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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
Dec. 15, 2021 OH HB 126 Amends the Process to Challenge Property Value Evaluations Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 7)
Nov. 18, 2021 OK HB 1002 Authorizes the Oklahoma Congressional Redistricting Act of 2021 Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 10)
Nov. 17, 2021 MA H 4256 Amends Congressional Districts Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 13)
Nov. 17, 2021 OK HB 1002 Authorizes the Oklahoma Congressional Redistricting Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (75 - 19)
Oct. 27, 2021 MA S 2560 Establishes Senatorial Districts Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 3)
Oct. 27, 2021 MI HB 4722 Prohibits Local Governments from Banning Short-Term Rentals Bill Passed - House (55 - 48)
Oct. 26, 2021 WI AB 605 Requires Local Governments Appropriate Federal Funds for New Housing Developments Bill Passed - House (59 - 35)
Sept. 9, 2021 CA AB 861 Specifies Mobile Home and Rental Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
Sept. 9, 2021 CA AB 861 Specifies Mobile Home and Rental Regulations Bill Passed - House (47 - 21)
Sept. 1, 2021 NY S 50001 Authorizes New Yorkers to Participate in State and Local Government Meetings Virtually Bill Passed - House (81 - 60)
Sept. 1, 2021 NY S 50001 Authorizes New Yorkers to Participate in State and Local Government Meetings Virtually Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 19)
Aug. 30, 2021 CA AB 816 Requires State and Local Governments to Develop Plans to Reduce Homelessness Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 7)
Aug. 26, 2021 CA SB 9 Authorizes the Development of Up to Two Duplexes Without Local Reviews or Hearings Bill Passed - House (45 - 19)
Aug. 23, 2021 CA SB 10 Authorizes Cities to Rezone Certain Lands for Low-Income Housing Bill Passed - House (44 - 12)
June 30, 2021 NJ A 4463 Requires Confidentiality of Court Records for Certain Evictions Initiated During the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13)
June 28, 2021 AZ SB 1848 Authorizes Emergency Shelter Beds for Homeless Senior Citizens Bill Passed - House (43 - 15)
June 24, 2021 OR HB 2433 Increases the Total Amount of Outstanding Affordable Housing Tax Credits to $35 Million Through 2025 Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
June 24, 2021 NJ S 3691 Authorizes Financial Relief to Certain Landlords and Tenants in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
June 22, 2021 WI AB 132 Prohibits Mail From Having an Individual's Immunization Status Visible on the Outside of the Piece of Mail Bill Passed - House (68 - 29)
June 10, 2021 NY A 7637 Authorizes Additional Supervision and Regulation of Limited-Profit Housing Companies Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 19)
June 10, 2021 NY A 2633 Authorizes Towns in the Peconic Bay Region to Establish a Community Housing Fund Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 14)
June 10, 2021 NY A 2573A Prohibits the Ban on Individuals Convicted of a Felony That Prevent Them From Being Appointed Fiduciary of an Estate Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
June 10, 2021 NY A 7667 Requires Owners to Provide Essential Services and Habitability for Interim Multiple Dwelling Units Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 19)
June 9, 2021 OR HB 3124 Extends the Local Government Timeline for Homeless Campers to Remove Belongings by 2 Days Concurrence Vote Passed - House (39 - 19)
June 9, 2021 OR HB 3115 Amends Homeless Laws to Allow Homeless Communities to Seek Shelter on Public Property Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 10)
June 8, 2021 OR SB 8 Requires Local Governments to Allow Affordable Housing on Lands Not Zoned for Residential Purposes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 5)
June 8, 2021 OR HB 3124 Extends the Local Government Timeline for Homeless Campers to Remove Belongings by 2 Days Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
June 8, 2021 CO SB 21-293 Reduces Property Assessment Rates in the 2022 and 2023 Taxation Years Bill Passed - House (42 - 23)
June 8, 2021 CT HB 6665 Prohibits 'Whites Only' Covenants Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
June 7, 2021 CO SB 21-293 Reduces Property Assessment Rates in the 2022 and 2023 Taxation Years Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11)
June 2, 2021 CA SB 10 Authorizes Cities to Rezone Certain Lands for Low-Income Housing Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
May 27, 2021 CT HB 6107 Amends Zoning Regulations to Address Long-Standing Housing Inequities Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13)
May 27, 2021 CA AB 816 Requires State and Local Governments to Develop Plans to Reduce Homelessness Bill Passed - House (55 - 15)
May 27, 2021 NV AB 486 Prohibits Tenants from Being Locked Out While Applications for Rental Assistance are Pending Bill Passed - House (29 - 12)
