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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. The summary does not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill. Summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to the project's strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. 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 16, 2019 MT HB 21 Establishes a Missing Persons Specialist in the Department of Justice Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 13)
Jan. 31, 2019 MT HB 245 Increases Ballot Initiative Signature Collection Requirements Bill Passed - House (60 - 39)
Jan. 31, 2019 MT HB 245 Increases Ballot Initiative Signature Collection Requirements Bill Passed - House (60 - 39)
April 25, 2017 MT SB 366 Establishes Real-ID Compliance Bill Passed - House (83 - 17)
April 21, 2017 MT SB 368 Increases the Individual Limit for Campaign Contributions Bill Passed - House (54 - 46)
March 31, 2017 MT HB 595 Amends State Constitution to Define "Person" Amendment Adopted - House (58 - 41)
March 12, 2015 MT HB 203 Prohibits Enforcement of Certain Federal Gun Restrictions Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
Feb. 9, 2015 MT HB 203 Prohibits Enforcement of Certain Federal Gun Restrictions Bill Passed - House (58 - 42)
April 20, 2013 MT HB 13 Appropriates Funds for State Employee Pay Raises Concurrence Vote Passed - House (67 - 33)
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 408 Limits General Election Candidates to Top 2 From Primary Election Bill Passed - House (57 - 43)
April 17, 2013 MT SB 405 Repeals Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (58 - 42)
April 16, 2013 MT HB 13 Appropriates Funds for State Employee Pay Raises Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 13)
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)
March 13, 2013 MT HB 302 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearms Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
Feb. 26, 2013 MT HB 229 Amends Campaign Finance Limits Bill Passed - House (58 - 40)
Feb. 25, 2013 MT HB 396 Requires County Board Approval for Bison Relocation Bill Passed - House (61 - 37)
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)
April 26, 2011 MT SB 125 Prohibits State from Requiring Individuals to Purchase Health Insurance Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House (68 - 32)
April 13, 2011 MT HB 574 Clarifying Montana Constitution with Regards to Abortion Amendment Rejected - Senate (30 - 20)
April 5, 2011 MT SB 125 Prohibits State from Requiring Individuals to Purchase Health Insurance Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
March 22, 2011 MT HB 574 Clarifying Montana Constitution with Regards to Abortion Amendment Adopted - House (66 - 31)
March 3, 2011 MT HB 521 Referendum to Revise Judicial Election Laws Bill Failed - House (45 - 54)
March 3, 2011 MT HB 521 Referendum to Revise Judicial Election Laws Bill Failed - House (45 - 54)
Feb. 23, 2011 MT HB 381 Criminalizing Enforcement of Certain Federal Firearms Laws Bill Failed - House (38 - 61)
Feb. 23, 2011 MT HB 382 Nullification of Federal Laws Bill Failed - House (42 - 57)
Feb. 23, 2011 MT HB 550 Prohibits Enforcement of Federal Greenhouse Gas Regulatory Program Bill Passed - House (68 - 31)
Feb. 23, 2011 MT HB 516 Limiting Local Ordinances Bill Passed - House (62 - 37)
Feb. 22, 2011 MT SB 254 Eminent Domain Over Federal Property Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 23)
Feb. 21, 2011 MT SB 228 Prohibits Creation of Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
Feb. 19, 2011 MT SB 114 Communication Between Federal Law Enforcement Officers and County Sheriffs Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
Feb. 18, 2011 MT SB 268 Election of Supreme Court Justices by District Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 20)
Feb. 18, 2011 MT SB 268 Election of Supreme Court Justices by District Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 20)
Feb. 16, 2011 MT HB 206 Constitutional Amendment on Freedom to Choose Health Insurance Coverage Amendment Adopted - House (67 - 31)
Feb. 16, 2011 MT HB 206 Constitutional Amendment on Freedom to Choose Health Insurance Coverage Amendment Adopted - House (67 - 31)
Feb. 5, 2011 MT SB 117 Coordination Between Federal and Local Government Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
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)
Jan. 27, 2011 MT SB 106 Lawsuit against Federal Health Care Law Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
Jan. 27, 2011 MT SB 125 Prohibits State from Requiring Individuals to Purchase Health Insurance Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
Jan. 13, 2011 MT HB 1 Funding for Legislative Session Bill Passed - House (67 - 32)
April 28, 2009 MT HB 2 2009-2011 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (27 - 23)
April 28, 2009 MT HB 2 2009-2011 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (56 - 44)
April 14, 2009 MT HB 2 2009-2011 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
March 17, 2009 MT HB 2 2009-2011 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (65 - 35)
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. 6, 2009 MT SB 187 Limitations on Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 23)
Feb. 3, 2009 MT HB 157 Children's Health Insurance Program Appropriations and Amendments Bill Passed - House (60 - 40)
Feb. 2, 2009 MT SB 81 Board of Public Education Elections Bill Failed - Senate (21 - 29)
Feb. 2, 2009 MT SJ 7 Statement of Opposition to Expansion of EPA Jurisdiction (H.R. 2421) Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (32 - 18)
Feb. 2, 2009 MT SJ 7 Statement of Opposition to Expansion of EPA Jurisdiction (H.R. 2421) Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (32 - 18)
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)
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)
Jan. 28, 2009 MT HB 13 State Employee Compensation Amendments Bill Passed - House (62 - 36)
Jan. 28, 2009 MT HB 13 State Employee Compensation Amendments Bill Passed - House (62 - 36)
