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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
Nov. 17, 2021 NC HB 91 Amends High School Athlete Regulations Conference Report Adopted - House (71 - 43)
Nov. 8, 2021 WI SB 585 Requires Schools to Provide Statistics Relating to On-Campus Crime Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
Oct. 6, 2021 MI HB 5044 Establishes Guidelines for New Child Care Provider Contracts Bill Passed - House (87 - 16)
Sept. 8, 2021 NC HB 91 Amends High School Athlete Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 14)
Sept. 2, 2021 CA AB 1084 Requires Retailers and Department Stores to Have a Gender Neutral Section Concurrence Vote Passed - House (49 - 16)
Sept. 1, 2021 CA AB 1084 Requires Retailers and Department Stores to Have a Gender Neutral Section Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
June 25, 2021 OR HB 3000 Prohibits Minors from Purchasing Products Containing Delta-8 THC Outside of a Regulated Cannabis Market Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 3)
June 24, 2021 NJ S 2924 Appropriates $8.4 Million for a "Restorative and Transformative Justice for Youths and Communities" Pilot Program Bill Passed - House (53 - 21)
June 21, 2021 NJ S 2924 Appropriates $8.4 Million for a "Restorative and Transformative Justice for Youths and Communities" Pilot Program Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 11)
June 10, 2021 LA HB 54 Establishes the Crime of Adoption Deception Concurrence Vote Passed - House (70 - 27)
June 10, 2021 NY S 6498 Prohibits the Use of Restrains on Children Under the Age of 21 Appearing Before Family Court Bill Passed - House (105 - 44)
June 10, 2021 ME LD 1668 Requires the Closure of the Long Creek Youth Development Center "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (81 - 57)
June 10, 2021 DE HB 90 Amends Campaign Finance Laws to Authorize Spending Related to Child Care Costs Bill Passed - House (28 - 13)
June 7, 2021 NY S 6498 Prohibits the Use of Restrains on Children Under the Age of 21 Appearing Before Family Court Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 15)
May 31, 2021 NV SB 274 Amends Laws and Provisions Related to Commercially Exploited Children Bill Passed - House (39 - 3)
May 24, 2021 OR SB 418 Prohibits Police From Lying to Youth Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 4)
May 21, 2021 NV AB 261 Expands School Curriculum to Tell a Broader Range of Children Stories Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 9)
May 20, 2021 NV AB 115 Authorizes Children to Have More Than Two Legal Parents Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 6)
May 20, 2021 NY S 4478 Prohibits the Use of Pesticides at Children's' Day and Overnight Camps Bill Passed - House (112 - 35)
May 18, 2021 DE HB 26 Prohibits Incarcerated Youths from Being Housed in Adult Prisons Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 7)
May 18, 2021 TX SB 1311 Prohibits Certain Treatments for Transgender Children Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
May 11, 2021 TX HB 3485 Amends Law Regarding Corporal Punishment in Schools Bill Passed - House (86 - 60)
May 11, 2021 MO HB 557 Increases Oversight Over Unlicensed Religious Boarding Schools Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
May 11, 2021 WI AB 142 Expands Immunity for Individuals Reporting or Investigating Child Abuse or Neglect Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 3)
May 6, 2021 NH HB 183 Prohibits Municipalities from Requiring a License for a Soft Drink Stand "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (13 - 10)
May 4, 2021 OR SB 236 Prohibits Suspensions and Expulsions at Private Daycares and Preschools Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 7)
April 28, 2021 IA SF 546 Repeals the Instructional Drivers License Requirement for Minors Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 15)
April 28, 2021 MI SB 371 Establishes an Electronic Case Management System to Track Child Protective Services Data Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 2)
April 27, 2021 CT HB 6423 Rescinds the Religious Exemption for Mandatory Childhood Vaccines Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14)
