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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
Nov. 1, 2021 DE HCR 42 Establishes Request for Advisory Opinion of Delaware Supreme Court Bill Passed - House (25 - 8)
June 29, 2021 DE SB 148 Expands the Division of Civil Rights and Public Trusts Responsibility to Review Deadly Use of Force Incidents Bill Passed - House (26 - 15)
June 29, 2021 DE SB 111 Specifies Automatic Expungement Process Bill Passed - House (36 - 5)
June 24, 2021 DE SB 7 Requires Bond and Weapons Seizure for Those Facing Violent Crime Charges Bill Passed - House (32 - 8)
June 22, 2021 DE HB 92 Reduces School Board Terms from 5 to 4 years Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 9)
June 22, 2021 DE HB 31 Authorizes the Complete Decriminalization of Abortion in the State Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 7)
June 17, 2021 DE HB 195 Requires Body Cameras to be Worn by Police Officers Bill Passed - House (41 - 0)
June 15, 2021 DE HB 124 Prohibits Abusive Individuals from Bearing Arms Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 6)
June 10, 2021 DE HB 92 Reduces School Board Terms from 5 to 4 years Bill Passed - House (23 - 18)
June 10, 2021 DE SB 7 Requires Bond and Weapons Seizure for Those Facing Violent Crime Charges Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 2)
June 10, 2021 DE SB 148 Expands the Division of Civil Rights and Public Trusts Responsibility to Review Deadly Use of Force Incidents Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 7)
June 10, 2021 DE HB 90 Amends Campaign Finance Laws to Authorize Spending Related to Child Care Costs Bill Passed - House (28 - 13)
May 20, 2021 DE HB 198 Requires Schools to Provide Curricula on Black History Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 5)
May 20, 2021 DE HB 125 Amends Various Firearm Regulations and Outlaws Ghost Guns Bill Passed - House (23 - 18)
May 18, 2021 DE HB 26 Prohibits Incarcerated Youths from Being Housed in Adult Prisons Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 7)
May 18, 2021 DE HB 31 Authorizes the Complete Decriminalization of Abortion in the State Bill Passed - House (28 - 13)
May 13, 2021 DE SB 78 Requires Any School Board Member Charged with a Violent Felony to be Suspended Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 1)
April 29, 2021 DE HB 73 Amends Guidelines for Probation and Parole Officers Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 7)
April 29, 2021 DE HB 198 Requires Schools to Provide Curricula on Black History Bill Passed - House (33 - 7)
April 29, 2021 DE HB 155 Establishes New Legal Definitions for Gender, Disability, etc. Bill Passed - House (36 - 4)
April 27, 2021 DE SB 12 Expands the Student Excellence Equals Degree Scholarship Program Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 4)
April 1, 2021 DE SB 6 Prohibits the Sale of Magazines that Hold More than 17 Rounds Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
April 1, 2021 DE SB 3 Establishes that People Must Complete Firearm Training and Acquire a Permit Before Purchasing Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
March 30, 2021 DE SB 72 Classifies Discrimination Against Any Person Because of their Religion as Illegal Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 0)
March 30, 2021 DE SB 5 Authorizes Automatic Voter Registration at DMVs Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 7)
March 25, 2021 DE HB 26 Prohibits Incarcerated Youths from Being Housed in Adult Prisons Bill Passed - House (27 - 14)
March 18, 2021 DE SB 15 Increases the Minimum Wage to $15 Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 7)
Jan. 28, 2021 DE SB 33 Amends State Clean Energy Standards to Require Renewables Generate 40 Percent of Electricity by 2035 Bill Passed - House (29 - 12)
Jan. 28, 2021 DE SB 32 Prohibits Hair Discrimination Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 0)
Jan. 27, 2021 DE SCR 8 Classifies Gun Violence as a Public Health Crisis Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
Jan. 21, 2021 DE SB 33 Amends State Clean Energy Standards to Require Renewables Generate 40 Percent of Electricity by 2035 Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
