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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
April 15, 2021 FL HB 1 Increases Criminal Penalties for Assaulting Law Enforcement Officials Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 17)
March 26, 2021 FL HB 259 Authorizes Individuals to Carry Concealed Weapons on Church Property Bill Passed - House (76 - 37)
March 26, 2021 FL HB 1 Increases Criminal Penalties for Assaulting Law Enforcement Officials Bill Passed - House (76 - 39)
March 5, 2021 FL HB 07 Establishes a Legal Defense Fund for Businesses Bill Passed - House (83 - 31)
March 5, 2021 FL HB 07 Establishes a Legal Defense Fund for Businesses Bill Passed - House (83 - 31)
March 19, 2020 FL H 5001 Appropriates Funds for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year Budget and Related COVID-19 Containment Efforts Conference Report Adopted - Senate (32 - 0)
March 13, 2020 FL HB 1259 Prohibits Putting Pregnant Prisoners in Restrictive Housing Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
March 11, 2020 FL HB 389 Expands List of Medical Conditions That Pharmacists May Treat Concurrence Vote Passed - House (98 - 17)
March 11, 2020 FL HB 1213 Requires Adding Ocoee Riots to School Curriculum Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
March 11, 2020 FL HB 389 Expands List of Medical Conditions That Pharmacists May Treat Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12)
March 11, 2020 FL HB 199 Extends Sexual Battery Prosecution Time Limitations Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
March 10, 2020 FL SB 70 Establishes Alert Systems in Public Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
March 10, 2020 FL SB 1286 Expands the List of Contraband in Specified Facilities Bill Passed - House (71 - 43)
May 3, 2019 FL SB 7066 Requires Felons Pay Outstanding Court Fees Prior to Voting Rights Restoration Concurrence Vote Passed - House (67 - 42)
May 3, 2019 FL SB 7066 Requires Felons Pay Outstanding Court Fees Prior to Voting Rights Restoration Concurrence Vote Passed - House (67 - 42)
May 2, 2019 FL SB 7066 Requires Felons Pay Outstanding Court Fees Prior to Voting Rights Restoration Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
May 2, 2019 FL SB 7066 Requires Felons Pay Outstanding Court Fees Prior to Voting Rights Restoration Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
May 1, 2019 FL SB 7030 Authorizes Firearms on School Campuses Bill Passed - House (65 - 47)
April 29, 2019 FL HB 19 Authorizes the Importation of Prescription Drugs from Canada Concurrence Vote Passed - House (93 - 20)
April 29, 2019 FL HB 19 Authorizes the Importation of Prescription Drugs from Canada Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 13)
April 29, 2019 FL HB 741 Prohibits "Anti-Semitic Speech" at Public Schools, Colleges, and Universities Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
April 24, 2019 FL HB 7089 Requires Felons to Pay Court Fees Prior to Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (71 - 45)
April 24, 2019 FL HB 7089 Requires Felons to Pay Court Fees Prior to Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (71 - 45)
April 23, 2019 FL SB 7030 Authorizes Firearms on School Campuses Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
March 7, 2018 FL SB 7026 Establishes the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act Bill Passed - House (67 - 50)
March 5, 2018 FL SB 7026 Establishes the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 18)
Jan. 12, 2018 FL HB 6001 Repeals Red Light Cameras Bill Passed - House (83 - 18)
March 23, 2017 FL SB 436 Prohibits Discrimination Against Religious Expression in Schools Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13)
March 15, 2017 FL SB 128 Authorizes Immunity for Self-Defense Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
March 15, 2017 FL SB 128 Authorizes Immunity for Self-Defense Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
March 9, 2016 FL HB 1411 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Tissue Concurrence Vote Passed - House (76 - 40)
March 9, 2016 FL HB 1411 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Tissue Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 15)
March 9, 2016 FL HB 4027 Prohibits Traffic Infraction Detectors Bill Passed - House (83 - 33)
March 3, 2016 FL HB 1411 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Tissue Bill Passed - House (74 - 44)
Feb. 3, 2016 FL HB 163 Authorizes Open Carry of Firearms Bill Passed - House (80 - 38)
Feb. 3, 2016 FL HB 4001 Authorizes Open-Carry on State College Campuses Bill Passed - House (80 - 37)
Jan. 28, 2016 FL SB 344 Amends Burden of Proof in Self-Defense Immunity Claims Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
