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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
April 27, 2021 MT HB 506 Amends Absentee Ballot Eligibility Requirements Conference Report Adopted - Senate (30 - 20)
April 27, 2021 MT HB 506 Amends Absentee Ballot Eligibility Requirements Conference Report Adopted - House (64 - 34)
April 27, 2021 MT HB 651 Requires Ballot Initiatives Include a Warning Label on the Impact to Local Business Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 33)
April 27, 2021 MT HB 530 Establishes Restrictions on Providing Assistance in Returning a Voter's Mail Ballot Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 34)
April 26, 2021 MT HB 530 Establishes Restrictions on Providing Assistance in Returning a Voter's Mail Ballot Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 19)
April 22, 2021 MT HB 651 Requires Ballot Initiatives Include a Warning Label on the Impact to Local Business Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
April 12, 2021 MT SB 350 Amends the Election Law Regarding Minor Parties Bill Passed - House (67 - 33)
March 31, 2021 MT SB 196 Authorizes Voting Precincts with Less than 400 In-Person Voters to Open at Noon Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
March 31, 2021 MT SB 169 Prohibits Same-Day Voter Registration Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
March 26, 2021 MT SB 169 Prohibits Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (65 - 33)
March 26, 2021 MT SB 196 Authorizes Voting Precincts with Less than 400 In-Person Voters to Open at Noon Bill Passed - House (67 - 31)
March 19, 2021 MT HB 385 Increases the Number of Electors Needed to Sign a Constitutional Initiative Bill Passed - House (66 - 33)
March 18, 2021 MT SB 170 Requires Yearly Maintenance on Voter Lists to Remove Inactive Voters Bill Passed - House (68 - 32)
March 16, 2021 MT SB 93 Requires At Least One Poll Watcher from Each Political Party at Ballot Drop Box Locations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (75 - 23)
March 2, 2021 MT SB 319 Establishes Joint Fundraising Committees to Solicit Large Campaign Donations Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
March 1, 2021 MT SB 351 Authorizes County Election Administrators to Test Vote Tabulation Machines Before Automatic Tabulation Begins Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
March 1, 2021 MT SB 350 Amends the Election Law Regarding Minor Parties Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
Feb. 25, 2021 MT HB 429 Rescinds Gubernatorial Power to Suspend Election Laws During Emergencies Bill Passed - House (71 - 27)
Feb. 19, 2021 MT HB 325 Authorizes the Election of Supreme Court Justices by District Bill Passed - House (63 - 36)
Feb. 12, 2021 MT SB 170 Requires Yearly Maintenance on Voter Lists to Remove Inactive Voters Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
Feb. 5, 2021 MT SB 15 Requires Election Officials Provide Accessible Locations for Disabled Voters During Elections Conducted by Mail Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 9)
Feb. 5, 2021 MT HB 176 Rescinds Election Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (64 - 34)
Jan. 31, 2019 MT HB 245 Increases Ballot Initiative Signature Collection Requirements Bill Passed - House (60 - 39)
April 21, 2017 MT SB 368 Increases the Individual Limit for Campaign Contributions Bill Passed - House (54 - 46)
April 15, 2015 MT SB 289 Requires Certain Political Groups to Disclose Expenditures Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 20)
March 28, 2015 MT SB 289 Requires Certain Political Groups to Disclose Expenditures Bill Passed - House (51 - 48)
Feb. 26, 2015 MT SB 289 Requires Certain Political Groups to Disclose Expenditures Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
April 19, 2013 MT SB 408 Limits General Election Candidates to Top 2 From Primary Election Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
April 19, 2013 MT SB 405 Repeals Same-Day Voter Registration Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
April 17, 2013 MT SB 405 Repeals Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (58 - 42)
April 17, 2013 MT SB 408 Limits General Election Candidates to Top 2 From Primary Election Bill Passed - House (57 - 43)
April 8, 2013 MT HB 30 Prohibits Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
April 4, 2013 MT HB 217 Exempts Religious Organizations from Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - House (58 - 41)
March 28, 2013 MT HB 217 Exempts Religious Organizations from Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
Feb. 26, 2013 MT HB 229 Amends Campaign Finance Limits Bill Passed - House (58 - 40)
Feb. 21, 2013 MT HB 254 Requires Disclaimers on Elections Materials Bill Passed - House (76 - 23)
Feb. 1, 2013 MT HB 30 Prohibits Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
March 3, 2011 MT HB 521 Referendum to Revise Judicial Election Laws Bill Failed - House (45 - 54)
Feb. 18, 2011 MT SB 268 Election of Supreme Court Justices by District Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 20)
Feb. 4, 2011 MT HB 180 Revise Close of Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (67 - 33)
Jan. 28, 2011 MT HB 130 Expansion of Elections that Can Be Conducted By Mail Bill Failed - House (42 - 57)
Feb. 20, 2009 MT SB 394 Expanding Mail Ballot Elections Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 17)
Feb. 10, 2009 MT SB 243 Majority Vote Requirement for General Elections Bill Failed - Senate (23 - 27)
Feb. 6, 2009 MT SB 187 Limitations on Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 23)
Feb. 2, 2009 MT SB 81 Board of Public Education Elections Bill Failed - Senate (21 - 29)
