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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
June 25, 2020 DE HB 350 Prohibits Police Officers from Using "Aggravated Strangulation" Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 5)
June 25, 2020 DE SB 260 Appropriates Funding for Nonprofit Grants-In-Aid Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 0)
June 25, 2020 DE SB 260 Appropriates Funding for Nonprofit Grants-In-Aid Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 0)
June 18, 2020 DE HB 346 Authorizes Voting by Mail for 2020 Elections Bill Passed - House (25 - 13)
June 30, 2019 DE SB 45 Establishes Marijuana Usage by a Juvenile as a Civil Violation Bill Passed - House (34 - 7)
June 27, 2019 DE SB 44 Reduces the Punishment for Possession or Consumption of Alcohol by a Person Under 21 to a Civil Offense Bill Passed - House (34 - 6)
June 26, 2019 DE SB 47 Repeals Certain Sentencing Enhancements Based Upon Where Crimes were Committed Bill Passed - House (28 - 12)
June 25, 2019 DE HB 77 Amends Burglary and Home Invasion Code Bill Passed - House (23 - 16)
June 20, 2019 DE SB 45 Establishes Marijuana Usage by a Juvenile as a Civil Violation Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 6)
June 11, 2019 DE HB 5 Authorizes Judges to Impose Prison Sentences Concurrently Bill Passed - House (30 - 10)
June 11, 2019 DE HB 5 Authorizes Judges to Impose Prison Sentences Concurrently Bill Passed - House (30 - 10)
April 17, 2019 DE HB 63 Amends Firearms Storage Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
April 9, 2019 DE SB 34 Establishes a Per-Pill Tax on Prescription Opioid Painkillers Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 4)
March 26, 2019 DE HB 63 Amends Firearms Storage Regulations Bill Passed - House (22 - 19)
Jan. 23, 2019 DE HB 2 Establishes Protections for Federal Workers During a Shutdown Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 6)
Jan. 10, 2019 DE HB 1 Establishes an Equal Rights Amendment in the State Constitution Bill Passed - House (35 - 6)
June 14, 2018 DE HB 300 Prohibits Bump Stocks Conference Report Adopted - House (36 - 2)
June 7, 2018 DE SB 65 Prohibits the Practice of Conversion Therapy Bill Passed - House (24 - 14)
March 29, 2018 DE HB 399 Amends State Constitution to Provide Equal Rights Bill Passed - House (34 - 5)
March 20, 2018 DE HB 330 Increases Minimum Purchase Age for Firearms Bill Passed - House (24 - 16)
May 9, 2017 DE HB 125 Authorizes Capital Punishment Bill Passed - House (26 - 16)
May 9, 2017 DE HB 125 Authorizes Capital Punishment Bill Passed - House (26 - 16)
April 21, 2016 DE HB 325 Amends Requirements for Purchasing a Firearm Bill Passed - House (22 - 17)
Jan. 28, 2016 DE SB 40 Repeals the Death Penalty Bill Failed - House (16 - 23)
June 18, 2015 DE HB 39 Decriminalizes Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 9)
June 2, 2015 DE HB 39 Decriminalizes Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (24 - 14)
May 12, 2015 DE SB 75 Prohibits Stock Corporations from Establishing Fee-Shifting Bylaws Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 5)
April 2, 2015 DE SB 40 Repeals the Death Penalty Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 9)
June 26, 2014 DE SB 36 Authorizes Judges to Hold Suspects of Violent Felonies without Bail Amendment Adopted - House (29 - 12)
June 25, 2014 DE SB 36 Authorizes Judges to Hold Suspects of Violent Felonies without Bail Amendment Rejected - House (24 - 15)
June 27, 2013 DE HB 88 Prohibits Certain Individuals with Mental Health Issues from Possessing Firearms Bill Failed - Senate (6 - 13)
June 19, 2013 DE SB 97 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (11 - 9)
June 18, 2013 DE SB 97 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity Bill Passed - House (24 - 17)
May 2, 2013 DE SB 16 Requires Gun Owners to Report Missing Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 10)
May 2, 2013 DE SB 16 Requires Gun Owners to Report Missing Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 10)
April 18, 2013 DE HB 35 Requires Background Checks Prior to the Purchase of Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