April 27, 2021 NY S 4478 Prohibits the Use of Pesticides at Children's' Day and Overnight Camps Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 16)
April 20, 2021 NV AB 115 Authorizes Children to Have More Than Two Legal Parents Bill Passed - House (34 - 8)
April 20, 2021 CT HB 6423 Rescinds the Religious Exemption for Mandatory Childhood Vaccines Bill Passed - House (90 - 53)
April 15, 2021 WA HB 1140 Requires Law Enforcement Provide Attorney Access to Juveniles Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 41)
April 15, 2021 NV AB 261 Expands School Curriculum to Tell a Broader Range of Children Stories Bill Passed - House (26 - 16)
April 12, 2021 IA SF 546 Repeals the Instructional Drivers License Requirement for Minors Bill Passed - House (59 - 34)
April 12, 2021 MT SB 283 Specifies Response to Guns in Schools Bill Passed - House (87 - 13)
April 12, 2021 ID S 1193 Appropriates $6 Million for Early Childhood Education Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
April 11, 2021 WA HB 1140 Requires Law Enforcement Provide Attorney Access to Juveniles Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
April 9, 2021 NH HB 183 Prohibits Municipalities from Requiring a License for a Soft Drink Stand "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (211 - 163)
April 7, 2021 PA HB 951 Expands the Window for Underage Victims to Sue for Sexual Abuse Bill Passed - House (149 - 52)
April 1, 2021 IN SB 260 Authorizes 16 or 17 Year-Olds to Serve as a Precinct Election Officers on Election Day Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 11)
March 30, 2021 RI S 128 Repeals Law that Only Allowed Officers to Issue Verbal Warnings to Adults Who Leave Children in Cars Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
March 29, 2021 AR HB 1570 Prohibits Gender Transition-Related Medical Care for Minors Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
March 25, 2021 GA SB 28 Authorizes Reform of Juvenile Justice System (123 - 46)
March 25, 2021 IN HB 1040 Requires Schools to Provide Parents with Information on EKGs, or Electrocardiograms Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 13)
March 25, 2021 TN SB 1286 Authorizes a Child to be Detained in a Secure Facility Bill Passed - House (70 - 20)
March 25, 2021 DE HB 26 Prohibits Incarcerated Youths from Being Housed in Adult Prisons Bill Passed - House (27 - 14)
March 23, 2021 IN SB 260 Authorizes 16 or 17 Year-Olds to Serve as a Precinct Election Officers on Election Day Bill Passed - House (58 - 36)
March 17, 2021 AR HB 1135 Authorizes Pharmacy Technicians to Administer Vaccines and Immunizations to Anyone Aged 3 or Older Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
March 10, 2021 AR HB 1570 Prohibits Gender Transition-Related Medical Care for Minors Bill Passed - House (70 - 22)
March 2, 2021 MT SB 283 Specifies Response to Guns in Schools Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 15)
March 2, 2021 AL SB 10 Prohibits Gender Change Therapy for Minors Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 4)
Feb. 26, 2021 MD SB 218 Extends the Earned Income Tax Credit to Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (91 - 44)
Feb. 19, 2021 VA HB 2125 Authorizes a Person Who is 16 Years of Age or Older to Preregister to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 17)
Feb. 19, 2021 MD SB 218 Extends the Earned Income Tax Credit to Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
Feb. 17, 2021 UT HB 302 Requires Transgender Student Athletes Play Against Those of Their Biological Sex Bill Passed - House (50 - 23)
Feb. 16, 2021 IA HF 415 Requires Public Schools Recite the Pledge of Allegiance Daily Bill Passed - House (91 - 3)
Feb. 3, 2021 WY HB 48 Limits Funding for Juvenile Justice Programs Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 4)
Feb. 1, 2021 VA HB 2125 Authorizes a Person Who is 16 Years of Age or Older to Preregister to Vote Bill Passed - House (54 - 45)
Jan. 29, 2021 WY HB 48 Limits Funding for Juvenile Justice Programs Bill Passed - House (54 - 5)
Jan. 27, 2021 PA HB 14 Extends the Statute of Limitations for Childhood Sexual Abuse. Bill Passed - House (187 - 15)
Jan. 27, 2021 PA SB 87 Establishes a Task Force on Child Pornography Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 2)
