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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 FL SB 7072 Prohibits Social Media Companies from "Deplatforming" Political Candidates Concurrence Vote Passed - House (77 - 38)
April 29, 2021 FL SB 7072 Prohibits Social Media Companies from "Deplatforming" Political Candidates Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 17)
March 31, 2021 WV HB 3307 Establishes Requirements for Social Media Companies for Election-Related Content Bill Passed - House (72 - 28)
March 29, 2021 AR SB 346 Authorizes Law Enforcement to Charge $15 for Audiovisual Records Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
March 24, 2021 MI HB 4355 Expands Telehealth Services Bill Passed - House (56 - 51)
March 16, 2021 NV AB 110 Requires Lobbyists to Register with the Legislature Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 6)
March 11, 2021 OK SB 383 Expands Legal Recourse Options for Oklahomans Censored by Social Media Platforms Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 12)
March 11, 2021 MO HB 554 Requires Companies Charge Sales Tax for Online Shopping Bill Passed - House (96 - 59)
March 1, 2021 CT HB 6514 Establishes Tax Breaks for Data Centers Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
Jan. 29, 2021 VA SB 1413 Increases Broadband by Allowing Deals with the State Corporation Commission Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
Date No. Title Outcome
4/29 SB 7072 Prohibits Social Media Companies from "Deplatforming" Political Candidates Concurrence Vote Passed - House (77 - 38)
4/29 SB 7072 Prohibits Social Media Companies from "Deplatforming" Political Candidates Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 17)
3/31 HB 3307 Establishes Requirements for Social Media Companies for Election-Related Content Bill Passed - House (72 - 28)
3/29 SB 346 Authorizes Law Enforcement to Charge $15 for Audiovisual Records Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
3/24 HB 4355 Expands Telehealth Services Bill Passed - House (56 - 51)
3/16 AB 110 Requires Lobbyists to Register with the Legislature Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 6)
3/11 SB 383 Expands Legal Recourse Options for Oklahomans Censored by Social Media Platforms Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 12)
3/11 HB 554 Requires Companies Charge Sales Tax for Online Shopping Bill Passed - House (96 - 59)
3/01 HB 6514 Establishes Tax Breaks for Data Centers Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
1/29 SB 1413 Increases Broadband by Allowing Deals with the State Corporation Commission Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)

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