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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
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  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

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
April 21, 2021 TN HB 1181 Requires Either a Funeral or Cremation of Abortion Remains Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6)
April 19, 2021 TN HB 1181 Requires Either a Funeral or Cremation of Abortion Remains Bill Passed - House (69 - 22)
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 30, 2021 TX SB 8 Prohibits Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat is Detected Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
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. 17, 2021 WA SB 5140 Prohibits Hospital Policies that Restrict Necessary Miscarriage Treatment Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
Feb. 2, 2021 UT HB 102 Requires 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 VA SB 1276 Repeals the Abortion Ban in Virginia Health Insurance Plans Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 17)
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)
Date No. Title Outcome
4/21 HB 1181 Requires Either a Funeral or Cremation of Abortion Remains Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6)
4/19 HB 1181 Requires Either a Funeral or Cremation of Abortion Remains Bill Passed - House (69 - 22)
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)
3/30 SB 8 Prohibits Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat is Detected Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
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)
2/17 SB 5140 Prohibits Hospital Policies that Restrict Necessary Miscarriage Treatment Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
2/02 HB 102 Requires 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 SB 1276 Repeals the Abortion Ban in Virginia Health Insurance Plans Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 17)
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)

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