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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 20, 2021 ND SB 2271 Establishes a Statement of Legislative Intent Regarding Presidential Elections Conference Report Adopted - House (80 - 12)
April 20, 2021 ND SB 2271 Establishes a Statement of Legislative Intent Regarding Presidential Elections Conference Report Adopted - Senate (39 - 8)
April 15, 2021 ND SCR 4016 Alleges Opposition to Implementation of COVID-19 Passports Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (34 - 13)
April 12, 2021 ND HB 1323 Repeals Future Mask Mandates Concurrence Vote Passed - House (67 - 24)
April 8, 2021 ND HB 1498 Expands "Stand Your Ground" Laws Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 10)
April 7, 2021 ND HB 1323 Repeals Future Mask Mandates Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
April 6, 2021 ND SB 2304 Requires Schools Teach Indigenous History Bill Passed - House (72 - 21)
March 29, 2021 ND SB 2142 Authorizes the Opening of Absentee Ballots to Check Signatures Bill Passed - House (84 - 9)
March 22, 2021 ND HB 1378 Authorizes the State Assembly to Vote in December Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 6)
March 12, 2021 ND HCR 3047 Alleges Congress Should Not Adopt HR 1 Bill Passed - House (79 - 13)
March 8, 2021 ND HB 1256 Prohibits Accepting Grants or Donations from Private Persons for Election Matters Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 22)
Feb. 24, 2021 ND HB 1013 Appropriates Funds for K-12 Education Bill Passed - House (75 - 18)
Feb. 24, 2021 ND HB 1375 Appropriates 5 Million Dollars in Scholarships for High School Students Bill Passed - House (48 - 45)
Feb. 23, 2021 ND HB 1378 Authorizes the State Assembly to Vote in December Bill Passed - House (57 - 36)
Feb. 23, 2021 ND HB 1420 Authorizes the Legalization of Cannabis Bill Passed - House (56 - 38)
Feb. 22, 2021 ND HB 1323 Repeals Future Mask Mandates Bill Passed - House (50 - 44)
Feb. 18, 2021 ND HB 1287 Establishes Harsher Punishments for Drug Dealers Bill Passed - House (77 - 16)
Feb. 17, 2021 ND HB 1272 Prohibits the Distribution of all Guns, Accessories, and Ammunition Made in North Dakota Outside the State Bill Passed - House (69 - 23)
Feb. 11, 2021 ND HB 1298 Requires Transgender Athletes to Play Sports on Teams Made for Their Biological Sex Bill Passed - House (65 - 26)
Feb. 9, 2021 ND SB 2211 Authorizes the Use of Artificial Light While Hunting Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 19)
Feb. 8, 2021 ND HB 1256 Prohibits Accepting Grants or Donations from Private Persons for Election Matters Bill Passed - House (78 - 13)
Feb. 8, 2021 ND HB 1373 Reduces the Early Voting Window Bill Passed - House (78 - 13)
Feb. 3, 2021 ND SB 2308 Authorizes Public Schools to Display the 10 Commandments in Classrooms Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 13)
Jan. 25, 2021 ND SB 2172 Authorizes 75 Year Olds to Register Twice for the Moose Hunting State Lottery Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
Jan. 18, 2021 ND SB 2144 Amends Hunting Laws Related to Trespassing Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 2)
Date No. Title Outcome
4/20 SB 2271 Establishes a Statement of Legislative Intent Regarding Presidential Elections Conference Report Adopted - House (80 - 12)
4/20 SB 2271 Establishes a Statement of Legislative Intent Regarding Presidential Elections Conference Report Adopted - Senate (39 - 8)
4/15 SCR 4016 Alleges Opposition to Implementation of COVID-19 Passports Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (34 - 13)
4/12 HB 1323 Repeals Future Mask Mandates Concurrence Vote Passed - House (67 - 24)
4/08 HB 1498 Expands "Stand Your Ground" Laws Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 10)
4/07 HB 1323 Repeals Future Mask Mandates Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
4/06 SB 2304 Requires Schools Teach Indigenous History Bill Passed - House (72 - 21)
3/29 SB 2142 Authorizes the Opening of Absentee Ballots to Check Signatures Bill Passed - House (84 - 9)
3/22 HB 1378 Authorizes the State Assembly to Vote in December Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 6)
3/12 HCR 3047 Alleges Congress Should Not Adopt HR 1 Bill Passed - House (79 - 13)
3/08 HB 1256 Prohibits Accepting Grants or Donations from Private Persons for Election Matters Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 22)
2/24 HB 1013 Appropriates Funds for K-12 Education Bill Passed - House (75 - 18)
2/24 HB 1375 Appropriates 5 Million Dollars in Scholarships for High School Students Bill Passed - House (48 - 45)
2/23 HB 1378 Authorizes the State Assembly to Vote in December Bill Passed - House (57 - 36)
2/23 HB 1420 Authorizes the Legalization of Cannabis Bill Passed - House (56 - 38)
2/22 HB 1323 Repeals Future Mask Mandates Bill Passed - House (50 - 44)
2/18 HB 1287 Establishes Harsher Punishments for Drug Dealers Bill Passed - House (77 - 16)
2/17 HB 1272 Prohibits the Distribution of all Guns, Accessories, and Ammunition Made in North Dakota Outside the State Bill Passed - House (69 - 23)
2/11 HB 1298 Requires Transgender Athletes to Play Sports on Teams Made for Their Biological Sex Bill Passed - House (65 - 26)
2/09 SB 2211 Authorizes the Use of Artificial Light While Hunting Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 19)
2/08 HB 1256 Prohibits Accepting Grants or Donations from Private Persons for Election Matters Bill Passed - House (78 - 13)
2/08 HB 1373 Reduces the Early Voting Window Bill Passed - House (78 - 13)
2/03 SB 2308 Authorizes Public Schools to Display the 10 Commandments in Classrooms Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 13)
1/25 SB 2172 Authorizes 75 Year Olds to Register Twice for the Moose Hunting State Lottery Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
1/18 SB 2144 Amends Hunting Laws Related to Trespassing Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 2)

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