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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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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
March 29, 2022 KY HB 9 Establishes Public Tax Credits for Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14)
March 22, 2022 KY HB 9 Establishes Public Tax Credits for Charter Schools Bill Passed - House (51 - 46)
Feb. 24, 2022 KY SB 138 Limits Topics of Discussion in Schools Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
Feb. 24, 2022 KY SB 138 Limits Topics of Discussion in Schools Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
Feb. 2, 2022 KY HB 121 Requires School Boards Provide 15 Minutes for Public Comment During Meetings Bill Passed - House (66 - 24)
Jan. 19, 2022 KY SB 9 Establishes the Read to Succeed Act to Increase Child Literacy Rates Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
Jan. 8, 2022 KY SB 1 Transfers School Governance Authority to Superintendents and Away from School-Based-Decision-Councils Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 9)
March 29, 2021 KY HB 563 Establishes a 25 Million Dollar Scholarship through Tax Credits for Private Schools Veto Override Failed - House (51 - 42)
March 16, 2021 KY HB 563 Establishes a 25 Million Dollar Scholarship through Tax Credits for Private Schools Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
March 16, 2021 KY HB 258 Requires Teachers to Pay More Toward Their Retirement and Work Longer Before They Can Earn Full Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
Feb. 4, 2021 KY HB 258 Requires Teachers to Pay More Toward Their Retirement and Work Longer Before They Can Earn Full Benefits Bill Passed - House (68 - 28)
Feb. 2, 2021 KY HB 1 Authorizes Businesses, Organizations, and Schools to Remain Open if they are Following CDC Guidelines Regardless of Governor Mandate Veto Override Passed - House (72 - 22)
Jan. 9, 2021 KY HB 1 Authorizes Businesses, Organizations, and Schools to Remain Open if they are Following CDC Guidelines Regardless of Governor Mandate Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
Feb. 13, 2020 KY HB 37 Requires Visual and Performing Arts Courses be Taught in Elementary and Middle Schools Bill Passed - House (73 - 16)
Feb. 7, 2020 KY SB 8 Requires School Districts Have Armed School Resource Officers Bill Passed - House (78 - 8)
Feb. 7, 2020 KY HB 22 Prohibits Corporal Punishment in Schools Bill Passed - House (65 - 17)
July 24, 2019 KY HB 1 Establishes a State of Emergency for the Kentucky Employees Retirement System Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 11)
July 22, 2019 KY HB 1 Establishes a State of Emergency for the Kentucky Employees Retirement System Bill Passed - House (52 - 46)
March 28, 2019 KY HB 11 Prohibits Tobacco Products from Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
March 14, 2019 KY SB 162 Establishes a State Police School Resource Officer Program Bill Passed - House (77 - 14)
March 12, 2019 KY HB 254 Requires Public Universities to Adopt Policies that Protect Freedom of Speech and Expression Bill Passed - House (64 - 33)
March 16, 2018 KY HB 604 Requires Mental Health Workers in Schools Bill Passed - House (81 - 1)
March 29, 2017 KY HB 128 Establishes Regulations for Elective Courses on Religious Literature Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 4)
March 29, 2017 KY HB 128 Establishes Regulations for Elective Courses on Religious Literature Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 4)
March 15, 2017 KY HB 520 Authorizes Charter Schools to Operate in Kentucky Concurrence Vote Passed - House (53 - 43)
March 15, 2017 KY HB 520 Authorizes Charter Schools to Operate in Kentucky Concurrence Vote Passed - House (53 - 43)
March 15, 2017 KY SB 1 Amends State Educational Standards Bill Passed - House (94 - 0)
March 15, 2017 KY HB 520 Authorizes Charter Schools to Operate in Kentucky Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
March 15, 2017 KY HB 520 Authorizes Charter Schools to Operate in Kentucky Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
March 6, 2017 KY SB 17 Authorizes Expression of Religious or Political Viewpoints in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 3)
March 6, 2017 KY SB 17 Authorizes Expression of Religious or Political Viewpoints in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 3)
March 6, 2017 KY SB 17 Authorizes Expression of Religious or Political Viewpoints in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 3)
March 3, 2017 KY HB 520 Authorizes Charter Schools to Operate in Kentucky Bill Passed - House (56 - 39)
March 3, 2017 KY HB 520 Authorizes Charter Schools to Operate in Kentucky Bill Passed - House (56 - 39)
Feb. 15, 2017 KY SB 1 Amends State Educational Standards Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 0)
March 16, 2016 KY SB 253 Establishes Public Charter School Pilot Project Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 9)
