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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
May 3, 2021 MN SF 173 Requires Voters to Present ID Before Casting a Ballot Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 32)
April 22, 2021 MN SF 970 Amends Public Safety Laws to Ensure Police Accountability Bill Passed - House (70 - 63)
April 22, 2021 MN SF 959 Appropriates Funds for Environmental and Natural Resource Programs Bill Passed - House (70 - 63)
April 19, 2021 MN SF 959 Appropriates Funds for Environmental and Natural Resource Programs Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 29)
April 15, 2021 MN SF 970 Amends Public Safety Laws to Ensure Police Accountability Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 23)
April 13, 2021 MN HF 164 Establishes Updates and Expansions to the State's Energy Conservation Programs Bill Passed - House (82 - 50)
March 25, 2021 MN HF 403 Prohibits Employers from Inquiring About an Employee's Wage History Bill Passed - House (80 - 51)
March 25, 2021 MN HF 7 Requires Employers to Give Sick Time to Their Employees Bill Passed - House (69 - 63)
March 23, 2021 MN HF 1064 Appropriates Funds for After-School and Summer Learning Programs Bill Passed - House (69 - 63)
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 SF 192 Extends Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates from 2020 to 2021 Bill Passed - Senate (66 - 0)
Jan. 25, 2021 MN HR 1 Alleges Violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th Should be Condemned Bill Passed - House (111 - 8)
Date No. Title Outcome
5/03 SF 173 Requires Voters to Present ID Before Casting a Ballot Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 32)
4/22 SF 970 Amends Public Safety Laws to Ensure Police Accountability Bill Passed - House (70 - 63)
4/22 SF 959 Appropriates Funds for Environmental and Natural Resource Programs Bill Passed - House (70 - 63)
4/19 SF 959 Appropriates Funds for Environmental and Natural Resource Programs Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 29)
4/15 SF 970 Amends Public Safety Laws to Ensure Police Accountability Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 23)
4/13 HF 164 Establishes Updates and Expansions to the State's Energy Conservation Programs Bill Passed - House (82 - 50)
3/25 HF 403 Prohibits Employers from Inquiring About an Employee's Wage History Bill Passed - House (80 - 51)
3/25 HF 7 Requires Employers to Give Sick Time to Their Employees Bill Passed - House (69 - 63)
3/23 HF 1064 Appropriates Funds for After-School and Summer Learning Programs Bill Passed - House (69 - 63)
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 SF 192 Extends Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates from 2020 to 2021 Bill Passed - Senate (66 - 0)
1/25 HR 1 Alleges Violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th Should be Condemned Bill Passed - House (111 - 8)

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