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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
Sept. 2, 2021 CA SB 714 Authorizes DREAMers to Participate in County Central Committees Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 6)
Sept. 1, 2021 CA SB 714 Authorizes DREAMers to Participate in County Central Committees Bill Passed - House (57 - 11)
July 22, 2021 National HR 3985 Averting Loss of Life and Injury by Expediting SIVs Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (407 - 16)
July 15, 2021 CA AB 133 Expands Medi-Cal Eligibility to Low-Income Adults Regardless of Immigration Status Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 8)
June 26, 2021 OR HB 3352 Expands Insurance Eligibility to Undocumented Immigrants Not Covered by Medicaid Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 11)
June 24, 2021 NJ A 5207 Prohibits State, Local Entities, and Private Detention Facilities from Signing Contracts to Detain Non-Citizens Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
June 24, 2021 RI S 190 Authorizes DMV to Issue Driving Privileges to Undocumented Residents Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
June 24, 2021 OR HB 3352 Expands Insurance Eligibility to Undocumented Immigrants Not Covered by Medicaid Bill Passed - House (37 - 21)
June 23, 2021 OR HB 3021 Requires the Secretary of State Make Available a list of the 5 Most Common Spoken Languages Other than English by State Residents in Each County Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10)
June 23, 2021 OR HB 3265 Expands and Strengthens the State's Sanctuary Law Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 13)
June 21, 2021 NJ A 5207 Prohibits State, Local Entities, and Private Detention Facilities from Signing Contracts to Detain Non-Citizens Bill Passed - House (46 - 24)
June 17, 2021 OR HB 3021 Requires the Secretary of State Make Available a list of the 5 Most Common Spoken Languages Other than English by State Residents in Each County Bill Passed - House (36 - 16)
June 17, 2021 OR HB 3265 Expands and Strengthens the State's Sanctuary Law Bill Passed - House (36 - 21)
June 3, 2021 NY A 3412A Classifies Threats Against an Individual's Immigration Status as Extortion or Coercion Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 15)
June 1, 2021 CA SB 464 Authorizes Food Assistance Benefits for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 9)
June 1, 2021 NY A 3412A Classifies Threats Against an Individual's Immigration Status as Extortion or Coercion Bill Passed - House (106 - 41)
May 31, 2021 IL SB 667 Prohibits Cities and Counties from Entering Into Contracts With ICE Bill Passed - House (68 - 47)
May 28, 2021 IL SB 667 Prohibits Cities and Counties from Entering Into Contracts With ICE Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 19)
May 11, 2021 WI AR 18 Requires the Governor Send Aid and Resources to the US-Mexico Border to Assist with Immigration Efforts Resolution Passed - House (59 - 35)
April 21, 2021 National HR 1573 Access to Counsel Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (217 - 207)
April 21, 2021 National HR 1333 NO BAN Act Bill Passed - House (218 - 208)
April 16, 2021 IL HB 25 Establishes the Right to Counsel for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (82 - 25)
April 8, 2021 NH HB 319 Requires College Students Pass the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (188 - 187)
March 23, 2021 CO SB 21-077 Authorizes Undocumented Immigrants to Earn Professional Licenses Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
March 18, 2021 National HR 1603 Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (247 - 174)
March 18, 2021 National HR 6 American Dream and Promise Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (228 - 197)
March 11, 2021 NC SB 101 Requires Local Sheriffs Cooperate with ICE Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
Feb. 26, 2021 MD SB 218 Extends the Earned Income Tax Credit to Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (91 - 44)
Feb. 25, 2021 CA AB 133 Expands Medi-Cal Eligibility to Low-Income Adults Regardless of Immigration Status Bill Passed - House (56 - 18)
Feb. 19, 2021 MD SB 218 Extends the Earned Income Tax Credit to Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
Feb. 17, 2021 UT SB 102 Authorizes Lawful Permanent Residents to Apply to Become Peace Officers or Dispatchers Bill Passed - House (65 - 4)
Feb. 15, 2021 VA SB 1387 Expands Financial Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (58 - 42)
