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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. 27, 2021 IL HB 370 Repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 51)
Oct. 26, 2021 IL HB 370 Repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion Act Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 22)
Oct. 26, 2021 MI HB 5267 Exempts Feminine Hygiene Products from State Sales Tax Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 2)
Oct. 26, 2021 National HR 2119 Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (228 - 200)
Oct. 22, 2021 National HR 3110 PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act Bill Passed - House (276 - 149)
Oct. 14, 2021 MI HB 5267 Exempts Feminine Hygiene Products from State Sales Tax Bill Passed - House (94 - 13)
Sept. 28, 2021 WI SB 16 Establishes Protections for "Infants Born Alive" Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
Sept. 24, 2021 National HR 3755 Women's Health Protection Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (218 - 211)
Sept. 8, 2021 CA AB 1356 Prohibits Patients and Providers at Reproductive Healthcare Facilities from Being Recorded Concurrence Vote Passed - House (60 - 18)
Sept. 1, 2021 CA AB 1356 Prohibits Patients and Providers at Reproductive Healthcare Facilities from Being Recorded Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
June 30, 2021 ME LD 1592 Establishes Decriminalization of Prostitution and Strengthens Laws Against Sexual Exploitation Veto Override Failed - House (76 - 70)
June 29, 2021 AZ SB 1082 Authorizes Certain Contraceptive Products to be Dispensed Without a Prescription Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 8)
June 29, 2021 RI H 5929 Requires Health Insurers Cover Cost of Doula Services for Expectant Mothers Bill Passed - House (66 - 0)
June 29, 2021 RI H 5929 Requires Health Insurers Cover Cost of Doula Services for Expectant Mothers Bill Passed - House (66 - 0)
June 28, 2021 AZ SB 1082 Authorizes Certain Contraceptive Products to be Dispensed Without a Prescription Bill Passed - House (33 - 24)
June 24, 2021 National HR 239 Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act Bill Passed - House (245 - 181)
June 16, 2021 ME LD 1592 Establishes Decriminalization of Prostitution and Strengthens Laws Against Sexual Exploitation Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
June 10, 2021 RI H 5083 Requires Feminine Hygiene Products in Prisons and Public Schools Bill Passed - House (69 - 1)
June 9, 2021 PA HB 118 Requires Either a Funeral or Cremation of Abortion Remains Bill Passed - House (118 - 83)
June 8, 2021 National HR 7 Paycheck Fairness Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (49 - 50)
June 1, 2021 CA SB 523 Requires University Health Plans to Include Coverage of Over-the-counter Birth Control and Contraceptives Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
May 25, 2021 TX HB 3920 Authorizes Pregnant Women to Vote by Mail if Their Due Date is 3 Weeks Before or After the Election Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
May 20, 2021 IL HB 156 Requires All Schools to Provide Menstrual Products in Bathrooms Bill Passed - House (68 - 43)
May 18, 2021 NV SJR 11 Extends Support to Congress to Ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women Joint Resolution Passed - House (31 - 10)
May 18, 2021 NV SJR 11 Extends Support to Congress to Ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women Joint Resolution Passed - House (31 - 10)
May 14, 2021 TX HB 3920 Authorizes Pregnant Women to Vote by Mail if Their Due Date is 3 Weeks Before or After the Election Bill Passed - House (99 - 44)
April 15, 2021 VT S 53 Prohibits Taxing Feminine Hygiene Products Bill Passed - House (98 - 38)
April 15, 2021 National HR 7 Paycheck Fairness Act Bill Passed - House (217 - 210)
March 22, 2021 NE LB 100 Extends Insurance Coverage and Medicaid Access to Prescribed Contraceptives Amendment Adopted - Senate (25 - 11)
March 17, 2021 National HR 1620 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (244 - 172)
March 10, 2021 OK SB 647 Authorizes Parental Funeral and Burial Rights for First Trimester Miscarriages Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 6)
March 10, 2021 OK SB 647 Authorizes Parental Funeral and Burial Rights for First Trimester Miscarriages Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 6)
Feb. 17, 2021 SC S 0001 Prohibits Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat is Detected Bill Passed - House (79 - 35)
Feb. 17, 2021 WA SB 5140 Prohibits Hospital Policies that Restrict Necessary Miscarriage Treatment Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
Feb. 16, 2021 VA SB 1276 Repeals the Abortion Prohibition in Virginia Health Insurance Plans Bill Passed - House (54 - 45)
Feb. 2, 2021 UT HB 102 Requires Giving Prisoner Access to Contraception Medication Bill Passed - House (53 - 19)
Jan. 28, 2021 KS HCR 5003 Amends the State Constitution to Allow Legislative Regulation and Specify that there is No Constitutional Right to Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 11)
Jan. 28, 2021 SC S 0001 Prohibits Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat is Detected Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 13)
