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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
Aug. 19, 2021 NC SB 688 Authorizes Sports Betting in North Carolina Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 19)
July 22, 2021 MA H 3977 Authorizes the Legalization of Sports Betting Bill Passed - House (156 - 3)
June 16, 2021 OH SB 176 Authorizes the Legalization of Sports Betting Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 2)
June 3, 2021 LA SB 247 Establishes Regulations for the Sports Betting Industry Bill Passed - House (78 - 15)
June 1, 2021 RI S 40 Establishes a Twenty Year Contract with Two Major Gambling Companies Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
May 26, 2021 NV SB 452 Prohibits Guns in Casinos Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 10)
May 11, 2021 WI SB 170 Authorizes the Legalization of Paddlewheel Raffles Bill Passed - House (61 - 35)
April 13, 2021 AL SB 319 Authorizes Voting to Expand Casino Gambling Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
Feb. 11, 2021 KY SB 120 Authorizes Historical Horse Racing Machines Bill Passed - House (55 - 38)
Feb. 9, 2021 KY SB 120 Authorizes Historical Horse Racing Machines Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
Date No. Title Outcome
8/19 SB 688 Authorizes Sports Betting in North Carolina Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 19)
7/22 H 3977 Authorizes the Legalization of Sports Betting Bill Passed - House (156 - 3)
6/16 SB 176 Authorizes the Legalization of Sports Betting Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 2)
6/03 SB 247 Establishes Regulations for the Sports Betting Industry Bill Passed - House (78 - 15)
6/01 S 40 Establishes a Twenty Year Contract with Two Major Gambling Companies Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
5/26 SB 452 Prohibits Guns in Casinos Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 10)
5/11 SB 170 Authorizes the Legalization of Paddlewheel Raffles Bill Passed - House (61 - 35)
4/13 SB 319 Authorizes Voting to Expand Casino Gambling Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
2/11 SB 120 Authorizes Historical Horse Racing Machines Bill Passed - House (55 - 38)
2/09 SB 120 Authorizes Historical Horse Racing Machines Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)

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