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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
Oct. 20, 2021 MI HB 5166 Authorizes the Distribution of Opioid Antagonists Bill Passed - House (100 - 4)
July 1, 2021 RI H 5245 Establishes Harm Reduction Centers Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
June 29, 2021 RI H 5245 Establishes Harm Reduction Centers Bill Passed - House (63 - 9)
June 25, 2021 PA HB 1024 Amends Marijuana Laws to Make it Easier to Remove Yeast or Mold Contaminants Concurrence Vote Passed - House (165 - 36)
June 25, 2021 OR HB 3000 Prohibits Minors from Purchasing Products Containing Delta-8 THC Outside of a Regulated Cannabis Market Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 3)
June 24, 2021 AZ SB 1847 Expands the Usage of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
June 23, 2021 WI AB 374 Establishes Guidelines for Potential Opioid Settlement Disbursement to State Counties Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11)
June 22, 2021 RI S 568 Establishes the Cannabis Control Commission Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
June 22, 2021 WI AB 374 Establishes Guidelines for Potential Opioid Settlement Disbursement to State Counties Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
June 21, 2021 OR SB 96 Expands the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to Include Testing Standards for Industrial Hemp-Derived Vapor Items Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 5)
June 17, 2021 CT SB 1201 Authorizes Recreational Use of Cannabis for Adults Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (16 - 11)
June 16, 2021 WI AB 334 Requires Drug Tests for Law Enforcement Officers Involved in Certain Critical Incidents While on Duty Bill Passed - House (58 - 38)
June 11, 2021 NY S 7228 Expands the Number of Eligible Crimes Committed by Individuals with a Substance Use Disorder Bill Passed - House (100 - 49)
June 10, 2021 NY S 2523 Amends Existing Law to Decriminalize Possession and Sale of Hypodermic Needles and Syringes Bill Passed - House (98 - 51)
June 10, 2021 NY S 7228 Expands the Number of Eligible Crimes Committed by Individuals with a Substance Use Disorder Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 13)
June 7, 2021 LA HB 652 Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 17)
June 7, 2021 NY S 2523 Amends Existing Law to Decriminalize Possession and Sale of Hypodermic Needles and Syringes Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 21)
June 1, 2021 CA SB 519 Authorizes the Decriminalization of Psychedelic Drugs for Veterans Suffering from PTSD Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
May 30, 2021 TX HB 2593 Reduces Criminal Penalty for Certain Cannabis Products Bill Passed - House
May 28, 2021 TX HB 1535 Expands the Texas Compassionate Use Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (119 - 25)
May 27, 2021 OK SB 1033 Amends Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 11)
May 11, 2021 LA HB 652 Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (68 - 25)
May 6, 2021 AL SB 46 Authorizes the Legalization and Regulation of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (68 - 34)
May 5, 2021 OH HB 37 Increases the Number of Times a Pharmacist May Dispense a Life-Saving Medication Bill Passed - House (92 - 3)
April 30, 2021 TX HB 441 Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (88 - 40)
April 28, 2021 SC H 3623 Repeals Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drug Crimes Bill Passed - House (62 - 45)
April 22, 2021 WA HB 1443 Expands the Duties of the Task Force on Social Equity in Cannabis Concurrence Vote Passed - House (60 - 36)
April 22, 2021 CA SB 57 Establishes Safe Injection Sites Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
April 21, 2021 OK SB 1033 Amends Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act Bill Passed - House (78 - 12)
April 20, 2021 NV AB 400 Reduces Penalties for Drivers with Marijuana Metabolites in their Body Bill Passed - House (26 - 16)
April 19, 2021 National HR 1996 SAFE Banking Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (321 - 101)
April 14, 2021 IL HB 147 Establishes Regulations for Delta-8 and Other Cannabinoid Products Bill Passed - House (96 - 15)
April 10, 2021 OR HB 2519 Authorizes Businesses to Deliver Cannabis Outside of their Jusridiction Bill Passed - House (34 - 14)
April 6, 2021 WA HB 1443 Expands the Duties of the Task Force on Social Equity in Cannabis Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
April 1, 2021 MT HB 655 Amends Marijuana Laws Bill Passed - House (69 - 28)
March 31, 2021 GA SB 195 Amends Hemp Farming Laws Conference Report Adopted - Senate (43 - 9)
March 30, 2021 NY S 854 Authorizes the Legalization of Adult Recreational Cannabis Use Bill Passed - House (94 - 56)
March 30, 2021 KS HB 2412 Establishes a Grant Program to Reduce the Effects of Substance Abuse Bill Passed - House (81 - 43)
March 30, 2021 NY S 854 Authorizes the Legalization of Adult Recreational Cannabis Use Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 23)
