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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
June 14, 2021 CA AB 128 Appropriates Funding for the 2021 State Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (58 - 18)
June 14, 2021 CA AB 128 Appropriates Funding for the 2021 State Budget Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 8)
June 9, 2021 WI AB 336 Repeals $300 per Week Federal Unemployment Compensation Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
June 9, 2021 WI AB 336 Repeals $300 per Week Federal Unemployment Compensation Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
May 26, 2021 NE LB 108 Expands SNAP Eligibility Veto Override Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
May 25, 2021 National PN 124 Nomation of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as the Adminstor of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Nomination Confirmed - Senate (55 - 44)
May 19, 2021 MI HB 4407 Appropriates Funding for K-12 School Aid and Higher Education Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
May 19, 2021 ME LD 604 Requires a Separate Line Item in the State Budget for Charter School Funding "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (81 - 65)
May 11, 2021 MI SB 82 Appropriates Funds for the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
May 10, 2021 AK HB 71 Appropriates Funds for the State's Mental Health Budget Bill Passed - House (31 - 8)
May 10, 2021 AK HB 69 Appropriates Funds for the State's Operating Budget Bill Passed - House (24 - 15)
May 7, 2021 TX HB 1900 Establishes Penalties for Municipalities that Reduce Police Funding Bill Passed - House (90 - 49)
May 5, 2021 ID H 389 Establishes Tax Breaks for Homeowners, Seniors, and Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
May 4, 2021 ID H 389 Establishes Tax Breaks for Homeowners, Seniors, and Businesses Bill Passed - House (48 - 20)
April 22, 2021 AK HB 169 Appropriates Funds for Education to Prevent Job Layoffs Bill Passed - House (26 - 14)
April 15, 2021 MT HB 632 Appropriates Funds as Part of COVID-19 Relief Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 17)
April 15, 2021 CO SB 21-205 Appropriates Funding as Part of 2021-2022 Long Appropriations Bill Passed - House (41 - 23)
April 8, 2021 NH CACR 3 Authorizes Public Funds to be Used for Private Religious Schools Amendment Rejected - House (197 - 175)
April 7, 2021 NH HB 2 Appropriates Funds as Part of a Budget Trailer Bill "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (200 - 181)
April 6, 2021 NV SB 47 Authorizes Borrowing Money for Programs Approved by the State Legislature Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 7)
April 1, 2021 MT HB 632 Appropriates Funds as Part of COVID-19 Relief Bill Passed - House (83 - 14)
March 30, 2021 ME LD 715 Appropriates Funding for the Biennium State Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
March 30, 2021 ME LD 715 Appropriates Funding for the Biennium State Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (77 - 67)
March 26, 2021 WY HB 58 Reduces the Wyoming State Park Budget by $1.1 Million Concurrence Vote Passed - House (39 - 21)
March 25, 2021 WY HB 49 Increases 5 State Agency Fees and Establishes a $25 Per Month Fee to Parolees to Appropriate $1.4 Million to General Fund Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 8)
March 24, 2021 WY HB 162 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Bill Passed - House (32 - 28)
March 23, 2021 WI SB 183 Increases Legislative Oversight Over Governor Spending of Pandemic Relief Funds Bill Passed - House (59 - 36)
March 23, 2021 WI SB 183 Increases Legislative Oversight Over Governor Spending of Pandemic Relief Funds Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
March 19, 2021 National HR 1868 To prevent across-the-board direct spending cuts, and for other purposes Bill Passed - House (246 - 175)
March 11, 2021 MI SR 26 Authorizes the Senate Majority Leader to Sue the Governor Resolution Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
March 10, 2021 National HR 1319 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (220 - 211)
March 10, 2021 ME LD 220 Appropriates Supplemental Funding for the 2021 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
March 10, 2021 ME LD 220 Appropriates Supplemental Funding for the 2021 Budget Bill Passed - House (83 - 66)
March 6, 2021 National HR 1319 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 49)
March 6, 2021 National S Amdt 1386 Prohibits funds made available under title II to States, local educational agencies, and institutions of higher education that permit any student whose biological sex is male to participate in an athletic program or activity designated for women or girls. Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 50)
Feb. 27, 2021 National HR 1319 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (219 - 212)
