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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
June 9, 2021 OR HB 3124 Extends the Local Government Timeline for Homeless Campers to Remove Belongings by 2 Days Concurrence Vote Passed - House (39 - 19)
June 9, 2021 OR HB 3115 Amends Homeless Laws to Allow Homeless Communities to Seek Shelter on Public Property Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 10)
June 9, 2021 WI AB 336 Repeals $300 per Week Federal Unemployment Compensation Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
June 9, 2021 WI AB 336 Repeals $300 per Week Federal Unemployment Compensation Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
June 8, 2021 OR HB 3124 Extends the Local Government Timeline for Homeless Campers to Remove Belongings by 2 Days Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
June 3, 2021 NC SB 116 Rescinds a $300-a-Week Boost to Unemployment Benefits in the State Bill Passed - House (71 - 36)
June 1, 2021 NC HB 128 Establishes a $1,500 Bonus for Unemployed Individuals that Accept Reemployment Within 30 Days Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 10)
May 31, 2021 NV AB 116 Amends Minor Traffic Violations to be a Civil Instead of a Criminal Infraction Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 1)
May 30, 2021 NV SB 219 Repeals the Practice of Suspending People's Driver's Licenses When they Can't Afford to Pay Bill Passed - House (34 - 8)
May 27, 2021 NV AB 486 Prohibits Tenants from Being Locked Out While Applications for Rental Assistance are Pending Bill Passed - House (29 - 12)
May 20, 2021 CT HB 6107 Amends Zoning Regulations to Address Long-Standing Housing Inequities Bill Passed - House (85 - 59)
May 20, 2021 CA AB 978 Establishes Rent Stabilization and Protections for Mobile Home Owners Bill Passed - House (50 - 19)
May 18, 2021 VT S 101 Expands Affordable Housing Access within Vermont Bill Passed - House (93 - 56)
May 12, 2021 RI H 6249 Extends Unemployment Benefits to Individuals Who Have a Job Bill Passed - House (69 - 3)
May 11, 2021 OR SB 282 Extends the Time Period for Late Rent Payments Through the End of February 2022 Bill Passed - House (39 - 17)
May 6, 2021 OR HB 3178 Authorizes Part-Time Employees to Keep their Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 4)
May 4, 2021 PA HB 129 Requires All Unemployment Hearings be Held Digitally Bill Passed - House (102 - 99)
April 28, 2021 NC HB 616 Amends Laws to Allow Easier Replication of Successful Charter Schools Bill Passed - House (86 - 30)
April 14, 2021 OR HB 3115 Amends Homeless Laws to Allow Homeless Communities to Seek Shelter on Public Property Bill Passed - House (35 - 23)
April 14, 2021 OR SB 282 Extends the Time Period for Late Rent Payments Through the End of February 2022 Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 5)
April 6, 2021 OR HB 2009 Establishes Foreclosure and Mortgage Assistance Bill Passed - House (38 - 21)
March 31, 2021 NY S 1453 Extends the Utility Shut-Off Moratorium throughout the Duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic State of Emergency Bill Passed - House (111 - 35)
March 30, 2021 NY S 1453 Extends the Utility Shut-Off Moratorium throughout the Duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic State of Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 9)
March 28, 2021 WA HB 1277 Establishes a State-Funded Rental Assistance Program Bill Passed - House (57 - 40)
March 24, 2021 VT H 315 Appropriates $100 Million for COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Assistance Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 0)
March 18, 2021 IL HB 2877 Establishes the COVID-19 Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program Act Bill Passed - House (73 - 31)
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 TX SB 2142 Authorizes Retroactively Correcting Prices to Compensate Customers after Blackouts Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
March 10, 2021 National HR 1319 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (220 - 211)
March 6, 2021 National HR 1319 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 49)
March 3, 2021 NC HB 128 Establishes a $1,500 Bonus for Unemployed Individuals that Accept Reemployment Within 30 Days Bill Passed - House (77 - 42)
March 1, 2021 NC SB 116 Rescinds a $300-a-Week Boost to Unemployment Benefits in the State Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 15)
Feb. 27, 2021 National HR 1319 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (219 - 212)
Feb. 23, 2021 IA SF 389 Increases Eligibility Requirements for Public Assistance Programs Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
Feb. 22, 2021 HI HB 1278 Reduces the Unemployment Insurance Contribution Rates Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 0)
Feb. 17, 2021 IA SF 252 Prohibits Cities from Mandating Participation in the Section 8 Federal Housing Program Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
Feb. 8, 2021 MO HB 16 Appropriates $324 Million to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
Jan. 27, 2021 WA SB 5061 Reduces State Unemployment Tax Increases Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 7)