March 25, 2021 NH SB 60 Establishes Penalties for Having an Open Marijuana Container in a Vehicle Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 3)
March 17, 2021 CO HB 21-1090 Rescinds Marijuana Possession Offenses of Two Ounces or Less Bill Passed - House (45 - 19)
March 17, 2021 IA SF 361 Establishes Guidelines for Drug Testing Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
March 9, 2021 SC S 571 Expands Availability of Naloxone (Narcan) Prescriptions to Patients Under Certain Circumstances Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
March 5, 2021 CO SB 21-111 Establishes a Program to Support Entrepreneurs in the Marijuana Industry Bill Passed - House (40 - 23)
March 2, 2021 MT HB 517 Amends Penalties for Underage Use and Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (68 - 31)
March 1, 2021 WA HB 1105 Establishes Criminal and Civil Protections for Medical Cannabis Patients Bill Passed - House (69 - 29)
Feb. 27, 2021 VA HB 2312 Authorizes the Simple Possession of Marijuana Conference Report Adopted - Senate (20 - 19)
Feb. 26, 2021 NM HB 12 Authorizes the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Bill Passed - House (39 - 31)
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 SD HB 1095 Authorizes Communities to Deem if Retail Licenses are Necessary for Recreational Cannabis Usage Bill Passed - House (52 - 14)
Feb. 25, 2021 SD HB 1100 Establishes a Task Force to Legalize Medical Marijuana by 2022 Bill Passed - House (40 - 28)
Feb. 25, 2021 OH HB 9 Prohibits Selling Dextromethorphan Without a Prescription Bill Passed - House (87 - 7)
Feb. 24, 2021 AK SB 70 Extends Access to Naloxone Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 0)
Feb. 24, 2021 AL SB 46 Authorizes the Legalization and Regulation of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
Feb. 23, 2021 ND HB 1420 Authorizes the Legalization of Cannabis Bill Passed - House (56 - 38)
Feb. 23, 2021 IN SB 201 Amends Cannabis Possession While Driving Laws Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
Feb. 22, 2021 NJ A 5342 Specifies Penalties for Individuals Under 21 Possessing Marijuana Concurrence Vote Passed - House (49 - 28)
Feb. 22, 2021 IN HB 1028 Establishes a Defense for a Person who Operates a Vehicle with Marijuana in Their Metabolism Bill Passed - House (79 - 15)
Feb. 18, 2021 ND HB 1287 Establishes Harsher Punishments for Drug Dealers Bill Passed - House (77 - 16)
Feb. 16, 2021 UT HB 248 Appropriates $1 Million to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resources. Bill Passed - House (61 - 11)
Feb. 9, 2021 AL HB 17 Authorizes Deploying Wiretaps for Drug Related Offenses Bill Passed - House (80 - 14)
Feb. 5, 2021 VA SB 1406 Expands Adult Cannabis Use and Eliminates Criminal Penalties Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
Feb. 5, 2021 VA HB 2312 Authorizes the Simple Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (55 - 42)
Date No. Title Outcome
10/20 HB 5166 Authorizes the Distribution of Opioid Antagonists Bill Passed - House (100 - 4)
7/01 H 5245 Establishes Harm Reduction Centers Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
6/29 H 5245 Establishes Harm Reduction Centers Bill Passed - House (63 - 9)
6/25 HB 1024 Amends Marijuana Laws to Make it Easier to Remove Yeast or Mold Contaminants Concurrence Vote Passed - House (165 - 36)
6/25 HB 3000 Prohibits Minors from Purchasing Products Containing Delta-8 THC Outside of a Regulated Cannabis Market Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 3)
6/24 SB 1847 Expands the Usage of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
6/23 AB 374 Establishes Guidelines for Potential Opioid Settlement Disbursement to State Counties Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11)
6/22 S 568 Establishes the Cannabis Control Commission Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
6/22 AB 374 Establishes Guidelines for Potential Opioid Settlement Disbursement to State Counties Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
6/21 SB 96 Expands the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to Include Testing Standards for Industrial Hemp-Derived Vapor Items Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 5)
6/17 SB 1201 Authorizes Recreational Use of Cannabis for Adults Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (16 - 11)
6/16 AB 334 Requires Drug Tests for Law Enforcement Officers Involved in Certain Critical Incidents While on Duty Bill Passed - House (58 - 38)
6/11 S 7228 Expands the Number of Eligible Crimes Committed by Individuals with a Substance Use Disorder Bill Passed - House (100 - 49)
6/10 S 2523 Amends Existing Law to Decriminalize Possession and Sale of Hypodermic Needles and Syringes Bill Passed - House (98 - 51)
6/10 S 7228 Expands the Number of Eligible Crimes Committed by Individuals with a Substance Use Disorder Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 13)
6/07 HB 652 Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 17)
6/07 S 2523 Amends Existing Law to Decriminalize Possession and Sale of Hypodermic Needles and Syringes Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 21)