Feb. 17, 2016 KY SB 1 Amends Public Education Standard Review Processes Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
Feb. 27, 2015 KY SB 76 Prohibits Students from Using Restrooms Designated for the Opposite Sex Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 9)
Feb. 6, 2015 KY SB 8 Establishes Public Charter School Pilot Project Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
Feb. 5, 2015 KY SB 9 Exempts Certain Construction Projects from Prevailing Wage Laws Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
Feb. 5, 2015 KY SB 9 Exempts Certain Construction Projects from Prevailing Wage Laws Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
March 25, 2014 KY SB 211 Authorizes the Formation of Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14)
Jan. 29, 2014 KY HB 154 Requires Periodic Public School Financial Reports Bill Passed - House (58 - 41)
March 5, 2013 KY SB 176 Authorizes Low-Achieving Schools to Become Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
Feb. 14, 2013 KY HB 131 Authorizes Immigrants to Remain Enrolled in High School up to Age 23 Bill Passed - House (71 - 26)
March 20, 2012 KY SB 9 Authorizes Student Enrollment in Neighborhood Schools Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
Jan. 18, 2012 KY HB 30 Authorizes Advertising on School Buses Bill Passed - House (67 - 29)
April 1, 2010 KY HB 109 Education Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 18)
March 25, 2010 KY SB 178 Closed-Session School Superintendent Evaluations Bill Passed - House (67 - 29)
March 23, 2010 KY HB 239 School Principal Selection Process Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 14)
Feb. 10, 2009 KY SB 3 Allowing Early High School Graduation Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
April 2, 2008 KY HB 406 2008-2010 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (35 - 3)
April 2, 2008 KY HB 406 2008-2010 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (74 - 21)
March 24, 2008 KY HB 406 2008-2010 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 2)
March 12, 2008 KY HB 406 2008-2010 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (84 - 14)
March 4, 2008 KY HB 186 Dental Health Certificate Requirement for School Enrollment Bill Passed - House (91 - 4)
Feb. 20, 2008 KY HB 396 HPV Vaccinations for Primary, Secondary and Preschool Students Bill Passed - House (56 - 37)
Jan. 30, 2008 KY SB 112 Restricting Public Employee Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 5)
March 7, 2007 KY SB 1 Replacing Student Testing System Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
Feb. 22, 2007 KY HCS HB 345 HPV Immunizations Bill Passed - House (59 - 39)
Feb. 16, 2007 KY SCS SB 2 Bonuses for Science and Math Teachers Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
Feb. 16, 2007 KY SCS SB 1 Advanced Placement Incentives Program Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
Feb. 15, 2006 KY HB 394 School Traffic Signal Bill Bill Passed - House (68 - 29)
Date No. Title Outcome
3/29 HB 9 Establishes Public Tax Credits for Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14)
3/22 HB 9 Establishes Public Tax Credits for Charter Schools Bill Passed - House (51 - 46)
2/24 SB 138 Limits Topics of Discussion in Schools Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
2/24 SB 138 Limits Topics of Discussion in Schools Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
2/02 HB 121 Requires School Boards Provide 15 Minutes for Public Comment During Meetings Bill Passed - House (66 - 24)
1/19 SB 9 Establishes the Read to Succeed Act to Increase Child Literacy Rates Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
1/08 SB 1 Transfers School Governance Authority to Superintendents and Away from School-Based-Decision-Councils Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 9)
3/29 HB 563 Establishes a 25 Million Dollar Scholarship through Tax Credits for Private Schools Veto Override Failed - House (51 - 42)
3/16 HB 563 Establishes a 25 Million Dollar Scholarship through Tax Credits for Private Schools Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
3/16 HB 258 Requires Teachers to Pay More Toward Their Retirement and Work Longer Before They Can Earn Full Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
2/04 HB 258 Requires Teachers to Pay More Toward Their Retirement and Work Longer Before They Can Earn Full Benefits Bill Passed - House (68 - 28)
2/02 HB 1 Authorizes Businesses, Organizations, and Schools to Remain Open if they are Following CDC Guidelines Regardless of Governor Mandate Veto Override Passed - House (72 - 22)
1/09 HB 1 Authorizes Businesses, Organizations, and Schools to Remain Open if they are Following CDC Guidelines Regardless of Governor Mandate Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
2/13 HB 37 Requires Visual and Performing Arts Courses be Taught in Elementary and Middle Schools Bill Passed - House (73 - 16)
2/07 SB 8 Requires School Districts Have Armed School Resource Officers Bill Passed - House (78 - 8)
