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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

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
May 5, 2021 ID S 1217 Limits the Governor's Powers During a State of Emergency Bill Passed - House (48 - 8)
May 5, 2021 ID S 1217 Limits the Governor's Powers During a State of Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
April 20, 2021 ID S 1205 Prohibits Cooperating with Enforcement of Federal Gun Laws Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
April 7, 2021 ID H 214 Specifies Responsibilities of the Chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission Veto Override Passed - House (62 - 7)
April 7, 2021 ID S 1136 Establishes Restrictions on the Governor's Authority During an Emergency Bill Passed - House (54 - 16)
April 7, 2021 ID S 1110 Increases the Counties Needed to Reach 6 Percent of Signatures for an Initiative Bill Passed - House (51 - 18)
March 17, 2021 ID H 214 Specifies Responsibilities of the Chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
March 12, 2021 ID S 1136 Establishes Restrictions on the Governor's Authority During an Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
March 1, 2021 ID S 1110 Increases the Counties Needed to Reach 6 Percent of Signatures for an Initiative Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 9)
Feb. 25, 2021 ID H 67 Prohibits Public Health Districts from Closing Schools or Programs Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 3)
Feb. 25, 2021 ID H 223 Prohibits Certain Ballot Collection Practices Bill Passed - House (56 - 12)
Feb. 16, 2021 ID H 135 Amends the Governor's Emergency Powers Bill Passed - House (49 - 20)
Feb. 11, 2021 ID H 67 Prohibits Public Health Districts from Closing Schools or Programs Bill Passed - House (65 - 5)
Jan. 21, 2021 ID HJR 1 Amends the State Constitution to Authorize the Legislature to Reconvene Their Session Bill Passed - House (51 - 18)
Jan. 21, 2021 ID HJR 1 Amends the State Constitution to Authorize the Legislature to Reconvene Their Session Bill Passed - House (51 - 18)
Aug. 25, 2020 ID H 1 Prohibits Exclusively Mail-In Elections Bill Passed - House (67 - 0)
Aug. 24, 2020 ID S 1002 Authorizes In-Person Voting Centers Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 4)
Aug. 24, 2020 ID S 1001 Authorizes Early Processing of Absentee Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
March 18, 2020 ID S 1385 Prohibits Abortion if Roe v Wade is Overturned by the Supreme Court Bill Passed - House (49 - 18)
March 12, 2020 ID S 1385 Prohibits Abortion if Roe v Wade is Overturned by the Supreme Court Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
April 3, 2019 ID H 296 Amends Ballot Initiative Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
March 29, 2019 ID S 1159 Increases Threshold for Ballot Initiative Requirements Bill Passed - House (40 - 30)
March 29, 2019 ID H 296 Amends Ballot Initiative Requirements Bill Passed - House (47 - 22)
March 26, 2019 ID H 270 Authorizes Public Schools as Election Polling Sites Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
March 22, 2019 ID S 1159 Increases Threshold for Ballot Initiative Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
Feb. 20, 2018 ID H 419 Prohibits Courts from Ruling Based on Foreign Law Bill Passed - House (44 - 24)
March 15, 2016 ID H 372 Prohibits Local Limitation on Use of Plastic Bags Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
Feb. 19, 2016 ID H 463 Prohibits Local Governments from Increasing Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (55 - 14)
Feb. 3, 2016 ID H 372 Prohibits Local Limitation on Use of Plastic Bags Bill Passed - House (52 - 17)
Jan. 29, 2016 ID H 425 Expands Tax Law to Include Marriages Authorized by the Supreme Court Bill Passed - House (54 - 16)
March 20, 2015 ID HJM 4 Appeals to Congress to Impeach Certain Members of the Judiciary Bill Passed - House (44 - 25)
March 16, 2015 ID S 1092 Prohibits Local Knife Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
March 20, 2014 ID S 1395 Increases Salaries of Certain State Officials Bill Passed - House (44 - 25)