Jan. 21, 2021 DE SB 31 Amends the Equal Rights Amendment in the State Constitution to Prohibit Racial Discrimination Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 0)
Jan. 14, 2021 DE SCR 3 Extends Congratulations to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (15 - 6)
Date No. Title Outcome
11/01 HCR 42 Establishes Request for Advisory Opinion of Delaware Supreme Court Bill Passed - House (25 - 8)
6/29 SB 148 Expands the Division of Civil Rights and Public Trusts Responsibility to Review Deadly Use of Force Incidents Bill Passed - House (26 - 15)
6/29 SB 111 Specifies Automatic Expungement Process Bill Passed - House (36 - 5)
6/24 SB 7 Requires Bond and Weapons Seizure for Those Facing Violent Crime Charges Bill Passed - House (32 - 8)
6/22 HB 92 Reduces School Board Terms from 5 to 4 years Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 9)
6/22 HB 31 Authorizes the Complete Decriminalization of Abortion in the State Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 7)
6/17 HB 195 Requires Body Cameras to be Worn by Police Officers Bill Passed - House (41 - 0)
6/15 HB 124 Prohibits Abusive Individuals from Bearing Arms Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 6)
6/10 HB 92 Reduces School Board Terms from 5 to 4 years Bill Passed - House (23 - 18)
6/10 SB 7 Requires Bond and Weapons Seizure for Those Facing Violent Crime Charges Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 2)
6/10 SB 148 Expands the Division of Civil Rights and Public Trusts Responsibility to Review Deadly Use of Force Incidents Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 7)
6/10 HB 90 Amends Campaign Finance Laws to Authorize Spending Related to Child Care Costs Bill Passed - House (28 - 13)
5/20 HB 198 Requires Schools to Provide Curricula on Black History Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 5)
5/20 HB 125 Amends Various Firearm Regulations and Outlaws Ghost Guns Bill Passed - House (23 - 18)
5/18 HB 26 Prohibits Incarcerated Youths from Being Housed in Adult Prisons Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 7)
5/18 HB 31 Authorizes the Complete Decriminalization of Abortion in the State Bill Passed - House (28 - 13)
5/13 SB 78 Requires Any School Board Member Charged with a Violent Felony to be Suspended Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 1)
4/29 HB 73 Amends Guidelines for Probation and Parole Officers Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 7)
4/29 HB 198 Requires Schools to Provide Curricula on Black History Bill Passed - House (33 - 7)
4/29 HB 155 Establishes New Legal Definitions for Gender, Disability, etc. Bill Passed - House (36 - 4)
4/27 SB 12 Expands the Student Excellence Equals Degree Scholarship Program Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 4)
4/01 SB 6 Prohibits the Sale of Magazines that Hold More than 17 Rounds Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
4/01 SB 3 Establishes that People Must Complete Firearm Training and Acquire a Permit Before Purchasing Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
3/30 SB 72 Classifies Discrimination Against Any Person Because of their Religion as Illegal Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 0)
3/30 SB 5 Authorizes Automatic Voter Registration at DMVs Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 7)
3/25 HB 26 Prohibits Incarcerated Youths from Being Housed in Adult Prisons Bill Passed - House (27 - 14)
3/18 SB 15 Increases the Minimum Wage to $15 Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 7)
1/28 SB 33 Amends State Clean Energy Standards to Require Renewables Generate 40 Percent of Electricity by 2035 Bill Passed - House (29 - 12)
1/28 SB 32 Prohibits Hair Discrimination Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 0)
1/27 SCR 8 Classifies Gun Violence as a Public Health Crisis Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
1/21 SB 33 Amends State Clean Energy Standards to Require Renewables Generate 40 Percent of Electricity by 2035 Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
1/21 SB 31 Amends the Equal Rights Amendment in the State Constitution to Prohibit Racial Discrimination Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 0)
1/14 SCR 3 Extends Congratulations to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (15 - 6)

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