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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. The summary does not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill. Summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to the project's strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. 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 8, 2021 SC S 685 Authorizes College Athletes to be Paid for the Use of their Likeness Bill Passed - House (22 - 21)
April 8, 2021 FL SB 86 Establishes a Higher Education Scholarship for Students Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
April 7, 2021 ID S 1179 Appropriates Funds for the Higher Education Budget Bill Failed - House (13 - 57)
March 29, 2021 KY HB 563 Establishes a 25 Million Dollar Scholarship through Tax Credits for Private Schools Veto Override Failed - House (51 - 42)
March 17, 2021 ID S 1179 Appropriates Funds for the Higher Education Budget Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6)
March 16, 2021 KY HB 563 Establishes a 25 Million Dollar Scholarship through Tax Credits for Private Schools Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
March 15, 2021 OR HB 2090 Establishes Parameters to Alter Boundaries of Community College Districts Bill Passed - House (49 - 7)
March 8, 2021 WA SB 5194 Requires Community and Technical Colleges Establish a Faculty Diversity Program Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
Feb. 25, 2021 MO HB 349 Establishes the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Program Bill Passed - House (82 - 71)
Feb. 24, 2021 ND HB 1375 Appropriates 5 Million Dollars in Scholarships for High School Students Bill Passed - House (48 - 45)
Feb. 19, 2021 MT HB 218 Prohibits "Free Speech Zones" on College Campuses Bill Passed - House (96 - 3)
Feb. 16, 2021 ID S 1045 Expands the Advanced Opportunities Program to Nonpublic School Students Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
Feb. 15, 2021 VA SB 1387 Expands Financial Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (58 - 42)
Feb. 15, 2021 AZ SB 1452 Expands Empowerment Scholarship Accounts for Public and Private Schools Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
Feb. 12, 2021 MD HB 1 Appropriates Funding for HBCUs Bill Passed - House (115 - 14)
Feb. 11, 2021 MS HB 1030 Requires Paying Student Athletes if Their Likeness is Used in Advertising Bill Passed - House (93 - 19)
Feb. 1, 2021 VA SB 1387 Expands Financial Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
Date No. Title Outcome
4/08 S 685 Authorizes College Athletes to be Paid for the Use of their Likeness Bill Passed - House (22 - 21)
4/08 SB 86 Establishes a Higher Education Scholarship for Students Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
4/07 S 1179 Appropriates Funds for the Higher Education Budget Bill Failed - House (13 - 57)
3/29 HB 563 Establishes a 25 Million Dollar Scholarship through Tax Credits for Private Schools Veto Override Failed - House (51 - 42)
3/17 S 1179 Appropriates Funds for the Higher Education Budget Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6)
3/16 HB 563 Establishes a 25 Million Dollar Scholarship through Tax Credits for Private Schools Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
3/15 HB 2090 Establishes Parameters to Alter Boundaries of Community College Districts Bill Passed - House (49 - 7)
3/08 SB 5194 Requires Community and Technical Colleges Establish a Faculty Diversity Program Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
2/25 HB 349 Establishes the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Program Bill Passed - House (82 - 71)
2/24 HB 1375 Appropriates 5 Million Dollars in Scholarships for High School Students Bill Passed - House (48 - 45)
2/19 HB 218 Prohibits "Free Speech Zones" on College Campuses Bill Passed - House (96 - 3)
2/16 S 1045 Expands the Advanced Opportunities Program to Nonpublic School Students Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
2/15 SB 1387 Expands Financial Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (58 - 42)
2/15 SB 1452 Expands Empowerment Scholarship Accounts for Public and Private Schools Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
2/12 HB 1 Appropriates Funding for HBCUs Bill Passed - House (115 - 14)
2/11 HB 1030 Requires Paying Student Athletes if Their Likeness is Used in Advertising Bill Passed - House (93 - 19)
2/01 SB 1387 Expands Financial Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)

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