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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
Oct. 1, 2021 IN HB 1581 Amends Redistricting Maps Concurrence Vote Passed - House (64 - 25)
Oct. 1, 2021 IN HB 1581 Amends Redistricting Maps Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 12)
May 10, 2021 IN SB 5 Prohibits a Local Health Department from Implementing Orders More Restrictive than the Governor Veto Override Passed - House (59 - 30)
May 10, 2021 IN SB 5 Prohibits a Local Health Department from Implementing Orders More Restrictive than the Governor Veto Override Passed - Senate (36 - 10)
April 22, 2021 IN SB 414 Requires Universities to Survey Students About the Climate for Free Speech on Campus Conference Report Adopted - Senate (42 - 7)
April 21, 2021 IN HB 1190 Increases the Amount of Overweight Trucks Allowed on Roadways Conference Report Adopted - Senate (27 - 22)
April 21, 2021 IN HB 1190 Increases the Amount of Overweight Trucks Allowed on Roadways Conference Report Adopted - House (58 - 30)
April 21, 2021 IN HB 1191 Prohibits a Local Government's Control Board from Banning a Fuel Source Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 29)
April 20, 2021 IN HB 1164 Limits a City or Township's Ability to Restrict 5G Poles Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 36)
April 15, 2021 IN HB 1123 Authorizes Lawmakers to Call a Special Session During a Public Emergency Veto Override Passed - House (59 - 26)
April 15, 2021 IN SB 398 Limits the Hours of an Election Drop Box and Expands Voting for Those with Disabilities Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (40 - 2)
April 14, 2021 IN HB 1577 Requires Doctors to Tell Patients About Abortion Reversal Protocol Concurrence Vote Passed - House (63 - 25)
April 13, 2021 IN HB 1164 Limits a City or Township's Ability to Restrict 5G Poles Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
April 13, 2021 IN HB 1191 Prohibits a Local Government's Control Board from Banning a Fuel Source Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
April 13, 2021 IN SB 353 Requires Presenting Valid Identification to Request an Absentee Ballot Online Bill Passed - House (71 - 23)
April 13, 2021 IN HB 1001 Appropriates Funds for Capital Expenditures for the State Budget Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 10)
April 6, 2021 IN HB 1577 Requires Doctors to Tell Patients About Abortion Reversal Protocol Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 14)
April 1, 2021 IN SB 260 Authorizes 16 or 17 Year-Olds to Serve as a Precinct Election Officers on Election Day Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 11)
March 25, 2021 IN HB 1068 Authorizes the Creation of Local Justice Reinvestment Advisory Councils Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 18)
March 25, 2021 IN HB 1040 Requires Schools to Provide Parents with Information on EKGs, or Electrocardiograms Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 13)
March 25, 2021 IN HB 1485 Establishes it is a Crime for Someone to Refuse to Leave a Polling Place After Directed Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 8)
March 23, 2021 IN SB 260 Authorizes 16 or 17 Year-Olds to Serve as a Precinct Election Officers on Election Day Bill Passed - House (58 - 36)
March 23, 2021 IN HB 1152 Increases Penalties for Unemployment Application Fraud Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 10)
March 16, 2021 IN HB 1006 Increases Police Accountability Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 0)
Feb. 23, 2021 IN SB 69 Increases Penalties for School Bus Stop Arm Violations Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 11)
Feb. 23, 2021 IN SB 200 Authorizes the State Attorney General to Appoint a Special Prosecutor for Crimes County Prosecutors Decide not to Charge Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
Feb. 23, 2021 IN SB 201 Amends Cannabis Possession While Driving Laws Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
Feb. 23, 2021 IN SB 141 Requires the Budget Agency to Withhold Income Tax Revenue from an Eligible County Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
Feb. 22, 2021 IN SB 353 Requires Presenting Valid Identification to Request an Absentee Ballot Online Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 15)
Feb. 22, 2021 IN HB 1369 Authorizes Carrying a Firearm Without a Permit Bill Passed - House (65 - 31)
Feb. 22, 2021 IN HB 1001 Appropriates Funds for Capital Expenditures for the State Budget Bill Passed - House (65 - 30)
Feb. 22, 2021 IN HB 1028 Establishes a Defense for a Person who Operates a Vehicle with Marijuana in Their Metabolism Bill Passed - House (79 - 15)
Feb. 17, 2021 IN HB 1381 Establishes Standards for Assessing Solar Projects Bill Passed - House (58 - 38)
Feb. 16, 2021 IN SB 198 Increases Penalties for Attendees of "Riots" or "Unlawful Assemblies" Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 8)
Feb. 15, 2021 IN SB 1 Exempts Healthcare Providers from Legal Liability if They Fail to Provide Non-Emergency Procedures Due to COVID-19 Patient Overflow Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (39 - 7)
Feb. 15, 2021 IN SB 164 Establishes the Tourism Capital Development Fund Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 15)
Feb. 15, 2021 IN SB 386 Establishes Refinancing Plans to Retire Coal Plants Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 6)
Feb. 11, 2021 IN SB 1 Exempts Healthcare Providers from Legal Liability if They Fail to Provide Non-Emergency Procedures Due to COVID-19 Patient Overflow Bill Passed - House (72 - 21)
Feb. 8, 2021 IN HB 1365 Requires Entering Information of Candidates into the Statewide Voter Registration System Bill Passed - House (83 - 13)
