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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
March 28, 2020 AK SB 241 Appropriates Emergency Funds for COVID-19 Coronavirus Relief Conference Report Adopted - Senate (16 - 1)
March 28, 2020 AK HB 205 Appropriate Funds to Various Government Agencies, Including for COVID-19 Conference Report Adopted - House (23 - 13)
March 25, 2020 AK HB 234 Appropriates Supplemental Funds for COVID-19 Relief Efforts Concurrence Vote Passed - House (27 - 11)
March 24, 2020 AK HB 106 Extends School Bond Debt Reimbursement Moratorium for 5 years Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 6)
March 23, 2020 AK SB 120 Authorizes Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Physician's Assistants to Prescribe Psychotropic Medication Without Consent to Patients with Court-Ordered Care Bill Passed - House (28 - 7)
March 23, 2020 AK HB 232 Authorizes Local Governments to Create Property Tax Credits to Increase Efficiency and Local Air Quality Bill Passed - House (31 - 4)
March 22, 2020 AK HB 308 Establishes Relief for Employees Affected by COVID-19 Coronavirus Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 0)
March 18, 2020 AK SB 74 Increases Minimum Internet Speed for K-12 Schools Bill Passed - House (32 - 3)
March 2, 2020 AK SB 115 Increases the State Highway Motor Fuel Tax Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 5)
Feb. 12, 2020 AK HB 83 Requires the Establishment of Regulations for Voting by Electronic Transmission Bill Passed - House (28 - 11)