Feb. 21, 2014 ID HB 470 Establishes the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board Bill Passed - House (49 - 16)
March 22, 2013 ID S 1108 Increases Petition Signature Requirements Bill Passed - House (45 - 21)
March 22, 2013 ID S 1108 Increases Petition Signature Requirements Bill Passed - House (45 - 21)
March 21, 2013 ID H 248 Establishes Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
March 13, 2013 ID H 248 Establishes Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passed - House (41 - 29)
March 11, 2013 ID S 1108 Increases Petition Signature Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
March 11, 2013 ID S 1108 Increases Petition Signature Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
Feb. 25, 2013 ID SJM 101 Urges the Enforcement of Federal Drug-Free Policy Bill Failed - Senate (13 - 21)
March 28, 2012 ID H 695 Establishes a Legislative Legal Defense Fund Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11)
March 28, 2012 ID H 660 Amends the Judicial Retirement Fund Bill Passed - House (46 - 22)
March 26, 2012 ID H 695 Establishes a Legislative Legal Defense Fund Bill Passed - House (53 - 16)
March 23, 2012 ID H 619 Prohibits Speed Limit Regulation by Local Authorities Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 9)
March 23, 2012 ID SJM 104 Urging Congress to Repeal Insurance Coverage of Contraception Joint Resolution Passed - House (51 - 16)
March 22, 2012 ID HJR 1 Requires a 2/3 Vote for Tax Increases Motion Rejected - House (37 - 33)
March 15, 2012 ID H 619 Prohibits Speed Limit Regulation by Local Authorities Bill Passed - House (56 - 10)
March 15, 2012 ID S 1358 Amends Bullying Laws Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
March 5, 2012 ID HCR 40 2 Percent Pay Raise for State Employees Resolution Passed - House (54 - 14)
Feb. 23, 2012 ID HB 391 Repeals the Presidential Primary Election Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 16)
Feb. 23, 2012 ID HJM 10 Urges Congress to Pass Rights of Conscience Act Joint Resolution Passed - House (53 - 15)
Feb. 8, 2012 ID HB 391 Repeals the Presidential Primary Election Bill Passed - House (56 - 12)
April 5, 2011 ID H 298 Response to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
March 30, 2011 ID S 1198 Primary Elections Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
March 30, 2011 ID H 298 Response to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - House (50 - 17)
March 1, 2011 ID S 1115 Insurance Coverage of Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
Feb. 16, 2011 ID H 117 Prohibits Enforcement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - House (49 - 20)
Feb. 7, 2011 ID HJM 1 Parental Rights Amendment Joint Resolution Passed - House (49 - 20)
Feb. 1, 2011 ID H 26 Increment in fees for felonies and misdemeanors Bill Failed - House (31 - 35)
March 29, 2010 ID SJM 106 Requesting Constitutional Amendment to Prohibit Individual Health Care Mandate Joint Resolution Passed - House (43 - 26)
March 24, 2010 ID H 496 Requiring Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6)
March 24, 2010 ID S 1419 2010-2011 Higher Education Budget Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 9)
March 22, 2010 ID S 1418 2010-2011 Education Budget Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
March 9, 2010 ID H 391 Opposing Federal Individual Health Insurance Mandate Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
March 9, 2010 ID H 589 Federal Arms Regulation Exemption Bill Passed - House (52 - 17)
March 5, 2010 ID H 616 Local Improvement District Restrictions Bill Passed - House (42 - 23)
March 1, 2010 ID H 496 Requiring Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (64 - 6)
Feb. 9, 2010 ID H 391 Opposing Federal Individual Health Insurance Mandate Bill Passed - House (52 - 18)
May 8, 2009 ID H 376 Transportation Funding Package Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 7)
May 8, 2009 ID H 374 Allowing Diversion of Funds to Virtual Education Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
May 7, 2009 ID H 376 Transportation Funding Package Bill Passed - House (46 - 18)