Jan. 25, 2021 MN SF 192 Extends Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates from 2020 to 2021 Bill Passed - Senate (66 - 0)
Jan. 15, 2021 CA AB 81 Extends Unemployment Benefits During the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - House (48 - 13)
Date No. Title Outcome
6/09 HB 3124 Extends the Local Government Timeline for Homeless Campers to Remove Belongings by 2 Days Concurrence Vote Passed - House (39 - 19)
6/09 HB 3115 Amends Homeless Laws to Allow Homeless Communities to Seek Shelter on Public Property Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 10)
6/09 AB 336 Repeals $300 per Week Federal Unemployment Compensation Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
6/09 AB 336 Repeals $300 per Week Federal Unemployment Compensation Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
6/08 HB 3124 Extends the Local Government Timeline for Homeless Campers to Remove Belongings by 2 Days Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
6/03 SB 116 Rescinds a $300-a-Week Boost to Unemployment Benefits in the State Bill Passed - House (71 - 36)
6/01 HB 128 Establishes a $1,500 Bonus for Unemployed Individuals that Accept Reemployment Within 30 Days Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 10)
5/31 AB 116 Amends Minor Traffic Violations to be a Civil Instead of a Criminal Infraction Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 1)
5/30 SB 219 Repeals the Practice of Suspending People's Driver's Licenses When they Can't Afford to Pay Bill Passed - House (34 - 8)
5/27 AB 486 Prohibits Tenants from Being Locked Out While Applications for Rental Assistance are Pending Bill Passed - House (29 - 12)
5/20 HB 6107 Amends Zoning Regulations to Address Long-Standing Housing Inequities Bill Passed - House (85 - 59)
5/20 AB 978 Establishes Rent Stabilization and Protections for Mobile Home Owners Bill Passed - House (50 - 19)
5/18 S 101 Expands Affordable Housing Access within Vermont Bill Passed - House (93 - 56)
5/12 H 6249 Extends Unemployment Benefits to Individuals Who Have a Job Bill Passed - House (69 - 3)
5/11 SB 282 Extends the Time Period for Late Rent Payments Through the End of February 2022 Bill Passed - House (39 - 17)
5/06 HB 3178 Authorizes Part-Time Employees to Keep their Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 4)
5/04 HB 129 Requires All Unemployment Hearings be Held Digitally Bill Passed - House (102 - 99)
4/28 HB 616 Amends Laws to Allow Easier Replication of Successful Charter Schools Bill Passed - House (86 - 30)
4/14 HB 3115 Amends Homeless Laws to Allow Homeless Communities to Seek Shelter on Public Property Bill Passed - House (35 - 23)
4/14 SB 282 Extends the Time Period for Late Rent Payments Through the End of February 2022 Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 5)
4/06 HB 2009 Establishes Foreclosure and Mortgage Assistance Bill Passed - House (38 - 21)
3/31 S 1453 Extends the Utility Shut-Off Moratorium throughout the Duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic State of Emergency Bill Passed - House (111 - 35)
3/30 S 1453 Extends the Utility Shut-Off Moratorium throughout the Duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic State of Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 9)
3/28 HB 1277 Establishes a State-Funded Rental Assistance Program Bill Passed - House (57 - 40)
3/24 H 315 Appropriates $100 Million for COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Assistance Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 0)
3/18 HB 2877 Establishes the COVID-19 Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program Act Bill Passed - House (73 - 31)
3/15 SF 252 Prohibits Cities from Mandating Participation in the Section 8 Federal Housing Program Bill Passed - House (56 - 38)
3/15 SB 2142 Authorizes Retroactively Correcting Prices to Compensate Customers after Blackouts Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
3/10 HR 1319 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (220 - 211)
3/06 HR 1319 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 49)
3/03 HB 128 Establishes a $1,500 Bonus for Unemployed Individuals that Accept Reemployment Within 30 Days Bill Passed - House (77 - 42)
3/01 SB 116 Rescinds a $300-a-Week Boost to Unemployment Benefits in the State Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 15)
2/27 HR 1319 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (219 - 212)
2/23 SF 389 Increases Eligibility Requirements for Public Assistance Programs Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
2/22 HB 1278 Reduces the Unemployment Insurance Contribution Rates Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 0)
2/17 SF 252 Prohibits Cities from Mandating Participation in the Section 8 Federal Housing Program Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
2/08 HB 16 Appropriates $324 Million to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
1/27 SB 5061 Reduces State Unemployment Tax Increases Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 7)
1/25 SF 192 Extends Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates from 2020 to 2021 Bill Passed - Senate (66 - 0)
1/15 AB 81 Extends Unemployment Benefits During the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - House (48 - 13)

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