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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. 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 IL HB 370 Repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion Act Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 22)
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 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 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 22, 2021 DE HB 31 Authorizes the Complete Decriminalization of Abortion in the State Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 7)
June 10, 2021 NC HB 453 Prohibits Abortions Based on Race, Sex, or Suspected Disability Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
June 9, 2021 PA HB 118 Requires Either a Funeral or Cremation of Abortion Remains Bill Passed - House (118 - 83)
June 8, 2021 LA HB 578 Requires Abortion Pill Dispensers to Provide Women with a Statement Indicating its Efficacy Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 25)
June 7, 2021 LA HB 578 Requires Abortion Pill Dispensers to Provide Women with a Statement Indicating its Efficacy Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
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)
June 1, 2021 CA SB 245 Reduces the Cost of Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 8)
May 26, 2021 AZ SB 1022 Amends Arizona Revised Statutes in Regard to Unborn Children Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
May 25, 2021 TX HB 1280 Prohibits Abortion if Roe v Wade is Overturned by the Supreme Court Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
May 19, 2021 IA HJR 5 Amends the State Constitution to Repeal the Right to an Abortion Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
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 18, 2021 DE HB 31 Authorizes the Complete Decriminalization of Abortion in the State Bill Passed - House (28 - 13)
May 11, 2021 NC SB 405 Establishes Protections for "Infants Born Alive" Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
May 6, 2021 TX HB 1280 Prohibits Abortion if Roe v Wade is Overturned by the Supreme Court Bill Passed - House (81 - 61)
May 6, 2021 NC HB 453 Prohibits Abortions Based on Race, Sex, or Suspected Disability Bill Passed - House (67 - 42)
April 26, 2021 TX SB 1146 Establishes a Criminal Offense Relating to Abortion Reporting and Exemptions to Abortion Facility Licensing Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
April 21, 2021 TN HB 1181 Requires Either a Funeral or Cremation of Abortion Remains Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6)
April 21, 2021 ID H 366 Prohibits Abortion Procedures Once a Fetal Heartbeat Can be Detected Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
April 19, 2021 AR HB 1592 Prohibits Charter Schools from Engaging in Transactions with Entities that Provide Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 5)
April 19, 2021 TN HB 1181 Requires Either a Funeral or Cremation of Abortion Remains Bill Passed - House (69 - 22)
April 16, 2021 ID H 366 Prohibits Abortion Procedures Once a Fetal Heartbeat Can be Detected Bill Passed - House (53 - 16)
April 14, 2021 IN HB 1577 Requires Doctors to Tell Patients About Abortion Reversal Protocol Concurrence Vote Passed - House (63 - 25)
April 7, 2021 AR HB 1592 Prohibits Charter Schools from Engaging in Transactions with Entities that Provide Abortions Bill Passed - House (73 - 18)
April 6, 2021 IN HB 1577 Requires Doctors to Tell Patients About Abortion Reversal Protocol Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 14)
April 6, 2021 ID S 1183 Prohibits Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat Is Detected Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
March 30, 2021 TX SB 394 Establishes New Restrictions for Pill Induced Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
March 30, 2021 TX SB 8 Prohibits Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat is Detected Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
March 22, 2021 AR SB 85 Requires Abortion Providers to Complete an Ultrasound Bill Passed - House (74 - 14)
March 22, 2021 NE LB 100 Extends Insurance Coverage and Medicaid Access to Prescribed Contraceptives Amendment Adopted - Senate (25 - 11)
March 18, 2021 AL HB 237 Establishes Protections for Infants Born Alive Bill Passed - House (76 - 12)
March 17, 2021 AR HB 1572 Requires 72 Hour Waiting Period before Receiving Two-Step Pharmaceutical Abortions Bill Passed - House (76 - 15)
March 16, 2021 AR HB 1402 Reduces Access to Abortion Pills Bill Passed - House (77 - 12)
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 612 Establishes Further Restrictions on Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 9)
March 8, 2021 AR SB 85 Requires Abortion Providers to Complete an Ultrasound Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 6)
March 4, 2021 AZ SB 1457 Classifies Abortions Specifically for a Fetus with a Genetic Abnormality as a Class 3 Felony Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
March 3, 2021 AR SB 6 Prohibits All Abortions in the State Bill Passed - House (76 - 19)
March 2, 2021 ID H 220 Rescinds Funding for Public Entities That Provide Abortion Advice Bill Passed - House (55 - 14)
March 2, 2021 AR HB 1544 Authorizes a Municipality to Declare Itself a "Pro-Life" City Bill Passed - House (76 - 16)
Feb. 26, 2021 NH HB 233 Requires Infants Born Alive Receive Medically Appropriate Care Bill Tabled - House (45 - 184)