6/01 SB 519 Authorizes the Decriminalization of Psychedelic Drugs for Veterans Suffering from PTSD Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
5/30 HB 2593 Reduces Criminal Penalty for Certain Cannabis Products Bill Passed - House
5/28 HB 1535 Expands the Texas Compassionate Use Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (119 - 25)
5/27 SB 1033 Amends Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 11)
5/11 HB 652 Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (68 - 25)
5/06 SB 46 Authorizes the Legalization and Regulation of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (68 - 34)
5/05 HB 37 Increases the Number of Times a Pharmacist May Dispense a Life-Saving Medication Bill Passed - House (92 - 3)
4/30 HB 441 Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (88 - 40)
4/28 H 3623 Repeals Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drug Crimes Bill Passed - House (62 - 45)
4/22 HB 1443 Expands the Duties of the Task Force on Social Equity in Cannabis Concurrence Vote Passed - House (60 - 36)
4/22 SB 57 Establishes Safe Injection Sites Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
4/21 SB 1033 Amends Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act Bill Passed - House (78 - 12)
4/20 AB 400 Reduces Penalties for Drivers with Marijuana Metabolites in their Body Bill Passed - House (26 - 16)
4/19 HR 1996 SAFE Banking Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (321 - 101)
4/14 HB 147 Establishes Regulations for Delta-8 and Other Cannabinoid Products Bill Passed - House (96 - 15)
4/10 HB 2519 Authorizes Businesses to Deliver Cannabis Outside of their Jusridiction Bill Passed - House (34 - 14)
4/06 HB 1443 Expands the Duties of the Task Force on Social Equity in Cannabis Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
4/01 HB 655 Amends Marijuana Laws Bill Passed - House (69 - 28)
3/31 SB 195 Amends Hemp Farming Laws Conference Report Adopted - Senate (43 - 9)
3/30 S 854 Authorizes the Legalization of Adult Recreational Cannabis Use Bill Passed - House (94 - 56)
3/30 HB 2412 Establishes a Grant Program to Reduce the Effects of Substance Abuse Bill Passed - House (81 - 43)
3/30 S 854 Authorizes the Legalization of Adult Recreational Cannabis Use Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 23)
3/25 SB 60 Establishes Penalties for Having an Open Marijuana Container in a Vehicle Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 3)
3/17 HB 21-1090 Rescinds Marijuana Possession Offenses of Two Ounces or Less Bill Passed - House (45 - 19)
3/17 SF 361 Establishes Guidelines for Drug Testing Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
3/09 S 571 Expands Availability of Naloxone (Narcan) Prescriptions to Patients Under Certain Circumstances Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
3/05 SB 21-111 Establishes a Program to Support Entrepreneurs in the Marijuana Industry Bill Passed - House (40 - 23)
3/02 HB 517 Amends Penalties for Underage Use and Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (68 - 31)
3/01 HB 1105 Establishes Criminal and Civil Protections for Medical Cannabis Patients Bill Passed - House (69 - 29)
2/27 HB 2312 Authorizes the Simple Possession of Marijuana Conference Report Adopted - Senate (20 - 19)
2/26 HB 12 Authorizes the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Bill Passed - House (39 - 31)
2/26 SB 21-111 Establishes a Program to Support Entrepreneurs in the Marijuana Industry Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
2/25 HB 1095 Authorizes Communities to Deem if Retail Licenses are Necessary for Recreational Cannabis Usage Bill Passed - House (52 - 14)
2/25 HB 1100 Establishes a Task Force to Legalize Medical Marijuana by 2022 Bill Passed - House (40 - 28)
2/25 HB 9 Prohibits Selling Dextromethorphan Without a Prescription Bill Passed - House (87 - 7)
2/24 SB 70 Extends Access to Naloxone Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 0)
2/24 SB 46 Authorizes the Legalization and Regulation of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
2/23 HB 1420 Authorizes the Legalization of Cannabis Bill Passed - House (56 - 38)
2/23 SB 201 Amends Cannabis Possession While Driving Laws Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
2/22 A 5342 Specifies Penalties for Individuals Under 21 Possessing Marijuana Concurrence Vote Passed - House (49 - 28)
2/22 HB 1028 Establishes a Defense for a Person who Operates a Vehicle with Marijuana in Their Metabolism Bill Passed - House (79 - 15)
2/18 HB 1287 Establishes Harsher Punishments for Drug Dealers Bill Passed - House (77 - 16)
2/16 HB 248 Appropriates $1 Million to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resources. Bill Passed - House (61 - 11)
2/09 HB 17 Authorizes Deploying Wiretaps for Drug Related Offenses Bill Passed - House (80 - 14)
2/05 SB 1406 Expands Adult Cannabis Use and Eliminates Criminal Penalties Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
2/05 HB 2312 Authorizes the Simple Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (55 - 42)

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