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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
Oct. 23, 2020 LA HB 38 Establishes the Louisiana Police Funding Protection Act Conference Report Adopted - House (68 - 29)
Oct. 23, 2020 LA HB 51 Prohibits Using Private Funds for Campaign Election Expenses Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 28)
Oct. 22, 2020 LA HB 51 Prohibits Using Private Funds for Campaign Election Expenses Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
Oct. 22, 2020 LA SB 20 Amends Election Laws Due to the Declared Disaster Emergency Bill Passed - House (59 - 27)
Oct. 22, 2020 LA HB 43 Establishes Guidelines for Nursing Homes During COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
Oct. 22, 2020 LA HB 59 Authorizes Additional Compensation to Certain Election Officials for Elections Held During a Gubernatorially Declared Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
Oct. 22, 2020 LA SR 54 Establishes Support for Law Enforcement and Police Departments and Prohibits Any Notion to Defund Law Enforcement or Police Departments in the State Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
Oct. 21, 2020 LA SB 72 Authorizes One-Time Income Tax Credit For Businesses Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (35 - 0)
Oct. 21, 2020 LA HB 29 Establishes Severance Tax Exemption for Oil Wells Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 17)
Oct. 21, 2020 LA SB 77 Establishes Regulations for Fantasy Sports Gambling Bill Passed - House (72 - 15)
Oct. 20, 2020 LA HB 4 Authorizes Legislative Oversight on Governor Disaster Emergency Restrictions Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 30)
Oct. 20, 2020 LA HB 26 Establishes Sales Tax Holiday to Provide Relief for Recovery Concurrence Vote Passed - House (86 - 0)
Oct. 20, 2020 LA HB 4 Authorizes Legislative Oversight on Governor Disaster Emergency Restrictions Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13)
Oct. 20, 2020 LA HB 37 Expands Business Tax Credits Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
Oct. 19, 2020 LA SB 22 Authorizes Additional Time for Processing Absentee Ballots Prior to Election Day 2020 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
Oct. 13, 2020 LA HCR 23 Memorializes the US Senate to Confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court Joint Resolution Passed - House (70 - 17)
Oct. 13, 2020 LA SB 74 Amends Election Penalties Relating to Registration, Fraud, and Forgery Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 6)
Oct. 12, 2020 LA SB 31 Prohibits the Use of Statewide Assessments to Evaluate Teacher Performance or Student Placement in the 2020-2021 School Year Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
Oct. 2, 2020 LA SB 29 Authorizes the Legislature to Void a State of Emergency Declaration After 30 Days Bill Passed - House (65 - 27)
Oct. 2, 2020 LA HCR 9 Limits Certain Powers of the Governor for the Declaration of an Emergency Bill Passed - House (66 - 23)
Oct. 2, 2020 LA HB 32 Requires Bars and Restaurants be Treated the Same during a Disaster Declaration Bill Passed - House (68 - 25)
Oct. 2, 2020 LA HB 1 Establishes Parole Eligibility for Juvenile Offenders Bill Passed - House (81 - 10)
June 30, 2020 LA HB 57 Amends Jury Trial and Seatbelt Lawsuit Requirements Conference Report Adopted - House (86 - 15)
June 22, 2020 LA HB 39 Establishes Supplemental Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 0)
June 17, 2020 LA HB 64 Establishes 8 Percent Taxation Rate for Fantasy Sports Bill Passed - House (82 - 11)
June 1, 2020 LA HB 826 Establishes Legal Immunity for COVID-19 Claims to Businesses and Government Agencies Conference Report Adopted - Senate (36 - 0)
May 31, 2020 LA SB 508 Limits Liability of Restaurants During the COVID-19 Epidemic Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
May 31, 2020 LA HB 357 Establishes Regulations for Fantasy Sports Gambling Concurrence Vote Passed - House (76 - 20)
May 31, 2020 LA HB 434 Establishes Outlines and Provisions Relating to Homicide Concurrence Vote Passed - House (90 - 0)
May 29, 2020 LA HB 846 Establishes Tax Rebates for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 6)
