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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
Sept. 16, 2017 CA SB 54 Establishes a Statewide Sanctuary Policy Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 11)
Sept. 15, 2017 CA SB 394 Authorizes Parole for Juvenile Offenders with Life Sentences Bill Passed - House (44 - 30)
Sept. 15, 2017 CA SB 54 Establishes a Statewide Sanctuary Policy Bill Passed - House (51 - 26)
Sept. 15, 2017 CA AJR 24 Recommends Congress Refrain from Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
Sept. 14, 2017 CA AB 569 Prohibits Firing Employees for Obtaining Abortion Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 20)
Sept. 14, 2017 CA SB 179 Recognizes Nonbinary as an Official Legal Gender Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 12)
Sept. 13, 2017 CA SB 179 Recognizes Nonbinary as an Official Legal Gender Bill Passed - House (57 - 21)
Sept. 12, 2017 CA AB 569 Prohibits Firing Employees for Obtaining Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 13)
Sept. 12, 2017 CA AJR 24 Recommends Congress Refrain from Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill Passed - House (47 - 28)
Sept. 11, 2017 CA AB 291 Prohibits Landlords from Disclosing Immigration Status of Tenants Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 20)
Sept. 11, 2017 CA AB 424 Amends School Gun Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - House (44 - 27)
Sept. 5, 2017 CA AB 841 Restricts Marketing of Unhealthy Foods in Schools Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 13)
July 17, 2017 CA AB 617 Establishes Air-Quality Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (50 - 24)
July 17, 2017 CA AB 398 Extends California's Cap-and-Trade Policies Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 22)
July 17, 2017 CA AB 617 Establishes Air-Quality Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 13)
July 17, 2017 CA AB 398 Extends California's Cap-and-Trade Policies Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12)
June 1, 2017 CA SB 35 Amends Affordable Housing Policies Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
June 1, 2017 CA AB 1578 Prohibits State Law Enforcement from Cooperating with Federal Marijuana Law Enforcement Bill Passed - House (41 - 33)
June 1, 2017 CA AB 42 Amends Money Bail Procedures Bill Failed - House (35 - 37)
May 31, 2017 CA SB 394 Authorizes Parole for Juvenile Offenders with Life Sentences Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12)
May 31, 2017 CA SB 10 Establishes New Provisions for the Criminal Justice System (25 - 11)
May 31, 2017 CA SB 100 Increases the State Renewable Energy Target Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13)
May 30, 2017 CA SB 328 Amends School Start Time Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13)
May 8, 2017 CA AB 22 Authorizes Termination of Employees Engaged in Subversive Activities Bill Passed - House (41 - 30)
May 4, 2017 CA AB 84 Authorizes Earlier Presidential Primary Bill Passed - House (52 - 20)
April 6, 2017 CA SB 1 Increases Gas and Vehicle Taxes to Pay for Road and Bridge Repairs Bill Passed - House (54 - 26)
April 6, 2017 CA SB 1 Increases Gas and Vehicle Taxes to Pay for Road and Bridge Repairs Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 11)
April 3, 2017 CA SB 54 Establishes a Statewide Sanctuary Policy Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 12)
March 20, 2017 CA AB 18 Authorizes a Ballot Measure to Appropriate $3 Billion to State Parks Bill Passed - House (59 - 19)
Date No. Title Outcome
9/16 SB 54 Establishes a Statewide Sanctuary Policy Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 11)
9/15 SB 394 Authorizes Parole for Juvenile Offenders with Life Sentences Bill Passed - House (44 - 30)
9/15 SB 54 Establishes a Statewide Sanctuary Policy Bill Passed - House (51 - 26)
9/15 AJR 24 Recommends Congress Refrain from Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
9/14 AB 569 Prohibits Firing Employees for Obtaining Abortion Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 20)
9/14 SB 179 Recognizes Nonbinary as an Official Legal Gender Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 12)
9/13 SB 179 Recognizes Nonbinary as an Official Legal Gender Bill Passed - House (57 - 21)
9/12 AB 569 Prohibits Firing Employees for Obtaining Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 13)
9/12 AJR 24 Recommends Congress Refrain from Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill Passed - House (47 - 28)
9/11 AB 291 Prohibits Landlords from Disclosing Immigration Status of Tenants Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 20)
9/11 AB 424 Amends School Gun Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - House (44 - 27)
9/05 AB 841 Restricts Marketing of Unhealthy Foods in Schools Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 13)
7/17 AB 617 Establishes Air-Quality Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (50 - 24)
7/17 AB 398 Extends California's Cap-and-Trade Policies Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 22)
7/17 AB 617 Establishes Air-Quality Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 13)
7/17 AB 398 Extends California's Cap-and-Trade Policies Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12)
6/01 SB 35 Amends Affordable Housing Policies Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
6/01 AB 1578 Prohibits State Law Enforcement from Cooperating with Federal Marijuana Law Enforcement Bill Passed - House (41 - 33)
6/01 AB 42 Amends Money Bail Procedures Bill Failed - House (35 - 37)
5/31 SB 394 Authorizes Parole for Juvenile Offenders with Life Sentences Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12)
5/31 SB 10 Establishes New Provisions for the Criminal Justice System (25 - 11)
5/31 SB 100 Increases the State Renewable Energy Target Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13)
5/30 SB 328 Amends School Start Time Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13)
5/08 AB 22 Authorizes Termination of Employees Engaged in Subversive Activities Bill Passed - House (41 - 30)
5/04 AB 84 Authorizes Earlier Presidential Primary Bill Passed - House (52 - 20)
4/06 SB 1 Increases Gas and Vehicle Taxes to Pay for Road and Bridge Repairs Bill Passed - House (54 - 26)
4/06 SB 1 Increases Gas and Vehicle Taxes to Pay for Road and Bridge Repairs Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 11)
4/03 SB 54 Establishes a Statewide Sanctuary Policy Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 12)
3/20 AB 18 Authorizes a Ballot Measure to Appropriate $3 Billion to State Parks Bill Passed - House (59 - 19)

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