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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. 15, 2021 GA SB 1 Amends State Legislative Districts Bill Passed - House (96 - 70)
Nov. 9, 2021 GA SB 1 Amends State Legislative Districts Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 21)
March 31, 2021 GA SB 195 Amends Hemp Farming Laws Conference Report Adopted - Senate (43 - 9)
March 31, 2021 GA HB 286 Prohibits Local Police Departments from Reducing Annual Police Budgets Concurrence Vote Passed - House (100 - 73)
March 29, 2021 GA HB 218 Requires the State to Recognize Gun Carry Permits from Other States Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 18)
March 29, 2021 GA HB 150 Prohibits State and Local Governments From Restricting Use of Fossil Fuels Bill Passed - House (107 - 52)
March 25, 2021 GA SB 202 Amends Election Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 20)
March 25, 2021 GA SB 28 Authorizes Reform of Juvenile Justice System (123 - 46)
March 25, 2021 GA SB 202 Amends Election Laws Bill Passed - House (100 - 74)
March 25, 2021 GA HB 286 Prohibits Local Police Departments from Reducing Annual Police Budgets Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 15)
March 22, 2021 GA SB 9 Establishes a New Judicial Court Called the Columbia Judicial Circuit Bill Passed - House (96 - 70)
March 22, 2021 GA HB 150 Prohibits State and Local Governments From Restricting Use of Fossil Fuels Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 15)
March 17, 2021 GA HB 112 Establishes COVID-19 Liability Protections for Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 17)
March 10, 2021 GA HB 682 Establishes the Board of Elections and Registration Procedures for Pickens County Bill Passed - House (140 - 15)
March 10, 2021 GA HB 684 Establishes a Board of Elections and Registration Procedures for Troup County Bill Passed - House (140 - 15)
March 10, 2021 GA HB 683 Restructures the Powers and Duties of the Pickens County Board of Elections Bill Passed - House (140 - 15)
March 8, 2021 GA SB 241 Limits Absentee Voting to Individuals 65 and Older (29 - 20)
March 8, 2021 GA HB 520 Amends Laws Related to Promotion and Deployment of Broadband Services Bill Failed - House (51 - 108)
March 5, 2021 GA SB 200 Authorizes Businesses and Religious Operations to Continue During the Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
March 1, 2021 GA HB 531 Limits Absentee and Early Voting and Implements Election Reforms Bill Passed - House (97 - 72)
Feb. 25, 2021 GA HB 218 Requires the State to Recognize Gun Carry Permits from Other States Bill Passed - House (103 - 69)
Feb. 24, 2021 GA SB 89 Establishes a New Position at the State Board of Elections Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 18)
Feb. 23, 2021 GA SB 40 Requires County Officials Count Ballots 8 Days Before an Election (53 - 0)
Feb. 23, 2021 GA SB 184 Requires that Voting Records be Updated Within 30 Days After an Election Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 15)
Feb. 23, 2021 GA SB 67 Requires Photo ID For Absentee Ballots Applications (35 - 18)
Feb. 18, 2021 GA SB 46 Specifies Who is Able to Administer a COVID-19 Vaccination Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 3)
Feb. 16, 2021 GA HB 146 Authorizes Paid Parental Leave for Eligible State and Local Board of Education Employees Bill Passed - House (155 - 2)
Feb. 9, 2021 GA HB 112 Establishes COVID-19 Liability Protections for Businesses Bill Passed - House (99 - 68)
Date No. Title Outcome
11/15 SB 1 Amends State Legislative Districts Bill Passed - House (96 - 70)
11/09 SB 1 Amends State Legislative Districts Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 21)
3/31 SB 195 Amends Hemp Farming Laws Conference Report Adopted - Senate (43 - 9)
3/31 HB 286 Prohibits Local Police Departments from Reducing Annual Police Budgets Concurrence Vote Passed - House (100 - 73)
3/29 HB 218 Requires the State to Recognize Gun Carry Permits from Other States Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 18)
3/29 HB 150 Prohibits State and Local Governments From Restricting Use of Fossil Fuels Bill Passed - House (107 - 52)
3/25 SB 202 Amends Election Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 20)
3/25 SB 28 Authorizes Reform of Juvenile Justice System (123 - 46)
3/25 SB 202 Amends Election Laws Bill Passed - House (100 - 74)
3/25 HB 286 Prohibits Local Police Departments from Reducing Annual Police Budgets Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 15)
3/22 SB 9 Establishes a New Judicial Court Called the Columbia Judicial Circuit Bill Passed - House (96 - 70)
3/22 HB 150 Prohibits State and Local Governments From Restricting Use of Fossil Fuels Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 15)
3/17 HB 112 Establishes COVID-19 Liability Protections for Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 17)
3/10 HB 682 Establishes the Board of Elections and Registration Procedures for Pickens County Bill Passed - House (140 - 15)
3/10 HB 684 Establishes a Board of Elections and Registration Procedures for Troup County Bill Passed - House (140 - 15)
3/10 HB 683 Restructures the Powers and Duties of the Pickens County Board of Elections Bill Passed - House (140 - 15)
3/08 SB 241 Limits Absentee Voting to Individuals 65 and Older (29 - 20)
3/08 HB 520 Amends Laws Related to Promotion and Deployment of Broadband Services Bill Failed - House (51 - 108)
3/05 SB 200 Authorizes Businesses and Religious Operations to Continue During the Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
3/01 HB 531 Limits Absentee and Early Voting and Implements Election Reforms Bill Passed - House (97 - 72)
2/25 HB 218 Requires the State to Recognize Gun Carry Permits from Other States Bill Passed - House (103 - 69)
2/24 SB 89 Establishes a New Position at the State Board of Elections Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 18)
2/23 SB 40 Requires County Officials Count Ballots 8 Days Before an Election (53 - 0)
2/23 SB 184 Requires that Voting Records be Updated Within 30 Days After an Election Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 15)
2/23 SB 67 Requires Photo ID For Absentee Ballots Applications (35 - 18)
2/18 SB 46 Specifies Who is Able to Administer a COVID-19 Vaccination Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 3)
2/16 HB 146 Authorizes Paid Parental Leave for Eligible State and Local Board of Education Employees Bill Passed - House (155 - 2)
2/09 HB 112 Establishes COVID-19 Liability Protections for Businesses Bill Passed - House (99 - 68)

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