May 29, 2020 LA HB 140 Prohibits Localities from Establishing Restrictions to Prohibit Firearm Possession Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 3)
May 29, 2020 LA HB 317 Authorizes Autism Symbol on Driver's Licenses Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
May 29, 2020 LA HB 241 Amends Certain Requirements of the Records Expungement Process Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 3)
May 28, 2020 LA SB 270 Increases Daily Compensation Paid to Jurors in Civil Cases Bill Passed - House (66 - 32)
May 28, 2020 LA SB 178 Authorizes Alcohol Delivery by Third Party Platforms Bill Passed - House (87 - 13)
May 27, 2020 LA SB 50 Prohibits Handheld Cell Phone Use While Driving Bill Failed - House (40 - 59)
May 27, 2020 LA HB 819 Expands Access to Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
May 26, 2020 LA HB 722 Specifies that Electronic Signatures Used in Transactions with Financial Institutions are Enforceable to the Full Extent of the Law Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
May 22, 2020 LA HB 241 Amends Certain Requirements of the Records Expungement Process Bill Passed - House (73 - 19)
May 22, 2020 LA HB 334 Authorizes Concealed Handgun Permit Holders to Carry Inside Places of Worship Bill Passed - House (72 - 24)
May 22, 2020 LA HB 506 Reduces Severance Tax Rate for Oil Bill Passed - House (72 - 25)
May 21, 2020 LA HB 420 Establishes Minimum Training Requirements for Peace Officers Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 0)
May 20, 2020 LA HB 109 Prohibits Vaping in Motor Vehicles When a Child Is Present Bill Passed - House (80 - 19)
May 20, 2020 LA SB 440 Limits Environmental Lawsuits Against Oil and Gas Companies Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
May 20, 2020 LA HB 211 Prohibits State Commissioner from Penalizing Financial Institutions for Providing Services to Cannabis-Related Businesses Bill Passed - House (73 - 20)
May 15, 2020 LA HB 173 Expands Parole Eligibility for Certain Juvenile Offenders Bill Passed - House (68 - 22)
May 13, 2020 LA SB 50 Prohibits Handheld Cell Phone Use While Driving Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 5)
May 13, 2020 LA SB 130 Authorizes a Ballot Referendum Vote on Legalizing Sports Betting Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
May 7, 2020 LA HB 132 Establishes Daylight Savings Time as the Standard Time Year-Round Bill Passed - House (89 - 0)
Date No. Title Outcome
10/23 HB 38 Establishes the Louisiana Police Funding Protection Act Conference Report Adopted - House (68 - 29)
10/23 HB 51 Prohibits Using Private Funds for Campaign Election Expenses Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 28)
10/22 HB 51 Prohibits Using Private Funds for Campaign Election Expenses Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
10/22 SB 20 Amends Election Laws Due to the Declared Disaster Emergency Bill Passed - House (59 - 27)
10/22 HB 43 Establishes Guidelines for Nursing Homes During COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
10/22 HB 59 Authorizes Additional Compensation to Certain Election Officials for Elections Held During a Gubernatorially Declared Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
10/22 SR 54 Establishes Support for Law Enforcement and Police Departments and Prohibits Any Notion to Defund Law Enforcement or Police Departments in the State Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
10/21 SB 72 Authorizes One-Time Income Tax Credit For Businesses Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (35 - 0)
10/21 HB 29 Establishes Severance Tax Exemption for Oil Wells Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 17)
10/21 SB 77 Establishes Regulations for Fantasy Sports Gambling Bill Passed - House (72 - 15)
10/20 HB 4 Authorizes Legislative Oversight on Governor Disaster Emergency Restrictions Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 30)
10/20 HB 26 Establishes Sales Tax Holiday to Provide Relief for Recovery Concurrence Vote Passed - House (86 - 0)
10/20 HB 4 Authorizes Legislative Oversight on Governor Disaster Emergency Restrictions Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13)
10/20 HB 37 Expands Business Tax Credits Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
