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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 28, 2022 MN HF 2774 Increases Warehouse Worker Safety Regulations Bill Passed - House (72 - 60)
May 6, 2021 MN HF 2539 Establishes a "Sign and Release Warrant" Bill Passed - House (73 - 59)
April 22, 2021 MN SF 970 Amends Public Safety Laws to Ensure Police Accountability Bill Passed - House (70 - 63)
April 15, 2021 MN SF 970 Amends Public Safety Laws to Ensure Police Accountability Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 23)
March 22, 2021 MN HF 844 Prohibits Price Gouging Bill Passed - House (71 - 62)
March 15, 2021 MN SF 4 Requires the Governor to Seek Approval Before Extending an Emergency Declaration Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 29)
Feb. 25, 2021 MN SF 1 Requires Businesses Design and Implement a Safety Preparedness Plan Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 29)
Feb. 18, 2021 MN SF 2 Rescinds the Governor's Ability to Close Schools During a Peacetime Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 27)
Jan. 25, 2021 MN HR 1 Alleges Violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th Should be Condemned Bill Passed - House (111 - 8)
Dec. 14, 2020 MN SF 31 Extends State Unemployment Benefits by 13 Weeks and Appropriates $216 Million for Business COVID-19 Relief Bill Passed - House (117 - 13)
Dec. 14, 2020 MN SF 31 Extends State Unemployment Benefits by 13 Weeks and Appropriates $216 Million for Business COVID-19 Relief Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 4)
July 20, 2020 MN HF 1 Establishes and Amends Various Provisions Relating to Public Safety and Law Enforcement Bill Passed - House (102 - 29)
July 20, 2020 MN HR 1 Classifies Racism as a Public Health Crisis Bill Passed - House (82 - 40)
July 20, 2020 MN HF 1 Establishes and Amends Various Provisions Relating to Public Safety and Law Enforcement Bill Passed - House (102 - 29)
June 16, 2020 MN SF 3 Amends Law Enforcement Use of Force Reporting Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 31)
June 12, 2020 MN SC 1 Repeals the Governor's Peacetime Emergency Declaration Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 29)
May 17, 2020 MN HF 4415 Expands Aid for COVID-19 Related School Closures Concurrence Vote Passed - House (75 - 55)
May 14, 2020 MN HF 4605 Authorizes Electronic Submission of Documents and Signatures during Public Health Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (67 - 0)
May 9, 2020 MN HF 3429 Appropriates Funds and Establishes Procedures for Safe State Primaries and General Elections Concurrence Vote Passed - House (122 - 10)
May 7, 2020 MN HF 3429 Appropriates Funds and Establishes Procedures for Safe State Primaries and General Elections Bill Passed - Senate (66 - 1)
April 30, 2020 MN SF 3843 Amends Business Tax Policies and Establishes Recovery Aid to Small Businesses for Financial Relief Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 27)
April 14, 2020 MN HF 4556 Establishes Various Emergency Provisions and Local Government Flexibility During the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - House (103 - 31)
March 26, 2020 MN HF 4531 Appropriates Emergency Funds for COVID-19 Response Bill Passed - House (99 - 4)
March 9, 2020 MN SF 3813 Appropriates Funding for the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Public Health Response Planning Bill Passed - Senate (56 - 0)
Feb. 27, 2020 MN HF 9 Authorizes Extreme Risk Productive Orders Bill Passed - House (68 - 62)
May 20, 2019 MN HF 400 Establishes an Opiate Product Registration Fee and the Opiate Epidemic Response Advisory Council Conference Report Adopted - House (109 - 25)
March 7, 2019 MN HF 13 Authorizes a 2020 Ballot Measure to Include an Equal Rights Amendment to the State's Constitution Bill Passed - House (72 - 55)
May 14, 2018 MN HF 390 Establishes Penalties for Obstructing a Highway Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 27)
May 1, 2018 MN HF 2856 Amends Public Safety Laws Bill Passed - House (92 - 35)
April 23, 2018 MN SF 3673 Amends Prison Release Requirements for Sex Offenders Bill Passed - Senate (67 - 0)
March 30, 2017 MN HF 3 Requires REAL ID Compliance Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House (75 - 54)
March 30, 2017 MN HF 3 Requires REAL ID Compliance Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 7)
March 28, 2017 MN SF 803 Appropriates Funds to Various Agencies Bill Passed - Senate (52 - 15)
March 28, 2017 MN SF 803 Appropriates Funds to Various Agencies Bill Passed - Senate (52 - 15)
March 8, 2017 MN HF 3 Requires REAL ID Compliance Bill Failed - Senate (29 - 38)
Feb. 23, 2017 MN HF 3 Requires REAL ID Compliance Bill Passed - House (72 - 58)
May 21, 2016 MN SF 498 Amends Police Body Camera Regulations Conference Report Adopted - House (96 - 34)
May 21, 2016 MN SF 498 Amends Police Body Camera Regulations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (41 - 17)
May 17, 2015 MN SF 86 Amends Procedures for Data Collected by Police Surveillance Equipment Conference Report Adopted - House (87 - 43)
May 7, 2015 MN SF 86 Amends Procedures for Data Collected by Police Surveillance Equipment Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 19)