March 28, 2013 DE HB 35 Requires Background Checks Prior to the Purchase of Firearms Bill Passed - House (24 - 17)
March 26, 2013 DE SB 19 Repeals the Death Penalty Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 10)
June 13, 2012 DE SB 204 Extends the Gun Buy-back Program Bill Failed - Senate (8 - 13)
July 1, 2011 DE SB 65 Expansion of Criminal Nuisance Definition Bill Passed - House (26 - 15)
April 5, 2011 DE HB 19 Reduce Punishment for Drug Possession Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 4)
March 15, 2011 DE HA 1 Reduced Punishment for Drug Possession Amendment Adopted - House (21 - 17)
April 27, 2010 DE HB 347 Raising the Reporting Age for Misdemeanors by Students Bill Passed - House (22 - 9)
June 29, 2009 DE SB 169 Health Clinic Access Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 3)
June 24, 2009 DE SB 121 Adding Sexual Orientation to Delaware Anti-Discriminatory Laws Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 5)
June 24, 2009 DE SB 121 Adding Sexual Orientation to Delaware Anti-Discriminatory Laws Bill Passed - House (26 - 14)
June 4, 2009 DE SB 121 Adding Sexual Orientation to Delaware Anti-Discriminatory Laws
July 1, 2008 DE SB 300 2008-2009 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 6)
July 1, 2008 DE SB 300 2008-2009 Budget Bill Passed - House (33 - 7)
June 19, 2007 DE HA 4 Amendment to "Child's Victim Act"; State Immunity Bill Failed - House (17 - 24)
June 14, 2007 DE HB 175 Emergency Power to Seize Private Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 3)
June 14, 2007 DE HB 175 Emergency Power to Seize Private Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 3)
June 14, 2007 DE HB 175 Emergency Power to Seize Private Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 3)
June 29, 2006 DE SB 60 Sterile Needle and Syringe Exchange Pilot Program Bill Passed - House (24 - 14)
June 29, 2006 DE SB 60 Sterile Needle and Syringe Exchange Pilot Program Bill Passed - House (24 - 14)
May 4, 2006 DE HB 368 Hunting License Restrictions for Felons Bill Passed - House (21 - 14)
May 4, 2006 DE HB 368 Hunting License Restrictions for Felons Bill Passed - House (21 - 14)
April 4, 2006 DE HB 37 Bans Open Containers of Alcoholic Beverages in Motor Vehicles Bill Passed - House (22 - 12)
March 28, 2006 DE HB 37 Bans Open Containers of Alcoholic Beverages in Motor Vehicles Bill Failed - House (24 - 13)
Date No. Title Outcome
6/25 HB 350 Prohibits Police Officers from Using "Aggravated Strangulation" Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 5)
6/25 SB 260 Appropriates Funding for Nonprofit Grants-In-Aid Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 0)
6/25 SB 260 Appropriates Funding for Nonprofit Grants-In-Aid Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 0)
6/18 HB 346 Authorizes Voting by Mail for 2020 Elections Bill Passed - House (25 - 13)
6/30 SB 45 Establishes Marijuana Usage by a Juvenile as a Civil Violation Bill Passed - House (34 - 7)
6/27 SB 44 Reduces the Punishment for Possession or Consumption of Alcohol by a Person Under 21 to a Civil Offense Bill Passed - House (34 - 6)
6/26 SB 47 Repeals Certain Sentencing Enhancements Based Upon Where Crimes were Committed Bill Passed - House (28 - 12)
6/25 HB 77 Amends Burglary and Home Invasion Code Bill Passed - House (23 - 16)
6/20 SB 45 Establishes Marijuana Usage by a Juvenile as a Civil Violation Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 6)
6/11 HB 5 Authorizes Judges to Impose Prison Sentences Concurrently Bill Passed - House (30 - 10)
6/11 HB 5 Authorizes Judges to Impose Prison Sentences Concurrently Bill Passed - House (30 - 10)
4/17 HB 63 Amends Firearms Storage Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
4/09 SB 34 Establishes a Per-Pill Tax on Prescription Opioid Painkillers Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 4)
3/26 HB 63 Amends Firearms Storage Regulations Bill Passed - House (22 - 19)
1/23 HB 2 Establishes Protections for Federal Workers During a Shutdown Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 6)
