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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
June 9, 2011 AL HB 123 Education Appropriations for 2011-2012 Veto Override Passed - House (78 - 21)
June 9, 2011 AL HB 414 Increasing Retirement Contributions for Public Employees Conference Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 12)
June 9, 2011 AL HB 60 Prohibiting Mandatory Participation in any Health Care System Amendment Adopted - Senate (24 - 9)
June 9, 2011 AL HB 18 Prohibiting Abortions after 20 Weeks of Pregnancy Concurrence Vote Passed - House (70 - 20)
June 9, 2011 AL HB 18 Prohibiting Abortions after 20 Weeks of Pregnancy Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 5)
June 2, 2011 AL SB 484 2011 Congressional Redistricting Conference Report Adopted - House (57 - 45)
June 2, 2011 AL HB 56 Immigration Enforcement Conference Report Adopted - Senate (25 - 7)
June 2, 2011 AL HB 56 Immigration Enforcement Conference Report Adopted - House (67 - 29)
June 2, 2011 AL SB 484 2011 Congressional Redistricting Conference Report Adopted - Senate (16 - 15)
June 2, 2011 AL HB 414 Increasing Retirement Contributions for Public Employees Conference Report Adopted - House (51 - 48)
April 21, 2011 AL SB 256 Undocumented Immigrant Restrictions Bill Passed - Senate
April 21, 2011 AL SJR 82 Establishing A Constitutional Revision Commission Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (17 - 9)
April 14, 2011 AL HB 126 Extending Forever Wild Land Trust Bill Passed - House (69 - 24)
April 12, 2011 AL HB 123 Education Appropriations for 2011-2012 Bill Passed - House (64 - 36)
April 12, 2011 AL HB 414 Increasing Retirement Contributions for Public Employees Bill Passed - House (54 - 41)
April 7, 2011 AL HB 18 Prohibiting Abortions after 20 Weeks of Pregnancy Bill Passed - House (69 - 19)
April 7, 2011 AL SB 133 2011-2012 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 4)
April 5, 2011 AL HB 60 Prohibiting Mandatory Participation in any Health Care System Amendment Adopted - House (67 - 28)
April 5, 2011 AL HB 56 Immigration Enforcement Bill Passed - House (73 - 28)
March 24, 2011 AL HB 60 Prohibiting Mandatory Participation in any Health Care System Amendment Rejected - House (59 - 28)
March 22, 2011 AL SB 72 Repealing the Deferred Retirement Option Plan Conference Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 13)
March 22, 2011 AL SB 72 Repealing the Deferred Retirement Option Plan Conference Report Adopted - House (58 - 33)
March 22, 2011 AL HB 19 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (64 - 31)
Date No. Title Outcome
6/09 HB 123 Education Appropriations for 2011-2012 Veto Override Passed - House (78 - 21)
6/09 HB 414 Increasing Retirement Contributions for Public Employees Conference Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 12)
6/09 HB 60 Prohibiting Mandatory Participation in any Health Care System Amendment Adopted - Senate (24 - 9)
6/09 HB 18 Prohibiting Abortions after 20 Weeks of Pregnancy Concurrence Vote Passed - House (70 - 20)
6/09 HB 18 Prohibiting Abortions after 20 Weeks of Pregnancy Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 5)
6/02 SB 484 2011 Congressional Redistricting Conference Report Adopted - House (57 - 45)
6/02 HB 56 Immigration Enforcement Conference Report Adopted - Senate (25 - 7)
6/02 HB 56 Immigration Enforcement Conference Report Adopted - House (67 - 29)
6/02 SB 484 2011 Congressional Redistricting Conference Report Adopted - Senate (16 - 15)
6/02 HB 414 Increasing Retirement Contributions for Public Employees Conference Report Adopted - House (51 - 48)
4/21 SB 256 Undocumented Immigrant Restrictions Bill Passed - Senate
4/21 SJR 82 Establishing A Constitutional Revision Commission Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (17 - 9)
4/14 HB 126 Extending Forever Wild Land Trust Bill Passed - House (69 - 24)
4/12 HB 123 Education Appropriations for 2011-2012 Bill Passed - House (64 - 36)
4/12 HB 414 Increasing Retirement Contributions for Public Employees Bill Passed - House (54 - 41)
4/07 HB 18 Prohibiting Abortions after 20 Weeks of Pregnancy Bill Passed - House (69 - 19)
4/07 SB 133 2011-2012 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 4)
4/05 HB 60 Prohibiting Mandatory Participation in any Health Care System Amendment Adopted - House (67 - 28)
4/05 HB 56 Immigration Enforcement Bill Passed - House (73 - 28)
3/24 HB 60 Prohibiting Mandatory Participation in any Health Care System Amendment Rejected - House (59 - 28)
3/22 SB 72 Repealing the Deferred Retirement Option Plan Conference Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 13)
3/22 SB 72 Repealing the Deferred Retirement Option Plan Conference Report Adopted - House (58 - 33)
3/22 HB 19 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (64 - 31)

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