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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:

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
March 25, 2020 NE LB 1198 Appropriates Emergency Funds for COVID-19 Response Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 0)
March 9, 2020 NE LB 1060 Prohibits Racial Discrimination in the Workplace Based on Certain Hair Textures and Styles Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 9)
Feb. 11, 2020 NE LB 329 Amends Eligibility Provisions for Transitional Childcare Assistance Subsidies Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
May 30, 2019 NE LB 209 Requires Abortion Providers Tell Patients About Options to Continue Pregnancy After Taking Mifepristone Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 12)
May 24, 2019 NE LB 149 Increases State Smoking Age Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 0)
May 23, 2019 NE LB 209 Requires Abortion Providers Tell Patients About Options to Continue Pregnancy After Taking Mifepristone Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 9)
May 13, 2019 NE LB 155 Amends Eminent Domain Provisions to Apply to Renewable Energy Generation Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 0)
April 18, 2018 NE LB 496 Amends and Establishes Requirements for Redevelopment Projects Under the Community Development Law Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 8)
April 18, 2018 NE LB 117 Authorizes Terminally Ill Individuals to Access Non-FDA Approved Experimental Drugs Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 15)
April 3, 2018 NE LB 944 Amends State Budget through Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 6)
May 16, 2017 NE LB 289 Authorizes Life Prison Terms for Sex Traffickers and Solicitors Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 0)
May 9, 2017 NE LB 327 Appropriates Funds for Nebraska Government Expenses Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 12)
May 8, 2017 NE LB 259 Authorizes Release Options for Inmates Unable to Pay for Bail Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 3)
May 2, 2017 NE LB 427 Requires Schools to Accommodate Pregnant and Parenting Students Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
April 24, 2017 NE LB 75 Restores Voting Rights Upon Completion of a Felony Sentence Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 13)
April 3, 2017 NE LB 46 Requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to Create a "Choose Life" Specialty License Plate Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 5)
April 20, 2016 NE LB 947 Authorizes Certain Immigrants to Qualify for Professional Licenses Veto Override Passed - Senate (31 - 13)
April 13, 2016 NE LB 824 Amends Renewable Energy Development Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 10)
April 13, 2016 NE LB 580 Establishes Independent Redistricting Commission Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 15)
April 13, 2016 NE LB 947 Authorizes Certain Immigrants to Qualify for Professional Licenses Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 11)
April 5, 2016 NE LB 643 Authorizes Medical Marijuana Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (30 - 15)
April 4, 2016 NE LB 10 Establishes Winner-Take-All Election System Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
March 17, 2016 NE LB 83 Prohibits Wage Discrimination in Small Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13)
Feb. 5, 2016 NE LB 176 Authorizes Meatpackers to Own Swine Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 14)
Jan. 20, 2016 NE LB 18 Requires a Meningitis Immunization Before Entering Seventh Grade Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (29 - 14)
May 27, 2015 NE LB 268 Repeals the Death Penalty Veto Override Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
May 15, 2015 NE LB 599 Establishes Minimum Wage for Minors Bill Failed - Senate (29 - 17)
April 13, 2015 NE LB 610 Increases Gas Tax Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 15)
April 10, 2014 NE LB 690 Establishes the Aging Nebraskans Task Force Veto Override Passed - Senate (30 - 12)
April 10, 2014 NE LB 1092 Authorizes Highway Commission to Issue Bonds Bill Failed - Senate (27 - 16)
April 7, 2014 NE LR 41CA Authorizes Gambling on Past Horse Races Resolution Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
April 7, 2014 NE LB 485 Prohibits Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (26 - 22)
April 3, 2014 NE LB 671 Prohibits the Hunting of Mountain Lions Veto Override Failed - Senate (28 - 21)
April 3, 2014 NE LR 41CA Authorizes Gambling on Past Horse Races Resolution Failed - Senate (28 - 19)
April 2, 2014 NE LB 671 Prohibits the Hunting of Mountain Lions Veto Override Failed - Senate (24 - 21)