1/10 HB 1 Establishes an Equal Rights Amendment in the State Constitution Bill Passed - House (35 - 6)
6/14 HB 300 Prohibits Bump Stocks Conference Report Adopted - House (36 - 2)
6/07 SB 65 Prohibits the Practice of Conversion Therapy Bill Passed - House (24 - 14)
3/29 HB 399 Amends State Constitution to Provide Equal Rights Bill Passed - House (34 - 5)
3/20 HB 330 Increases Minimum Purchase Age for Firearms Bill Passed - House (24 - 16)
5/09 HB 125 Authorizes Capital Punishment Bill Passed - House (26 - 16)
5/09 HB 125 Authorizes Capital Punishment Bill Passed - House (26 - 16)
4/21 HB 325 Amends Requirements for Purchasing a Firearm Bill Passed - House (22 - 17)
1/28 SB 40 Repeals the Death Penalty Bill Failed - House (16 - 23)
6/18 HB 39 Decriminalizes Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 9)
6/02 HB 39 Decriminalizes Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (24 - 14)
5/12 SB 75 Prohibits Stock Corporations from Establishing Fee-Shifting Bylaws Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 5)
4/02 SB 40 Repeals the Death Penalty Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 9)
6/26 SB 36 Authorizes Judges to Hold Suspects of Violent Felonies without Bail Amendment Adopted - House (29 - 12)
6/25 SB 36 Authorizes Judges to Hold Suspects of Violent Felonies without Bail Amendment Rejected - House (24 - 15)
6/27 HB 88 Prohibits Certain Individuals with Mental Health Issues from Possessing Firearms Bill Failed - Senate (6 - 13)
6/19 SB 97 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (11 - 9)
6/18 SB 97 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity Bill Passed - House (24 - 17)
5/02 SB 16 Requires Gun Owners to Report Missing Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 10)
5/02 SB 16 Requires Gun Owners to Report Missing Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 10)
4/18 HB 35 Requires Background Checks Prior to the Purchase of Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
3/28 HB 35 Requires Background Checks Prior to the Purchase of Firearms Bill Passed - House (24 - 17)
3/26 SB 19 Repeals the Death Penalty Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 10)
6/13 SB 204 Extends the Gun Buy-back Program Bill Failed - Senate (8 - 13)
7/01 SB 65 Expansion of Criminal Nuisance Definition Bill Passed - House (26 - 15)
4/05 HB 19 Reduce Punishment for Drug Possession Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 4)
3/15 HA 1 Reduced Punishment for Drug Possession Amendment Adopted - House (21 - 17)
4/27 HB 347 Raising the Reporting Age for Misdemeanors by Students Bill Passed - House (22 - 9)
6/29 SB 169 Health Clinic Access Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 3)
6/24 SB 121 Adding Sexual Orientation to Delaware Anti-Discriminatory Laws Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 5)
6/24 SB 121 Adding Sexual Orientation to Delaware Anti-Discriminatory Laws Bill Passed - House (26 - 14)
6/04 SB 121 Adding Sexual Orientation to Delaware Anti-Discriminatory Laws
7/01 SB 300 2008-2009 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 6)
7/01 SB 300 2008-2009 Budget Bill Passed - House (33 - 7)
6/19 HA 4 Amendment to "Child's Victim Act"; State Immunity Bill Failed - House (17 - 24)
6/14 HB 175 Emergency Power to Seize Private Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 3)
6/14 HB 175 Emergency Power to Seize Private Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 3)
6/14 HB 175 Emergency Power to Seize Private Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 3)
6/29 SB 60 Sterile Needle and Syringe Exchange Pilot Program Bill Passed - House (24 - 14)
6/29 SB 60 Sterile Needle and Syringe Exchange Pilot Program Bill Passed - House (24 - 14)
5/04 HB 368 Hunting License Restrictions for Felons Bill Passed - House (21 - 14)
5/04 HB 368 Hunting License Restrictions for Felons Bill Passed - House (21 - 14)
4/04 HB 37 Bans Open Containers of Alcoholic Beverages in Motor Vehicles Bill Passed - House (22 - 12)
3/28 HB 37 Bans Open Containers of Alcoholic Beverages in Motor Vehicles Bill Failed - House (24 - 13)

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