2023 Taxation Years Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11)
May 26, 2021 OH HB 157 Authorizes Employees to Apply for Tax Refunds Paid to Cities they do Not Live in Bill Passed - House (63 - 31)
May 24, 2021 CO HB 21-1164 Authorizes School Districts to Raise their Mill-Levy Rates Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
May 19, 2021 IA HF 847 Repeals Mask Mandates for Public School Students Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 17)
May 19, 2021 IA HF 847 Repeals Mask Mandates for Public School Students Concurrence Vote Passed - House (53 - 35)
May 19, 2021 NE LB 2 Reduces the Valuation of Agricultural Land to Decrease Taxation Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 6)
May 6, 2021 IL SB 1747 Establishes Tax Advantaged Zones for Green Energy Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 11)
May 5, 2021 ID H 389 Establishes Tax Breaks for Homeowners, Seniors, and Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
May 4, 2021 ID H 389 Establishes Tax Breaks for Homeowners, Seniors, and Businesses Bill Passed - House (48 - 20)
April 27, 2021 RI S 708 Establishes a Tax Treaty Between the City of East Providence and ExxonMobil Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 5)
April 22, 2021 MI HB 4289 Authorizes First Time Home Buyers to Save Using Tax Exempt Savings Accounts Bill Passed - House (89 - 15)
April 15, 2021 VT S 53 Prohibits Taxing Feminine Hygiene Products Bill Passed - House (98 - 38)
April 14, 2021 WA HB 1155 Requires City and County Distribution Agreements for Local Sales and Use Tax Revenue Concurrence Vote Passed - House (58 - 39)
April 9, 2021 NH CACR 9 Prohibits Municipalities from Raising Property Taxes "Ought to Pass" Report Not Adopted - House (164 - 208)
April 8, 2021 ID H 362 Expands Idaho's State Sales Taxes Bill Passed - House (59 - 11)
April 7, 2021 ID H 214 Specifies Responsibilities of the Chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission Veto Override Passed - House (62 - 7)
April 6, 2021 IA SF 587 Rescinds the Property Tax Levy on Mental Health Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
April 5, 2021 WA HB 1155 Requires City and County Distribution Agreements for Local Sales and Use Tax Revenue Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
March 25, 2021 IA HF 847 Repeals Mask Mandates for Public School Students Bill Passed - House (62 - 33)
March 25, 2021 VT H 437 Establishes a Property Tax Surcharge on Property Valued Over $1 Million Bill Passed - House (95 - 51)
March 23, 2021 WV SB 305 Exempts Aircraft Maintenance Costs from Consumer Sales and Service Taxation Bill Passed - House (84 - 13)
March 17, 2021 ID H 214 Specifies Responsibilities of the Chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
March 16, 2021 CO HB 21-1164 Authorizes School Districts to Raise their Mill-Levy Rates Bill Passed - House (40 - 20)
March 15, 2021 ID H 309 Amends the Property Tax Deferral Program Bill Passed - House (47 - 21)
March 11, 2021 OK HB 2083 Reduces Personal Income Tax Bill Passed - House (74 - 20)
March 11, 2021 MO SB 262 Authorizes New Gas Tax Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
March 11, 2021 MO HB 554 Requires Companies Charge Sales Tax for Online Shopping Bill Passed - House (96 - 59)
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 1, 2021 CT HB 6514 Establishes Tax Breaks for Data Centers Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
March 1, 2021 CT HB 6516 Authorizes Tax Fairness for Remote Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
Feb. 26, 2021 MD SB 218 Extends the Earned Income Tax Credit to Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (91 - 44)
Feb. 25, 2021 CT HB 6516 Authorizes Tax Fairness for Remote Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - House (125 - 24)
Feb. 23, 2021 IN SB 141 Requires the Budget Agency to Withhold Income Tax Revenue from an Eligible County Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
Feb. 23, 2021 MS HB 1439 Amends Tax Laws to Eliminate Sales Tax and Income Tax for Certain Income Brackets Bill Passed - House (85 - 34)
Feb. 22, 2021 HI HB 1278 Reduces the Unemployment Insurance Contribution Rates Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 0)
Feb. 19, 2021 MD SB 218 Extends the Earned Income Tax Credit to Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
Feb. 18, 2021 KS SB 66 Amends Tax Law Related to "Angel Investor Tax Credits" Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 12)
Feb. 17, 2021 AZ SCR 1024 Requires New Ballot Initiatives for Taxation Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
Feb. 17, 2021 AZ SB 1327 Amends Tax Credit Laws for Affordable Housing Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
Feb. 17, 2021 IN HB 1381 Establishes Standards for Assessing Solar Projects Bill Passed - House (58 - 38)
Feb. 16, 2021 WI AB 2 Amends Various Sections of State Tax Code Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 5)
Feb. 9, 2021 KS SB 22 Provides Tax Cuts to Mitigate Effects of COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 15)
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)
Jan. 27, 2021 WA SB 5061 Reduces State Unemployment Tax Increases Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 7)
Jan. 25, 2021 MN SF 192 Extends Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates from 2020 to 2021 Bill Passed - Senate (66 - 0)
Jan. 21, 2021 MT HB 111 Exempts Military Pensions from the State Income Tax Bill Passed - House (61 - 38)