May 26, 2021 CA SB 9 Authorizes the Development of Up to Two Duplexes Without Local Reviews or Hearings Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
May 20, 2021 CA AB 978 Establishes Rent Stabilization and Protections for Mobile Home Owners Bill Passed - House (50 - 19)
May 20, 2021 CT HB 6107 Amends Zoning Regulations to Address Long-Standing Housing Inequities Bill Passed - House (84 - 59)
May 18, 2021 VT S 101 Expands Affordable Housing Access within Vermont Bill Passed - House (93 - 56)
May 12, 2021 CO SB 21-246 Extends Assistance to Aid in the Transition to "Healthier" Homes Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
April 29, 2021 NE LB 320 Establishes District and County Courts Have Jurisdiction Over Complaints of Forcible Entry Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 3)
April 26, 2021 CO SB 21-247 Authorizes the Adjustment of Redistricting Commission Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 0)
April 22, 2021 MI HB 4289 Authorizes First Time Home Buyers to Save Using Tax Exempt Savings Accounts Bill Passed - House (89 - 15)
April 21, 2021 NY S 5321 Increases the Maximum Civil Penalty to $1,000 for Mortgagee Violations Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 14)
April 15, 2021 OH HB 126 Amends the Process to Challenge Property Value Evaluations Bill Passed - House (62 - 31)
April 14, 2021 WA HB 1220 Requires Housing Goals in the Growth Management Act to Include Affordable Housing Concurrence Vote Passed - House (57 - 40)
April 14, 2021 OR HB 3115 Amends Homeless Laws to Allow Homeless Communities to Seek Shelter on Public Property Bill Passed - House (35 - 23)
April 10, 2021 MD HB 18 Establishes When The State Must Provide Tenants With A Right To Counsel In Eviction Cases Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 15)
April 10, 2021 WA HB 1220 Requires Housing Goals in the Growth Management Act to Include Affordable Housing Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 24)
April 6, 2021 NY S 2508 Amends the New York Multiple Dwelling Law to Encourage the Conversion of Commercial and Hotel Properties to Residential Use Bill Passed - House (106 - 43)
April 6, 2021 IA SF 587 Rescinds the Property Tax Levy on Mental Health Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
April 6, 2021 OR HB 2009 Establishes Foreclosure and Mortgage Assistance Bill Passed - House (38 - 21)
April 6, 2021 NY S 2508 Amends the New York Multiple Dwelling Law to Encourage the Conversion of Commercial and Hotel Properties to Residential Use Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
March 31, 2021 NY S 2929 Establishes that Certain Zones in Brooklyn are Cease and Desist Zones Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 24)
March 28, 2021 WA HB 1277 Establishes a State-Funded Rental Assistance Program Bill Passed - House (57 - 40)
March 26, 2021 VT S 79 Establishes a Vermont Rental Property Registry Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 7)
March 25, 2021 VT H 437 Establishes a Property Tax Surcharge on Property Valued Over $1 Million Bill Passed - House (95 - 51)
March 18, 2021 MD HB 18 Establishes When The State Must Provide Tenants With A Right To Counsel In Eviction Cases Bill Passed - House (95 - 42)
March 15, 2021 IA SF 252 Prohibits Cities from Mandating Participation in the Section 8 Federal Housing Program Bill Passed - House (56 - 38)
March 15, 2021 ID H 309 Amends the Property Tax Deferral Program Bill Passed - House (47 - 21)
March 11, 2021 NE LB 44 Amends Criteria for the Adoption of an Affordable Housing Action Plan Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 5)
March 10, 2021 National PN 78-6 Nomination of Marcia Fudge as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Nomination Confirmed - Senate (66 - 34)
March 8, 2021 MS SB 2107 Prohibits Cities and Counties from Creating Rental Agreements that Restrict Firearm Access Bill Passed - House (82 - 34)
March 7, 2021 WA HB 1236 Prohibits Rental Terminations or Evictions by Landlords Except on Certain Enumerated Grounds Bill Passed - House (54 - 44)
Feb. 23, 2021 VA HB 1889 Extends Eviction Protections for Renters Experiencing Financial Hardship Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 43)
Feb. 22, 2021 VA HB 1889 Extends Eviction Protections for Renters Experiencing Financial Hardship Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
Feb. 17, 2021 AZ SB 1327 Amends Tax Credit Laws for Affordable Housing Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
Feb. 17, 2021 IA SF 252 Prohibits Cities from Mandating Participation in the Section 8 Federal Housing Program Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
Feb. 15, 2021 MT SB 126 Amends Laws Related to the Property Valuation Appeal Process Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 19)
Feb. 9, 2021 MS SB 2107 Prohibits Cities and Counties from Creating Rental Agreements that Restrict Firearm Access Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 16)