Jan. 28, 2016 FL SB 344 Amends Burden of Proof in Self-Defense Immunity Claims Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
April 24, 2015 FL HB 943 Amends Alimony Law Bill Passed - House (93 - 22)
April 9, 2015 FL SB 290 Authorizes Concealed Carry During Emergency Evacuations Bill Passed - House (86 - 26)
March 24, 2015 FL SB 290 Authorizes Concealed Carry During Emergency Evacuations Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 10)
May 1, 2014 FL HB 755 Authorizes Certain Non-Citizen Individuals to be Admitted to the Bar Concurrence Vote Passed - House (79 - 37)
April 30, 2014 FL SB 386 Prohibits Enforcement of Foreign Laws Bill Passed - House (78 - 40)
April 28, 2014 FL HB 753 Authorizes Certain Individuals to Carry Concealed Firearms on School Property Bill Passed - House (71 - 44)
April 28, 2014 FL SB 386 Prohibits Enforcement of Foreign Laws Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
April 24, 2014 FL HB 7029 Prohibits Administrators From Punishing Simulation Of Weapon Play Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 6)
April 23, 2014 FL HB 59 Establishes Penalties for Killing or Injuring a Fetus Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 14)
April 22, 2014 FL SB 424 Prohibits Insurance Increases for Gun Owners Bill Passed - House (74 - 44)
April 11, 2014 FL HB 209 Authorizes Carrying Firearms During an Emergency Bill Passed - House (80 - 36)
April 11, 2014 FL HB 59 Establishes Penalties for Killing or Injuring a Fetus Bill Passed - House (74 - 42)
April 3, 2014 FL HB 89 Prohibits Mandatory Sentencing for Certain Convictions of Aggravated Assault Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 7)
April 3, 2014 FL HB 89 Prohibits Mandatory Sentencing for Certain Convictions of Aggravated Assault Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 7)
March 20, 2014 FL HB 7029 Prohibits Administrators From Punishing Simulation Of Weapon Play Bill Passed - House (98 - 17)
March 20, 2014 FL HB 89 Prohibits Mandatory Sentencing for Certain Convictions of Aggravated Assault Bill Passed - House (93 - 24)
March 20, 2014 FL HB 89 Prohibits Mandatory Sentencing for Certain Convictions of Aggravated Assault Bill Passed - House (93 - 24)
May 1, 2013 FL SB 1792 Amends Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Requirements Bill Passed - House (77 - 38)
April 29, 2013 FL HB 7083 Limits Post-Conviction Death Penalty Appeals Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
April 29, 2013 FL HB 7083 Limits Post-Conviction Death Penalty Appeals Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
April 25, 2013 FL HB 7083 Limits Post-Conviction Death Penalty Appeals Bill Passed - House (84 - 34)
April 25, 2013 FL HB 7083 Limits Post-Conviction Death Penalty Appeals Bill Passed - House (84 - 34)
April 18, 2013 FL SB 718 Amends Alimony Provisions Bill Passed - House (85 - 31)
April 11, 2013 FL SB 1792 Amends Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 12)
April 4, 2013 FL SB 718 Amends Alimony Provisions Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 11)
March 9, 2012 FL HB 5001 2012-2013 Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (32 - 8)
March 9, 2012 FL HB 5001 2012-2013 Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (80 - 37)
March 9, 2012 FL HB 1205 Authorizes Random Drug Tests of State Employees Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 14)
March 2, 2012 FL HB 1205 Authorizes Random Drug Tests of State Employees Bill Passed - House (79 - 37)
March 1, 2012 FL HB 1209 Prohibits Courts from Basing Decisions on Foreign Laws Bill Passed - House (92 - 24)
Feb. 29, 2012 FL HB 609 Prohibits Unpaid Wage Collection Ordinances Bill Passed - House (77 - 38)
Feb. 23, 2012 FL HB 5001 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 6)
Feb. 23, 2012 FL HB 549 Amends Alimony Provisions Bill Passed - House (83 - 30)
Feb. 14, 2012 FL SB 2038 Private Correctional Facilities Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 21)
Feb. 9, 2012 FL HB 5001 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - House (79 - 38)
May 5, 2011 FL HB 353 Drug Screening for Temporary Assistance Beneficiaries Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
May 4, 2011 FL SB 234 Authorizes Open Display of a Firearm Bill Passed - House (99 - 17)
April 28, 2011 FL HB 45 Regulation of Firearms and Ammunition Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 8)
April 28, 2011 FL SB 234 Authorizes Open Display of a Firearm Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
April 26, 2011 FL HB 45 Regulation of Firearms and Ammunition Bill Passed - House (85 - 33)
April 26, 2011 FL HB 353 Drug Screening for Temporary Assistance Beneficiaries Bill Passed - House (78 - 38)
