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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
March 22, 2016 KY SB 245 Authorizes State to Issue Real ID Compliant Identification Documents Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 12)
March 22, 2016 KY HB 305 Appropriates Funds for Transportation Projects Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
March 17, 2016 KY SB 297 Repeals State Coal Mine Inspections Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
March 16, 2016 KY SB 253 Establishes Public Charter School Pilot Project Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 9)
March 15, 2016 KY HB 160 Establishes 1-for-1 Syringe Exchange Program Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
March 15, 2016 KY SB 180 Authorizes Businesses to Decline to Perform Artistic or Spiritual Services Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 16)
March 14, 2016 KY SB 205 Establishes Regulations for Nursing Home Advertisements Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13)
March 14, 2016 KY HB 290 Authorizes In-Person Absentee Voting Bill Passed - House (57 - 37)
March 10, 2016 KY SB 8 Requires the State Supreme Court to Review Judicial Districts Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 12)
March 9, 2016 KY SB 212 Amends Abortion Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
March 1, 2016 KY SB 89 Authorizes Construction of Nuclear Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
Feb. 29, 2016 KY SB 200 Reduces Number of Horse Park Commission Members Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 10)
Feb. 18, 2016 KY SB 5 Establishes Separate Marriage License for Same-Sex Couples Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 8)
Feb. 17, 2016 KY SB 1 Amends Public Education Standard Review Processes Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
Feb. 8, 2016 KY HB 196 Prohibits Minors from Using Tanning Beds Bill Passed - House (55 - 37)
Feb. 2, 2016 KY SB 7 Prohibits Appropriation of Local Funds for Certain Family Planning Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 5)
Feb. 1, 2016 KY SB 4 Amends Informed Consent Procedures for Abortion Patients Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 5)
Jan. 19, 2016 KY SB 10 Requires Gubernatorial Elections to be Held on Even-Numbered Years Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 9)
Jan. 14, 2016 KY SB 200 Amends Alcohol Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
Date No. Title Outcome
3/22 SB 245 Authorizes State to Issue Real ID Compliant Identification Documents Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 12)
3/22 HB 305 Appropriates Funds for Transportation Projects Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
3/17 SB 297 Repeals State Coal Mine Inspections Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
3/16 SB 253 Establishes Public Charter School Pilot Project Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 9)
3/15 HB 160 Establishes 1-for-1 Syringe Exchange Program Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
3/15 SB 180 Authorizes Businesses to Decline to Perform Artistic or Spiritual Services Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 16)
3/14 SB 205 Establishes Regulations for Nursing Home Advertisements Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13)
3/14 HB 290 Authorizes In-Person Absentee Voting Bill Passed - House (57 - 37)
3/10 SB 8 Requires the State Supreme Court to Review Judicial Districts Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 12)
3/09 SB 212 Amends Abortion Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
3/01 SB 89 Authorizes Construction of Nuclear Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
2/29 SB 200 Reduces Number of Horse Park Commission Members Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 10)
2/18 SB 5 Establishes Separate Marriage License for Same-Sex Couples Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 8)
2/17 SB 1 Amends Public Education Standard Review Processes Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
2/08 HB 196 Prohibits Minors from Using Tanning Beds Bill Passed - House (55 - 37)
2/02 SB 7 Prohibits Appropriation of Local Funds for Certain Family Planning Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 5)
2/01 SB 4 Amends Informed Consent Procedures for Abortion Patients Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 5)
1/19 SB 10 Requires Gubernatorial Elections to be Held on Even-Numbered Years Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 9)
1/14 SB 200 Amends Alcohol Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 8)

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