May 7, 2009 ID H 374 Allowing Diversion of Funds to Virtual Education Bill Passed - House (49 - 15)
April 29, 2009 ID S 1166 Workers' Compensation Dividend Amendments Bill Passed - House (50 - 16)
April 21, 2009 ID H 262 Teacher Compensation Adjustments Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
April 16, 2009 ID S 1166 Workers' Compensation Dividend Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
April 15, 2009 ID S 1148 Alcohol Law Amendments Bill Failed - House (28 - 42)
April 14, 2009 ID H 303 Online Public Education Bill Passed - House (51 - 19)
April 10, 2009 ID S 1186 Highway Project Financing Bill Passed - House (39 - 29)
April 9, 2009 ID H 135 Fuel Tax for Highway Maintenance Bill Failed - House (32 - 37)
April 7, 2009 ID H 138 Allowing Lawsuits for Nonnative Species Attacks Bill Passed - House (46 - 24)
April 7, 2009 ID S 1186 Highway Project Financing Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
April 7, 2009 ID H 276 2009-2010 Department of Environmental Quality Budget Bill Passed - House (53 - 16)
April 3, 2009 ID H 173 Restricting Eligibility for State Retiree Health Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
March 26, 2009 ID S 1148 Alcohol Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
March 26, 2009 ID H 262 Teacher Compensation Adjustments Bill Passed - House (49 - 20)
March 20, 2009 ID H 214 Voluntary Death Certificates for Miscarriages Bill Failed - House (31 - 32)
March 19, 2009 ID H 246 Gasoline Tax Increase Bill Failed - House (27 - 43)
Feb. 24, 2009 ID H 173 Restricting Eligibility for State Retiree Health Benefits Bill Passed - House (59 - 11)
April 1, 2008 ID SJR 107 City, County, and Public Hospital Debt Financing Bill Failed - House (36 - 33)
March 28, 2008 ID H 655 Tax Rebate for Road Projects Bill Passed - House (40 - 25)
March 27, 2008 ID H 680 Community Infrastructure Districts Bill Passed - House (50 - 18)
March 25, 2008 ID H 592 Film and Television Production Rebate Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
March 21, 2008 ID HJR 4 Local Tax Authority Joint Resolution Passed - House (51 - 19)
March 21, 2008 ID HJR 4 Local Tax Authority Joint Resolution Passed - House (51 - 19)
March 21, 2008 ID H 599 Eliminating the Personal Property Tax Bill Passed - House (39 - 31)
March 21, 2008 ID H 599 Eliminating the Personal Property Tax Bill Passed - House (39 - 31)
March 19, 2008 ID S 1447 Capping Medical Benefits for State Government Retirees Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
March 19, 2008 ID S 1484 Disclosing Fiscal Impacts of Citizens Initiatives Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
March 19, 2008 ID S 1484 Disclosing Fiscal Impacts of Citizens Initiatives Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
Date No. Title Outcome
5/05 S 1217 Limits the Governor's Powers During a State of Emergency Bill Passed - House (48 - 8)
5/05 S 1217 Limits the Governor's Powers During a State of Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
4/20 S 1205 Prohibits Cooperating with Enforcement of Federal Gun Laws Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
4/07 H 214 Specifies Responsibilities of the Chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission Veto Override Passed - House (62 - 7)
4/07 S 1136 Establishes Restrictions on the Governor's Authority During an Emergency Bill Passed - House (54 - 16)
4/07 S 1110 Increases the Counties Needed to Reach 6 Percent of Signatures for an Initiative Bill Passed - House (51 - 18)
3/17 H 214 Specifies Responsibilities of the Chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
3/12 S 1136 Establishes Restrictions on the Governor's Authority During an Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
3/01 S 1110 Increases the Counties Needed to Reach 6 Percent of Signatures for an Initiative Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 9)
2/25 H 67 Prohibits Public Health Districts from Closing Schools or Programs Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 3)
2/25 H 223 Prohibits Certain Ballot Collection Practices Bill Passed - House (56 - 12)
2/16 H 135 Amends the Governor's Emergency Powers Bill Passed - House (49 - 20)