Feb. 2, 2021 IN SB 2 Amends the Definition of What Constitutes "Virtual Instruction" Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 6)
Feb. 1, 2021 IN SB 389 Repeals State Law Regarding Wetland Regulation Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
Date No. Title Outcome
10/01 HB 1581 Amends Redistricting Maps Concurrence Vote Passed - House (64 - 25)
10/01 HB 1581 Amends Redistricting Maps Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 12)
5/10 SB 5 Prohibits a Local Health Department from Implementing Orders More Restrictive than the Governor Veto Override Passed - House (59 - 30)
5/10 SB 5 Prohibits a Local Health Department from Implementing Orders More Restrictive than the Governor Veto Override Passed - Senate (36 - 10)
4/22 SB 414 Requires Universities to Survey Students About the Climate for Free Speech on Campus Conference Report Adopted - Senate (42 - 7)
4/21 HB 1190 Increases the Amount of Overweight Trucks Allowed on Roadways Conference Report Adopted - Senate (27 - 22)
4/21 HB 1190 Increases the Amount of Overweight Trucks Allowed on Roadways Conference Report Adopted - House (58 - 30)
4/21 HB 1191 Prohibits a Local Government's Control Board from Banning a Fuel Source Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 29)
4/20 HB 1164 Limits a City or Township's Ability to Restrict 5G Poles Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 36)
4/15 HB 1123 Authorizes Lawmakers to Call a Special Session During a Public Emergency Veto Override Passed - House (59 - 26)
4/15 SB 398 Limits the Hours of an Election Drop Box and Expands Voting for Those with Disabilities Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (40 - 2)
4/14 HB 1577 Requires Doctors to Tell Patients About Abortion Reversal Protocol Concurrence Vote Passed - House (63 - 25)
4/13 HB 1164 Limits a City or Township's Ability to Restrict 5G Poles Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
4/13 HB 1191 Prohibits a Local Government's Control Board from Banning a Fuel Source Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
4/13 SB 353 Requires Presenting Valid Identification to Request an Absentee Ballot Online Bill Passed - House (71 - 23)
4/13 HB 1001 Appropriates Funds for Capital Expenditures for the State Budget Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 10)
4/06 HB 1577 Requires Doctors to Tell Patients About Abortion Reversal Protocol Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 14)
4/01 SB 260 Authorizes 16 or 17 Year-Olds to Serve as a Precinct Election Officers on Election Day Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 11)
3/25 HB 1068 Authorizes the Creation of Local Justice Reinvestment Advisory Councils Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 18)
3/25 HB 1040 Requires Schools to Provide Parents with Information on EKGs, or Electrocardiograms Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 13)
3/25 HB 1485 Establishes it is a Crime for Someone to Refuse to Leave a Polling Place After Directed Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 8)
3/23 SB 260 Authorizes 16 or 17 Year-Olds to Serve as a Precinct Election Officers on Election Day Bill Passed - House (58 - 36)
3/23 HB 1152 Increases Penalties for Unemployment Application Fraud Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 10)
3/16 HB 1006 Increases Police Accountability Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 0)
2/23 SB 69 Increases Penalties for School Bus Stop Arm Violations Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 11)
2/23 SB 200 Authorizes the State Attorney General to Appoint a Special Prosecutor for Crimes County Prosecutors Decide not to Charge Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
2/23 SB 201 Amends Cannabis Possession While Driving Laws Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
2/23 SB 141 Requires the Budget Agency to Withhold Income Tax Revenue from an Eligible County Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
2/22 SB 353 Requires Presenting Valid Identification to Request an Absentee Ballot Online Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 15)
2/22 HB 1369 Authorizes Carrying a Firearm Without a Permit Bill Passed - House (65 - 31)
2/22 HB 1001 Appropriates Funds for Capital Expenditures for the State Budget Bill Passed - House (65 - 30)
2/22 HB 1028 Establishes a Defense for a Person who Operates a Vehicle with Marijuana in Their Metabolism Bill Passed - House (79 - 15)
2/17 HB 1381 Establishes Standards for Assessing Solar Projects Bill Passed - House (58 - 38)
2/16 SB 198 Increases Penalties for Attendees of "Riots" or "Unlawful Assemblies" Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 8)
2/15 SB 1 Exempts Healthcare Providers from Legal Liability if They Fail to Provide Non-Emergency Procedures Due to COVID-19 Patient Overflow Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (39 - 7)
2/15 SB 164 Establishes the Tourism Capital Development Fund Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 15)
2/15 SB 386 Establishes Refinancing Plans to Retire Coal Plants Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 6)
2/11 SB 1 Exempts Healthcare Providers from Legal Liability if They Fail to Provide Non-Emergency Procedures Due to COVID-19 Patient Overflow Bill Passed - House (72 - 21)
2/08 HB 1365 Requires Entering Information of Candidates into the Statewide Voter Registration System Bill Passed - House (83 - 13)
2/02 SB 2 Amends the Definition of What Constitutes "Virtual Instruction" Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 6)
2/01 SB 389 Repeals State Law Regarding Wetland Regulation Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 19)

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