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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 27, 2021 CO SB 21-006 Authorizes the Use of Human Remains in Composting Bill Passed - House (45 - 18)
April 21, 2021 NY S 5321 Increases the Maximum Civil Penalty to $1,000 for Mortgagee Violations Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 14)
April 21, 2021 National HR 1573 Access to Council Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (217 - 207)
April 16, 2021 IL HB 25 Establishes the Right to Counsel for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (82 - 25)
April 6, 2021 PA HB 605 Establishes Protections For Businesses From Certain COVID-19 Related Lawsuits Bill Passed - House (107 - 94)
March 25, 2021 IL SB 72 Authorizes Victims in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases to Collect Interest Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 17)
March 25, 2021 KS HB 2126 Exempts Various Industries from Legal Liability Related to COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
March 22, 2021 IA HF 621 Establishes Which Legal Actions can be Brought Against Firearm Manufacturers and Distributors Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 17)
March 22, 2021 MN HF 844 Prohibits Price Gouging Bill Passed - House (71 - 62)
March 18, 2021 IL SB 72 Authorizes Victims in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases to Collect Interest Bill Passed - House (67 - 40)
March 17, 2021 GA HB 112 Establishes COVID-19 Liability Protections for Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 17)
March 17, 2021 IA HF 621 Establishes Which Legal Actions can be Brought Against Firearm Manufacturers and Distributors Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
March 11, 2021 MI SR 26 Authorizes the Senate Majority Leader to Sue the Governor Resolution Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
March 11, 2021 KY SB 211 Establishes Penalties for Individuals Convicted of Certain Crimes Committed During a Riot Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 11)
March 10, 2021 National PN 78-7 Nomination of Merrick Garland as Attorney General Nomination Confirmed - Senate (70 - 30)
March 5, 2021 FL HB 07 Establishes a Legal Defense Fund for Businesses Bill Passed - House (83 - 31)
March 4, 2021 AZ HB 2302 Prohibits Settlement of Election-Related Civil Actions in Certain Cases Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
March 4, 2021 KS HB 2126 Exempts Various Industries from Legal Liability Related to COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (85 - 37)
Feb. 25, 2021 MO HB 345 Restructures Arbitration Award Guidelines Bill Passed - House (110 - 47)
Feb. 25, 2021 SC S 147 Establishes COVID-19 Liability Protections for Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 3)
Feb. 19, 2021 WV SB 277 Establishes Liability Protections for the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 9)
Feb. 15, 2021 IN SB 1 Exempts Healthcare Providers from Legal Liability if They Fail to Provide Non-Emergency Procedures Due to COVID-19 Patient Overflow Concurrence Vote Passed - House (39 - 7)
Feb. 12, 2021 WA HB 1072 Repeals Restrictions on Legal Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
Feb. 11, 2021 IN SB 1 Exempts Healthcare Providers from Legal Liability if They Fail to Provide Non-Emergency Procedures Due to COVID-19 Patient Overflow Bill Passed - House (72 - 21)
Feb. 9, 2021 GA HB 112 Establishes COVID-19 Liability Protections for Businesses Bill Passed - House (99 - 68)
Feb. 5, 2021 PA HB 101 Establishes Limited Liability Protections for Farmers Offering Agritourism Activities Bill Passed - House (142 - 60)
Feb. 2, 2021 KY HB 3 Amends State Government Lawsuit Jurisdiction Veto Override Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
Jan. 27, 2021 PA HB 14 Extends the Statute of Limitations for Childhood Sexual Abuse. Bill Passed - House (187 - 15)
Jan. 14, 2021 KS SB 14 Extends the COVID-19 Liability Shield for Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 1)
Jan. 12, 2021 IL HB 3360 Authorizes Prejudgment Interest to be Charged in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 42)
Jan. 11, 2021 IL HB 3360 Authorizes Prejudgment Interest to be Charged in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 17)
Jan. 9, 2021 KY HB 10 Protects Businesses from Civil Lawsuits Arising from COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (75 - 21)
Jan. 7, 2021 KY HB 3 Amends State Government Lawsuit Jurisdiction Bill Passed - House (69 - 24)
Date No. Title Outcome
4/27 SB 21-006 Authorizes the Use of Human Remains in Composting Bill Passed - House (45 - 18)
4/21 S 5321 Increases the Maximum Civil Penalty to $1,000 for Mortgagee Violations Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 14)
4/21 HR 1573 Access to Council Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (217 - 207)
4/16 HB 25 Establishes the Right to Counsel for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (82 - 25)
4/06 HB 605 Establishes Protections For Businesses From Certain COVID-19 Related Lawsuits Bill Passed - House (107 - 94)
3/25 SB 72 Authorizes Victims in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases to Collect Interest Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 17)
3/25 HB 2126 Exempts Various Industries from Legal Liability Related to COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
3/22 HF 621 Establishes Which Legal Actions can be Brought Against Firearm Manufacturers and Distributors Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 17)
3/22 HF 844 Prohibits Price Gouging Bill Passed - House (71 - 62)
3/18 SB 72 Authorizes Victims in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases to Collect Interest Bill Passed - House (67 - 40)
3/17 HB 112 Establishes COVID-19 Liability Protections for Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 17)
3/17 HF 621 Establishes Which Legal Actions can be Brought Against Firearm Manufacturers and Distributors Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
3/11 SR 26 Authorizes the Senate Majority Leader to Sue the Governor Resolution Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
3/11 SB 211 Establishes Penalties for Individuals Convicted of Certain Crimes Committed During a Riot Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 11)
3/10 PN 78-7 Nomination of Merrick Garland as Attorney General Nomination Confirmed - Senate (70 - 30)
3/05 HB 07 Establishes a Legal Defense Fund for Businesses Bill Passed - House (83 - 31)
3/04 HB 2302 Prohibits Settlement of Election-Related Civil Actions in Certain Cases Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
3/04 HB 2126 Exempts Various Industries from Legal Liability Related to COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (85 - 37)
2/25 HB 345 Restructures Arbitration Award Guidelines Bill Passed - House (110 - 47)
2/25 S 147 Establishes COVID-19 Liability Protections for Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 3)
2/19 SB 277 Establishes Liability Protections for the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 9)
2/15 SB 1 Exempts Healthcare Providers from Legal Liability if They Fail to Provide Non-Emergency Procedures Due to COVID-19 Patient Overflow Concurrence Vote Passed - House (39 - 7)
2/12 HB 1072 Repeals Restrictions on Legal Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
2/11 SB 1 Exempts Healthcare Providers from Legal Liability if They Fail to Provide Non-Emergency Procedures Due to COVID-19 Patient Overflow Bill Passed - House (72 - 21)
2/09 HB 112 Establishes COVID-19 Liability Protections for Businesses Bill Passed - House (99 - 68)
2/05 HB 101 Establishes Limited Liability Protections for Farmers Offering Agritourism Activities Bill Passed - House (142 - 60)
2/02 HB 3 Amends State Government Lawsuit Jurisdiction Veto Override Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
1/27 HB 14 Extends the Statute of Limitations for Childhood Sexual Abuse. Bill Passed - House (187 - 15)
1/14 SB 14 Extends the COVID-19 Liability Shield for Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 1)
1/12 HB 3360 Authorizes Prejudgment Interest to be Charged in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 42)
1/11 HB 3360 Authorizes Prejudgment Interest to be Charged in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 17)
1/09 HB 10 Protects Businesses from Civil Lawsuits Arising from COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (75 - 21)
1/07 HB 3 Amends State Government Lawsuit Jurisdiction Bill Passed - House (69 - 24)

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