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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
Feb. 4, 2021 AL SB 30 Increases Protections Against Lawsuits Involving COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 1)
Feb. 9, 2021 AL HB 17 Authorizes Deploying Wiretaps for Drug Related Offenses Bill Passed - House (80 - 14)
Feb. 9, 2021 AL HB 24 Amends Sentencing Guidelines for State Prisoners Bill Passed - House (63 - 33)
Feb. 11, 2021 AL SB 126 Authorizes Alcohol Home Delivery Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 4)
Feb. 23, 2021 AL HB 73 Requires the Judicial Circuit to Create Diversion Programs Bill Passed - House (88 - 9)
Feb. 23, 2021 AL HB 23 Authorizes Judges to Use Their Discretion When Determining Sentences Bill Passed - House (84 - 18)
March 2, 2021 AL SB 10 Prohibits Gender Change Therapy for Minors Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 4)
March 2, 2021 AL HB 103 Prohibits the Government Selecting Which Entities Can Remain Open During COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (75 - 22)
March 16, 2021 AL HB 167 Prohibits Voting in the Same Election in Alabama and In Another State Bill Passed - House (76 - 12)
April 1, 2021 AL SB 308 Authorizes Residents to Purchase Lifetime Concealed Carry Permits Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 6)
March 18, 2021 AL HB 237 Establishes Protections for Infants Born Alive Bill Passed - House (76 - 12)
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 HB 391 Prohibits Transgender Athletes from Playing on Sports Teams that do not Match their Birth Sex Concurrence Vote Passed - House (76 - 13)
April 15, 2021 AL HB 391 Prohibits Transgender Athletes from Playing on Sports Teams that do not Match their Birth Sex Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 5)
April 20, 2021 AL SB 91 Prohibits Racial Profiling Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 7)
April 8, 2021 AL SB 267 Prohibits Implementation of COVID-19 Vaccine Passports Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 0)
May 6, 2021 AL SB 46 Authorizes the Legalization and Regulation of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (68 - 34)
Feb. 24, 2021 AL SB 46 Authorizes the Legalization and Regulation of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
April 13, 2021 AL SB 319 Authorizes Voting to Expand Casino Gambling Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
May 17, 2021 AL HB 285 Prohibits Curbside Voting Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 6)
March 18, 2021 AL HB 285 Prohibits Curbside Voting Bill Passed - House (74 - 25)
April 1, 2021 AL SB 97 Reduces the Power of the Public Health Officer During a Public Health Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 8)
May 17, 2021 AL SB 94 Extends the Deadline for 3rd Graders to Reach Their Required Reading Level Bill Passed - House (68 - 27)
April 13, 2021 AL SB 94 Extends the Deadline for 3rd Graders to Reach Their Required Reading Level Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
May 6, 2021 AL HB 246 Authorizes Public Schools to Teach Yoga Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 7)
March 11, 2021 AL HB 246 Authorizes Public Schools to Teach Yoga Bill Passed - House (73 - 25)
April 27, 2021 AL HB 538 Limits the Time Frame for Receiving Absentee Ballot Applications Concurrence Vote Passed - House (81 - 12)
April 22, 2021 AL HB 538 Limits the Time Frame for Receiving Absentee Ballot Applications Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 5)
April 22, 2021 AL HB 388 Requires General Election Laws be Implemented 6 Months Before a General Election Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 4)
April 6, 2021 AL HB 388 Requires General Election Laws be Implemented 6 Months Before a General Election Bill Passed - House (75 - 24)
April 22, 2021 AL HB 154 Requires Municipal Candidates to File Campaign Finance Reports Electronically Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 12)
Date No. Title Outcome
2/04 SB 30 Increases Protections Against Lawsuits Involving COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 1)
2/09 HB 17 Authorizes Deploying Wiretaps for Drug Related Offenses Bill Passed - House (80 - 14)
2/09 HB 24 Amends Sentencing Guidelines for State Prisoners Bill Passed - House (63 - 33)
2/11 SB 126 Authorizes Alcohol Home Delivery Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 4)
2/23 HB 73 Requires the Judicial Circuit to Create Diversion Programs Bill Passed - House (88 - 9)
2/23 HB 23 Authorizes Judges to Use Their Discretion When Determining Sentences Bill Passed - House (84 - 18)
3/02 SB 10 Prohibits Gender Change Therapy for Minors Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 4)
3/02 HB 103 Prohibits the Government Selecting Which Entities Can Remain Open During COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (75 - 22)
3/16 HB 167 Prohibits Voting in the Same Election in Alabama and In Another State Bill Passed - House (76 - 12)
4/01 SB 308 Authorizes Residents to Purchase Lifetime Concealed Carry Permits Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 6)
3/18 HB 237 Establishes Protections for Infants Born Alive Bill Passed - House (76 - 12)
4/15 SB 358 Prohibits State and Local Governments from Enforcing Any Federal Firearms Act Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 5)
4/15 HB 391 Prohibits Transgender Athletes from Playing on Sports Teams that do not Match their Birth Sex Concurrence Vote Passed - House (76 - 13)
4/15 HB 391 Prohibits Transgender Athletes from Playing on Sports Teams that do not Match their Birth Sex Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 5)
4/20 SB 91 Prohibits Racial Profiling Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 7)
4/08 SB 267 Prohibits Implementation of COVID-19 Vaccine Passports Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 0)
5/06 SB 46 Authorizes the Legalization and Regulation of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (68 - 34)
2/24 SB 46 Authorizes the Legalization and Regulation of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
4/13 SB 319 Authorizes Voting to Expand Casino Gambling Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
5/17 HB 285 Prohibits Curbside Voting Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 6)
3/18 HB 285 Prohibits Curbside Voting Bill Passed - House (74 - 25)
4/01 SB 97 Reduces the Power of the Public Health Officer During a Public Health Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 8)
5/17 SB 94 Extends the Deadline for 3rd Graders to Reach Their Required Reading Level Bill Passed - House (68 - 27)
4/13 SB 94 Extends the Deadline for 3rd Graders to Reach Their Required Reading Level Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
5/06 HB 246 Authorizes Public Schools to Teach Yoga Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 7)
3/11 HB 246 Authorizes Public Schools to Teach Yoga Bill Passed - House (73 - 25)
4/27 HB 538 Limits the Time Frame for Receiving Absentee Ballot Applications Concurrence Vote Passed - House (81 - 12)
4/22 HB 538 Limits the Time Frame for Receiving Absentee Ballot Applications Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 5)
4/22 HB 388 Requires General Election Laws be Implemented 6 Months Before a General Election Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 4)
4/06 HB 388 Requires General Election Laws be Implemented 6 Months Before a General Election Bill Passed - House (75 - 24)
4/22 HB 154 Requires Municipal Candidates to File Campaign Finance Reports Electronically Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 12)

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