Feb. 8, 2021 MO HB 16 Appropriates $324 Million to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
Jan. 28, 2021 CA SB 91 Extends the Eviction Moratorium and Provides Rental Assistance Due to COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (71 - 1)
Jan. 11, 2021 NJ A 5130 Establishes the New Jersey Foreclosure Prevention Act Bill Passed - House (60 - 15)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/15 HB 126 Amends the Process to Challenge Property Value Evaluations Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 7)
11/18 HB 1002 Authorizes the Oklahoma Congressional Redistricting Act of 2021 Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 10)
11/17 H 4256 Amends Congressional Districts Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 13)
11/17 HB 1002 Authorizes the Oklahoma Congressional Redistricting Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (75 - 19)
10/27 S 2560 Establishes Senatorial Districts Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 3)
10/27 HB 4722 Prohibits Local Governments from Banning Short-Term Rentals Bill Passed - House (55 - 48)
10/26 AB 605 Requires Local Governments Appropriate Federal Funds for New Housing Developments Bill Passed - House (59 - 35)
9/09 AB 861 Specifies Mobile Home and Rental Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
9/09 AB 861 Specifies Mobile Home and Rental Regulations Bill Passed - House (47 - 21)
9/01 S 50001 Authorizes New Yorkers to Participate in State and Local Government Meetings Virtually Bill Passed - House (81 - 60)
9/01 S 50001 Authorizes New Yorkers to Participate in State and Local Government Meetings Virtually Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 19)
8/30 AB 816 Requires State and Local Governments to Develop Plans to Reduce Homelessness Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 7)
8/26 SB 9 Authorizes the Development of Up to Two Duplexes Without Local Reviews or Hearings Bill Passed - House (45 - 19)
8/23 SB 10 Authorizes Cities to Rezone Certain Lands for Low-Income Housing Bill Passed - House (44 - 12)
6/30 A 4463 Requires Confidentiality of Court Records for Certain Evictions Initiated During the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13)
6/28 SB 1848 Authorizes Emergency Shelter Beds for Homeless Senior Citizens Bill Passed - House (43 - 15)
6/24 HB 2433 Increases the Total Amount of Outstanding Affordable Housing Tax Credits to $35 Million Through 2025 Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
6/24 S 3691 Authorizes Financial Relief to Certain Landlords and Tenants in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
6/22 AB 132 Prohibits Mail From Having an Individual's Immunization Status Visible on the Outside of the Piece of Mail Bill Passed - House (68 - 29)
6/10 A 7637 Authorizes Additional Supervision and Regulation of Limited-Profit Housing Companies Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 19)
6/10 A 2633 Authorizes Towns in the Peconic Bay Region to Establish a Community Housing Fund Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 14)
6/10 A 2573A Prohibits the Ban on Individuals Convicted of a Felony That Prevent Them From Being Appointed Fiduciary of an Estate Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
6/10 A 7667 Requires Owners to Provide Essential Services and Habitability for Interim Multiple Dwelling Units Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 19)
6/09 HB 3124 Extends the Local Government Timeline for Homeless Campers to Remove Belongings by 2 Days Concurrence Vote Passed - House (39 - 19)
6/09 HB 3115 Amends Homeless Laws to Allow Homeless Communities to Seek Shelter on Public Property Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 10)
6/08 SB 8 Requires Local Governments to Allow Affordable Housing on Lands Not Zoned for Residential Purposes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 5)
6/08 HB 3124 Extends the Local Government Timeline for Homeless Campers to Remove Belongings by 2 Days Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
6/08 SB 21-293 Reduces Property Assessment Rates in the 2022 and 2023 Taxation Years Bill Passed - House (42 - 23)
6/08 HB 6665 Prohibits 'Whites Only' Covenants Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
6/07 SB 21-293 Reduces Property Assessment Rates in the 2022 and 2023 Taxation Years Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11)
6/02 SB 10 Authorizes Cities to Rezone Certain Lands for Low-Income Housing Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
5/27 HB 6107 Amends Zoning Regulations to Address Long-Standing Housing Inequities Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13)
5/27 AB 816 Requires State and Local Governments to Develop Plans to Reduce Homelessness Bill Passed - House (55 - 15)
5/27 AB 486 Prohibits Tenants from Being Locked Out While Applications for Rental Assistance are Pending Bill Passed - House (29 - 12)
