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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:

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
April 15, 2021 AL SB 358 Prohibits State and Local Governments from Enforcing Any Federal Firearms Act Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 5)
March 16, 2021 AL HB 167 Prohibits Voting in the Same Election in Alabama and In Another State Bill Passed - House (76 - 12)
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)
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)
Feb. 11, 2020 AL HB 147 Prohibits City Occupational Taxes Without Permission of State Legislature Bill Passed - House (74 - 27)
May 31, 2019 AL SB 397 Establishes a Constitutional Amendment to Create Governor-Appointed Board of Education Bill Passed - House (78 - 21)
April 25, 2019 AL SB 220 Establishes a Constitutional Amendment to Create a State Lottery Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
March 28, 2018 AL HB 317 Exempts Certain Individuals from Registering as Lobbyists Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 14)
Jan. 23, 2018 AL HB 17 Repeals Special Elections Bill Passed - House (67 - 31)
May 4, 2017 AL HB 155 Establishes Budget for 2017-2018 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 129 Establishes Education Budget Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 2)
Feb. 25, 2016 AL HB 174 Prohibits Local Governments from Establishing Wage or Employee Benefits Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11)
Feb. 16, 2016 AL HB 174 Prohibits Local Governments from Establishing Wage or Employee Benefits Requirements Bill Passed - House (71 - 31)
Feb. 11, 2016 AL HB 37 Prohibits Requiring Employees to Join or Pay Unions Bill Failed - House (60 - 24)
June 3, 2015 AL SB 216 Authorizes Certain Agencies to Raise Fees Bill Passed - House (61 - 38)
April 7, 2015 AL HB 193 Authorizes Counties to Establish Administrative Programs Bill Passed - House (76 - 17)
Feb. 20, 2014 AL HB 45 Authorizes Display of the Ten Commandments on State Property Amendment Adopted - House (77 - 19)
Feb. 20, 2014 AL HB 45 Authorizes Display of the Ten Commandments on State Property Amendment Adopted - House (77 - 19)
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 HB 162 Amends the Voter Registration Deadline Bill Passed - House (67 - 34)
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)
March 7, 2013 AL SB 41 Amends Employment Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10)
May 24, 2012 AL SB 25 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - House (65 - 36)
May 24, 2012 AL SB 25 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - House (65 - 36)
May 24, 2012 AL HB 19 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
May 24, 2012 AL HB 19 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
May 22, 2012 AL SB 25 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
May 22, 2012 AL SB 25 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
May 21, 2012 AL HB 19 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - House (66 - 35)
May 21, 2012 AL HB 19 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - House (66 - 35)
Feb. 16, 2012 AL HB 159 Authorizes Economic Development Incentive Program Bill Passed - House (65 - 22)
June 9, 2011 AL HB 60 Prohibiting Mandatory Participation in any Health Care System Amendment Adopted - Senate (24 - 9)
June 9, 2011 AL HB 60 Prohibiting Mandatory Participation in any Health Care System Amendment Adopted - Senate (24 - 9)
June 2, 2011 AL SB 484 2011 Congressional Redistricting Conference Report Adopted - House (57 - 45)
June 2, 2011 AL SB 484 2011 Congressional Redistricting Conference Report Adopted - House (57 - 45)
June 2, 2011 AL SB 484 2011 Congressional Redistricting Conference Report Adopted - Senate (16 - 15)
June 2, 2011 AL SB 484 2011 Congressional Redistricting Conference Report Adopted - Senate (16 - 15)
April 21, 2011 AL SJR 82 Establishing A Constitutional Revision Commission Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (17 - 9)
April 5, 2011 AL HB 60 Prohibiting Mandatory Participation in any Health Care System Amendment Adopted - House (67 - 28)
April 5, 2011 AL HB 60 Prohibiting Mandatory Participation in any Health Care System Amendment Adopted - House (67 - 28)
March 24, 2011 AL HB 60 Prohibiting Mandatory Participation in any Health Care System Amendment Rejected - House (59 - 28)
March 24, 2011 AL HB 60 Prohibiting Mandatory Participation in any Health Care System Amendment Rejected - House (59 - 28)
March 22, 2011 AL HB 19 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (64 - 31)