10/19 SB 22 Authorizes Additional Time for Processing Absentee Ballots Prior to Election Day 2020 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
10/13 HCR 23 Memorializes the US Senate to Confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court Joint Resolution Passed - House (70 - 17)
10/13 SB 74 Amends Election Penalties Relating to Registration, Fraud, and Forgery Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 6)
10/12 SB 31 Prohibits the Use of Statewide Assessments to Evaluate Teacher Performance or Student Placement in the 2020-2021 School Year Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
10/02 SB 29 Authorizes the Legislature to Void a State of Emergency Declaration After 30 Days Bill Passed - House (65 - 27)
10/02 HCR 9 Limits Certain Powers of the Governor for the Declaration of an Emergency Bill Passed - House (66 - 23)
10/02 HB 32 Requires Bars and Restaurants be Treated the Same during a Disaster Declaration Bill Passed - House (68 - 25)
10/02 HB 1 Establishes Parole Eligibility for Juvenile Offenders Bill Passed - House (81 - 10)
6/30 HB 57 Amends Jury Trial and Seatbelt Lawsuit Requirements Conference Report Adopted - House (86 - 15)
6/22 HB 39 Establishes Supplemental Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 0)
6/17 HB 64 Establishes 8 Percent Taxation Rate for Fantasy Sports Bill Passed - House (82 - 11)
6/01 HB 826 Establishes Legal Immunity for COVID-19 Claims to Businesses and Government Agencies Conference Report Adopted - Senate (36 - 0)
5/31 SB 508 Limits Liability of Restaurants During the COVID-19 Epidemic Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
5/31 HB 357 Establishes Regulations for Fantasy Sports Gambling Concurrence Vote Passed - House (76 - 20)
5/31 HB 434 Establishes Outlines and Provisions Relating to Homicide Concurrence Vote Passed - House (90 - 0)
5/29 HB 846 Establishes Tax Rebates for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 6)
5/29 HB 140 Prohibits Localities from Establishing Restrictions to Prohibit Firearm Possession Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 3)
5/29 HB 317 Authorizes Autism Symbol on Driver's Licenses Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
5/29 HB 241 Amends Certain Requirements of the Records Expungement Process Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 3)
5/28 SB 270 Increases Daily Compensation Paid to Jurors in Civil Cases Bill Passed - House (66 - 32)
5/28 SB 178 Authorizes Alcohol Delivery by Third Party Platforms Bill Passed - House (87 - 13)
5/27 SB 50 Prohibits Handheld Cell Phone Use While Driving Bill Failed - House (40 - 59)
5/27 HB 819 Expands Access to Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
5/26 HB 722 Specifies that Electronic Signatures Used in Transactions with Financial Institutions are Enforceable to the Full Extent of the Law Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
5/22 HB 241 Amends Certain Requirements of the Records Expungement Process Bill Passed - House (73 - 19)
5/22 HB 334 Authorizes Concealed Handgun Permit Holders to Carry Inside Places of Worship Bill Passed - House (72 - 24)
5/22 HB 506 Reduces Severance Tax Rate for Oil Bill Passed - House (72 - 25)
5/21 HB 420 Establishes Minimum Training Requirements for Peace Officers Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 0)
5/20 HB 109 Prohibits Vaping in Motor Vehicles When a Child Is Present Bill Passed - House (80 - 19)
5/20 SB 440 Limits Environmental Lawsuits Against Oil and Gas Companies Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
5/20 HB 211 Prohibits State Commissioner from Penalizing Financial Institutions for Providing Services to Cannabis-Related Businesses Bill Passed - House (73 - 20)
5/15 HB 173 Expands Parole Eligibility for Certain Juvenile Offenders Bill Passed - House (68 - 22)
5/13 SB 50 Prohibits Handheld Cell Phone Use While Driving Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 5)
5/13 SB 130 Authorizes a Ballot Referendum Vote on Legalizing Sports Betting Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
5/07 HB 132 Establishes Daylight Savings Time as the Standard Time Year-Round Bill Passed - House (89 - 0)

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