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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 29, 2021 NE LB 320 Establishes District and County Courts Have Jurisdiction Over Complaints of Forcible Entry Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 3)
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 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 6, 2021 OR HB 2009 Establishes Foreclosure and Mortgage Assistance Bill Passed - House (38 - 21)
April 6, 2021 IA SF 587 Rescinds the Property Tax Levy on Mental Health Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
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 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. 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
4/29 LB 320 Establishes District and County Courts Have Jurisdiction Over Complaints of Forcible Entry Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 3)
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)
4/10 HB 18 Establishes When The State Must Provide Tenants With A Right To Counsel In Eviction Cases Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 15)
4/06 HB 2009 Establishes Foreclosure and Mortgage Assistance Bill Passed - House (38 - 21)
4/06 SF 587 Rescinds the Property Tax Levy on Mental Health Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
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)
3/25 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)
2/17 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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