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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

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
May 6, 2021 MO SB 330 Authorizes College Athletes to Receive Compensation for the Use of their Likeness Bill Passed - House (141 - 6)
April 29, 2021 DE HB 198 Requires Schools to Provide Curricula on Black History Bill Passed - House (33 - 7)
April 28, 2021 NC SB 115 Authorizes Outdoor College Football Stadiums to Open to 100% Capacity Bill Passed - House (77 - 42)
April 15, 2021 AL HB 391 Prohibits Transgender Athletes from Playing on Sports Teams that do not Match their Birth Sex Concurrence Vote Passed - House (76 - 13)
April 15, 2021 AL HB 391 Prohibits Transgender Athletes from Playing on Sports Teams that do not Match their Birth Sex Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 5)
April 15, 2021 OR SJM 4 Alleges Congress Should Implement Reparations for African Americans Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 9)
April 15, 2021 TX SB 29 Prohibits Transgender Student's from Playing on Sports Teams That do Not Match their Birth Sex Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
April 14, 2021 FL HB 1475 Prohibits Transgender Students from Playing on Sports Teams that do Not Match their Birth Sex Bill Passed - House (77 - 40)
April 9, 2021 KS SB 55 Prohibits Transgender Student Athletes from Participating on Sports Teams that do Not Match their Birth Sex Conference Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 11)
April 9, 2021 AK HB 10 Establishes Protections for a Unangan Cemetery Bill Passed - House (31 - 8)
April 8, 2021 KS SB 55 Prohibits Transgender Student Athletes from Participating on Sports Teams that do Not Match their Birth Sex Conference Report Adopted - House (76 - 43)
April 8, 2021 SC S 685 Authorizes College Athletes to be Paid for the Use of their Likeness Bill Passed - House (22 - 21)
April 8, 2021 TX SB 4 Requires the National Anthem be Played at All Sporting Events Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 2)
April 6, 2021 ND SB 2304 Requires Schools Teach Indigenous History Bill Passed - House (72 - 21)
March 31, 2021 VT JRH 2 Extends an Apology to Individual Vermonters and Their Families Harmed as a Result of State Sanctioned Eugenic Policies and Practices Joint Resolution Passed - House (146 - 0)
March 25, 2021 CO SB 21-135 Prohibits the Use of Certain Animals in Traveling Animal Acts Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
March 17, 2021 KS SB 208 Prohibits Transgender Women and Girls from Participating in Women's Sports Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
March 16, 2021 WI SJR 11 Extends Honors to Rush Limbaugh Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
March 16, 2021 WI SJR 20 Establishes February 2021 as Black History Month and Honors Black Legislators Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (11 - 20)
March 10, 2021 ME LD 115 Establishes a New Flag for the State of Maine Bill Failed - House (57 - 91)
March 2, 2021 KS HB 2264 Authorizes College Athletes to Receive Compensation for the Use of their Likeness Bill Passed - House (95 - 29)
Feb. 11, 2021 ND HB 1298 Requires Transgender Athletes to Play Sports on Teams Made for Their Biological Sex Bill Passed - House (65 - 26)
Feb. 11, 2021 MS HB 1030 Requires Paying Student Athletes if Their Likeness is Used in Advertising Bill Passed - House (93 - 19)
Jan. 27, 2021 MT HB 112 Requires Student Athletes to Participate Under Sex Assigned at Birth Bill Passed - House (61 - 38)
Jan. 6, 2021 MS HB 1 Repeals the State Flag Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 7)
Date No. Title Outcome
5/06 SB 330 Authorizes College Athletes to Receive Compensation for the Use of their Likeness Bill Passed - House (141 - 6)
4/29 HB 198 Requires Schools to Provide Curricula on Black History Bill Passed - House (33 - 7)
4/28 SB 115 Authorizes Outdoor College Football Stadiums to Open to 100% Capacity Bill Passed - House (77 - 42)
4/15 HB 391 Prohibits Transgender Athletes from Playing on Sports Teams that do not Match their Birth Sex Concurrence Vote Passed - House (76 - 13)
4/15 HB 391 Prohibits Transgender Athletes from Playing on Sports Teams that do not Match their Birth Sex Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 5)
4/15 SJM 4 Alleges Congress Should Implement Reparations for African Americans Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 9)
4/15 SB 29 Prohibits Transgender Student's from Playing on Sports Teams That do Not Match their Birth Sex Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
4/14 HB 1475 Prohibits Transgender Students from Playing on Sports Teams that do Not Match their Birth Sex Bill Passed - House (77 - 40)
4/09 SB 55 Prohibits Transgender Student Athletes from Participating on Sports Teams that do Not Match their Birth Sex Conference Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 11)
4/09 HB 10 Establishes Protections for a Unangan Cemetery Bill Passed - House (31 - 8)
4/08 SB 55 Prohibits Transgender Student Athletes from Participating on Sports Teams that do Not Match their Birth Sex Conference Report Adopted - House (76 - 43)
4/08 S 685 Authorizes College Athletes to be Paid for the Use of their Likeness Bill Passed - House (22 - 21)
4/08 SB 4 Requires the National Anthem be Played at All Sporting Events Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 2)
4/06 SB 2304 Requires Schools Teach Indigenous History Bill Passed - House (72 - 21)
3/31 JRH 2 Extends an Apology to Individual Vermonters and Their Families Harmed as a Result of State Sanctioned Eugenic Policies and Practices Joint Resolution Passed - House (146 - 0)
3/25 SB 21-135 Prohibits the Use of Certain Animals in Traveling Animal Acts Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
3/17 SB 208 Prohibits Transgender Women and Girls from Participating in Women's Sports Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
3/16 SJR 11 Extends Honors to Rush Limbaugh Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
3/16 SJR 20 Establishes February 2021 as Black History Month and Honors Black Legislators Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (11 - 20)
3/10 LD 115 Establishes a New Flag for the State of Maine Bill Failed - House (57 - 91)
3/02 HB 2264 Authorizes College Athletes to Receive Compensation for the Use of their Likeness Bill Passed - House (95 - 29)
2/11 HB 1298 Requires Transgender Athletes to Play Sports on Teams Made for Their Biological Sex Bill Passed - House (65 - 26)
2/11 HB 1030 Requires Paying Student Athletes if Their Likeness is Used in Advertising Bill Passed - House (93 - 19)
1/27 HB 112 Requires Student Athletes to Participate Under Sex Assigned at Birth Bill Passed - House (61 - 38)
1/06 HB 1 Repeals the State Flag Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 7)

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