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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
Dec. 14, 2021 MI SB 771 Amends Strategic Fund Act Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
Dec. 14, 2021 MI SB 771 Amends Strategic Fund Act Bill Passed - House (81 - 22)
Dec. 8, 2021 National S J Res 29 A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to "COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard" Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (52 - 48)
Sept. 28, 2021 WI AB 564 Appropriates $100 Million in Federal Covid-19 Aid to Wisconsin Schools Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
Sept. 23, 2021 MA H 4011 Prohibits Denial of Assistance Based on Person's Assets Veto Override Passed - House (130 - 29)
Sept. 8, 2021 CA SB 660 Prohibits Recall Organizers from Paying Signature Gatherers on a Per-Signature Basis Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
Sept. 8, 2021 CA SJR 1 Establishes Resolution Urging Student Debt Cancellation Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
Aug. 30, 2021 CA SJR 1 Establishes Resolution Urging Student Debt Cancellation Bill Passed - House (55 - 13)
June 24, 2021 NJ A 5580 Restructures the Urban Enterprise Zone Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (50 - 22)
June 24, 2021 NJ A 5580 Restructures the Urban Enterprise Zone Program Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12)
June 2, 2021 NY S 290 Exempts a Debtor's Interest in Their Rent-Stabilized Lease from Bankruptcy Proceedings. Bill Passed - House (99 - 48)
May 26, 2021 NY S 346 Requires Independent Contractors of New Hires be Included in the Child Support Enforcement Program Bill Passed - House (103 - 44)
May 26, 2021 OH HB 123 Amends the Law Governing Community Reinvestment Areas Bill Passed - House (57 - 36)
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)
March 16, 2021 KY HB 405 Appropriates Funds for Claims Against Commonwealth Bill Passed - House (73 - 23)
March 2, 2021 National PN 78-15 Nomination of Gina Raimondo as Secretary of Commerce Nomination Confirmed - Senate (84 - 15)
Feb. 25, 2021 CA AB 156 Authorizes Joint Power Entities to Issue Mortgage Revenue Bill Passed - House (56 - 18)
Feb. 15, 2021 IN SB 164 Establishes the Tourism Capital Development Fund Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 15)
Feb. 4, 2021 MI HB 4047 Appropriates Funds for the COVID-19 Recovery Bill Passed - House (60 - 49)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/14 SB 771 Amends Strategic Fund Act Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
12/14 SB 771 Amends Strategic Fund Act Bill Passed - House (81 - 22)
12/08 S J Res 29 A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to "COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard" Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (52 - 48)
9/28 AB 564 Appropriates $100 Million in Federal Covid-19 Aid to Wisconsin Schools Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
9/23 H 4011 Prohibits Denial of Assistance Based on Person's Assets Veto Override Passed - House (130 - 29)
9/08 SB 660 Prohibits Recall Organizers from Paying Signature Gatherers on a Per-Signature Basis Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
9/08 SJR 1 Establishes Resolution Urging Student Debt Cancellation Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
8/30 SJR 1 Establishes Resolution Urging Student Debt Cancellation Bill Passed - House (55 - 13)
6/24 A 5580 Restructures the Urban Enterprise Zone Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (50 - 22)
6/24 A 5580 Restructures the Urban Enterprise Zone Program Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12)
6/02 S 290 Exempts a Debtor's Interest in Their Rent-Stabilized Lease from Bankruptcy Proceedings. Bill Passed - House (99 - 48)
5/26 S 346 Requires Independent Contractors of New Hires be Included in the Child Support Enforcement Program Bill Passed - House (103 - 44)
5/26 HB 123 Amends the Law Governing Community Reinvestment Areas Bill Passed - House (57 - 36)
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)
3/16 HB 405 Appropriates Funds for Claims Against Commonwealth Bill Passed - House (73 - 23)
3/02 PN 78-15 Nomination of Gina Raimondo as Secretary of Commerce Nomination Confirmed - Senate (84 - 15)
2/25 AB 156 Authorizes Joint Power Entities to Issue Mortgage Revenue Bill Passed - House (56 - 18)
2/15 SB 164 Establishes the Tourism Capital Development Fund Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 15)
2/04 HB 4047 Appropriates Funds for the COVID-19 Recovery Bill Passed - House (60 - 49)

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