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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 7, 2022 AL SB 2 Prohibits Enforcement of Certain Federal Gun Policies Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 5)
April 7, 2022 AL SB 184 Establishes that Providing Gender Affirming Therapy to Children is a Felony Bill Passed - House (66 - 28)
April 7, 2022 AL SB 2 Prohibits Enforcement of Certain Federal Gun Policies Bill Passed - House (68 - 28)
April 5, 2022 AL HB 337 Increases Penalties for Running From Police Bill Passed - House (72 - 25)
March 29, 2022 AL HB 17 Authorizes Deploying Wiretaps for Drug Related Offenses Concurrence Vote Passed - House (84 - 7)
March 29, 2022 AL HB 17 Authorizes Deploying Wiretaps for Drug Related Offenses Concurrence Vote Passed - House (84 - 7)
March 15, 2022 AL HB 17 Authorizes Deploying Wiretaps for Drug Related Offenses Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 1)
March 15, 2022 AL HB 17 Authorizes Deploying Wiretaps for Drug Related Offenses Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 1)
March 3, 2022 AL HB 272 Authorizes Permitless Carry of Handguns Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
Feb. 23, 2022 AL SB 184 Establishes that Providing Gender Affirming Therapy to Children is a Felony Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
Feb. 22, 2022 AL HB 272 Authorizes Permitless Carry of Handguns Bill Passed - House (65 - 37)
Feb. 22, 2022 AL HB 2 Expands Penalties for Rioting, Certain Public Demonstrations Bill Passed - House (75 - 27)
Feb. 22, 2022 AL HB 2 Expands Penalties for Rioting, Certain Public Demonstrations Bill Passed - House (75 - 27)
Feb. 15, 2022 AL HB 95 Establishes a 180-Day Grace Period for Inmates to Repay Court-Imposed Debt After Release Bill Passed - House (63 - 35)
Feb. 10, 2022 AL SB 168 Authorizes Opioid/Fentanyl Testing Strips Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 5)
Feb. 9, 2022 AL HB 17 Authorizes Deploying Wiretaps for Drug Related Offenses Bill Passed - House (84 - 7)
Feb. 9, 2022 AL HB 17 Authorizes Deploying Wiretaps for Drug Related Offenses Bill Passed - House (84 - 7)
Oct. 1, 2021 AL HB 2 Increases the Number of Inmates who Could be Released Before the End of Their Sentence Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
Sept. 29, 2021 AL HB 4 Establishes a Phased Plan to Build New Correctional Facilities Bill Passed - House (74 - 27)
Sept. 29, 2021 AL HB 6 Transfers $154 Million from the State's General Fund for Correctional Facilities Bill Passed - House (78 - 22)
Sept. 29, 2021 AL HB 5 Transfers $400 Million in COVID-19 Aid from the American Rescue Plan to Correctional Facilities Bill Passed - House (75 - 25)
Sept. 29, 2021 AL HB 2 Increases the Number of Inmates who Could be Released Before the End of Their Sentence Bill Passed - House (77 - 23)
April 20, 2021 AL SB 91 Prohibits Racial Profiling Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 7)
April 20, 2021 AL SB 91 Prohibits Racial Profiling Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 7)
April 15, 2021 AL SB 358 Prohibits State and Local Governments from Enforcing Any Federal Firearms Act Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 5)
April 15, 2021 AL SB 358 Prohibits State and Local Governments from Enforcing Any Federal Firearms Act Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 5)
April 8, 2021 AL SB 267 Prohibits Implementation of COVID-19 Vaccine Passports Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 0)
April 8, 2021 AL SB 267 Prohibits Implementation of COVID-19 Vaccine Passports Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 0)
April 1, 2021 AL HB 103 Prohibits the Government Selecting Which Entities Can Remain Open During COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 6)
April 1, 2021 AL SB 97 Reduces the Power of the Public Health Officer During a Public Health Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 8)
April 1, 2021 AL SB 308 Authorizes Residents to Purchase Lifetime Concealed Carry Permits Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 6)
March 2, 2021 AL HB 103 Prohibits the Government Selecting Which Entities Can Remain Open During COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (75 - 22)
Feb. 23, 2021 AL HB 23 Authorizes Judges to Use Their Discretion When Determining Sentences Bill Passed - House (84 - 18)
