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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
June 20, 2019 ME LD 1836 Establishes Ballot Measure for Infrastructure Bonds "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (90 - 45)
June 20, 2019 ME LD 1836 Establishes Ballot Measure for Infrastructure Bonds Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
June 19, 2019 ME LD 1028 Increases Taxes on Tobacco Products Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
June 19, 2019 ME LD 459 Defines Homelessness in Laws Governing Emergency General Assistance Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
June 19, 2019 ME LD 1083 Increases the Use of Ranked Choice Voting "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (86 - 59)
June 19, 2019 ME LD 1811 Requires Judicial Hearings and Evaluations for Individuals in Protective Custody Regarding Risk of Harm and Restricting Access to Dangerous Weapons "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (135 - 9)
June 19, 2019 ME LD 1028 Increases Taxes on Tobacco Products Bill Passed - House (86 - 49)
June 19, 2019 ME LD 719 Establishes Various Changes to the Marijuana Legalization Act "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 9)
June 18, 2019 ME LD 1312 Establishes Extreme Risk Protection Orders "Ought Not to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (20 - 15)
June 18, 2019 ME LD 1312 Establishes Extreme Risk Protection Orders "Ought to Pass" Report Not Adopted - House (61 - 82)
June 18, 2019 ME LD 1451 Requires Public Employers to Provide Bargaining Agents Access to Certain Member Information and Other Rights Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
June 18, 2019 ME LD 1083 Increases the Use of Ranked Choice Voting "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (20 - 14)
June 18, 2019 ME LD 553 Authorizes Sports Betting "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 15)
June 18, 2019 ME LD 1713 Requires the Return of Funds to Maine Property Taxpayers Bill Passed - House (93 - 51)
June 17, 2019 ME LD 1691 Prohibits Use of Aerial Herbicide Spraying for Deforestation "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (75 - 67)
June 17, 2019 ME LD 1451 Requires Public Employers to Provide Bargaining Agents Access to Certain Member Information and Other Rights Bill Passed - House (87 - 57)
June 14, 2019 ME LD 1001 Appropriates Funds for Fiscal Years 2019-2021 Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
June 14, 2019 ME LD 1426 Increases Protections for Land Installment Contracts Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
June 14, 2019 ME LD 1001 Appropriates Funds for Fiscal Years 2019-2021 Bill Passed - House (89 - 52)
June 13, 2019 ME LD 799 Establishes the Maine Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program Bill Passed - House (95 - 46)
June 13, 2019 ME LD 1426 Increases Protections for Land Installment Contracts Bill Passed - House (88 - 50)
June 13, 2019 ME LD 1820 Amends School Investigation Regulations Bill Passed - House (91 - 50)
June 12, 2019 ME LD 799 Establishes the Maine Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 14)
June 12, 2019 ME LD 816 Authorizes Interstate Agreement to Elect the President by Popular Vote Bill Passed - House (77 - 69)
June 10, 2019 ME LD 1412 Amends the Laws Governing the Collective Bargaining Rights of Employees of School Management and Leadership Centers "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (22 - 13)
June 10, 2019 ME LD 777 Establishes a Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 14)
June 10, 2019 ME LD 1282 Establishes a "Green New Deal" Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
June 10, 2019 ME LD 1463 Establishes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 14)
June 10, 2019 ME LD 1529 Prohibits Employers from Requiring Employees Sign Nondisclosure Agreements Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
June 7, 2019 ME LD 37 Authorizes the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs Through Vending Machines "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 13)
June 6, 2019 ME LD 1524 Prohibits Wage Theft and Establishes Employer Accountability Standards "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (86 - 54)
June 6, 2019 ME LD 1620 Exempts Certain Salary or Wage Increases From a Cap on Earnings when Calculating Retirement Benefits for Public Employees Bill Passed - House (86 - 53)
June 6, 2019 ME LD 37 Authorizes the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs Through Vending Machines "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (85 - 54)
June 5, 2019 ME LD 795 Amends State Constitution to Include a Right to Food Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
June 5, 2019 ME LD 1524 Prohibits Wage Theft and Establishes Employer Accountability Standards "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 14)
June 5, 2019 ME LD 1463 Establishes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (88 - 56)
June 5, 2019 ME LD 1282 Establishes a "Green New Deal" Bill Passed - House (84 - 55)
June 5, 2019 ME LD 1620 Exempts Certain Salary or Wage Increases From a Cap on Earnings when Calculating Retirement Benefits for Public Employees Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
June 5, 2019 ME LD 1386 Expands the Definition of Public Works Projects Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
June 4, 2019 ME LD 1626 Establishes a Presidential Primary System in Maine "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (88 - 53)
June 4, 2019 ME LD 665 Prohibits Restrictions of Free Speech on College Campuses Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
June 4, 2019 ME LD 1532 Prohibits Single-Use Plastic Bags Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
June 4, 2019 ME LD 795 Amends State Constitution to Include a Right to Food Bill Passed - House (93 - 47)
June 3, 2019 ME LD 1313 Authorizes Medical Aid in Dying Concurrence Vote Passed - House (73 - 72)
June 3, 2019 ME LD 351 Requires Accuracy of Maine's Meat and Poultry Labeling "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (101 - 37)
June 3, 2019 ME LD 1626 Establishes a Presidential Primary System in Maine "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 13)
June 3, 2019 ME LD 665 Prohibits Restrictions of Free Speech on College Campuses Bill Passed - House (87 - 51)
May 30, 2019 ME LD 1050 Requires Education About African American History and the History of Genocide "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (87 - 54)