Jan. 26, 2021 MT HB 113 Prohibits Medical Providers from Prescribing Certain Treatments for Youth with Gender Dysphoria Bill Failed - House (49 - 51)
Jan. 21, 2021 CA SB 93 Transfers Emergency COVID-19 Relief Funds for Childcare Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 2)
Jan. 15, 2021 CA AB 82 Appropriates $400 million to Aid Day-Care Providers Bill Passed - House (48 - 13)
Date No. Title Outcome
11/17 HB 91 Amends High School Athlete Regulations Conference Report Adopted - House (71 - 43)
11/08 SB 585 Requires Schools to Provide Statistics Relating to On-Campus Crime Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
10/06 HB 5044 Establishes Guidelines for New Child Care Provider Contracts Bill Passed - House (87 - 16)
9/08 HB 91 Amends High School Athlete Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 14)
9/02 AB 1084 Requires Retailers and Department Stores to Have a Gender Neutral Section Concurrence Vote Passed - House (49 - 16)
9/01 AB 1084 Requires Retailers and Department Stores to Have a Gender Neutral Section Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
6/25 HB 3000 Prohibits Minors from Purchasing Products Containing Delta-8 THC Outside of a Regulated Cannabis Market Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 3)
6/24 S 2924 Appropriates $8.4 Million for a "Restorative and Transformative Justice for Youths and Communities" Pilot Program Bill Passed - House (53 - 21)
6/21 S 2924 Appropriates $8.4 Million for a "Restorative and Transformative Justice for Youths and Communities" Pilot Program Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 11)
6/10 HB 54 Establishes the Crime of Adoption Deception Concurrence Vote Passed - House (70 - 27)
6/10 S 6498 Prohibits the Use of Restrains on Children Under the Age of 21 Appearing Before Family Court Bill Passed - House (105 - 44)
6/10 LD 1668 Requires the Closure of the Long Creek Youth Development Center "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (81 - 57)
6/10 HB 90 Amends Campaign Finance Laws to Authorize Spending Related to Child Care Costs Bill Passed - House (28 - 13)
6/07 S 6498 Prohibits the Use of Restrains on Children Under the Age of 21 Appearing Before Family Court Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 15)
5/31 SB 274 Amends Laws and Provisions Related to Commercially Exploited Children Bill Passed - House (39 - 3)
5/24 SB 418 Prohibits Police From Lying to Youth Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 4)
5/21 AB 261 Expands School Curriculum to Tell a Broader Range of Children Stories Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 9)
5/20 AB 115 Authorizes Children to Have More Than Two Legal Parents Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 6)
5/20 S 4478 Prohibits the Use of Pesticides at Children's' Day and Overnight Camps Bill Passed - House (112 - 35)
5/18 HB 26 Prohibits Incarcerated Youths from Being Housed in Adult Prisons Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 7)
5/18 SB 1311 Prohibits Certain Treatments for Transgender Children Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
5/11 HB 3485 Amends Law Regarding Corporal Punishment in Schools Bill Passed - House (86 - 60)
5/11 HB 557 Increases Oversight Over Unlicensed Religious Boarding Schools Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
5/11 AB 142 Expands Immunity for Individuals Reporting or Investigating Child Abuse or Neglect Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 3)
5/06 HB 183 Prohibits Municipalities from Requiring a License for a Soft Drink Stand "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (13 - 10)
5/04 SB 236 Prohibits Suspensions and Expulsions at Private Daycares and Preschools Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 7)
4/28 SF 546 Repeals the Instructional Drivers License Requirement for Minors Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 15)
4/28 SB 371 Establishes an Electronic Case Management System to Track Child Protective Services Data Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 2)
4/27 HB 6423 Rescinds the Religious Exemption for Mandatory Childhood Vaccines Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14)