Feb. 23, 2021 AL HB 73 Requires the Judicial Circuit to Create Diversion Programs Bill Passed - House (88 - 9)
Feb. 9, 2021 AL HB 24 Amends Sentencing Guidelines for State Prisoners Bill Passed - House (63 - 33)
Feb. 9, 2021 AL HB 17 Authorizes Deploying Wiretaps for Drug Related Offenses Bill Passed - House (80 - 14)
Feb. 4, 2021 AL SB 30 Increases Protections Against Lawsuits Involving COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 1)
May 18, 2020 AL SB 161 Appropriates CARES Act Funds to the State Government for the COVID-19 Pandemic Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 1)
March 12, 2020 AL HB 186 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 0)
March 12, 2020 AL SB 45 Amends Criminal Trespassing Penalties Relating to Critical Infrastructure Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 3)
May 30, 2019 AL HB 225 Prohibits Pay Discrimination Based on Sex and Race Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 0)
May 21, 2019 AL HB 379 Requires Chemical Castration for All Child Sex Offenders Bill Passed - House (72 - 16)
March 15, 2018 AL HB 225 Amends State Juvenile Justice Laws Bill Passed - House (69 - 20)
March 1, 2018 AL HB 14 Amends Driving-Under-the-Influence Laws Bill Passed - House (44 - 42)
Feb. 15, 2018 AL HB 34 Authorizes "Stand Your Ground' in Defense of Church Members Bill Passed - House (40 - 16)
May 16, 2017 AL SB 187 Reduces Time to File Appeals for Death Row Inmates Bill Passed - House (74 - 26)
May 11, 2017 AL SB 200 Prohibits Criminal History Inquiries by Employers Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 9)
April 18, 2017 AL SB 12 Authorizes Use of Nitrogen in Death Penalty Executions Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 7)
April 11, 2017 AL SB 193 Authorizes Briarwood Presbyterian Church to Form a Police Force Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 4)
April 11, 2017 AL SB 193 Authorizes Briarwood Presbyterian Church to Form a Police Force Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 4)
April 4, 2017 AL SB 16 Prohibits Judicial Override of Sentencing Decisions Bill Passed - House (78 - 19)
April 4, 2017 AL SB 16 Prohibits Judicial Override of Sentencing Decisions Bill Passed - House (78 - 19)
April 7, 2016 AL SB 237 Establishes Innocence Inquiry Commission Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 6)
April 7, 2016 AL SB 237 Establishes Innocence Inquiry Commission Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 6)
April 7, 2016 AL SB 237 Establishes Innocence Inquiry Commission Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 6)
April 5, 2016 AL SB 14 Authorizes Concealed Handguns in Vehicles without a Permit Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6)
March 11, 2015 AL HB 18 Authorizes Execution by Electrocution Bill Passed - House (76 - 26)
April 3, 2014 AL HB 494 Amends Requirements for Minors Who Seek an Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
April 3, 2014 AL SB 63 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (73 - 27)
March 19, 2014 AL SB 354 Authorizes Individuals Without Concealed Carry Licenses to Carry Firearms in Vehicles Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 7)
March 6, 2014 AL HB 379 Requires Confidentiality for Lethal-Injection Drug Suppliers Bill Passed - House (77 - 19)
March 4, 2014 AL HB 493 Requires Abortion Patients to be Informed of Perinatal Services Bill Passed - House (73 - 24)
March 4, 2014 AL HB 494 Amends Requirements for Minors Seeking an Abortion Bill Passed - House (82 - 18)
Feb. 26, 2014 AL SB 63 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 4)
May 2, 2013 AL SB 286 Amends Firearm Regulations Bill Passed - House (74 - 27)
April 30, 2013 AL SB 93 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
April 30, 2013 AL HB 8 Requires Courts to Apply "Strict Scrutiny" to Certain Firearm Regulation Laws Bill Passed - House (76 - 22)
April 30, 2013 AL SB 93 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
April 24, 2013 AL SB 191 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 10)
April 3, 2012 AL SB 63 Authorizes Private Work-Oriented Rehbilitation Programs for Inmates Bill Passed - House (73 - 22)
April 3, 2012 AL SB 396 Compensation to Bridget Lee for Wrongful Incarceration Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