May 30, 2019 ME LD 1324 Establishes Committee for Universal Basic Income System "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (77 - 62)
May 30, 2019 ME LD 1313 Authorizes Medical Aid in Dying Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
Date No. Title Outcome
6/20 LD 1836 Establishes Ballot Measure for Infrastructure Bonds "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (90 - 45)
6/20 LD 1836 Establishes Ballot Measure for Infrastructure Bonds Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
6/19 LD 1028 Increases Taxes on Tobacco Products Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
6/19 LD 459 Defines Homelessness in Laws Governing Emergency General Assistance Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
6/19 LD 1083 Increases the Use of Ranked Choice Voting "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (86 - 59)
6/19 LD 1811 Requires Judicial Hearings and Evaluations for Individuals in Protective Custody Regarding Risk of Harm and Restricting Access to Dangerous Weapons "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (135 - 9)
6/19 LD 1028 Increases Taxes on Tobacco Products Bill Passed - House (86 - 49)
6/19 LD 719 Establishes Various Changes to the Marijuana Legalization Act "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 9)
6/18 LD 1312 Establishes Extreme Risk Protection Orders "Ought Not to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (20 - 15)
6/18 LD 1312 Establishes Extreme Risk Protection Orders "Ought to Pass" Report Not Adopted - House (61 - 82)
6/18 LD 1451 Requires Public Employers to Provide Bargaining Agents Access to Certain Member Information and Other Rights Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
6/18 LD 1083 Increases the Use of Ranked Choice Voting "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (20 - 14)
6/18 LD 553 Authorizes Sports Betting "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 15)
6/18 LD 1713 Requires the Return of Funds to Maine Property Taxpayers Bill Passed - House (93 - 51)
6/17 LD 1691 Prohibits Use of Aerial Herbicide Spraying for Deforestation "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (75 - 67)
6/17 LD 1451 Requires Public Employers to Provide Bargaining Agents Access to Certain Member Information and Other Rights Bill Passed - House (87 - 57)
6/14 LD 1001 Appropriates Funds for Fiscal Years 2019-2021 Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
6/14 LD 1426 Increases Protections for Land Installment Contracts Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
6/14 LD 1001 Appropriates Funds for Fiscal Years 2019-2021 Bill Passed - House (89 - 52)
6/13 LD 799 Establishes the Maine Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program Bill Passed - House (95 - 46)
6/13 LD 1426 Increases Protections for Land Installment Contracts Bill Passed - House (88 - 50)
6/13 LD 1820 Amends School Investigation Regulations Bill Passed - House (91 - 50)
6/12 LD 799 Establishes the Maine Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 14)
6/12 LD 816 Authorizes Interstate Agreement to Elect the President by Popular Vote Bill Passed - House (77 - 69)
6/10 LD 1412 Amends the Laws Governing the Collective Bargaining Rights of Employees of School Management and Leadership Centers "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (22 - 13)
6/10 LD 777 Establishes a Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 14)
6/10 LD 1282 Establishes a "Green New Deal" Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
6/10 LD 1463 Establishes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 14)
6/10 LD 1529 Prohibits Employers from Requiring Employees Sign Nondisclosure Agreements Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
6/07 LD 37 Authorizes the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs Through Vending Machines "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 13)
6/06 LD 1524 Prohibits Wage Theft and Establishes Employer Accountability Standards "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (86 - 54)
6/06 LD 1620 Exempts Certain Salary or Wage Increases From a Cap on Earnings when Calculating Retirement Benefits for Public Employees Bill Passed - House (86 - 53)
6/06 LD 37 Authorizes the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs Through Vending Machines "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (85 - 54)
6/05 LD 795 Amends State Constitution to Include a Right to Food Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
6/05 LD 1524 Prohibits Wage Theft and Establishes Employer Accountability Standards "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 14)
6/05 LD 1463 Establishes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (88 - 56)
6/05 LD 1282 Establishes a "Green New Deal" Bill Passed - House (84 - 55)
6/05 LD 1620 Exempts Certain Salary or Wage Increases From a Cap on Earnings when Calculating Retirement Benefits for Public Employees Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
6/05 LD 1386 Expands the Definition of Public Works Projects Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
6/04 LD 1626 Establishes a Presidential Primary System in Maine "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (88 - 53)
6/04 LD 665 Prohibits Restrictions of Free Speech on College Campuses Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
6/04 LD 1532 Prohibits Single-Use Plastic Bags Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
6/04 LD 795 Amends State Constitution to Include a Right to Food Bill Passed - House (93 - 47)
6/03 LD 1313 Authorizes Medical Aid in Dying Concurrence Vote Passed - House (73 - 72)
6/03 LD 351 Requires Accuracy of Maine's Meat and Poultry Labeling "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (101 - 37)
6/03 LD 1626 Establishes a Presidential Primary System in Maine "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 13)
6/03 LD 665 Prohibits Restrictions of Free Speech on College Campuses Bill Passed - House (87 - 51)
5/30 LD 1050 Requires Education About African American History and the History of Genocide "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (87 - 54)
5/30 LD 1324 Establishes Committee for Universal Basic Income System "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (77 - 62)
5/30 LD 1313 Authorizes Medical Aid in Dying Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)

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