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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
May 5, 2021 NY S 1130 Prohibits Pet Shops from Selling Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits Bill Passed - Senate (57 - 6)
April 29, 2021 MO HB 508 Increases Penalties for Knowingly Releasing Feral Hogs Into the Wild Bill Passed - House (108 - 38)
April 26, 2021 MT SB 306 Expands the Size of the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission Conference Report Adopted - House (70 - 28)
April 23, 2021 MT SB 306 Expands the Size of the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission Conference Report Adopted - Senate (30 - 20)
April 21, 2021 ID S 1211 Authorizes Removal of 90 Percent of the Wolf Population Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
April 14, 2021 IL HB 1711 Prohibits Puppy Mills Bill Passed - House (76 - 24)
March 25, 2021 CO SB 21-135 Prohibits the Use of Certain Animals in Traveling Animal Acts Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
Feb. 15, 2021 MT HB 202 Specifies Hunting Permits are Once-in-a-Lifetime Bill Passed - House (54 - 45)
Feb. 11, 2021 KY SB 120 Authorizes Historical Horse Racing Machines Bill Passed - House (55 - 38)
Feb. 11, 2021 MO HB 574 Limits Law Enforcement and Regulators Ability to Inspect Farm and Dog Breeding Operations Bill Passed - House (109 - 43)
Feb. 9, 2021 KY SB 120 Authorizes Historical Horse Racing Machines Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
Feb. 9, 2021 ND SB 2211 Authorizes the Use of Artificial Light While Hunting Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 19)
Jan. 25, 2021 ND SB 2172 Authorizes 75 Year Olds to Register Twice for the Moose Hunting State Lottery Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
Jan. 21, 2021 MT HB 124 Authorizes Shooting Big Game if it Collides with a Motor Vehicle Bill Passed - House (58 - 41)
Jan. 18, 2021 ND SB 2144 Amends Hunting Laws Related to Trespassing Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 2)
Date No. Title Outcome
5/05 S 1130 Prohibits Pet Shops from Selling Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits Bill Passed - Senate (57 - 6)
4/29 HB 508 Increases Penalties for Knowingly Releasing Feral Hogs Into the Wild Bill Passed - House (108 - 38)
4/26 SB 306 Expands the Size of the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission Conference Report Adopted - House (70 - 28)
4/23 SB 306 Expands the Size of the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission Conference Report Adopted - Senate (30 - 20)
4/21 S 1211 Authorizes Removal of 90 Percent of the Wolf Population Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
4/14 HB 1711 Prohibits Puppy Mills Bill Passed - House (76 - 24)
3/25 SB 21-135 Prohibits the Use of Certain Animals in Traveling Animal Acts Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
2/15 HB 202 Specifies Hunting Permits are Once-in-a-Lifetime Bill Passed - House (54 - 45)
2/11 SB 120 Authorizes Historical Horse Racing Machines Bill Passed - House (55 - 38)
2/11 HB 574 Limits Law Enforcement and Regulators Ability to Inspect Farm and Dog Breeding Operations Bill Passed - House (109 - 43)
2/09 SB 120 Authorizes Historical Horse Racing Machines Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
2/09 SB 2211 Authorizes the Use of Artificial Light While Hunting Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 19)
1/25 SB 2172 Authorizes 75 Year Olds to Register Twice for the Moose Hunting State Lottery Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
1/21 HB 124 Authorizes Shooting Big Game if it Collides with a Motor Vehicle Bill Passed - House (58 - 41)
1/18 SB 2144 Amends Hunting Laws Related to Trespassing Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 2)

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