April 3, 2012 AL SB 396 Compensation to Bridget Lee for Wrongful Incarceration Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
March 22, 2011 AL HB 19 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (64 - 31)
April 23, 2009 AL HB 533 Hate Crime Law Expansion Bill Passed - House (46 - 41)
April 23, 2009 AL HB 533 Hate Crime Law Expansion Bill Passed - House (46 - 41)
May 6, 2008 AL HB 829 Hate Crime Legislation Regarding Victim's Sexual Orientation Bill Passed - House (46 - 44)
Date No. Title Outcome
4/07 SB 2 Prohibits Enforcement of Certain Federal Gun Policies Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 5)
4/07 SB 184 Establishes that Providing Gender Affirming Therapy to Children is a Felony Bill Passed - House (66 - 28)
4/07 SB 2 Prohibits Enforcement of Certain Federal Gun Policies Bill Passed - House (68 - 28)
4/05 HB 337 Increases Penalties for Running From Police Bill Passed - House (72 - 25)
3/29 HB 17 Authorizes Deploying Wiretaps for Drug Related Offenses Concurrence Vote Passed - House (84 - 7)
3/29 HB 17 Authorizes Deploying Wiretaps for Drug Related Offenses Concurrence Vote Passed - House (84 - 7)
3/15 HB 17 Authorizes Deploying Wiretaps for Drug Related Offenses Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 1)
3/15 HB 17 Authorizes Deploying Wiretaps for Drug Related Offenses Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 1)
3/03 HB 272 Authorizes Permitless Carry of Handguns Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
2/23 SB 184 Establishes that Providing Gender Affirming Therapy to Children is a Felony Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
2/22 HB 272 Authorizes Permitless Carry of Handguns Bill Passed - House (65 - 37)
2/22 HB 2 Expands Penalties for Rioting, Certain Public Demonstrations Bill Passed - House (75 - 27)
2/22 HB 2 Expands Penalties for Rioting, Certain Public Demonstrations Bill Passed - House (75 - 27)
2/15 HB 95 Establishes a 180-Day Grace Period for Inmates to Repay Court-Imposed Debt After Release Bill Passed - House (63 - 35)
2/10 SB 168 Authorizes Opioid/Fentanyl Testing Strips Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 5)
2/09 HB 17 Authorizes Deploying Wiretaps for Drug Related Offenses Bill Passed - House (84 - 7)
2/09 HB 17 Authorizes Deploying Wiretaps for Drug Related Offenses Bill Passed - House (84 - 7)
10/01 HB 2 Increases the Number of Inmates who Could be Released Before the End of Their Sentence Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
9/29 HB 4 Establishes a Phased Plan to Build New Correctional Facilities Bill Passed - House (74 - 27)
9/29 HB 6 Transfers $154 Million from the State's General Fund for Correctional Facilities Bill Passed - House (78 - 22)
9/29 HB 5 Transfers $400 Million in COVID-19 Aid from the American Rescue Plan to Correctional Facilities Bill Passed - House (75 - 25)
9/29 HB 2 Increases the Number of Inmates who Could be Released Before the End of Their Sentence Bill Passed - House (77 - 23)
4/20 SB 91 Prohibits Racial Profiling Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 7)
4/20 SB 91 Prohibits Racial Profiling Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 7)
4/15 SB 358 Prohibits State and Local Governments from Enforcing Any Federal Firearms Act Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 5)
4/15 SB 358 Prohibits State and Local Governments from Enforcing Any Federal Firearms Act Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 5)
4/08 SB 267 Prohibits Implementation of COVID-19 Vaccine Passports Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 0)
4/08 SB 267 Prohibits Implementation of COVID-19 Vaccine Passports Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 0)
4/01 HB 103 Prohibits the Government Selecting Which Entities Can Remain Open During COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 6)
4/01 SB 97 Reduces the Power of the Public Health Officer During a Public Health Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 8)
4/01 SB 308 Authorizes Residents to Purchase Lifetime Concealed Carry Permits Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 6)
3/02 HB 103 Prohibits the Government Selecting Which Entities Can Remain Open During COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (75 - 22)
2/23 HB 23 Authorizes Judges to Use Their Discretion When Determining Sentences Bill Passed - House (84 - 18)