5/26 SB 9 Authorizes the Development of Up to Two Duplexes Without Local Reviews or Hearings Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
5/20 AB 978 Establishes Rent Stabilization and Protections for Mobile Home Owners Bill Passed - House (50 - 19)
5/20 HB 6107 Amends Zoning Regulations to Address Long-Standing Housing Inequities Bill Passed - House (84 - 59)
5/18 S 101 Expands Affordable Housing Access within Vermont Bill Passed - House (93 - 56)
5/12 SB 21-246 Extends Assistance to Aid in the Transition to "Healthier" Homes Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
4/29 LB 320 Establishes District and County Courts Have Jurisdiction Over Complaints of Forcible Entry Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 3)
4/26 SB 21-247 Authorizes the Adjustment of Redistricting Commission Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 0)
4/22 HB 4289 Authorizes First Time Home Buyers to Save Using Tax Exempt Savings Accounts Bill Passed - House (89 - 15)
4/21 S 5321 Increases the Maximum Civil Penalty to $1,000 for Mortgagee Violations Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 14)
4/15 HB 126 Amends the Process to Challenge Property Value Evaluations Bill Passed - House (62 - 31)
4/14 HB 1220 Requires Housing Goals in the Growth Management Act to Include Affordable Housing Concurrence Vote Passed - House (57 - 40)
4/14 HB 3115 Amends Homeless Laws to Allow Homeless Communities to Seek Shelter on Public Property Bill Passed - House (35 - 23)
4/10 HB 18 Establishes When The State Must Provide Tenants With A Right To Counsel In Eviction Cases Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 15)
4/10 HB 1220 Requires Housing Goals in the Growth Management Act to Include Affordable Housing Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 24)
4/06 S 2508 Amends the New York Multiple Dwelling Law to Encourage the Conversion of Commercial and Hotel Properties to Residential Use Bill Passed - House (106 - 43)
4/06 SF 587 Rescinds the Property Tax Levy on Mental Health Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
4/06 HB 2009 Establishes Foreclosure and Mortgage Assistance Bill Passed - House (38 - 21)
4/06 S 2508 Amends the New York Multiple Dwelling Law to Encourage the Conversion of Commercial and Hotel Properties to Residential Use Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
3/31 S 2929 Establishes that Certain Zones in Brooklyn are Cease and Desist Zones Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 24)
3/28 HB 1277 Establishes a State-Funded Rental Assistance Program Bill Passed - House (57 - 40)
3/26 S 79 Establishes a Vermont Rental Property Registry Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 7)
3/25 H 437 Establishes a Property Tax Surcharge on Property Valued Over $1 Million Bill Passed - House (95 - 51)
3/18 HB 18 Establishes When The State Must Provide Tenants With A Right To Counsel In Eviction Cases Bill Passed - House (95 - 42)
3/15 SF 252 Prohibits Cities from Mandating Participation in the Section 8 Federal Housing Program Bill Passed - House (56 - 38)
3/15 H 309 Amends the Property Tax Deferral Program Bill Passed - House (47 - 21)
3/11 LB 44 Amends Criteria for the Adoption of an Affordable Housing Action Plan Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 5)
3/10 PN 78-6 Nomination of Marcia Fudge as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Nomination Confirmed - Senate (66 - 34)
3/08 SB 2107 Prohibits Cities and Counties from Creating Rental Agreements that Restrict Firearm Access Bill Passed - House (82 - 34)
3/07 HB 1236 Prohibits Rental Terminations or Evictions by Landlords Except on Certain Enumerated Grounds Bill Passed - House (54 - 44)
2/23 HB 1889 Extends Eviction Protections for Renters Experiencing Financial Hardship Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 43)
2/22 HB 1889 Extends Eviction Protections for Renters Experiencing Financial Hardship Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
2/17 SB 1327 Amends Tax Credit Laws for Affordable Housing Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
2/17 SF 252 Prohibits Cities from Mandating Participation in the Section 8 Federal Housing Program Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
2/15 SB 126 Amends Laws Related to the Property Valuation Appeal Process Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 19)
2/09 SB 2107 Prohibits Cities and Counties from Creating Rental Agreements that Restrict Firearm Access Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 16)
2/08 HB 16 Appropriates $324 Million to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
1/28 SB 91 Extends the Eviction Moratorium and Provides Rental Assistance Due to COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (71 - 1)
1/11 A 5130 Establishes the New Jersey Foreclosure Prevention Act Bill Passed - House (60 - 15)

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