Feb. 26, 2021 NH HB 625 Prohibits Abortion After 24 Weeks of Pregnancy Bill Passed - House (191 - 160)
Feb. 24, 2021 AZ SB 1254 Prohibits Organizations from Counseling, Referring, or Performing Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
Feb. 22, 2021 SD HB 1130 Requires Providing Information Before Performing an Abortion Bill Passed - House (55 - 13)
Feb. 22, 2021 AR SB 6 Prohibits All Abortions in the State Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
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. 16, 2021 SD HB 1051 Establishes Requirements for Abortions Resulting in Premature Birth Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 3)
Feb. 11, 2021 NM SB 10 Repeals State Laws Criminalizing Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 17)
Feb. 8, 2021 AZ SB 1022 Amends Arizona Revised Statutes in Regard to Unborn Children Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
Feb. 5, 2021 MT HB 229 Prohibits Insurance Policies from Covering Abortion Services with Few Exceptions Bill Passed - House (70 - 28)
Feb. 4, 2021 AR HB 1195 Requires Pregnant Individuals Call a Hotline Number Before Receiving an Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
Feb. 2, 2021 UT HB 102 Requires Giving Prisoner Access to Contraception Medication Bill Passed - House (53 - 19)
Feb. 1, 2021 AR HB 1195 Requires Pregnant Individuals Call a Hotline Number Before Receiving an Abortion Bill Passed - House (75 - 13)
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 SD HB 1051 Establishes Requirements for Abortions Resulting in Premature Birth Bill Passed - House (59 - 8)
Jan. 28, 2021 SC S 0001 Prohibits Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat is Detected Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 13)
Jan. 27, 2021 IA HJR 5 Amends the State Constitution to Repeal the Right to an Abortion Joint Resolution Passed - House (55 - 44)
Jan. 26, 2021 MT HB 171 Establishes the Montana Abortion-Induced Drug Risk Protocol Bill Passed - House (67 - 33)
Jan. 26, 2021 MT HB 140 Requires Providing Information Before Performing an Abortion Bill Passed - House (68 - 32)
Jan. 26, 2021 MT HB 136 Rescinds a Woman's Ability to Have an Abortion After 20 Weeks of Pregnancy Bill Passed - House (66 - 34)
Jan. 26, 2021 MT HB 167 Authorizes Adopting the Montana Born Alive Infant Protection Act Bill Passed - House (68 - 32)
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)
Jan. 9, 2021 KY SB 9 Establishes Requirements for Abortions Resulting in Premature Birth Bill Passed - House (76 - 18)
Jan. 9, 2021 KY HB 2 Increases Attorney General Powers to Enforce State Abortion Laws Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 5)
Jan. 7, 2021 KY SB 9 Establishes Requirements for Abortions Resulting in Premature Birth Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 4)
Jan. 7, 2021 KY HB 2 Increases Attorney General Powers to Enforce State Abortion Laws Bill Passed - House (75 - 18)
Date No. Title Outcome
10/27 HB 370 Repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 51)
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 370 Repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion Act Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 22)
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)
6/29 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)
6/28 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)
6/22 HB 31 Authorizes the Complete Decriminalization of Abortion in the State Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 7)
6/10 HB 453 Prohibits Abortions Based on Race, Sex, or Suspected Disability Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
6/09 HB 118 Requires Either a Funeral or Cremation of Abortion Remains Bill Passed - House (118 - 83)
6/08 HB 578 Requires Abortion Pill Dispensers to Provide Women with a Statement Indicating its Efficacy Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 25)
6/07 HB 578 Requires Abortion Pill Dispensers to Provide Women with a Statement Indicating its Efficacy Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
6/01 SB 523 Requires University Health Plans to Include Coverage of Over-the-counter Birth Control and Contraceptives Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
6/01 SB 245 Reduces the Cost of Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 8)
5/26 SB 1022 Amends Arizona Revised Statutes in Regard to Unborn Children Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
5/25 HB 1280 Prohibits Abortion if Roe v Wade is Overturned by the Supreme Court Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
5/19 HJR 5 Amends the State Constitution to Repeal the Right to an Abortion Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
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)
5/18 HB 31 Authorizes the Complete Decriminalization of Abortion in the State Bill Passed - House (28 - 13)
5/11 SB 405 Establishes Protections for "Infants Born Alive" Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
5/06 HB 1280 Prohibits Abortion if Roe v Wade is Overturned by the Supreme Court Bill Passed - House (81 - 61)
5/06 HB 453 Prohibits Abortions Based on Race, Sex, or Suspected Disability Bill Passed - House (67 - 42)
4/26 SB 1146 Establishes a Criminal Offense Relating to Abortion Reporting and Exemptions to Abortion Facility Licensing Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
4/21 HB 1181 Requires Either a Funeral or Cremation of Abortion Remains Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6)
