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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
Sept. 9, 2021 CA SB 343 Establishes Additional Labeling Requirements for Recyclable Materials Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 7)
Sept. 1, 2021 CA AB 1444 Prohibits Delivery Platforms from Charging Restaurants for Forwarded Calls Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 8)
June 16, 2021 PA HB 1154 Authorizes Certain Stores to Sell Mixed Alcoholic Beverages To-Go Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
June 1, 2021 CA SB 464 Authorizes Food Assistance Benefits for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 9)
May 20, 2021 CA AB 652 Prohibits the Use of Toxic Chemicals in Food Packaging Bill Passed - House (54 - 0)
May 13, 2021 AZ HB 2773 Authorizes Restaurants to Sell To-Go Cocktails Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 8)
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 5, 2021 MI SB 354 Extends Waivers for Licensing Fees for Certain Food Establishments Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
April 28, 2021 PA SB 434 Authorizes Milk Processors More Leniency With Milk Date Coding Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 0)
April 22, 2021 CA AB 1200 Prohibits the Use of PFAS Chemicals in Food Packaging Bill Passed - House (48 - 14)
April 15, 2021 AR SB 248 Exempts Certain Producers of Homemade Food or Drink Products from Inspection Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 4)
April 12, 2021 AR HB 1712 Authorizes the State HVACR Licensing Board to Establish Annual Continuing Education Requirement Bill Passed - House (52 - 37)
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 8, 2021 AR SB 339 Authorizes To-Go Alcohol Sales Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
March 25, 2021 MI SB 250 Establishes Opening Rules for Restaurants Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
March 11, 2021 SC H 3772 Auuthorizes Home Delivery for Beer and Wine Bill Passed - House (84 - 27)
March 11, 2021 SC H 3575 Authorizes Restaurants to Include Alcohol in Curb-Side Pickup Meals Bill Passed - House (99 - 14)
March 3, 2021 AZ HB 2773 Authorizes Restaurants to Sell To-Go Cocktails Bill Passed - House (34 - 26)
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
9/09 SB 343 Establishes Additional Labeling Requirements for Recyclable Materials Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 7)
9/01 AB 1444 Prohibits Delivery Platforms from Charging Restaurants for Forwarded Calls Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 8)
6/16 HB 1154 Authorizes Certain Stores to Sell Mixed Alcoholic Beverages To-Go Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
6/01 SB 464 Authorizes Food Assistance Benefits for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 9)
5/20 AB 652 Prohibits the Use of Toxic Chemicals in Food Packaging Bill Passed - House (54 - 0)
5/13 HB 2773 Authorizes Restaurants to Sell To-Go Cocktails Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 8)
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)
5/05 SB 354 Extends Waivers for Licensing Fees for Certain Food Establishments Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
4/28 SB 434 Authorizes Milk Processors More Leniency With Milk Date Coding Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 0)
4/22 AB 1200 Prohibits the Use of PFAS Chemicals in Food Packaging Bill Passed - House (48 - 14)
4/15 SB 248 Exempts Certain Producers of Homemade Food or Drink Products from Inspection Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 4)
4/12 HB 1712 Authorizes the State HVACR Licensing Board to Establish Annual Continuing Education Requirement Bill Passed - House (52 - 37)
4/09 HB 183 Prohibits Municipalities from Requiring a License for a Soft Drink Stand "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (211 - 163)
4/08 SB 339 Authorizes To-Go Alcohol Sales Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
3/25 SB 250 Establishes Opening Rules for Restaurants Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
3/11 H 3772 Auuthorizes Home Delivery for Beer and Wine Bill Passed - House (84 - 27)
3/11 H 3575 Authorizes Restaurants to Include Alcohol in Curb-Side Pickup Meals Bill Passed - House (99 - 14)
3/03 HB 2773 Authorizes Restaurants to Sell To-Go Cocktails Bill Passed - House (34 - 26)
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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