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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 22, 2021 CA AB 1200 Prohibits the Use of PFAS Chemicals in Food Packaging Bill Passed - House (48 - 14)
April 9, 2021 NH HB 183 Prohibits Municipalities from Requiring a License for a Soft Drink Stand Bill Passed - House (211 - 163)
March 25, 2021 MI SB 250 Establishes Opening Rules for Restaurants Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
March 11, 2021 SC H 3575 Authorizes Restaurants to Include Alcohol in Curb-Side Pickup Meals Bill Passed - House (99 - 14)
March 11, 2021 SC H 3772 Auuthorizes Home Delivery for Beer and Wine Bill Passed - House (84 - 27)
Feb. 11, 2021 AL SB 126 Authorizes Alcohol Home Delivery Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 4)
Feb. 10, 2021 MT HB 226 Amends Alcohol Laws to Permit Curbside Pickup Bill Passed - House (80 - 19)
Jan. 26, 2021 NY S 1042 Extends Aid to Small Businesses and Restaurants Bill Passed - House (130 - 20)
Date No. Title Outcome
4/22 AB 1200 Prohibits the Use of PFAS Chemicals in Food Packaging Bill Passed - House (48 - 14)
4/09 HB 183 Prohibits Municipalities from Requiring a License for a Soft Drink Stand Bill Passed - House (211 - 163)
3/25 SB 250 Establishes Opening Rules for Restaurants Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
3/11 H 3575 Authorizes Restaurants to Include Alcohol in Curb-Side Pickup Meals Bill Passed - House (99 - 14)
3/11 H 3772 Auuthorizes Home Delivery for Beer and Wine Bill Passed - House (84 - 27)
2/11 SB 126 Authorizes Alcohol Home Delivery Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 4)
2/10 HB 226 Amends Alcohol Laws to Permit Curbside Pickup Bill Passed - House (80 - 19)
1/26 S 1042 Extends Aid to Small Businesses and Restaurants Bill Passed - House (130 - 20)

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