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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
Oct. 26, 2021 WI SB 125 Extends Tax Benefits to Provide Tuition Tax Breaks for Apprentices in Trade Schools Bill Passed - House (60 - 35)
Oct. 25, 2021 WI SB 125 Extends Tax Benefits to Provide Tuition Tax Breaks for Apprentices in Trade Schools Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 13)
Sept. 2, 2021 CA AB 1550 Establishes New Rules Regarding Higher Education Labor Relations Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
Aug. 26, 2021 CA AB 616 Authorizes "Card Check" for Farm Workers Unions Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
July 29, 2021 National HR 4502 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2022 Bill Passed - House (219 - 208)
July 20, 2021 National PN 126 Nomination of Jennifer Abruzzo as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board Nomination Confirmed - Senate (51 - 50)
July 19, 2021 ME LD 151 Authorizes Farm Workers to Bargain Collectively (18 - 17)
June 30, 2021 MA H 3770 Requires the $400 Million Holyoke Soldiers' Home Construction Project be Completed with Unionized Labor Veto Override Passed - House (130 - 30)
June 3, 2021 NH SB 61 Prohibits Collective Bargaining Agreements that Require Employees to Join a Labor Union "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Not Adopted - House (175 - 199)
June 2, 2021 CA AB 1550 Establishes New Rules Regarding Higher Education Labor Relations Bill Passed - House (61 - 16)
May 19, 2021 ME LD 52 Authorizes Additional Educational Policies to be Subjects of Collective Bargaining Negotiations Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 11)
May 10, 2021 CA AB 616 Authorizes "Card Check" for Farm Workers Unions Bill Passed - House (50 - 17)
April 28, 2021 ME LD 52 Authorizes Additional Educational Policies to be Subjects of Collective Bargaining Negotiations "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (86 - 58)
April 20, 2021 IL HB 3496 Authorizes Chicago Principals to Unionize Bill Passed - House (68 - 44)
March 22, 2021 National PN 78-23 Nomination of Martin Walsh as Secretary of Labor Nomination Confirmed - Senate (68 - 29)
March 9, 2021 National HR 842 Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (225 - 206)
March 4, 2021 WV SB 11 Prohibits Work Stoppages or Strikes by Public Employees Bill Passed - House (55 - 44)
Feb. 22, 2021 CA SB 132 Requires the University of California to Place all Construction Funds Into an Account With the State Controller Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
Feb. 22, 2021 WV SB 11 Prohibits Work Stoppages or Strikes by Public Employees Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
Feb. 11, 2021 NH SB 61 Prohibits Collective Bargaining Agreements that Require Employees to Join a Labor Union "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (13 - 11)
Feb. 10, 2021 NY S 1302 Establishes a Construction Worker Fatal Accident Registry Bill Passed - House (122 - 26)
Jan. 11, 2021 IL HB 2275 Repeals Section 4.5 of Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 16)
Date No. Title Outcome
10/26 SB 125 Extends Tax Benefits to Provide Tuition Tax Breaks for Apprentices in Trade Schools Bill Passed - House (60 - 35)
10/25 SB 125 Extends Tax Benefits to Provide Tuition Tax Breaks for Apprentices in Trade Schools Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 13)
9/02 AB 1550 Establishes New Rules Regarding Higher Education Labor Relations Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
8/26 AB 616 Authorizes "Card Check" for Farm Workers Unions Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
7/29 HR 4502 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2022 Bill Passed - House (219 - 208)
7/20 PN 126 Nomination of Jennifer Abruzzo as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board Nomination Confirmed - Senate (51 - 50)
7/19 LD 151 Authorizes Farm Workers to Bargain Collectively (18 - 17)
6/30 H 3770 Requires the $400 Million Holyoke Soldiers' Home Construction Project be Completed with Unionized Labor Veto Override Passed - House (130 - 30)
6/03 SB 61 Prohibits Collective Bargaining Agreements that Require Employees to Join a Labor Union "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Not Adopted - House (175 - 199)
6/02 AB 1550 Establishes New Rules Regarding Higher Education Labor Relations Bill Passed - House (61 - 16)
5/19 LD 52 Authorizes Additional Educational Policies to be Subjects of Collective Bargaining Negotiations Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 11)
5/10 AB 616 Authorizes "Card Check" for Farm Workers Unions Bill Passed - House (50 - 17)
4/28 LD 52 Authorizes Additional Educational Policies to be Subjects of Collective Bargaining Negotiations "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (86 - 58)
4/20 HB 3496 Authorizes Chicago Principals to Unionize Bill Passed - House (68 - 44)
3/22 PN 78-23 Nomination of Martin Walsh as Secretary of Labor Nomination Confirmed - Senate (68 - 29)
3/09 HR 842 Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (225 - 206)
3/04 SB 11 Prohibits Work Stoppages or Strikes by Public Employees Bill Passed - House (55 - 44)
2/22 SB 132 Requires the University of California to Place all Construction Funds Into an Account With the State Controller Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
2/22 SB 11 Prohibits Work Stoppages or Strikes by Public Employees Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
2/11 SB 61 Prohibits Collective Bargaining Agreements that Require Employees to Join a Labor Union "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (13 - 11)
2/10 S 1302 Establishes a Construction Worker Fatal Accident Registry Bill Passed - House (122 - 26)
1/11 HB 2275 Repeals Section 4.5 of Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 16)

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