2/07 HB 22 Prohibits Corporal Punishment in Schools Bill Passed - House (65 - 17)
7/24 HB 1 Establishes a State of Emergency for the Kentucky Employees Retirement System Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 11)
7/22 HB 1 Establishes a State of Emergency for the Kentucky Employees Retirement System Bill Passed - House (52 - 46)
3/28 HB 11 Prohibits Tobacco Products from Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
3/14 SB 162 Establishes a State Police School Resource Officer Program Bill Passed - House (77 - 14)
3/12 HB 254 Requires Public Universities to Adopt Policies that Protect Freedom of Speech and Expression Bill Passed - House (64 - 33)
3/16 HB 604 Requires Mental Health Workers in Schools Bill Passed - House (81 - 1)
3/29 HB 128 Establishes Regulations for Elective Courses on Religious Literature Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 4)
3/29 HB 128 Establishes Regulations for Elective Courses on Religious Literature Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 4)
3/15 HB 520 Authorizes Charter Schools to Operate in Kentucky Concurrence Vote Passed - House (53 - 43)
3/15 HB 520 Authorizes Charter Schools to Operate in Kentucky Concurrence Vote Passed - House (53 - 43)
3/15 SB 1 Amends State Educational Standards Bill Passed - House (94 - 0)
3/15 HB 520 Authorizes Charter Schools to Operate in Kentucky Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
3/15 HB 520 Authorizes Charter Schools to Operate in Kentucky Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
3/06 SB 17 Authorizes Expression of Religious or Political Viewpoints in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 3)
3/06 SB 17 Authorizes Expression of Religious or Political Viewpoints in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 3)
3/06 SB 17 Authorizes Expression of Religious or Political Viewpoints in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 3)
3/03 HB 520 Authorizes Charter Schools to Operate in Kentucky Bill Passed - House (56 - 39)
3/03 HB 520 Authorizes Charter Schools to Operate in Kentucky Bill Passed - House (56 - 39)
2/15 SB 1 Amends State Educational Standards Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 0)
3/16 SB 253 Establishes Public Charter School Pilot Project Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 9)
2/17 SB 1 Amends Public Education Standard Review Processes Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
2/27 SB 76 Prohibits Students from Using Restrooms Designated for the Opposite Sex Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 9)
2/06 SB 8 Establishes Public Charter School Pilot Project Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
2/05 SB 9 Exempts Certain Construction Projects from Prevailing Wage Laws Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
2/05 SB 9 Exempts Certain Construction Projects from Prevailing Wage Laws Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
3/25 SB 211 Authorizes the Formation of Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14)
1/29 HB 154 Requires Periodic Public School Financial Reports Bill Passed - House (58 - 41)
3/05 SB 176 Authorizes Low-Achieving Schools to Become Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
2/14 HB 131 Authorizes Immigrants to Remain Enrolled in High School up to Age 23 Bill Passed - House (71 - 26)
3/20 SB 9 Authorizes Student Enrollment in Neighborhood Schools Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
1/18 HB 30 Authorizes Advertising on School Buses Bill Passed - House (67 - 29)
4/01 HB 109 Education Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 18)
3/25 SB 178 Closed-Session School Superintendent Evaluations Bill Passed - House (67 - 29)
3/23 HB 239 School Principal Selection Process Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 14)
2/10 SB 3 Allowing Early High School Graduation Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
4/02 HB 406 2008-2010 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (35 - 3)
4/02 HB 406 2008-2010 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (74 - 21)
3/24 HB 406 2008-2010 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 2)
3/12 HB 406 2008-2010 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (84 - 14)
3/04 HB 186 Dental Health Certificate Requirement for School Enrollment Bill Passed - House (91 - 4)
2/20 HB 396 HPV Vaccinations for Primary, Secondary and Preschool Students Bill Passed - House (56 - 37)
1/30 SB 112 Restricting Public Employee Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 5)
3/07 SB 1 Replacing Student Testing System Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
2/22 HCS HB 345 HPV Immunizations Bill Passed - House (59 - 39)
2/16 SCS SB 2 Bonuses for Science and Math Teachers Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
2/16 SCS SB 1 Advanced Placement Incentives Program Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
2/15 HB 394 School Traffic Signal Bill Bill Passed - House (68 - 29)

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