April 23, 2015 MN SF 878 Authorizes Gun Silencers and Expands Ex-Felon Voting Rights Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 22)
April 23, 2015 MN SF 878 Authorizes Gun Silencers and Expands Ex-Felon Voting Rights Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 22)
April 5, 2012 MN HF 2738 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Conference Report Adopted - Senate (35 - 29)
April 3, 2012 MN HF 2738 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Conference Report Adopted - House (72 - 57)
March 20, 2012 MN HF 2738 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (72 - 62)
Feb. 29, 2012 MN HF 1467 Expands the Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense Concurrence Vote Passed - House (85 - 47)
Feb. 29, 2012 MN HF 1467 Expands the Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense Concurrence Vote Passed - House (85 - 47)
Feb. 23, 2012 MN HF 1467 Expands the Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 23)
Feb. 23, 2012 MN HF 1467 Expands the Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 23)
May 18, 2009 MN SF 97 Legalizing Medical Marijuana Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 28)
May 18, 2009 MN SF 97 Legalizing Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (70 - 64)
May 18, 2009 MN HF 108 Primary Seat Belt Law Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 19)
May 18, 2009 MN HF 108 Primary Seat Belt Law Bill Passed - House (73 - 60)
May 4, 2009 MN SF 97 Legalizing Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 29)
April 20, 2009 MN SF 802 2009-2011 Biennium Public Safety and Corrections Budget Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 31)
May 13, 2008 MN HF 3807 Real ID Prohibition Concurrence Vote Passed - House (103 - 30)
May 13, 2008 MN HF 3807 Real ID Prohibition Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 16)
May 1, 2008 MN SF 2369 Background Checks for Coaches Conference Report Adopted - House (112 - 15)
April 21, 2008 MN HF 1351 Transportation Policy Reform Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 11)
April 14, 2008 MN HF 1351 Transportation Policy Reform Conference Report Adopted - House (88 - 44)
April 7, 2008 MN Emmer Amnd. Voter Identification Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (59 - 70)
April 1, 2008 MN SF 2369 Background Checks for Coaches Bill Passed - House (118 - 11)
May 11, 2007 MN SF 238 Smoking Ban Conference Report Adopted - House (81 - 48)
May 11, 2007 MN SF 238 Smoking Ban Conference Report Adopted - Senate (43 - 21)
May 3, 2007 MN SF 345 Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 29)
April 26, 2007 MN SF 238 Smoking Ban Bill Passed - House (85 - 45)
March 27, 2007 MN SF 238 Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 24)
Feb. 19, 2007 MN SF 372 Legalization of Ticket Scalping Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 15)
April 20, 2006 MN SF 1070 Seat Belt Law Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 20)
Date No. Title Outcome
3/28 HF 2774 Increases Warehouse Worker Safety Regulations Bill Passed - House (72 - 60)
5/06 HF 2539 Establishes a "Sign and Release Warrant" Bill Passed - House (73 - 59)
4/22 SF 970 Amends Public Safety Laws to Ensure Police Accountability Bill Passed - House (70 - 63)
4/15 SF 970 Amends Public Safety Laws to Ensure Police Accountability Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 23)
3/22 HF 844 Prohibits Price Gouging Bill Passed - House (71 - 62)
3/15 SF 4 Requires the Governor to Seek Approval Before Extending an Emergency Declaration Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 29)
2/25 SF 1 Requires Businesses Design and Implement a Safety Preparedness Plan Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 29)
2/18 SF 2 Rescinds the Governor's Ability to Close Schools During a Peacetime Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 27)
1/25 HR 1 Alleges Violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th Should be Condemned Bill Passed - House (111 - 8)
12/14 SF 31 Extends State Unemployment Benefits by 13 Weeks and Appropriates $216 Million for Business COVID-19 Relief Bill Passed - House (117 - 13)
12/14 SF 31 Extends State Unemployment Benefits by 13 Weeks and Appropriates $216 Million for Business COVID-19 Relief Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 4)
7/20 HF 1 Establishes and Amends Various Provisions Relating to Public Safety and Law Enforcement Bill Passed - House (102 - 29)
7/20 HR 1 Classifies Racism as a Public Health Crisis Bill Passed - House (82 - 40)
7/20 HF 1 Establishes and Amends Various Provisions Relating to Public Safety and Law Enforcement Bill Passed - House (102 - 29)
6/16 SF 3 Amends Law Enforcement Use of Force Reporting Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 31)
6/12 SC 1 Repeals the Governor's Peacetime Emergency Declaration Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 29)
5/17 HF 4415 Expands Aid for COVID-19 Related School Closures Concurrence Vote Passed - House (75 - 55)
5/14 HF 4605 Authorizes Electronic Submission of Documents and Signatures during Public Health Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (67 - 0)