2/11 H 67 Prohibits Public Health Districts from Closing Schools or Programs Bill Passed - House (65 - 5)
1/21 HJR 1 Amends the State Constitution to Authorize the Legislature to Reconvene Their Session Bill Passed - House (51 - 18)
1/21 HJR 1 Amends the State Constitution to Authorize the Legislature to Reconvene Their Session Bill Passed - House (51 - 18)
8/25 H 1 Prohibits Exclusively Mail-In Elections Bill Passed - House (67 - 0)
8/24 S 1002 Authorizes In-Person Voting Centers Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 4)
8/24 S 1001 Authorizes Early Processing of Absentee Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
3/18 S 1385 Prohibits Abortion if Roe v Wade is Overturned by the Supreme Court Bill Passed - House (49 - 18)
3/12 S 1385 Prohibits Abortion if Roe v Wade is Overturned by the Supreme Court Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
4/03 H 296 Amends Ballot Initiative Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
3/29 S 1159 Increases Threshold for Ballot Initiative Requirements Bill Passed - House (40 - 30)
3/29 H 296 Amends Ballot Initiative Requirements Bill Passed - House (47 - 22)
3/26 H 270 Authorizes Public Schools as Election Polling Sites Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
3/22 S 1159 Increases Threshold for Ballot Initiative Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
2/20 H 419 Prohibits Courts from Ruling Based on Foreign Law Bill Passed - House (44 - 24)
3/15 H 372 Prohibits Local Limitation on Use of Plastic Bags Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
2/19 H 463 Prohibits Local Governments from Increasing Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (55 - 14)
2/03 H 372 Prohibits Local Limitation on Use of Plastic Bags Bill Passed - House (52 - 17)
1/29 H 425 Expands Tax Law to Include Marriages Authorized by the Supreme Court Bill Passed - House (54 - 16)
3/20 HJM 4 Appeals to Congress to Impeach Certain Members of the Judiciary Bill Passed - House (44 - 25)
3/16 S 1092 Prohibits Local Knife Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
3/20 S 1395 Increases Salaries of Certain State Officials Bill Passed - House (44 - 25)
2/21 HB 470 Establishes the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board Bill Passed - House (49 - 16)
3/22 S 1108 Increases Petition Signature Requirements Bill Passed - House (45 - 21)
3/22 S 1108 Increases Petition Signature Requirements Bill Passed - House (45 - 21)
3/21 H 248 Establishes Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
3/13 H 248 Establishes Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passed - House (41 - 29)
3/11 S 1108 Increases Petition Signature Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
3/11 S 1108 Increases Petition Signature Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
2/25 SJM 101 Urges the Enforcement of Federal Drug-Free Policy Bill Failed - Senate (13 - 21)
3/28 H 695 Establishes a Legislative Legal Defense Fund Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11)
3/28 H 660 Amends the Judicial Retirement Fund Bill Passed - House (46 - 22)
3/26 H 695 Establishes a Legislative Legal Defense Fund Bill Passed - House (53 - 16)
3/23 H 619 Prohibits Speed Limit Regulation by Local Authorities Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 9)
3/23 SJM 104 Urging Congress to Repeal Insurance Coverage of Contraception Joint Resolution Passed - House (51 - 16)
3/22 HJR 1 Requires a 2/3 Vote for Tax Increases Motion Rejected - House (37 - 33)
3/15 H 619 Prohibits Speed Limit Regulation by Local Authorities Bill Passed - House (56 - 10)
3/15 S 1358 Amends Bullying Laws Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
3/05 HCR 40 2 Percent Pay Raise for State Employees Resolution Passed - House (54 - 14)
2/23 HB 391 Repeals the Presidential Primary Election Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 16)
2/23 HJM 10 Urges Congress to Pass Rights of Conscience Act Joint Resolution Passed - House (53 - 15)
2/08 HB 391 Repeals the Presidential Primary Election Bill Passed - House (56 - 12)
4/05 H 298 Response to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
