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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
Nov. 18, 2021 NC SB 326 Requires State Election Officials to Stop Collecting Mail-In Ballots After Election Day Bill Passed - House (62 - 48)
Nov. 18, 2021 NC SB 725 Prohibits County Boards of Elections from Accepting Private Donations to Administer Election Services Bill Passed - House (63 - 48)
Nov. 18, 2021 NC HB 259 Requires that All Voting Machines Purchased in the Future be Manufactured in the U.S Bill Passed - House (61 - 48)
Nov. 17, 2021 NC HB 91 Amends High School Athlete Regulations Conference Report Adopted - House (71 - 43)
Nov. 4, 2021 NC SB 740 Amends Congressional Districts Bill Passed - House (65 - 49)
Nov. 4, 2021 NC HB 976 Amends State Congressional Districts Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 21)
Nov. 2, 2021 NC SB 740 Amends Congressional Districts Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
Nov. 2, 2021 NC HB 976 Amends State Congressional Districts Bill Passed - House (67 - 49)
Oct. 7, 2021 NC HB 761 Establishes Police Vehicle and Equipment Protection Act Bill Passed - House (97 - 14)
Oct. 6, 2021 NC HB 761 Establishes Police Vehicle and Equipment Protection Act Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 5)
Sept. 15, 2021 NC SB 360 Prohibits Any State Agency from Settling Certain Lawsuits Without the Approval of the General Assembly Bill Passed - House (58 - 47)
Sept. 8, 2021 NC HB 91 Amends High School Athlete Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 14)
Sept. 1, 2021 NC HB 324 Prohibits the Teaching of Certain Topics Related to Racism, Civics, and American History Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 41)
Aug. 26, 2021 NC HB 324 Prohibits the Teaching of Certain Topics Related to Racism, Civics, and American History Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 17)
Aug. 25, 2021 NC HB 805 Increases Penalties for People Engaged in "Riots" Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 19)
Aug. 18, 2021 NC HB 398 Repeals Previous State Handgun Buying Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
Aug. 12, 2021 NC SB 105 Appropriates Funds for the State Budget Bill Passed - House (72 - 41)
July 15, 2021 NC HB 951 Reduces Reliance on Coal-Burning Plants as Part of the State's Energy Policy Bill Passed - House (57 - 49)
June 25, 2021 NC SB 105 Appropriates Funds for the State Budget Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
June 23, 2021 NC SB 116 Establishes the North Carolina Back to Work Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 22)
June 23, 2021 NC SB 173 Repeals the Mask Mandate for Public Schools Bill Passed - House (66 - 44)
June 16, 2021 NC SB 725 Prohibits County Boards of Elections from Accepting Private Donations to Administer Election Services Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
June 16, 2021 NC SB 326 Requires State Election Officials to Stop Collecting Mail-In Ballots After Election Day Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
June 15, 2021 NC HB 642 Prohibits Organ Transplant Discrimination on the Basis of Down Syndrome Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
June 14, 2021 NC SB 722 Amends the Date of Local Elections Due to Delay of Release of Redistricting Data Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 14)
June 10, 2021 NC HB 334 Reduces Corporate Income Tax Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 13)
June 10, 2021 NC HB 453 Prohibits Abortions Based on Race, Sex, or Suspected Disability Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
June 3, 2021 NC SB 116 Establishes the North Carolina Back to Work Act Bill Passed - House (71 - 36)
June 1, 2021 NC HB 128 Establishes a $1,500 Bonus for Unemployed Individuals that Accept Reemployment Within 30 Days Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 10)
May 12, 2021 NC HB 729 Amends the State's Charter School Law Bill Passed - House (63 - 52)
May 11, 2021 NC SB 405 Establishes Protections for "Infants Born Alive" Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
May 10, 2021 NC HB 805 Increases Penalties for People Engaged in "Riots" Bill Passed - House (88 - 25)
May 6, 2021 NC HB 692 Prohibits the Use of Suspension Modifications in Motor Vehicles Bill Passed - House (107 - 5)