Jan. 22, 2021 KS HCR 5003 Amends the State Constitution to Allow Legislative Regulation and Specify that there is No Constitutional Right to Abortion Bill Passed - House (86 - 38)
Jan. 22, 2021 VA SB 1276 Repeals the Abortion Prohibition in Virginia Health Insurance Plans Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 17)
Date No. Title Outcome
10/27 HB 370 Repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 51)
10/26 HB 370 Repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion Act Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 22)
10/26 HB 5267 Exempts Feminine Hygiene Products from State Sales Tax Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 2)
10/26 HR 2119 Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (228 - 200)
10/22 HR 3110 PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act Bill Passed - House (276 - 149)
10/14 HB 5267 Exempts Feminine Hygiene Products from State Sales Tax Bill Passed - House (94 - 13)
9/28 SB 16 Establishes Protections for "Infants Born Alive" Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
9/24 HR 3755 Women's Health Protection Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (218 - 211)
9/08 AB 1356 Prohibits Patients and Providers at Reproductive Healthcare Facilities from Being Recorded Concurrence Vote Passed - House (60 - 18)
9/01 AB 1356 Prohibits Patients and Providers at Reproductive Healthcare Facilities from Being Recorded Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
6/30 LD 1592 Establishes Decriminalization of Prostitution and Strengthens Laws Against Sexual Exploitation Veto Override Failed - House (76 - 70)
6/29 SB 1082 Authorizes Certain Contraceptive Products to be Dispensed Without a Prescription Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 8)
6/29 H 5929 Requires Health Insurers Cover Cost of Doula Services for Expectant Mothers Bill Passed - House (66 - 0)
6/29 H 5929 Requires Health Insurers Cover Cost of Doula Services for Expectant Mothers Bill Passed - House (66 - 0)
6/28 SB 1082 Authorizes Certain Contraceptive Products to be Dispensed Without a Prescription Bill Passed - House (33 - 24)
6/24 HR 239 Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act Bill Passed - House (245 - 181)
6/16 LD 1592 Establishes Decriminalization of Prostitution and Strengthens Laws Against Sexual Exploitation Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
6/10 H 5083 Requires Feminine Hygiene Products in Prisons and Public Schools Bill Passed - House (69 - 1)
6/09 HB 118 Requires Either a Funeral or Cremation of Abortion Remains Bill Passed - House (118 - 83)
6/08 HR 7 Paycheck Fairness Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (49 - 50)
6/01 SB 523 Requires University Health Plans to Include Coverage of Over-the-counter Birth Control and Contraceptives Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
5/25 HB 3920 Authorizes Pregnant Women to Vote by Mail if Their Due Date is 3 Weeks Before or After the Election Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
5/20 HB 156 Requires All Schools to Provide Menstrual Products in Bathrooms Bill Passed - House (68 - 43)
5/18 SJR 11 Extends Support to Congress to Ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women Joint Resolution Passed - House (31 - 10)
5/18 SJR 11 Extends Support to Congress to Ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women Joint Resolution Passed - House (31 - 10)
5/14 HB 3920 Authorizes Pregnant Women to Vote by Mail if Their Due Date is 3 Weeks Before or After the Election Bill Passed - House (99 - 44)
4/15 S 53 Prohibits Taxing Feminine Hygiene Products Bill Passed - House (98 - 38)
4/15 HR 7 Paycheck Fairness Act Bill Passed - House (217 - 210)
3/22 LB 100 Extends Insurance Coverage and Medicaid Access to Prescribed Contraceptives Amendment Adopted - Senate (25 - 11)
3/17 HR 1620 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (244 - 172)
3/10 SB 647 Authorizes Parental Funeral and Burial Rights for First Trimester Miscarriages Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 6)
3/10 SB 647 Authorizes Parental Funeral and Burial Rights for First Trimester Miscarriages Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 6)
2/17 S 0001 Prohibits Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat is Detected Bill Passed - House (79 - 35)
2/17 SB 5140 Prohibits Hospital Policies that Restrict Necessary Miscarriage Treatment Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
2/16 SB 1276 Repeals the Abortion Prohibition in Virginia Health Insurance Plans Bill Passed - House (54 - 45)
2/02 HB 102 Requires Giving Prisoner Access to Contraception Medication Bill Passed - House (53 - 19)
1/28 HCR 5003 Amends the State Constitution to Allow Legislative Regulation and Specify that there is No Constitutional Right to Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 11)
1/28 S 0001 Prohibits Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat is Detected Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 13)
1/22 HCR 5003 Amends the State Constitution to Allow Legislative Regulation and Specify that there is No Constitutional Right to Abortion Bill Passed - House (86 - 38)
1/22 SB 1276 Repeals the Abortion Prohibition in Virginia Health Insurance Plans Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 17)

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