Feb. 12, 2021 WA HB 1072 Repeals Restrictions on Legal Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
Feb. 1, 2021 VA SB 1387 Expands Financial Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
Date No. Title Outcome
9/02 SB 714 Authorizes DREAMers to Participate in County Central Committees Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 6)
9/01 SB 714 Authorizes DREAMers to Participate in County Central Committees Bill Passed - House (57 - 11)
7/22 HR 3985 Averting Loss of Life and Injury by Expediting SIVs Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (407 - 16)
7/15 AB 133 Expands Medi-Cal Eligibility to Low-Income Adults Regardless of Immigration Status Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 8)
6/26 HB 3352 Expands Insurance Eligibility to Undocumented Immigrants Not Covered by Medicaid Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 11)
6/24 A 5207 Prohibits State, Local Entities, and Private Detention Facilities from Signing Contracts to Detain Non-Citizens Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
6/24 S 190 Authorizes DMV to Issue Driving Privileges to Undocumented Residents Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
6/24 HB 3352 Expands Insurance Eligibility to Undocumented Immigrants Not Covered by Medicaid Bill Passed - House (37 - 21)
6/23 HB 3021 Requires the Secretary of State Make Available a list of the 5 Most Common Spoken Languages Other than English by State Residents in Each County Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10)
6/23 HB 3265 Expands and Strengthens the State's Sanctuary Law Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 13)
6/21 A 5207 Prohibits State, Local Entities, and Private Detention Facilities from Signing Contracts to Detain Non-Citizens Bill Passed - House (46 - 24)
6/17 HB 3021 Requires the Secretary of State Make Available a list of the 5 Most Common Spoken Languages Other than English by State Residents in Each County Bill Passed - House (36 - 16)
6/17 HB 3265 Expands and Strengthens the State's Sanctuary Law Bill Passed - House (36 - 21)
6/03 A 3412A Classifies Threats Against an Individual's Immigration Status as Extortion or Coercion Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 15)
6/01 SB 464 Authorizes Food Assistance Benefits for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 9)
6/01 A 3412A Classifies Threats Against an Individual's Immigration Status as Extortion or Coercion Bill Passed - House (106 - 41)
5/31 SB 667 Prohibits Cities and Counties from Entering Into Contracts With ICE Bill Passed - House (68 - 47)
5/28 SB 667 Prohibits Cities and Counties from Entering Into Contracts With ICE Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 19)
5/11 AR 18 Requires the Governor Send Aid and Resources to the US-Mexico Border to Assist with Immigration Efforts Resolution Passed - House (59 - 35)
4/21 HR 1573 Access to Counsel Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (217 - 207)
4/21 HR 1333 NO BAN Act Bill Passed - House (218 - 208)
4/16 HB 25 Establishes the Right to Counsel for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (82 - 25)
4/08 HB 319 Requires College Students Pass the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (188 - 187)
3/23 SB 21-077 Authorizes Undocumented Immigrants to Earn Professional Licenses Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
3/18 HR 1603 Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (247 - 174)
3/18 HR 6 American Dream and Promise Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (228 - 197)
3/11 SB 101 Requires Local Sheriffs Cooperate with ICE Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
2/26 SB 218 Extends the Earned Income Tax Credit to Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (91 - 44)
2/25 AB 133 Expands Medi-Cal Eligibility to Low-Income Adults Regardless of Immigration Status Bill Passed - House (56 - 18)
2/19 SB 218 Extends the Earned Income Tax Credit to Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
2/17 SB 102 Authorizes Lawful Permanent Residents to Apply to Become Peace Officers or Dispatchers Bill Passed - House (65 - 4)
2/15 SB 1387 Expands Financial Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (58 - 42)
2/12 HB 1072 Repeals Restrictions on Legal Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
2/01 SB 1387 Expands Financial Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)

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