Jan. 21, 2009 MT SB 31 Revising Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Commission Membership Qualifications Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 20)
May 15, 2007 MT HB 2 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (57 - 37)
May 15, 2007 MT HB 2 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
Feb. 17, 2007 MT HB 204 Revise State Expenditure Limit Bill Passed - House (51 - 49)
Feb. 8, 2007 MT SB 290 Presidential Election by Popular Vote Bill Failed - Senate (20 - 30)
Date No. Title Outcome
4/16 HB 21 Establishes a Missing Persons Specialist in the Department of Justice Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 13)
1/31 HB 245 Increases Ballot Initiative Signature Collection Requirements Bill Passed - House (60 - 39)
1/31 HB 245 Increases Ballot Initiative Signature Collection Requirements Bill Passed - House (60 - 39)
4/25 SB 366 Establishes Real-ID Compliance Bill Passed - House (83 - 17)
4/21 SB 368 Increases the Individual Limit for Campaign Contributions Bill Passed - House (54 - 46)
3/31 HB 595 Amends State Constitution to Define "Person" Amendment Adopted - House (58 - 41)
3/12 HB 203 Prohibits Enforcement of Certain Federal Gun Restrictions Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
2/09 HB 203 Prohibits Enforcement of Certain Federal Gun Restrictions Bill Passed - House (58 - 42)
4/20 HB 13 Appropriates Funds for State Employee Pay Raises Concurrence Vote Passed - House (67 - 33)
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 408 Limits General Election Candidates to Top 2 From Primary Election Bill Passed - House (57 - 43)
4/17 SB 405 Repeals Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (58 - 42)
4/16 HB 13 Appropriates Funds for State Employee Pay Raises Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 13)
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)
3/13 HB 302 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearms Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
2/26 HB 229 Amends Campaign Finance Limits Bill Passed - House (58 - 40)
2/25 HB 396 Requires County Board Approval for Bison Relocation Bill Passed - House (61 - 37)
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)
4/26 SB 125 Prohibits State from Requiring Individuals to Purchase Health Insurance Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House (68 - 32)
4/13 HB 574 Clarifying Montana Constitution with Regards to Abortion Amendment Rejected - Senate (30 - 20)
4/05 SB 125 Prohibits State from Requiring Individuals to Purchase Health Insurance Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
3/22 HB 574 Clarifying Montana Constitution with Regards to Abortion Amendment Adopted - House (66 - 31)
3/03 HB 521 Referendum to Revise Judicial Election Laws Bill Failed - House (45 - 54)
3/03 HB 521 Referendum to Revise Judicial Election Laws Bill Failed - House (45 - 54)
2/23 HB 381 Criminalizing Enforcement of Certain Federal Firearms Laws Bill Failed - House (38 - 61)
2/23 HB 382 Nullification of Federal Laws Bill Failed - House (42 - 57)
2/23 HB 550 Prohibits Enforcement of Federal Greenhouse Gas Regulatory Program Bill Passed - House (68 - 31)
2/23 HB 516 Limiting Local Ordinances Bill Passed - House (62 - 37)
2/22 SB 254 Eminent Domain Over Federal Property Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 23)
2/21 SB 228 Prohibits Creation of Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
2/19 SB 114 Communication Between Federal Law Enforcement Officers and County Sheriffs Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
2/18 SB 268 Election of Supreme Court Justices by District Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 20)
2/18 SB 268 Election of Supreme Court Justices by District Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 20)
2/16 HB 206 Constitutional Amendment on Freedom to Choose Health Insurance Coverage Amendment Adopted - House (67 - 31)
2/16 HB 206 Constitutional Amendment on Freedom to Choose Health Insurance Coverage Amendment Adopted - House (67 - 31)
2/05 SB 117 Coordination Between Federal and Local Government Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
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)
1/27 SB 106 Lawsuit against Federal Health Care Law Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
1/27 SB 125 Prohibits State from Requiring Individuals to Purchase Health Insurance Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
1/13 HB 1 Funding for Legislative Session Bill Passed - House (67 - 32)
4/28 HB 2 2009-2011 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (27 - 23)
4/28 HB 2 2009-2011 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (56 - 44)
4/14 HB 2 2009-2011 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
3/17 HB 2 2009-2011 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (65 - 35)
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)
2/06 SB 187 Limitations on Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 23)
2/03 HB 157 Children's Health Insurance Program Appropriations and Amendments Bill Passed - House (60 - 40)
2/02 SB 81 Board of Public Education Elections Bill Failed - Senate (21 - 29)
2/02 SJ 7 Statement of Opposition to Expansion of EPA Jurisdiction (H.R. 2421) Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (32 - 18)
2/02 SJ 7 Statement of Opposition to Expansion of EPA Jurisdiction (H.R. 2421) Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (32 - 18)
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)
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)
1/28 HB 13 State Employee Compensation Amendments Bill Passed - House (62 - 36)
1/28 HB 13 State Employee Compensation Amendments Bill Passed - House (62 - 36)
1/21 SB 31 Revising Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Commission Membership Qualifications Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 20)
5/15 HB 2 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (57 - 37)
5/15 HB 2 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
2/17 HB 204 Revise State Expenditure Limit Bill Passed - House (51 - 49)
2/08 SB 290 Presidential Election by Popular Vote Bill Failed - Senate (20 - 30)

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