3/30 S 1198 Primary Elections Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
3/30 H 298 Response to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - House (50 - 17)
3/01 S 1115 Insurance Coverage of Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
2/16 H 117 Prohibits Enforcement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - House (49 - 20)
2/07 HJM 1 Parental Rights Amendment Joint Resolution Passed - House (49 - 20)
2/01 H 26 Increment in fees for felonies and misdemeanors Bill Failed - House (31 - 35)
3/29 SJM 106 Requesting Constitutional Amendment to Prohibit Individual Health Care Mandate Joint Resolution Passed - House (43 - 26)
3/24 H 496 Requiring Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6)
3/24 S 1419 2010-2011 Higher Education Budget Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 9)
3/22 S 1418 2010-2011 Education Budget Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
3/09 H 391 Opposing Federal Individual Health Insurance Mandate Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
3/09 H 589 Federal Arms Regulation Exemption Bill Passed - House (52 - 17)
3/05 H 616 Local Improvement District Restrictions Bill Passed - House (42 - 23)
3/01 H 496 Requiring Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (64 - 6)
2/09 H 391 Opposing Federal Individual Health Insurance Mandate Bill Passed - House (52 - 18)
5/08 H 376 Transportation Funding Package Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 7)
5/08 H 374 Allowing Diversion of Funds to Virtual Education Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
5/07 H 376 Transportation Funding Package Bill Passed - House (46 - 18)
5/07 H 374 Allowing Diversion of Funds to Virtual Education Bill Passed - House (49 - 15)
4/29 S 1166 Workers' Compensation Dividend Amendments Bill Passed - House (50 - 16)
4/21 H 262 Teacher Compensation Adjustments Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
4/16 S 1166 Workers' Compensation Dividend Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
4/15 S 1148 Alcohol Law Amendments Bill Failed - House (28 - 42)
4/14 H 303 Online Public Education Bill Passed - House (51 - 19)
4/10 S 1186 Highway Project Financing Bill Passed - House (39 - 29)
4/09 H 135 Fuel Tax for Highway Maintenance Bill Failed - House (32 - 37)
4/07 H 138 Allowing Lawsuits for Nonnative Species Attacks Bill Passed - House (46 - 24)
4/07 S 1186 Highway Project Financing Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
4/07 H 276 2009-2010 Department of Environmental Quality Budget Bill Passed - House (53 - 16)
4/03 H 173 Restricting Eligibility for State Retiree Health Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
3/26 S 1148 Alcohol Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
3/26 H 262 Teacher Compensation Adjustments Bill Passed - House (49 - 20)
3/20 H 214 Voluntary Death Certificates for Miscarriages Bill Failed - House (31 - 32)
3/19 H 246 Gasoline Tax Increase Bill Failed - House (27 - 43)
2/24 H 173 Restricting Eligibility for State Retiree Health Benefits Bill Passed - House (59 - 11)
4/01 SJR 107 City, County, and Public Hospital Debt Financing Bill Failed - House (36 - 33)
3/28 H 655 Tax Rebate for Road Projects Bill Passed - House (40 - 25)
3/27 H 680 Community Infrastructure Districts Bill Passed - House (50 - 18)
3/25 H 592 Film and Television Production Rebate Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
3/21 HJR 4 Local Tax Authority Joint Resolution Passed - House (51 - 19)
3/21 HJR 4 Local Tax Authority Joint Resolution Passed - House (51 - 19)
3/21 H 599 Eliminating the Personal Property Tax Bill Passed - House (39 - 31)
3/21 H 599 Eliminating the Personal Property Tax Bill Passed - House (39 - 31)
3/19 S 1447 Capping Medical Benefits for State Government Retirees Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
3/19 S 1484 Disclosing Fiscal Impacts of Citizens Initiatives Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
3/19 S 1484 Disclosing Fiscal Impacts of Citizens Initiatives Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)

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