4/27 S 4478 Prohibits the Use of Pesticides at Children's' Day and Overnight Camps Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 16)
4/20 AB 115 Authorizes Children to Have More Than Two Legal Parents Bill Passed - House (34 - 8)
4/20 HB 6423 Rescinds the Religious Exemption for Mandatory Childhood Vaccines Bill Passed - House (90 - 53)
4/15 HB 1140 Requires Law Enforcement Provide Attorney Access to Juveniles Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 41)
4/15 AB 261 Expands School Curriculum to Tell a Broader Range of Children Stories Bill Passed - House (26 - 16)
4/12 SF 546 Repeals the Instructional Drivers License Requirement for Minors Bill Passed - House (59 - 34)
4/12 SB 283 Specifies Response to Guns in Schools Bill Passed - House (87 - 13)
4/12 S 1193 Appropriates $6 Million for Early Childhood Education Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
4/11 HB 1140 Requires Law Enforcement Provide Attorney Access to Juveniles Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
4/09 HB 183 Prohibits Municipalities from Requiring a License for a Soft Drink Stand "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (211 - 163)
4/07 HB 951 Expands the Window for Underage Victims to Sue for Sexual Abuse Bill Passed - House (149 - 52)
4/01 SB 260 Authorizes 16 or 17 Year-Olds to Serve as a Precinct Election Officers on Election Day Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 11)
3/30 S 128 Repeals Law that Only Allowed Officers to Issue Verbal Warnings to Adults Who Leave Children in Cars Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
3/29 HB 1570 Prohibits Gender Transition-Related Medical Care for Minors Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
3/25 SB 28 Authorizes Reform of Juvenile Justice System (123 - 46)
3/25 HB 1040 Requires Schools to Provide Parents with Information on EKGs, or Electrocardiograms Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 13)
3/25 SB 1286 Authorizes a Child to be Detained in a Secure Facility Bill Passed - House (70 - 20)
3/25 HB 26 Prohibits Incarcerated Youths from Being Housed in Adult Prisons Bill Passed - House (27 - 14)
3/23 SB 260 Authorizes 16 or 17 Year-Olds to Serve as a Precinct Election Officers on Election Day Bill Passed - House (58 - 36)
3/17 HB 1135 Authorizes Pharmacy Technicians to Administer Vaccines and Immunizations to Anyone Aged 3 or Older Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
3/10 HB 1570 Prohibits Gender Transition-Related Medical Care for Minors Bill Passed - House (70 - 22)
3/02 SB 283 Specifies Response to Guns in Schools Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 15)
3/02 SB 10 Prohibits Gender Change Therapy for Minors Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 4)
2/26 SB 218 Extends the Earned Income Tax Credit to Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (91 - 44)
2/19 HB 2125 Authorizes a Person Who is 16 Years of Age or Older to Preregister to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 17)
2/19 SB 218 Extends the Earned Income Tax Credit to Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
2/17 HB 302 Requires Transgender Student Athletes Play Against Those of Their Biological Sex Bill Passed - House (50 - 23)
2/16 HF 415 Requires Public Schools Recite the Pledge of Allegiance Daily Bill Passed - House (91 - 3)
2/03 HB 48 Limits Funding for Juvenile Justice Programs Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 4)
2/01 HB 2125 Authorizes a Person Who is 16 Years of Age or Older to Preregister to Vote Bill Passed - House (54 - 45)
1/29 HB 48 Limits Funding for Juvenile Justice Programs Bill Passed - House (54 - 5)
1/27 HB 14 Extends the Statute of Limitations for Childhood Sexual Abuse. Bill Passed - House (187 - 15)
1/27 SB 87 Establishes a Task Force on Child Pornography Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 2)
1/26 HB 113 Prohibits Medical Providers from Prescribing Certain Treatments for Youth with Gender Dysphoria Bill Failed - House (49 - 51)
1/21 SB 93 Transfers Emergency COVID-19 Relief Funds for Childcare Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 2)
1/15 AB 82 Appropriates $400 million to Aid Day-Care Providers Bill Passed - House (48 - 13)

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