April 1, 2010 AL SB 233 Prohibiting Individual Health Care Mandate Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 8)
Feb. 23, 2010 AL HJR 54 Referendum on Constitutional Convention Motion Agreed - House (58 - 32)
Feb. 23, 2010 AL HJR 54 Referendum on Constitutional Convention Motion Agreed - House (58 - 32)
Aug. 14, 2009 AL HB 13 Authorizes an Occupational Tax for Jefferson County Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 9)
Aug. 12, 2009 AL HB 13 Authorizes an Occupational Tax for Jefferson County Bill Passed - House (17 - 15)
May 14, 2009 AL HB 175 Permitting Elections in Smaller Municipalities on Allowing Alcohol Veto Override Passed - Senate (18 - 11)
April 30, 2009 AL HB 175 Permitting Elections in Smaller Municipalities on Allowing Alcohol Veto Override Passed - House (54 - 19)
April 21, 2009 AL HB 175 Permitting Elections in Smaller Municipalities on Allowing Alcohol Concurrence Vote Passed - House (49 - 23)
April 21, 2009 AL HB 175 Permitting Elections in Smaller Municipalities on Allowing Alcohol Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 9)
March 3, 2009 AL SB 279 Funding for Road Construction Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 11)
May 31, 2008 AL SB 51 2008-2009 Education Budget Bill Passed - House (98 - 4)
May 29, 2008 AL SB 51 2008-2009 Education Budget Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 1)
May 1, 2008 AL HB 787 State Employees in Public Office Bill Passed - House (57 - 36)
April 15, 2008 AL HB 274 Food Sales Tax Repeal Bill Passed - House (63 - 38)
Feb. 26, 2008 AL HB 73 Prohibiting Money Transfers Between Political Action Committees Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
March 20, 2007 AL HJR 29 State Legislature Pay Increase Veto Override Passed - House (57 - 41)
March 20, 2007 AL HJR 29 State Legislature Pay Increase Veto Override Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
April 18, 2006 AL SB 446 Eminent Domain Conference Report Rejected - House (54 - 25)
April 6, 2006 AL SA 85045-1 to HB 135 Food Sales and Use Tax Reduction Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (16 - 11)
April 6, 2006 AL SB 446 Eminent Domain Bill Passed - House (94 - 3)
April 5, 2006 AL HB 51 Presidential Primary Date Bill Passed - House (79 - 14)
March 29, 2006 AL Executive Amendment 84452-1 to HB 272 Educational Funds Amendment Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House (63 - 38)
March 29, 2006 AL SB 446 Eminent Domain Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
Feb. 23, 2006 AL SB 31 Alcohol Tax Bill Failed - Senate (11 - 14)
Date No. Title Outcome
4/15 SB 358 Prohibits State and Local Governments from Enforcing Any Federal Firearms Act Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 5)
3/16 HB 167 Prohibits Voting in the Same Election in Alabama and In Another State Bill Passed - House (76 - 12)
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)
5/18 SB 161 Appropriates CARES Act Funds to the State Government for the COVID-19 Pandemic Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 1)
2/11 HB 147 Prohibits City Occupational Taxes Without Permission of State Legislature Bill Passed - House (74 - 27)
5/31 SB 397 Establishes a Constitutional Amendment to Create Governor-Appointed Board of Education Bill Passed - House (78 - 21)
4/25 SB 220 Establishes a Constitutional Amendment to Create a State Lottery Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
3/28 HB 317 Exempts Certain Individuals from Registering as Lobbyists Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 14)
1/23 HB 17 Repeals Special Elections Bill Passed - House (67 - 31)
5/04 HB 155 Establishes Budget for 2017-2018 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 129 Establishes Education Budget Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 2)
2/25 HB 174 Prohibits Local Governments from Establishing Wage or Employee Benefits Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11)
2/16 HB 174 Prohibits Local Governments from Establishing Wage or Employee Benefits Requirements Bill Passed - House (71 - 31)
2/11 HB 37 Prohibits Requiring Employees to Join or Pay Unions Bill Failed - House (60 - 24)
6/03 SB 216 Authorizes Certain Agencies to Raise Fees Bill Passed - House (61 - 38)
4/07 HB 193 Authorizes Counties to Establish Administrative Programs Bill Passed - House (76 - 17)
2/20 HB 45 Authorizes Display of the Ten Commandments on State Property Amendment Adopted - House (77 - 19)
2/20 HB 45 Authorizes Display of the Ten Commandments on State Property Amendment Adopted - House (77 - 19)
