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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. The summary does not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill. Summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to the project's strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. 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
March 23, 2016 ID H 644 Establishes Health Clinic Grant Program Bill Passed - House (43 - 26)
March 22, 2016 ID H 331 Prohibits Powdered Alcohol Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 16)
March 21, 2016 ID S 1342 Authorizes Bibles in Schools as Educational References Bill Passed - House (54 - 15)
March 16, 2016 ID S 1389 Authorizes Concealed Carry Without Permit Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
March 15, 2016 ID H 372 Prohibits Local Limitation on Use of Plastic Bags Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
March 1, 2016 ID H 516 Requires Physician to Offer Ultrasound 24 Hours before Abortion Bill Passed - House (56 - 13)
Feb. 26, 2016 ID S 1276 Expands List of Crimes that Prohibit an Individual from Possessing Firearm Bill Failed - Senate (6 - 29)
Feb. 26, 2016 ID H 331 Prohibits Powdered Alcohol Bill Passed - House (42 - 24)
Feb. 22, 2016 ID S 1248 Repeals the Requirement that Charter Schools Use State Contracts Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
Feb. 19, 2016 ID H 463 Prohibits Local Governments from Increasing Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (55 - 14)
Feb. 17, 2016 ID H 449 Exempts Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts from Sales Tax Bill Passed - House (35 - 31)
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)
Date No. Title Outcome
3/23 H 644 Establishes Health Clinic Grant Program Bill Passed - House (43 - 26)
3/22 H 331 Prohibits Powdered Alcohol Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 16)
3/21 S 1342 Authorizes Bibles in Schools as Educational References Bill Passed - House (54 - 15)
3/16 S 1389 Authorizes Concealed Carry Without Permit Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
3/15 H 372 Prohibits Local Limitation on Use of Plastic Bags Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
3/01 H 516 Requires Physician to Offer Ultrasound 24 Hours before Abortion Bill Passed - House (56 - 13)
2/26 S 1276 Expands List of Crimes that Prohibit an Individual from Possessing Firearm Bill Failed - Senate (6 - 29)
2/26 H 331 Prohibits Powdered Alcohol Bill Passed - House (42 - 24)
2/22 S 1248 Repeals the Requirement that Charter Schools Use State Contracts Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
2/19 H 463 Prohibits Local Governments from Increasing Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (55 - 14)
2/17 H 449 Exempts Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts from Sales Tax Bill Passed - House (35 - 31)
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)

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