Feb. 2, 2009 MT SB 80 Board of Regents Elections Bill Failed - Senate (20 - 30)
Jan. 29, 2009 MT HB 147 Revising Campaign Expenditure Reporting Requirements Bill Passed - House (63 - 36)
Feb. 8, 2007 MT SB 290 Presidential Election by Popular Vote Bill Failed - Senate (20 - 30)
Date No. Title Outcome
4/27 HB 506 Amends Absentee Ballot Eligibility Requirements Conference Report Adopted - Senate (30 - 20)
4/27 HB 506 Amends Absentee Ballot Eligibility Requirements Conference Report Adopted - House (64 - 34)
4/27 HB 651 Requires Ballot Initiatives Include a Warning Label on the Impact to Local Business Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 33)
4/27 HB 530 Establishes Restrictions on Providing Assistance in Returning a Voter's Mail Ballot Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 34)
4/26 HB 530 Establishes Restrictions on Providing Assistance in Returning a Voter's Mail Ballot Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 19)
4/22 HB 651 Requires Ballot Initiatives Include a Warning Label on the Impact to Local Business Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
4/12 SB 350 Amends the Election Law Regarding Minor Parties Bill Passed - House (67 - 33)
3/31 SB 196 Authorizes Voting Precincts with Less than 400 In-Person Voters to Open at Noon Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
3/31 SB 169 Prohibits Same-Day Voter Registration Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
3/26 SB 169 Prohibits Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (65 - 33)
3/26 SB 196 Authorizes Voting Precincts with Less than 400 In-Person Voters to Open at Noon Bill Passed - House (67 - 31)
3/19 HB 385 Increases the Number of Electors Needed to Sign a Constitutional Initiative Bill Passed - House (66 - 33)
3/18 SB 170 Requires Yearly Maintenance on Voter Lists to Remove Inactive Voters Bill Passed - House (68 - 32)
3/16 SB 93 Requires At Least One Poll Watcher from Each Political Party at Ballot Drop Box Locations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (75 - 23)
3/02 SB 319 Establishes Joint Fundraising Committees to Solicit Large Campaign Donations Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
3/01 SB 351 Authorizes County Election Administrators to Test Vote Tabulation Machines Before Automatic Tabulation Begins Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
3/01 SB 350 Amends the Election Law Regarding Minor Parties Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
2/25 HB 429 Rescinds Gubernatorial Power to Suspend Election Laws During Emergencies Bill Passed - House (71 - 27)
2/19 HB 325 Authorizes the Election of Supreme Court Justices by District Bill Passed - House (63 - 36)
2/12 SB 170 Requires Yearly Maintenance on Voter Lists to Remove Inactive Voters Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
2/05 SB 15 Requires Election Officials Provide Accessible Locations for Disabled Voters During Elections Conducted by Mail Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 9)
2/05 HB 176 Rescinds Election Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (64 - 34)
1/31 HB 245 Increases Ballot Initiative Signature Collection Requirements Bill Passed - House (60 - 39)
4/21 SB 368 Increases the Individual Limit for Campaign Contributions Bill Passed - House (54 - 46)
4/15 SB 289 Requires Certain Political Groups to Disclose Expenditures Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 20)
3/28 SB 289 Requires Certain Political Groups to Disclose Expenditures Bill Passed - House (51 - 48)
2/26 SB 289 Requires Certain Political Groups to Disclose Expenditures Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
4/19 SB 408 Limits General Election Candidates to Top 2 From Primary Election Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
4/19 SB 405 Repeals Same-Day Voter Registration Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
4/17 SB 405 Repeals Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (58 - 42)
4/17 SB 408 Limits General Election Candidates to Top 2 From Primary Election Bill Passed - House (57 - 43)
4/08 HB 30 Prohibits Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
4/04 HB 217 Exempts Religious Organizations from Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - House (58 - 41)
3/28 HB 217 Exempts Religious Organizations from Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
2/26 HB 229 Amends Campaign Finance Limits Bill Passed - House (58 - 40)
2/21 HB 254 Requires Disclaimers on Elections Materials Bill Passed - House (76 - 23)
2/01 HB 30 Prohibits Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
3/03 HB 521 Referendum to Revise Judicial Election Laws Bill Failed - House (45 - 54)
2/18 SB 268 Election of Supreme Court Justices by District Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 20)
2/04 HB 180 Revise Close of Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (67 - 33)
1/28 HB 130 Expansion of Elections that Can Be Conducted By Mail Bill Failed - House (42 - 57)
2/20 SB 394 Expanding Mail Ballot Elections Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 17)
2/10 SB 243 Majority Vote Requirement for General Elections Bill Failed - Senate (23 - 27)
2/06 SB 187 Limitations on Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 23)
2/02 SB 81 Board of Public Education Elections Bill Failed - Senate (21 - 29)
2/02 SB 80 Board of Regents Elections Bill Failed - Senate (20 - 30)
1/29 HB 147 Revising Campaign Expenditure Reporting Requirements Bill Passed - House (63 - 36)
2/08 SB 290 Presidential Election by Popular Vote Bill Failed - Senate (20 - 30)

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