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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
July 19, 2021 ME LD 151 Authorizes Farm Workers to Bargain Collectively (18 - 17)
July 2, 2021 ME LD 677 Amends Law Regarding Public Sector Labor Relations (66 - 55)
July 1, 2021 ME LD 1541 Amends Recycling Laws to Shift the Cost of Disposing Packaging Materials to Companies Concurrence Vote Passed - House (75 - 47)
June 30, 2021 ME LD 1592 Establishes Decriminalization of Prostitution and Strengthens Laws Against Sexual Exploitation Veto Override Failed - House (76 - 70)
June 30, 2021 ME LD 920 Establishes Oversight of Video Service Providers Concurrence Vote Passed - House (78 - 66)
June 18, 2021 ME LD 677 Amends Law Regarding Public Sector Labor Relations (20 - 13)
June 17, 2021 ME LD 1541 Amends Recycling Laws to Shift the Cost of Disposing Packaging Materials to Companies Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
June 16, 2021 ME LD 1592 Establishes Decriminalization of Prostitution and Strengthens Laws Against Sexual Exploitation Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
June 15, 2021 ME LD 920 Establishes Oversight of Video Service Providers Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
June 10, 2021 ME LD 99 Requires the PERS to Divest from Fossil Fuel Related Investments "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (18 - 15)
June 10, 2021 ME LD 1126 Requires the Secretary of State Establish an Online Voter Registration Application Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
June 10, 2021 ME LD 1668 Requires the Closure of the Long Creek Youth Development Center "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (81 - 57)
June 9, 2021 ME LD 1575 Authorizes Student ID's to be Used as Voter Identification Cards Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
June 9, 2021 ME LD 1363 Amends the Statutory Language Regarding Elections Determined by Ranked Choice Voting Bill Passed - House (78 - 53)
June 9, 2021 ME LD 1363 Amends the Statutory Language Regarding Elections Determined by Ranked Choice Voting Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
June 9, 2021 ME LD 1126 Requires the Secretary of State Establish an Online Voter Registration Application Bill Passed - House (81 - 61)
June 8, 2021 ME LD 1575 Authorizes Student ID's to be Used as Voter Identification Cards Bill Passed - House (79 - 58)
June 7, 2021 ME LD 1555 Appropriates Funds for Broadband Internet Infrastructure for Marginalized Groups Bill Passed - House (84 - 61)
June 3, 2021 ME LD 99 Requires the PERS to Divest from Fossil Fuel Related Investments "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (80 - 57)
June 2, 2021 ME LD 604 Requires a Separate Line Item in the State Budget for Charter School Funding "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 15)
May 19, 2021 ME LD 52 Authorizes Additional Educational Policies to be Subjects of Collective Bargaining Negotiations Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 11)
May 19, 2021 ME LD 604 Requires a Separate Line Item in the State Budget for Charter School Funding "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (81 - 65)
April 28, 2021 ME LD 52 Authorizes Additional Educational Policies to be Subjects of Collective Bargaining Negotiations "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (86 - 58)
March 30, 2021 ME LD 715 Appropriates Funding for the Biennium State Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
March 30, 2021 ME LD 715 Appropriates Funding for the Biennium State Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (77 - 67)
March 19, 2021 ME LD 305 Specifies Forest Rangers and Forest Fire Prevention Specialists are Included in the Laws Concerning Cancer Suffered by Firefighters "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (27 - 6)
March 11, 2021 ME LD 2 Requires the State Legislature to Assess the Racial Impact of Pending Legislation Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
March 11, 2021 ME LD 102 Extends the Time for Processing Absentee Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
March 11, 2021 ME LD 314 Extends the Green Power Electricity Offer Bill Passed - House (90 - 54)
March 11, 2021 ME LD 1 Establishes a COVID-19 Patient Bill of Rights Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
March 10, 2021 ME LD 220 Appropriates Supplemental Funding for the 2021 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
March 10, 2021 ME LD 102 Extends the Time for Processing Absentee Ballots Bill Passed - House (83 - 66)