5/09 HF 3429 Appropriates Funds and Establishes Procedures for Safe State Primaries and General Elections Concurrence Vote Passed - House (122 - 10)
5/07 HF 3429 Appropriates Funds and Establishes Procedures for Safe State Primaries and General Elections Bill Passed - Senate (66 - 1)
4/30 SF 3843 Amends Business Tax Policies and Establishes Recovery Aid to Small Businesses for Financial Relief Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 27)
4/14 HF 4556 Establishes Various Emergency Provisions and Local Government Flexibility During the COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - House (103 - 31)
3/26 HF 4531 Appropriates Emergency Funds for COVID-19 Response Bill Passed - House (99 - 4)
3/09 SF 3813 Appropriates Funding for the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Public Health Response Planning Bill Passed - Senate (56 - 0)
2/27 HF 9 Authorizes Extreme Risk Productive Orders Bill Passed - House (68 - 62)
5/20 HF 400 Establishes an Opiate Product Registration Fee and the Opiate Epidemic Response Advisory Council Conference Report Adopted - House (109 - 25)
3/07 HF 13 Authorizes a 2020 Ballot Measure to Include an Equal Rights Amendment to the State's Constitution Bill Passed - House (72 - 55)
5/14 HF 390 Establishes Penalties for Obstructing a Highway Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 27)
5/01 HF 2856 Amends Public Safety Laws Bill Passed - House (92 - 35)
4/23 SF 3673 Amends Prison Release Requirements for Sex Offenders Bill Passed - Senate (67 - 0)
3/30 HF 3 Requires REAL ID Compliance Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House (75 - 54)
3/30 HF 3 Requires REAL ID Compliance Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 7)
3/28 SF 803 Appropriates Funds to Various Agencies Bill Passed - Senate (52 - 15)
3/28 SF 803 Appropriates Funds to Various Agencies Bill Passed - Senate (52 - 15)
3/08 HF 3 Requires REAL ID Compliance Bill Failed - Senate (29 - 38)
2/23 HF 3 Requires REAL ID Compliance Bill Passed - House (72 - 58)
5/21 SF 498 Amends Police Body Camera Regulations Conference Report Adopted - House (96 - 34)
5/21 SF 498 Amends Police Body Camera Regulations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (41 - 17)
5/17 SF 86 Amends Procedures for Data Collected by Police Surveillance Equipment Conference Report Adopted - House (87 - 43)
5/07 SF 86 Amends Procedures for Data Collected by Police Surveillance Equipment Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 19)
4/23 SF 878 Authorizes Gun Silencers and Expands Ex-Felon Voting Rights Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 22)
4/23 SF 878 Authorizes Gun Silencers and Expands Ex-Felon Voting Rights Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 22)
4/05 HF 2738 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Conference Report Adopted - Senate (35 - 29)
4/03 HF 2738 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Conference Report Adopted - House (72 - 57)
3/20 HF 2738 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (72 - 62)
2/29 HF 1467 Expands the Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense Concurrence Vote Passed - House (85 - 47)
2/29 HF 1467 Expands the Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense Concurrence Vote Passed - House (85 - 47)
2/23 HF 1467 Expands the Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 23)
2/23 HF 1467 Expands the Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 23)
5/18 SF 97 Legalizing Medical Marijuana Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 28)
5/18 SF 97 Legalizing Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (70 - 64)
5/18 HF 108 Primary Seat Belt Law Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 19)
5/18 HF 108 Primary Seat Belt Law Bill Passed - House (73 - 60)
5/04 SF 97 Legalizing Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 29)
4/20 SF 802 2009-2011 Biennium Public Safety and Corrections Budget Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 31)
5/13 HF 3807 Real ID Prohibition Concurrence Vote Passed - House (103 - 30)
5/13 HF 3807 Real ID Prohibition Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 16)
5/01 SF 2369 Background Checks for Coaches Conference Report Adopted - House (112 - 15)
4/21 HF 1351 Transportation Policy Reform Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 11)
4/14 HF 1351 Transportation Policy Reform Conference Report Adopted - House (88 - 44)
4/07 Emmer Amnd. Voter Identification Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (59 - 70)
4/01 SF 2369 Background Checks for Coaches Bill Passed - House (118 - 11)
5/11 SF 238 Smoking Ban Conference Report Adopted - House (81 - 48)
5/11 SF 238 Smoking Ban Conference Report Adopted - Senate (43 - 21)
5/03 SF 345 Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 29)
4/26 SF 238 Smoking Ban Bill Passed - House (85 - 45)
3/27 SF 238 Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 24)
2/19 SF 372 Legalization of Ticket Scalping Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 15)
4/20 SF 1070 Seat Belt Law Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 20)

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