Feb. 25, 2021 CA AB 213 Extends One-Time Grant Payments to Recipients of SSI/SSP Benefits Bill Passed - House (56 - 18)
Feb. 25, 2021 MI SB 29 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Vaccination, Testing, Rental Assistance, and School Aid Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
Feb. 25, 2021 MI SB 114 Appropriates $2 Billion in COVID-19 Related Funds Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
Feb. 23, 2021 IN SB 141 Requires the Budget Agency to Withhold Income Tax Revenue from an Eligible County Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
Feb. 16, 2021 UT HB 248 Appropriates $1 Million to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resources. Bill Passed - House (61 - 11)
Feb. 12, 2021 MD HB 1 Appropriates Funding for HBCUs Bill Passed - House (115 - 14)
Feb. 11, 2021 IA SF 269 Appropriates Funds for Schools Bill Passed - House (56 - 36)
Feb. 9, 2021 IA SF 269 Appropriates Funds for Schools Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
Feb. 5, 2021 National S Con Res 5 A concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2021 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2022 through 2030 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (51 - 50)
Feb. 5, 2021 National H Res 101 Providing for the adoption of the concurrent resolution (S. Con. Res. 5) setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2021 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2022 through 2030. Resolution Passed - House (219 - 209)
Feb. 4, 2021 WY HB 49 Increases 5 State Agency Fees and Establishes a $25 Per Month Fee to Parolees to Appropriate $1.4 Million to General Fund Bill Passed - House (40 - 18)
Feb. 4, 2021 WY HB 58 Reduces the Wyoming State Park Budget by $1.1 Million Bill Passed - House (44 - 15)
Feb. 4, 2021 MI HB 4048 Appropriates $3.5 Billion in School Funding Bill Passed - House (58 - 51)
Feb. 4, 2021 MI HB 4047 Appropriates Funds for the COVID-19 Recovery Bill Passed - House (60 - 49)
Feb. 3, 2021 WY HB 48 Limits Funding for Juvenile Justice Programs Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 4)
Feb. 3, 2021 National H Con Res 11 Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2021 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2022 through 2030 Joint Resolution Passed - House (218 - 212)
Jan. 29, 2021 WY HB 48 Limits Funding for Juvenile Justice Programs Bill Passed - House (54 - 5)
Jan. 27, 2021 PA SB 109 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Relief Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 0)
Jan. 21, 2021 CA SB 88 Authorizes Distributing a $600 Payment to Low Income Residents Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 2)
Jan. 21, 2021 CA SB 85 Appropriates Funding for the State's Annual Budget Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 2)
Jan. 15, 2021 CA AB 88 Exempts Stimulus Payments from Garnishment Bill Passed - House (48 - 13)
Date No. Title Outcome
6/14 AB 128 Appropriates Funding for the 2021 State Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (58 - 18)
6/14 AB 128 Appropriates Funding for the 2021 State Budget Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 8)
6/09 AB 336 Repeals $300 per Week Federal Unemployment Compensation Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
6/09 AB 336 Repeals $300 per Week Federal Unemployment Compensation Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
5/26 LB 108 Expands SNAP Eligibility Veto Override Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
5/25 PN 124 Nomation of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as the Adminstor of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Nomination Confirmed - Senate (55 - 44)
5/19 HB 4407 Appropriates Funding for K-12 School Aid and Higher Education Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
5/19 LD 604 Requires a Separate Line Item in the State Budget for Charter School Funding "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (81 - 65)
5/11 SB 82 Appropriates Funds for the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
5/10 HB 71 Appropriates Funds for the State's Mental Health Budget Bill Passed - House (31 - 8)
5/10 HB 69 Appropriates Funds for the State's Operating Budget Bill Passed - House (24 - 15)
5/07 HB 1900 Establishes Penalties for Municipalities that Reduce Police Funding Bill Passed - House (90 - 49)
5/05 H 389 Establishes Tax Breaks for Homeowners, Seniors, and Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
5/04 H 389 Establishes Tax Breaks for Homeowners, Seniors, and Businesses Bill Passed - House (48 - 20)
4/22 HB 169 Appropriates Funds for Education to Prevent Job Layoffs Bill Passed - House (26 - 14)
4/15 HB 632 Appropriates Funds as Part of COVID-19 Relief Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 17)
4/15 SB 21-205 Appropriates Funding as Part of 2021-2022 Long Appropriations Bill Passed - House (41 - 23)
4/08 CACR 3 Authorizes Public Funds to be Used for Private Religious Schools Amendment Rejected - House (197 - 175)