May 6, 2021 NC HB 453 Prohibits Abortions Based on Race, Sex, or Suspected Disability Bill Passed - House (67 - 42)
May 5, 2021 NC HB 398 Repeals Previous State Handgun Buying Requirements Bill Passed - House (69 - 48)
May 5, 2021 NC HB 755 Requires Schools to Provide Information on Instructional Materials and Activities Online Bill Passed - House (66 - 50)
April 28, 2021 NC SB 115 Authorizes Outdoor College Football Stadiums to Open to 100% Capacity Bill Passed - House (77 - 42)
April 28, 2021 NC HB 616 Amends Laws to Allow Easier Replication of Successful Charter Schools Bill Passed - House (86 - 30)
April 27, 2021 NC SB 360 Prohibits Any State Agency from Settling Certain Lawsuits Without the Approval of the General Assembly Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
April 19, 2021 NC HB 243 Authorizes the University of North Carolina System to Cut Salaries and Layoff Employees Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 18)
April 13, 2021 NC HB 32 Expands the State's Private School Voucher Program Bill Passed - House (69 - 49)
March 31, 2021 NC HB 264 Requires Legislative Approval of All Governor Statewide Emergency Declarations Beyond 30 Days Bill Passed - House (69 - 50)
March 17, 2021 NC HB 172 Establishes Term Limits For Congressional Positions Bill Passed - House (61 - 52)
March 11, 2021 NC HB 134 Authorizes Possession of Firearms on School Grounds Bill Passed - House (72 - 44)
March 11, 2021 NC SB 101 Requires Local Sheriffs Cooperate with ICE Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
March 4, 2021 NC HB 196 Appropriates $17 Billion for COVID-19 Relief Concurrence Vote Passed - House (117 - 0)
March 3, 2021 NC HB 128 Establishes a $1,500 Bonus for Unemployed Individuals that Accept Reemployment Within 30 Days Bill Passed - House (77 - 42)
March 1, 2021 NC SB 37 Requires in Person Learning for K-12 Schools Veto Override Failed - Senate (29 - 20)
March 1, 2021 NC SB 43 Establishes Churches With Schools Have the Right to Bear Arms Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
March 1, 2021 NC SB 116 Establishes the North Carolina Back to Work Act Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 15)
Feb. 11, 2021 NC SB 37 Requires in Person Learning for K-12 Schools Bill Passed - House (74 - 44)
Feb. 9, 2021 NC SB 37 Requires in Person Learning for K-12 Schools Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 15)
Date No. Title Outcome
11/18 SB 326 Requires State Election Officials to Stop Collecting Mail-In Ballots After Election Day Bill Passed - House (62 - 48)
11/18 SB 725 Prohibits County Boards of Elections from Accepting Private Donations to Administer Election Services Bill Passed - House (63 - 48)
11/18 HB 259 Requires that All Voting Machines Purchased in the Future be Manufactured in the U.S Bill Passed - House (61 - 48)
11/17 HB 91 Amends High School Athlete Regulations Conference Report Adopted - House (71 - 43)
11/04 SB 740 Amends Congressional Districts Bill Passed - House (65 - 49)
11/04 HB 976 Amends State Congressional Districts Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 21)
11/02 SB 740 Amends Congressional Districts Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
11/02 HB 976 Amends State Congressional Districts Bill Passed - House (67 - 49)
10/07 HB 761 Establishes Police Vehicle and Equipment Protection Act Bill Passed - House (97 - 14)
10/06 HB 761 Establishes Police Vehicle and Equipment Protection Act Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 5)
9/15 SB 360 Prohibits Any State Agency from Settling Certain Lawsuits Without the Approval of the General Assembly Bill Passed - House (58 - 47)
9/08 HB 91 Amends High School Athlete Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 14)
9/01 HB 324 Prohibits the Teaching of Certain Topics Related to Racism, Civics, and American History Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 41)
8/26 HB 324 Prohibits the Teaching of Certain Topics Related to Racism, Civics, and American History Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 17)
8/25 HB 805 Increases Penalties for People Engaged in "Riots" Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 19)
