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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 10, 2021 OH HR 56 Alleges the E-Check Program Should be Eliminated Bill Passed - House (62 - 29)
June 3, 2021 CT SB 1037 Expands the Types of Bottles and Cans that Can be Recycled Bill Passed - House (105 - 42)
June 3, 2021 CA SB 38 Requires the Beverage Industry to Create an Accessible Recycling and Redemption System Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 8)
June 2, 2021 OH SB 52 Prohibits Wind and Solar Companies from Applying to Build Projects Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
May 20, 2021 NY S 4478 Prohibits the Use of Pesticides at Children's' Day and Overnight Camps Bill Passed - House (112 - 35)
May 12, 2021 CO SB 21-246 Extends Assistance to Aid in the Transition to "Healthier" Homes Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
May 11, 2021 SC S 525 Repeals Regulations on Certain Recycling Practices Bill Passed - House (99 - 15)
May 4, 2021 TX HB 17 Prohibits Cities from Banning Natural Gas Hookups in New Buildings Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
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 NY S 4478 Prohibits the Use of Pesticides at Children's' Day and Overnight Camps Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 16)
April 26, 2021 NY A 4302 Requires 100 Percent of Cars and Trucks Sold in State to be Zero-Emissions by 2035 Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 18)
April 25, 2021 WA HB 1117 Amends the States Comprehensive Planning Network to Improve Salmon Recovery Bill Passed - House (58 - 38)
April 22, 2021 MN SF 959 Appropriates Funds for Environmental and Natural Resource Programs Bill Passed - House (70 - 63)
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 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 RI H 5445 Establishes an Updated Outline of State Climate Goals Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 9)
March 23, 2021 RI H 5445 Establishes an Updated Outline of State Climate Goals Bill Passed - House (53 - 22)
March 15, 2021 National PN 78-11 Nomination of Debra Haaland as Secretary of the Interior Nomination Confirmed - Senate (51 - 40)
March 12, 2021 MD SB 414 Requires the State to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions to a Lower Level Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 11)
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 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 3, 2021 NY S 4378 Requires Fossil Fuel Plants to Submit a Renewable Energy Plan Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 22)
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. 17, 2021 AZ HB 2042 Requires Aquifer Protection Permits Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
Feb. 16, 2021 MD HB 391 Prohibits the Release of Celebratory Balloons Bill Passed - House (94 - 34)
Feb. 10, 2021 MS HB 949 Prohibits New Landfills in Counties Where 2 or more Already Exist Bill Passed - House (107 - 5)
Feb. 1, 2021 IN SB 389 Repeals State Law Regarding Wetland Regulation Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
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 AZ HB 2042 Requires Aquifer Protection Permits Bill Passed - House (41 - 18)
Jan. 28, 2021 MA S 9 Establishes a Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy Bill Passed - House (144 - 14)
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. 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)
Date No. Title Outcome
6/16 HR 1187 ESG Disclosure Simplification Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (215 - 214)
6/10 HR 56 Alleges the E-Check Program Should be Eliminated Bill Passed - House (62 - 29)
6/03 SB 1037 Expands the Types of Bottles and Cans that Can be Recycled Bill Passed - House (105 - 42)
6/03 SB 38 Requires the Beverage Industry to Create an Accessible Recycling and Redemption System Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 8)
6/02 SB 52 Prohibits Wind and Solar Companies from Applying to Build Projects Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
5/20 S 4478 Prohibits the Use of Pesticides at Children's' Day and Overnight Camps Bill Passed - House (112 - 35)
5/12 SB 21-246 Extends Assistance to Aid in the Transition to "Healthier" Homes Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
5/11 S 525 Repeals Regulations on Certain Recycling Practices Bill Passed - House (99 - 15)
5/04 HB 17 Prohibits Cities from Banning Natural Gas Hookups in New Buildings Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
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 S 4478 Prohibits the Use of Pesticides at Children's' Day and Overnight Camps Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 16)
4/26 A 4302 Requires 100 Percent of Cars and Trucks Sold in State to be Zero-Emissions by 2035 Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 18)
4/25 HB 1117 Amends the States Comprehensive Planning Network to Improve Salmon Recovery Bill Passed - House (58 - 38)
4/22 SF 959 Appropriates Funds for Environmental and Natural Resource Programs Bill Passed - House (70 - 63)
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)
4/08 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 H 5445 Establishes an Updated Outline of State Climate Goals Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 9)
3/23 H 5445 Establishes an Updated Outline of State Climate Goals Bill Passed - House (53 - 22)
3/15 PN 78-11 Nomination of Debra Haaland as Secretary of the Interior Nomination Confirmed - Senate (51 - 40)
3/12 SB 414 Requires the State to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions to a Lower Level Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 11)
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)
3/09 HB 2034 Prohibits the State From Conducting Business With Vendors that Divest From Oil and Gas Bill Passed - House (78 - 21)
3/03 S 4378 Requires Fossil Fuel Plants to Submit a Renewable Energy Plan Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 22)
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)
2/17 HB 2042 Requires Aquifer Protection Permits Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
2/16 HB 391 Prohibits the Release of Celebratory Balloons Bill Passed - House (94 - 34)
2/10 HB 949 Prohibits New Landfills in Counties Where 2 or more Already Exist Bill Passed - House (107 - 5)
2/01 SB 389 Repeals State Law Regarding Wetland Regulation Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
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 HB 2042 Requires Aquifer Protection Permits Bill Passed - House (41 - 18)
1/28 S 9 Establishes a Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy Bill Passed - House (144 - 14)
1/21 SB 33 Amends State Clean Energy Standards to Require Renewables Generate 40 Percent of Electricity by 2035 Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
1/12 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)

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