4/07 HB 2 Appropriates Funds as Part of a Budget Trailer Bill "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (200 - 181)
4/06 SB 47 Authorizes Borrowing Money for Programs Approved by the State Legislature Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 7)
4/01 HB 632 Appropriates Funds as Part of COVID-19 Relief Bill Passed - House (83 - 14)
3/30 LD 715 Appropriates Funding for the Biennium State Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
3/30 LD 715 Appropriates Funding for the Biennium State Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (77 - 67)
3/26 HB 58 Reduces the Wyoming State Park Budget by $1.1 Million Concurrence Vote Passed - House (39 - 21)
3/25 HB 49 Increases 5 State Agency Fees and Establishes a $25 Per Month Fee to Parolees to Appropriate $1.4 Million to General Fund Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 8)
3/24 HB 162 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Bill Passed - House (32 - 28)
3/23 SB 183 Increases Legislative Oversight Over Governor Spending of Pandemic Relief Funds Bill Passed - House (59 - 36)
3/23 SB 183 Increases Legislative Oversight Over Governor Spending of Pandemic Relief Funds Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
3/19 HR 1868 To prevent across-the-board direct spending cuts, and for other purposes Bill Passed - House (246 - 175)
3/11 SR 26 Authorizes the Senate Majority Leader to Sue the Governor Resolution Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
3/10 HR 1319 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (220 - 211)
3/10 LD 220 Appropriates Supplemental Funding for the 2021 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
3/10 LD 220 Appropriates Supplemental Funding for the 2021 Budget Bill Passed - House (83 - 66)
3/06 HR 1319 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 49)
3/06 S Amdt 1386 Prohibits funds made available under title II to States, local educational agencies, and institutions of higher education that permit any student whose biological sex is male to participate in an athletic program or activity designated for women or girls. Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 50)
2/27 HR 1319 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (219 - 212)
2/25 AB 213 Extends One-Time Grant Payments to Recipients of SSI/SSP Benefits Bill Passed - House (56 - 18)
2/25 SB 29 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Vaccination, Testing, Rental Assistance, and School Aid Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
2/25 SB 114 Appropriates $2 Billion in COVID-19 Related Funds Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
2/23 SB 141 Requires the Budget Agency to Withhold Income Tax Revenue from an Eligible County Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
2/16 HB 248 Appropriates $1 Million to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resources. Bill Passed - House (61 - 11)
2/12 HB 1 Appropriates Funding for HBCUs Bill Passed - House (115 - 14)
2/11 SF 269 Appropriates Funds for Schools Bill Passed - House (56 - 36)
2/09 SF 269 Appropriates Funds for Schools Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
2/05 S Con Res 5 A concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2021 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2022 through 2030 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (51 - 50)
2/05 H Res 101 Providing for the adoption of the concurrent resolution (S. Con. Res. 5) setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2021 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2022 through 2030. Resolution Passed - House (219 - 209)
2/04 HB 49 Increases 5 State Agency Fees and Establishes a $25 Per Month Fee to Parolees to Appropriate $1.4 Million to General Fund Bill Passed - House (40 - 18)
2/04 HB 58 Reduces the Wyoming State Park Budget by $1.1 Million Bill Passed - House (44 - 15)
2/04 HB 4048 Appropriates $3.5 Billion in School Funding Bill Passed - House (58 - 51)
2/04 HB 4047 Appropriates Funds for the COVID-19 Recovery Bill Passed - House (60 - 49)
2/03 HB 48 Limits Funding for Juvenile Justice Programs Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 4)
2/03 H Con Res 11 Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2021 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2022 through 2030 Joint Resolution Passed - House (218 - 212)
1/29 HB 48 Limits Funding for Juvenile Justice Programs Bill Passed - House (54 - 5)
1/27 SB 109 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Relief Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 0)
1/21 SB 88 Authorizes Distributing a $600 Payment to Low Income Residents Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 2)
1/21 SB 85 Appropriates Funding for the State's Annual Budget Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 2)
1/15 AB 88 Exempts Stimulus Payments from Garnishment Bill Passed - House (48 - 13)

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