2/23 HB 73 Requires the Judicial Circuit to Create Diversion Programs Bill Passed - House (88 - 9)
2/09 HB 24 Amends Sentencing Guidelines for State Prisoners Bill Passed - House (63 - 33)
2/09 HB 17 Authorizes Deploying Wiretaps for Drug Related Offenses Bill Passed - House (80 - 14)
2/04 SB 30 Increases Protections Against Lawsuits Involving COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 1)
5/18 SB 161 Appropriates CARES Act Funds to the State Government for the COVID-19 Pandemic Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 1)
3/12 HB 186 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 0)
3/12 SB 45 Amends Criminal Trespassing Penalties Relating to Critical Infrastructure Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 3)
5/30 HB 225 Prohibits Pay Discrimination Based on Sex and Race Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 0)
5/21 HB 379 Requires Chemical Castration for All Child Sex Offenders Bill Passed - House (72 - 16)
3/15 HB 225 Amends State Juvenile Justice Laws Bill Passed - House (69 - 20)
3/01 HB 14 Amends Driving-Under-the-Influence Laws Bill Passed - House (44 - 42)
2/15 HB 34 Authorizes "Stand Your Ground' in Defense of Church Members Bill Passed - House (40 - 16)
5/16 SB 187 Reduces Time to File Appeals for Death Row Inmates Bill Passed - House (74 - 26)
5/11 SB 200 Prohibits Criminal History Inquiries by Employers Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 9)
4/18 SB 12 Authorizes Use of Nitrogen in Death Penalty Executions Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 7)
4/11 SB 193 Authorizes Briarwood Presbyterian Church to Form a Police Force Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 4)
4/11 SB 193 Authorizes Briarwood Presbyterian Church to Form a Police Force Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 4)
4/04 SB 16 Prohibits Judicial Override of Sentencing Decisions Bill Passed - House (78 - 19)
4/04 SB 16 Prohibits Judicial Override of Sentencing Decisions Bill Passed - House (78 - 19)
4/07 SB 237 Establishes Innocence Inquiry Commission Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 6)
4/07 SB 237 Establishes Innocence Inquiry Commission Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 6)
4/07 SB 237 Establishes Innocence Inquiry Commission Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 6)
4/05 SB 14 Authorizes Concealed Handguns in Vehicles without a Permit Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6)
3/11 HB 18 Authorizes Execution by Electrocution Bill Passed - House (76 - 26)
4/03 HB 494 Amends Requirements for Minors Who Seek an Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
4/03 SB 63 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (73 - 27)
3/19 SB 354 Authorizes Individuals Without Concealed Carry Licenses to Carry Firearms in Vehicles Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 7)
3/06 HB 379 Requires Confidentiality for Lethal-Injection Drug Suppliers Bill Passed - House (77 - 19)
3/04 HB 493 Requires Abortion Patients to be Informed of Perinatal Services Bill Passed - House (73 - 24)
3/04 HB 494 Amends Requirements for Minors Seeking an Abortion Bill Passed - House (82 - 18)
2/26 SB 63 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 4)
5/02 SB 286 Amends Firearm Regulations Bill Passed - House (74 - 27)
4/30 SB 93 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
4/30 HB 8 Requires Courts to Apply "Strict Scrutiny" to Certain Firearm Regulation Laws Bill Passed - House (76 - 22)
4/30 SB 93 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
4/24 SB 191 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 10)
4/03 SB 63 Authorizes Private Work-Oriented Rehbilitation Programs for Inmates Bill Passed - House (73 - 22)
4/03 SB 396 Compensation to Bridget Lee for Wrongful Incarceration Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
4/03 SB 396 Compensation to Bridget Lee for Wrongful Incarceration Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
3/22 HB 19 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (64 - 31)
4/23 HB 533 Hate Crime Law Expansion Bill Passed - House (46 - 41)
4/23 HB 533 Hate Crime Law Expansion Bill Passed - House (46 - 41)
5/06 HB 829 Hate Crime Legislation Regarding Victim's Sexual Orientation Bill Passed - House (46 - 44)

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