March 3, 2010 FL SB 1158 Prohibiting Gun Licensing Trust Fund to Budget Stabilization Fund Transfers Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 9)
April 9, 2008 FL HB 503 Firearms in Vehicles Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 13)
March 26, 2008 FL HB 503 Firearms in Vehicles Bill Passed - House (72 - 42)
April 27, 2007 FL CS HB 71 Florida Unborn Victims of Violence Act Bill Passed - House (76 - 39)
April 27, 2007 FL CS CS HB 1231 Prostitution Act Bill Passed - House (85 - 31)
Date No. Title Outcome
4/15 HB 1 Increases Criminal Penalties for Assaulting Law Enforcement Officials Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 17)
3/26 HB 259 Authorizes Individuals to Carry Concealed Weapons on Church Property Bill Passed - House (76 - 37)
3/26 HB 1 Increases Criminal Penalties for Assaulting Law Enforcement Officials Bill Passed - House (76 - 39)
3/05 HB 07 Establishes a Legal Defense Fund for Businesses Bill Passed - House (83 - 31)
3/05 HB 07 Establishes a Legal Defense Fund for Businesses Bill Passed - House (83 - 31)
3/19 H 5001 Appropriates Funds for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year Budget and Related COVID-19 Containment Efforts Conference Report Adopted - Senate (32 - 0)
3/13 HB 1259 Prohibits Putting Pregnant Prisoners in Restrictive Housing Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
3/11 HB 389 Expands List of Medical Conditions That Pharmacists May Treat Concurrence Vote Passed - House (98 - 17)
3/11 HB 1213 Requires Adding Ocoee Riots to School Curriculum Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
3/11 HB 389 Expands List of Medical Conditions That Pharmacists May Treat Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12)
3/11 HB 199 Extends Sexual Battery Prosecution Time Limitations Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
3/10 SB 70 Establishes Alert Systems in Public Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
3/10 SB 1286 Expands the List of Contraband in Specified Facilities Bill Passed - House (71 - 43)
5/03 SB 7066 Requires Felons Pay Outstanding Court Fees Prior to Voting Rights Restoration Concurrence Vote Passed - House (67 - 42)
5/03 SB 7066 Requires Felons Pay Outstanding Court Fees Prior to Voting Rights Restoration Concurrence Vote Passed - House (67 - 42)
5/02 SB 7066 Requires Felons Pay Outstanding Court Fees Prior to Voting Rights Restoration Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
5/02 SB 7066 Requires Felons Pay Outstanding Court Fees Prior to Voting Rights Restoration Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
5/01 SB 7030 Authorizes Firearms on School Campuses Bill Passed - House (65 - 47)
4/29 HB 19 Authorizes the Importation of Prescription Drugs from Canada Concurrence Vote Passed - House (93 - 20)
4/29 HB 19 Authorizes the Importation of Prescription Drugs from Canada Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 13)
4/29 HB 741 Prohibits "Anti-Semitic Speech" at Public Schools, Colleges, and Universities Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
4/24 HB 7089 Requires Felons to Pay Court Fees Prior to Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (71 - 45)
4/24 HB 7089 Requires Felons to Pay Court Fees Prior to Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (71 - 45)
4/23 SB 7030 Authorizes Firearms on School Campuses Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
3/07 SB 7026 Establishes the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act Bill Passed - House (67 - 50)
3/05 SB 7026 Establishes the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 18)
1/12 HB 6001 Repeals Red Light Cameras Bill Passed - House (83 - 18)
3/23 SB 436 Prohibits Discrimination Against Religious Expression in Schools Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13)
3/15 SB 128 Authorizes Immunity for Self-Defense Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
3/15 SB 128 Authorizes Immunity for Self-Defense Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
3/09 HB 1411 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Tissue Concurrence Vote Passed - House (76 - 40)
3/09 HB 1411 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Tissue Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 15)
3/09 HB 4027 Prohibits Traffic Infraction Detectors Bill Passed - House (83 - 33)
3/03 HB 1411 Amends Requirements for Disposal of Fetal Tissue Bill Passed - House (74 - 44)
2/03 HB 163 Authorizes Open Carry of Firearms Bill Passed - House (80 - 38)
2/03 HB 4001 Authorizes Open-Carry on State College Campuses Bill Passed - House (80 - 37)
1/28 SB 344 Amends Burden of Proof in Self-Defense Immunity Claims Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