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 CO HB 21-002 Extends Income Tax Deductions Under the CARES Act Bill Passed - House (44 - 20)
Date No. Title Outcome
6/08 SB 21-293 Reduces Property Assessment Rates in the 2022 and 2023 Taxation Years Bill Passed - House (42 - 23)
6/07 SB 21-293 Reduces Property Assessment Rates in the 2022 and 2023 Taxation Years Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11)
5/26 HB 157 Authorizes Employees to Apply for Tax Refunds Paid to Cities they do Not Live in Bill Passed - House (63 - 31)
5/24 HB 21-1164 Authorizes School Districts to Raise their Mill-Levy Rates Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
5/19 HF 847 Repeals Mask Mandates for Public School Students Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 17)
5/19 HF 847 Repeals Mask Mandates for Public School Students Concurrence Vote Passed - House (53 - 35)
5/19 LB 2 Reduces the Valuation of Agricultural Land to Decrease Taxation Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 6)
5/06 SB 1747 Establishes Tax Advantaged Zones for Green Energy Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 11)
5/05 H 389 Establishes Tax Breaks for Homeowners, Seniors, and Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
5/04 H 389 Establishes Tax Breaks for Homeowners, Seniors, and Businesses Bill Passed - House (48 - 20)
4/27 S 708 Establishes a Tax Treaty Between the City of East Providence and ExxonMobil Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 5)
4/22 HB 4289 Authorizes First Time Home Buyers to Save Using Tax Exempt Savings Accounts Bill Passed - House (89 - 15)
4/15 S 53 Prohibits Taxing Feminine Hygiene Products Bill Passed - House (98 - 38)
4/14 HB 1155 Requires City and County Distribution Agreements for Local Sales and Use Tax Revenue Concurrence Vote Passed - House (58 - 39)
4/09 CACR 9 Prohibits Municipalities from Raising Property Taxes "Ought to Pass" Report Not Adopted - House (164 - 208)
4/08 H 362 Expands Idaho's State Sales Taxes Bill Passed - House (59 - 11)
4/07 H 214 Specifies Responsibilities of the Chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission Veto Override Passed - House (62 - 7)
4/06 SF 587 Rescinds the Property Tax Levy on Mental Health Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
4/05 HB 1155 Requires City and County Distribution Agreements for Local Sales and Use Tax Revenue Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
3/25 HF 847 Repeals Mask Mandates for Public School Students Bill Passed - House (62 - 33)
3/25 H 437 Establishes a Property Tax Surcharge on Property Valued Over $1 Million Bill Passed - House (95 - 51)
3/23 SB 305 Exempts Aircraft Maintenance Costs from Consumer Sales and Service Taxation Bill Passed - House (84 - 13)
3/17 H 214 Specifies Responsibilities of the Chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
3/16 HB 21-1164 Authorizes School Districts to Raise their Mill-Levy Rates Bill Passed - House (40 - 20)
3/15 H 309 Amends the Property Tax Deferral Program Bill Passed - House (47 - 21)
3/11 HB 2083 Reduces Personal Income Tax Bill Passed - House (74 - 20)
3/11 SB 262 Authorizes New Gas Tax Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
3/11 HB 554 Requires Companies Charge Sales Tax for Online Shopping Bill Passed - House (96 - 59)
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)
3/01 HB 6514 Establishes Tax Breaks for Data Centers Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
3/01 HB 6516 Authorizes Tax Fairness for Remote Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
2/26 SB 218 Extends the Earned Income Tax Credit to Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (91 - 44)
2/25 HB 6516 Authorizes Tax Fairness for Remote Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - House (125 - 24)
2/23 SB 141 Requires the Budget Agency to Withhold Income Tax Revenue from an Eligible County Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
2/23 HB 1439 Amends Tax Laws to Eliminate Sales Tax and Income Tax for Certain Income Brackets Bill Passed - House (85 - 34)
2/22 HB 1278 Reduces the Unemployment Insurance Contribution Rates Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 0)
2/19 SB 218 Extends the Earned Income Tax Credit to Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
2/18 SB 66 Amends Tax Law Related to "Angel Investor Tax Credits" Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 12)
2/17 SCR 1024 Requires New Ballot Initiatives for Taxation Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
2/17 SB 1327 Amends Tax Credit Laws for Affordable Housing Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
2/17 HB 1381 Establishes Standards for Assessing Solar Projects Bill Passed - House (58 - 38)
2/16 AB 2 Amends Various Sections of State Tax Code Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 5)
2/09 SB 22 Provides Tax Cuts to Mitigate Effects of COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 15)
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)
1/27 SB 5061 Reduces State Unemployment Tax Increases Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 7)
1/25 SF 192 Extends Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates from 2020 to 2021 Bill Passed - Senate (66 - 0)
1/21 HB 111 Exempts Military Pensions from the State Income Tax Bill Passed - House (61 - 38)
1/15 AB 80 Authorizes Businesses to Deduct PPP Loans as Expenses on Their Taxes Bill Passed - House (48 - 13)
1/14 HB 21-002 Extends Income Tax Deductions Under the CARES Act Bill Passed - House (44 - 20)

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