8/18 HB 398 Repeals Previous State Handgun Buying Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
8/12 SB 105 Appropriates Funds for the State Budget Bill Passed - House (72 - 41)
7/15 HB 951 Reduces Reliance on Coal-Burning Plants as Part of the State's Energy Policy Bill Passed - House (57 - 49)
6/25 SB 105 Appropriates Funds for the State Budget Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
6/23 SB 116 Establishes the North Carolina Back to Work Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 22)
6/23 SB 173 Repeals the Mask Mandate for Public Schools Bill Passed - House (66 - 44)
6/16 SB 725 Prohibits County Boards of Elections from Accepting Private Donations to Administer Election Services Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
6/16 SB 326 Requires State Election Officials to Stop Collecting Mail-In Ballots After Election Day Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
6/15 HB 642 Prohibits Organ Transplant Discrimination on the Basis of Down Syndrome Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
6/14 SB 722 Amends the Date of Local Elections Due to Delay of Release of Redistricting Data Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 14)
6/10 HB 334 Reduces Corporate Income Tax Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 13)
6/10 HB 453 Prohibits Abortions Based on Race, Sex, or Suspected Disability Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
6/03 SB 116 Establishes the North Carolina Back to Work Act Bill Passed - House (71 - 36)
6/01 HB 128 Establishes a $1,500 Bonus for Unemployed Individuals that Accept Reemployment Within 30 Days Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 10)
5/12 HB 729 Amends the State's Charter School Law Bill Passed - House (63 - 52)
5/11 SB 405 Establishes Protections for "Infants Born Alive" Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
5/10 HB 805 Increases Penalties for People Engaged in "Riots" Bill Passed - House (88 - 25)
5/06 HB 692 Prohibits the Use of Suspension Modifications in Motor Vehicles Bill Passed - House (107 - 5)
5/06 HB 453 Prohibits Abortions Based on Race, Sex, or Suspected Disability Bill Passed - House (67 - 42)
5/05 HB 398 Repeals Previous State Handgun Buying Requirements Bill Passed - House (69 - 48)
5/05 HB 755 Requires Schools to Provide Information on Instructional Materials and Activities Online Bill Passed - House (66 - 50)
4/28 SB 115 Authorizes Outdoor College Football Stadiums to Open to 100% Capacity Bill Passed - House (77 - 42)
4/28 HB 616 Amends Laws to Allow Easier Replication of Successful Charter Schools Bill Passed - House (86 - 30)
4/27 SB 360 Prohibits Any State Agency from Settling Certain Lawsuits Without the Approval of the General Assembly Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
4/19 HB 243 Authorizes the University of North Carolina System to Cut Salaries and Layoff Employees Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 18)
4/13 HB 32 Expands the State's Private School Voucher Program Bill Passed - House (69 - 49)
3/31 HB 264 Requires Legislative Approval of All Governor Statewide Emergency Declarations Beyond 30 Days Bill Passed - House (69 - 50)
3/17 HB 172 Establishes Term Limits For Congressional Positions Bill Passed - House (61 - 52)
3/11 HB 134 Authorizes Possession of Firearms on School Grounds Bill Passed - House (72 - 44)
3/11 SB 101 Requires Local Sheriffs Cooperate with ICE Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
3/04 HB 196 Appropriates $17 Billion for COVID-19 Relief Concurrence Vote Passed - House (117 - 0)
3/03 HB 128 Establishes a $1,500 Bonus for Unemployed Individuals that Accept Reemployment Within 30 Days Bill Passed - House (77 - 42)
3/01 SB 37 Requires in Person Learning for K-12 Schools Veto Override Failed - Senate (29 - 20)
3/01 SB 43 Establishes Churches With Schools Have the Right to Bear Arms Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
3/01 SB 116 Establishes the North Carolina Back to Work Act Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 15)
2/11 SB 37 Requires in Person Learning for K-12 Schools Bill Passed - House (74 - 44)
2/09 SB 37 Requires in Person Learning for K-12 Schools Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 15)

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