March 10, 2021 ME LD 220 Appropriates Supplemental Funding for the 2021 Budget Bill Passed - House (83 - 66)
March 10, 2021 ME LD 115 Establishes a New Flag for the State of Maine Bill Failed - House (57 - 91)
Date No. Title Outcome
7/19 LD 151 Authorizes Farm Workers to Bargain Collectively (18 - 17)
7/02 LD 677 Amends Law Regarding Public Sector Labor Relations (66 - 55)
7/01 LD 1541 Amends Recycling Laws to Shift the Cost of Disposing Packaging Materials to Companies Concurrence Vote Passed - House (75 - 47)
6/30 LD 1592 Establishes Decriminalization of Prostitution and Strengthens Laws Against Sexual Exploitation Veto Override Failed - House (76 - 70)
6/30 LD 920 Establishes Oversight of Video Service Providers Concurrence Vote Passed - House (78 - 66)
6/18 LD 677 Amends Law Regarding Public Sector Labor Relations (20 - 13)
6/17 LD 1541 Amends Recycling Laws to Shift the Cost of Disposing Packaging Materials to Companies Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
6/16 LD 1592 Establishes Decriminalization of Prostitution and Strengthens Laws Against Sexual Exploitation Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
6/15 LD 920 Establishes Oversight of Video Service Providers Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
6/10 LD 99 Requires the PERS to Divest from Fossil Fuel Related Investments "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (18 - 15)
6/10 LD 1126 Requires the Secretary of State Establish an Online Voter Registration Application Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
6/10 LD 1668 Requires the Closure of the Long Creek Youth Development Center "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (81 - 57)
6/09 LD 1575 Authorizes Student ID's to be Used as Voter Identification Cards Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
6/09 LD 1363 Amends the Statutory Language Regarding Elections Determined by Ranked Choice Voting Bill Passed - House (78 - 53)
6/09 LD 1363 Amends the Statutory Language Regarding Elections Determined by Ranked Choice Voting Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
6/09 LD 1126 Requires the Secretary of State Establish an Online Voter Registration Application Bill Passed - House (81 - 61)
6/08 LD 1575 Authorizes Student ID's to be Used as Voter Identification Cards Bill Passed - House (79 - 58)
6/07 LD 1555 Appropriates Funds for Broadband Internet Infrastructure for Marginalized Groups Bill Passed - House (84 - 61)
6/03 LD 99 Requires the PERS to Divest from Fossil Fuel Related Investments "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (80 - 57)
6/02 LD 604 Requires a Separate Line Item in the State Budget for Charter School Funding "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 15)
5/19 LD 52 Authorizes Additional Educational Policies to be Subjects of Collective Bargaining Negotiations Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 11)
5/19 LD 604 Requires a Separate Line Item in the State Budget for Charter School Funding "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (81 - 65)
4/28 LD 52 Authorizes Additional Educational Policies to be Subjects of Collective Bargaining Negotiations "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (86 - 58)
3/30 LD 715 Appropriates Funding for the Biennium State Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
3/30 LD 715 Appropriates Funding for the Biennium State Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (77 - 67)
3/19 LD 305 Specifies Forest Rangers and Forest Fire Prevention Specialists are Included in the Laws Concerning Cancer Suffered by Firefighters "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (27 - 6)
3/11 LD 2 Requires the State Legislature to Assess the Racial Impact of Pending Legislation Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
3/11 LD 102 Extends the Time for Processing Absentee Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
3/11 LD 314 Extends the Green Power Electricity Offer Bill Passed - House (90 - 54)
3/11 LD 1 Establishes a COVID-19 Patient Bill of Rights Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
3/10 LD 220 Appropriates Supplemental Funding for the 2021 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
3/10 LD 102 Extends the Time for Processing Absentee Ballots Bill Passed - House (83 - 66)
3/10 LD 220 Appropriates Supplemental Funding for the 2021 Budget Bill Passed - House (83 - 66)
3/10 LD 115 Establishes a New Flag for the State of Maine Bill Failed - House (57 - 91)

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