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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
April 27, 2021 CT HB 6423 Rescinds the Religious Exemption for Mandatory Childhood Vaccines Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14)
April 20, 2021 CT HB 6423 Rescinds the Religious Exemption for Mandatory Childhood Vaccines Bill Passed - House (90 - 53)
April 15, 2021 WA HB 1140 Requires Law Enforcement Provide Attorney Access to Juveniles Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 41)
April 11, 2021 WA HB 1140 Requires Law Enforcement Provide Attorney Access to Juveniles Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
April 9, 2021 NH HB 183 Prohibits Municipalities from Requiring a License for a Soft Drink Stand Bill Passed - House (211 - 163)
April 7, 2021 PA HB 951 Expands the Window for Underage Victims to Sue for Sexual Abuse Bill Passed - House (149 - 52)
March 30, 2021 RI S 128 Repeals Law that Only Allowed Officers to Issue Verbal Warnings to Adults Who Leave Children in Cars Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
March 29, 2021 AR HB 1570 Prohibits Gender Transition-Related Medical Care for Minors Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
March 25, 2021 TN SB 1286 Authorizes a Child to be Detained in a Secure Facility Bill Passed - House (70 - 20)
March 25, 2021 DE HB 26 Prohibits Incarcerated Youths from Being Housed in Adult Prisons Bill Passed - House (27 - 14)
March 16, 2021 WI SB 29 Amends the Process of Terminating Parental Rights to Waive the Court Appearance Requirement Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
March 10, 2021 AR HB 1570 Prohibits Gender Transition-Related Medical Care for Minors Bill Passed - House (70 - 22)
March 2, 2021 AL SB 10 Prohibits Gender Change Therapy for Minors Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 4)
Feb. 26, 2021 MD SB 218 Extends the Earned Income Tax Credit to Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (91 - 44)
Feb. 19, 2021 MD SB 218 Extends the Earned Income Tax Credit to Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
Feb. 17, 2021 UT HB 302 Requires Transgender Student Athletes Play Against Those of Their Biological Sex Bill Passed - House (50 - 23)
Feb. 16, 2021 IA HF 415 Requires Public Schools Recite the Pledge of Allegiance Daily Bill Passed - House (91 - 3)
Jan. 29, 2021 WY HB 48 Limits Funding for Juvenile Justice Programs Bill Passed - House (54 - 5)
Jan. 27, 2021 PA HB 14 Extends the Statute of Limitations for Childhood Sexual Abuse. Bill Passed - House (187 - 15)
Jan. 27, 2021 PA SB 87 Establishes a Task Force on Child Pornography Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 2)
Jan. 26, 2021 MT HB 113 Prohibits Medical Providers from Prescribing Certain Treatments for Youth with Gender Dysphoria Bill Failed - House (49 - 51)
Jan. 21, 2021 CA SB 93 Transfers Emergency COVID-19 Relief Funds for Childcare Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 2)
Jan. 15, 2021 CA AB 82 Appropriates $400 million to Aid Day-Care Providers Bill Passed - House (48 - 13)
Date No. Title Outcome
4/27 HB 6423 Rescinds the Religious Exemption for Mandatory Childhood Vaccines Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14)
4/20 HB 6423 Rescinds the Religious Exemption for Mandatory Childhood Vaccines Bill Passed - House (90 - 53)
4/15 HB 1140 Requires Law Enforcement Provide Attorney Access to Juveniles Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 41)
4/11 HB 1140 Requires Law Enforcement Provide Attorney Access to Juveniles Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
4/09 HB 183 Prohibits Municipalities from Requiring a License for a Soft Drink Stand Bill Passed - House (211 - 163)
4/07 HB 951 Expands the Window for Underage Victims to Sue for Sexual Abuse Bill Passed - House (149 - 52)
3/30 S 128 Repeals Law that Only Allowed Officers to Issue Verbal Warnings to Adults Who Leave Children in Cars Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
3/29 HB 1570 Prohibits Gender Transition-Related Medical Care for Minors Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
3/25 SB 1286 Authorizes a Child to be Detained in a Secure Facility Bill Passed - House (70 - 20)
3/25 HB 26 Prohibits Incarcerated Youths from Being Housed in Adult Prisons Bill Passed - House (27 - 14)
3/16 SB 29 Amends the Process of Terminating Parental Rights to Waive the Court Appearance Requirement Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
3/10 HB 1570 Prohibits Gender Transition-Related Medical Care for Minors Bill Passed - House (70 - 22)
3/02 SB 10 Prohibits Gender Change Therapy for Minors Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 4)
2/26 SB 218 Extends the Earned Income Tax Credit to Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (91 - 44)
2/19 SB 218 Extends the Earned Income Tax Credit to Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
2/17 HB 302 Requires Transgender Student Athletes Play Against Those of Their Biological Sex Bill Passed - House (50 - 23)
2/16 HF 415 Requires Public Schools Recite the Pledge of Allegiance Daily Bill Passed - House (91 - 3)
1/29 HB 48 Limits Funding for Juvenile Justice Programs Bill Passed - House (54 - 5)
1/27 HB 14 Extends the Statute of Limitations for Childhood Sexual Abuse. Bill Passed - House (187 - 15)
1/27 SB 87 Establishes a Task Force on Child Pornography Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 2)
1/26 HB 113 Prohibits Medical Providers from Prescribing Certain Treatments for Youth with Gender Dysphoria Bill Failed - House (49 - 51)
1/21 SB 93 Transfers Emergency COVID-19 Relief Funds for Childcare Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 2)
1/15 AB 82 Appropriates $400 million to Aid Day-Care Providers Bill Passed - House (48 - 13)

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