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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
April 21, 2021 PA HB 747 Authorizes Retail Stores to Remain Open with One Staff and One Shopper During Disaster Emergency Declarations Bill Passed - House (117 - 84)
April 16, 2021 National HR 1195 Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act Bill Passed - House (254 - 166)
April 15, 2021 National HR 7 Paycheck Fairness Act Bill Passed - House (217 - 210)
April 1, 2021 NH SB 137 Increases the Minimum Wage for Workers that Rely on Tips Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 10)
March 5, 2021 National S Amdt 972 Increases the Federal Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour Amendment Rejected - Senate (42 - 58)
March 2, 2021 National PN 78-15 Nomination of Gina Raimondo as Secretary of Commerce Nomination Confirmed - Senate (84 - 15)
Feb. 15, 2021 IN SB 164 Establishes the Tourism Capital Development Fund Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 15)
Feb. 10, 2021 RI S 1 Increases the State Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 6)
Feb. 4, 2021 MI HB 4047 Appropriates Funds for the COVID-19 Recovery Bill Passed - House (60 - 49)
Feb. 2, 2021 KY HB 1 Authorizes Businesses, Organizations, and Schools to Remain Open if they are Following CDC Guidelines Regardless of Governor Mandate Veto Override Passed - House (72 - 22)
Jan. 9, 2021 KY HB 1 Authorizes Businesses, Organizations, and Schools to Remain Open if they are Following CDC Guidelines Regardless of Governor Mandate Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
Date No. Title Outcome
4/21 HB 747 Authorizes Retail Stores to Remain Open with One Staff and One Shopper During Disaster Emergency Declarations Bill Passed - House (117 - 84)
4/16 HR 1195 Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act Bill Passed - House (254 - 166)
4/15 HR 7 Paycheck Fairness Act Bill Passed - House (217 - 210)
4/01 SB 137 Increases the Minimum Wage for Workers that Rely on Tips Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 10)
3/05 S Amdt 972 Increases the Federal Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour Amendment Rejected - Senate (42 - 58)
3/02 PN 78-15 Nomination of Gina Raimondo as Secretary of Commerce Nomination Confirmed - Senate (84 - 15)
2/15 SB 164 Establishes the Tourism Capital Development Fund Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 15)
2/10 S 1 Increases the State Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 6)
2/04 HB 4047 Appropriates Funds for the COVID-19 Recovery Bill Passed - House (60 - 49)
2/02 HB 1 Authorizes Businesses, Organizations, and Schools to Remain Open if they are Following CDC Guidelines Regardless of Governor Mandate Veto Override Passed - House (72 - 22)
1/09 HB 1 Authorizes Businesses, Organizations, and Schools to Remain Open if they are Following CDC Guidelines Regardless of Governor Mandate Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)

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