4/30 HB 8 Requires Courts to Apply "Strict Scrutiny" to Certain Firearm Regulation Laws Bill Passed - House (76 - 22)
4/30 HB 162 Amends the Voter Registration Deadline Bill Passed - House (67 - 34)
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)
3/07 SB 41 Amends Employment Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10)
5/24 SB 25 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - House (65 - 36)
5/24 SB 25 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - House (65 - 36)
5/24 HB 19 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
5/24 HB 19 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
5/22 SB 25 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
5/22 SB 25 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
5/21 HB 19 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - House (66 - 35)
5/21 HB 19 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - House (66 - 35)
2/16 HB 159 Authorizes Economic Development Incentive Program Bill Passed - House (65 - 22)
6/09 HB 60 Prohibiting Mandatory Participation in any Health Care System Amendment Adopted - Senate (24 - 9)
6/09 HB 60 Prohibiting Mandatory Participation in any Health Care System Amendment Adopted - Senate (24 - 9)
6/02 SB 484 2011 Congressional Redistricting Conference Report Adopted - House (57 - 45)
6/02 SB 484 2011 Congressional Redistricting Conference Report Adopted - House (57 - 45)
6/02 SB 484 2011 Congressional Redistricting Conference Report Adopted - Senate (16 - 15)
6/02 SB 484 2011 Congressional Redistricting Conference Report Adopted - Senate (16 - 15)
4/21 SJR 82 Establishing A Constitutional Revision Commission Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (17 - 9)
4/05 HB 60 Prohibiting Mandatory Participation in any Health Care System Amendment Adopted - House (67 - 28)
4/05 HB 60 Prohibiting Mandatory Participation in any Health Care System Amendment Adopted - House (67 - 28)
3/24 HB 60 Prohibiting Mandatory Participation in any Health Care System Amendment Rejected - House (59 - 28)
3/24 HB 60 Prohibiting Mandatory Participation in any Health Care System Amendment Rejected - House (59 - 28)
3/22 HB 19 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (64 - 31)
4/01 SB 233 Prohibiting Individual Health Care Mandate Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 8)
2/23 HJR 54 Referendum on Constitutional Convention Motion Agreed - House (58 - 32)
2/23 HJR 54 Referendum on Constitutional Convention Motion Agreed - House (58 - 32)
8/14 HB 13 Authorizes an Occupational Tax for Jefferson County Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 9)
8/12 HB 13 Authorizes an Occupational Tax for Jefferson County Bill Passed - House (17 - 15)
5/14 HB 175 Permitting Elections in Smaller Municipalities on Allowing Alcohol Veto Override Passed - Senate (18 - 11)
4/30 HB 175 Permitting Elections in Smaller Municipalities on Allowing Alcohol Veto Override Passed - House (54 - 19)
4/21 HB 175 Permitting Elections in Smaller Municipalities on Allowing Alcohol Concurrence Vote Passed - House (49 - 23)
4/21 HB 175 Permitting Elections in Smaller Municipalities on Allowing Alcohol Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 9)
3/03 SB 279 Funding for Road Construction Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 11)
5/31 SB 51 2008-2009 Education Budget Bill Passed - House (98 - 4)
5/29 SB 51 2008-2009 Education Budget Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 1)
5/01 HB 787 State Employees in Public Office Bill Passed - House (57 - 36)
4/15 HB 274 Food Sales Tax Repeal Bill Passed - House (63 - 38)
2/26 HB 73 Prohibiting Money Transfers Between Political Action Committees Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
3/20 HJR 29 State Legislature Pay Increase Veto Override Passed - House (57 - 41)
3/20 HJR 29 State Legislature Pay Increase Veto Override Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
4/18 SB 446 Eminent Domain Conference Report Rejected - House (54 - 25)
4/06 SA 85045-1 to HB 135 Food Sales and Use Tax Reduction Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (16 - 11)
4/06 SB 446 Eminent Domain Bill Passed - House (94 - 3)
4/05 HB 51 Presidential Primary Date Bill Passed - House (79 - 14)
3/29 Executive Amendment 84452-1 to HB 272 Educational Funds Amendment Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House (63 - 38)
3/29 SB 446 Eminent Domain Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
2/23 SB 31 Alcohol Tax Bill Failed - Senate (11 - 14)

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