4/21 H 366 Prohibits Abortion Procedures Once a Fetal Heartbeat Can be Detected Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
4/19 HB 1592 Prohibits Charter Schools from Engaging in Transactions with Entities that Provide Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 5)
4/19 HB 1181 Requires Either a Funeral or Cremation of Abortion Remains Bill Passed - House (69 - 22)
4/16 H 366 Prohibits Abortion Procedures Once a Fetal Heartbeat Can be Detected Bill Passed - House (53 - 16)
4/14 HB 1577 Requires Doctors to Tell Patients About Abortion Reversal Protocol Concurrence Vote Passed - House (63 - 25)
4/07 HB 1592 Prohibits Charter Schools from Engaging in Transactions with Entities that Provide Abortions Bill Passed - House (73 - 18)
4/06 HB 1577 Requires Doctors to Tell Patients About Abortion Reversal Protocol Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 14)
4/06 S 1183 Prohibits Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat Is Detected Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
3/30 SB 394 Establishes New Restrictions for Pill Induced Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
3/30 SB 8 Prohibits Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat is Detected Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
3/22 SB 85 Requires Abortion Providers to Complete an Ultrasound Bill Passed - House (74 - 14)
3/22 LB 100 Extends Insurance Coverage and Medicaid Access to Prescribed Contraceptives Amendment Adopted - Senate (25 - 11)
3/18 HB 237 Establishes Protections for Infants Born Alive Bill Passed - House (76 - 12)
3/17 HB 1572 Requires 72 Hour Waiting Period before Receiving Two-Step Pharmaceutical Abortions Bill Passed - House (76 - 15)
3/16 HB 1402 Reduces Access to Abortion Pills Bill Passed - House (77 - 12)
3/10 SB 647 Authorizes Parental Funeral and Burial Rights for First Trimester Miscarriages Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 6)
3/10 SB 612 Establishes Further Restrictions on Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 9)
3/08 SB 85 Requires Abortion Providers to Complete an Ultrasound Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 6)
3/04 SB 1457 Classifies Abortions Specifically for a Fetus with a Genetic Abnormality as a Class 3 Felony Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
3/03 SB 6 Prohibits All Abortions in the State Bill Passed - House (76 - 19)
3/02 H 220 Rescinds Funding for Public Entities That Provide Abortion Advice Bill Passed - House (55 - 14)
3/02 HB 1544 Authorizes a Municipality to Declare Itself a "Pro-Life" City Bill Passed - House (76 - 16)
2/26 HB 233 Requires Infants Born Alive Receive Medically Appropriate Care Bill Tabled - House (45 - 184)
2/26 HB 625 Prohibits Abortion After 24 Weeks of Pregnancy Bill Passed - House (191 - 160)
2/24 SB 1254 Prohibits Organizations from Counseling, Referring, or Performing Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
2/22 HB 1130 Requires Providing Information Before Performing an Abortion Bill Passed - House (55 - 13)
2/22 SB 6 Prohibits All Abortions in the State Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
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)
2/16 HB 1051 Establishes Requirements for Abortions Resulting in Premature Birth Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 3)
2/11 SB 10 Repeals State Laws Criminalizing Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 17)
2/08 SB 1022 Amends Arizona Revised Statutes in Regard to Unborn Children Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
2/05 HB 229 Prohibits Insurance Policies from Covering Abortion Services with Few Exceptions Bill Passed - House (70 - 28)
2/04 HB 1195 Requires Pregnant Individuals Call a Hotline Number Before Receiving an Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
2/02 HB 102 Requires Giving Prisoner Access to Contraception Medication Bill Passed - House (53 - 19)
2/01 HB 1195 Requires Pregnant Individuals Call a Hotline Number Before Receiving an Abortion Bill Passed - House (75 - 13)
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 HB 1051 Establishes Requirements for Abortions Resulting in Premature Birth Bill Passed - House (59 - 8)
1/28 S 0001 Prohibits Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat is Detected Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 13)
1/27 HJR 5 Amends the State Constitution to Repeal the Right to an Abortion Joint Resolution Passed - House (55 - 44)
1/26 HB 171 Establishes the Montana Abortion-Induced Drug Risk Protocol Bill Passed - House (67 - 33)
1/26 HB 140 Requires Providing Information Before Performing an Abortion Bill Passed - House (68 - 32)
1/26 HB 136 Rescinds a Woman's Ability to Have an Abortion After 20 Weeks of Pregnancy Bill Passed - House (66 - 34)
1/26 HB 167 Authorizes Adopting the Montana Born Alive Infant Protection Act Bill Passed - House (68 - 32)
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)
1/09 SB 9 Establishes Requirements for Abortions Resulting in Premature Birth Bill Passed - House (76 - 18)
1/09 HB 2 Increases Attorney General Powers to Enforce State Abortion Laws Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 5)
1/07 SB 9 Establishes Requirements for Abortions Resulting in Premature Birth Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 4)
1/07 HB 2 Increases Attorney General Powers to Enforce State Abortion Laws Bill Passed - House (75 - 18)

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