1/28 SB 344 Amends Burden of Proof in Self-Defense Immunity Claims Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
4/24 HB 943 Amends Alimony Law Bill Passed - House (93 - 22)
4/09 SB 290 Authorizes Concealed Carry During Emergency Evacuations Bill Passed - House (86 - 26)
3/24 SB 290 Authorizes Concealed Carry During Emergency Evacuations Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 10)
5/01 HB 755 Authorizes Certain Non-Citizen Individuals to be Admitted to the Bar Concurrence Vote Passed - House (79 - 37)
4/30 SB 386 Prohibits Enforcement of Foreign Laws Bill Passed - House (78 - 40)
4/28 HB 753 Authorizes Certain Individuals to Carry Concealed Firearms on School Property Bill Passed - House (71 - 44)
4/28 SB 386 Prohibits Enforcement of Foreign Laws Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
4/24 HB 7029 Prohibits Administrators From Punishing Simulation Of Weapon Play Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 6)
4/23 HB 59 Establishes Penalties for Killing or Injuring a Fetus Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 14)
4/22 SB 424 Prohibits Insurance Increases for Gun Owners Bill Passed - House (74 - 44)
4/11 HB 209 Authorizes Carrying Firearms During an Emergency Bill Passed - House (80 - 36)
4/11 HB 59 Establishes Penalties for Killing or Injuring a Fetus Bill Passed - House (74 - 42)
4/03 HB 89 Prohibits Mandatory Sentencing for Certain Convictions of Aggravated Assault Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 7)
4/03 HB 89 Prohibits Mandatory Sentencing for Certain Convictions of Aggravated Assault Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 7)
3/20 HB 7029 Prohibits Administrators From Punishing Simulation Of Weapon Play Bill Passed - House (98 - 17)
3/20 HB 89 Prohibits Mandatory Sentencing for Certain Convictions of Aggravated Assault Bill Passed - House (93 - 24)
3/20 HB 89 Prohibits Mandatory Sentencing for Certain Convictions of Aggravated Assault Bill Passed - House (93 - 24)
5/01 SB 1792 Amends Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Requirements Bill Passed - House (77 - 38)
4/29 HB 7083 Limits Post-Conviction Death Penalty Appeals Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
4/29 HB 7083 Limits Post-Conviction Death Penalty Appeals Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
4/25 HB 7083 Limits Post-Conviction Death Penalty Appeals Bill Passed - House (84 - 34)
4/25 HB 7083 Limits Post-Conviction Death Penalty Appeals Bill Passed - House (84 - 34)
4/18 SB 718 Amends Alimony Provisions Bill Passed - House (85 - 31)
4/11 SB 1792 Amends Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 12)
4/04 SB 718 Amends Alimony Provisions Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 11)
3/09 HB 5001 2012-2013 Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (32 - 8)
3/09 HB 5001 2012-2013 Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (80 - 37)
3/09 HB 1205 Authorizes Random Drug Tests of State Employees Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 14)
3/02 HB 1205 Authorizes Random Drug Tests of State Employees Bill Passed - House (79 - 37)
3/01 HB 1209 Prohibits Courts from Basing Decisions on Foreign Laws Bill Passed - House (92 - 24)
2/29 HB 609 Prohibits Unpaid Wage Collection Ordinances Bill Passed - House (77 - 38)
2/23 HB 5001 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 6)
2/23 HB 549 Amends Alimony Provisions Bill Passed - House (83 - 30)
2/14 SB 2038 Private Correctional Facilities Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 21)
2/09 HB 5001 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - House (79 - 38)
5/05 HB 353 Drug Screening for Temporary Assistance Beneficiaries Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
5/04 SB 234 Authorizes Open Display of a Firearm Bill Passed - House (99 - 17)
4/28 HB 45 Regulation of Firearms and Ammunition Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 8)
4/28 SB 234 Authorizes Open Display of a Firearm Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
4/26 HB 45 Regulation of Firearms and Ammunition Bill Passed - House (85 - 33)
4/26 HB 353 Drug Screening for Temporary Assistance Beneficiaries Bill Passed - House (78 - 38)
3/03 SB 1158 Prohibiting Gun Licensing Trust Fund to Budget Stabilization Fund Transfers Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 9)
4/09 HB 503 Firearms in Vehicles Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 13)
3/26 HB 503 Firearms in Vehicles Bill Passed - House (72 - 42)
4/27 CS HB 71 Florida Unborn Victims of Violence Act Bill Passed - House (76 - 39)
4/27 CS CS HB 1231 Prostitution Act Bill Passed - House (85 - 31)

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