March 31, 2014 NE LB 690 Establishes the Aging Nebraskans Task Force Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 11)
March 31, 2014 NE LB 943 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Failed - Senate (20 - 20)
March 24, 2014 NE LB 671 Prohibits the Hunting of Mountain Lions Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 13)
March 19, 2014 NE LB 887 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (27 - 21)
Feb. 11, 2014 NE LB 393 Repeals Motorcycle Helmet Law Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (25 - 22)
Feb. 4, 2014 NE LB 399 Authorizes Crime Prevention Vehicles to Use Amber Lights Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (32 - 12)
April 18, 2012 NE LB 599 Prenatal Care for Undocumented Immigrants Veto Override Passed - Senate (30 - 16)
April 11, 2012 NE LB 1161 Authorizes Land Study in Nebraska for Keystone XL Pipeline Route Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 5)
April 11, 2012 NE LB 599 Prenatal Care for Children of Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 15)
May 26, 2011 NE LB 704 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 11)
May 26, 2011 NE LB 703 Legislative Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 9)
May 23, 2011 NE LB 521 Requires Physician Presence During Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 9)
May 17, 2011 NE LB 421 Park Entry Permit Fees Veto Override Passed - Senate (42 - 5)
May 12, 2011 NE LB 22 Prohibits Insurance Coverage of Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 7)
April 13, 2010 NE LB 999 Temporary Prohibition on New Hospital Licenses Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 6)
April 12, 2010 NE LB 1103 Prohibiting Abortions After 20 Weeks of Pregnancy Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 5)
April 12, 2010 NE LB 594 Abortion Screening Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 9)
April 9, 2010 NE LB 861 Alcohol Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 5)
April 9, 2010 NE LB 780 PTSD Workers' Compensation Benefits for First Responders Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 5)
April 8, 2010 NE LB 842 Repealing Special Prosecutor Requirement for In-Custody Deaths Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 4)
April 6, 2010 NE Amdt 2455 Limiting First Responder PTSD Benefits to 26 Weeks Amendment Rejected - Senate (12 - 30)
April 6, 2010 NE Amdt 2454 Limiting First Responder PTSD Death Benefits to 1 Year Amendment Rejected - Senate (17 - 27)
March 30, 2010 NE LB 1102 Legalizing "Horse Racing Machines" Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (30 - 13)
March 26, 2010 NE LR 284 CA Abolishing Office of State Treasurer Resolution Passed - Senate (38 - 8)
March 25, 2010 NE LB 1105 Death Penalty Cost Study Motion Rejected - Senate (22 - 22)
March 24, 2010 NE LB 952 Water and Natural Gas Infrastructure Replacement and Sewage Program Sales Tax Exemption Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (23 - 22)
May 29, 2009 NE LB 675 Establishes Procedures for Ultrasounds Performed Prior to Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 5)
May 28, 2009 NE LB 36 Requiring Lethal Injection Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 12)
April 17, 2009 NE LB 355 Exempting Cigar Bars from the Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
April 3, 2009 NE LB 260 Wrongful Conviction Compensation Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 9)
Feb. 27, 2009 NE LB 5 Trapping In Rights-of-Way Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
Feb. 20, 2009 NE LB 85 Bond Revenue to Fund Streets and Bridges Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 10)
Nov. 21, 2008 NE LB 1 Establishing an Age Limit on Safe Haven Law Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 5)
Nov. 18, 2008 NE Amdt 4 Establishing an Age Limit on Safe Haven Law Amendment Rejected - Senate (23 - 26)
April 10, 2008 NE LB 1082 Expanding Workers' Compensation Benefits Motion Rejected - Senate (22 - 18)
April 7, 2008 NE LB 959 Gas Tax Veto Override Veto Override Passed - Senate (34 - 15)
April 7, 2008 NE LB 1157 Uniform School Testing Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 15)
April 1, 2008 NE AM 2319 to LB 1174 Farm and Ranch Ownership Requirements Amendment Rejected - Senate (20 - 27)
March 28, 2008 NE LB 959 2007-2009 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 9)
March 25, 2008 NE LB 1063 Abolishing the Death Penalty Motion Rejected - Senate (20 - 28)
Feb. 22, 2008 NE LB 395 Statewide Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 14)
Feb. 14, 2008 NE AM 1736 Eliminating Opt-Out Provision of Smoking Ban Amendment Adopted - Senate (33 - 13)
Feb. 6, 2008 NE LB 39 Restricting Petition Circulation Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 14)
Jan. 15, 2008 NE LB 253 Repealing Motorcycle Helmet Law Bill Failed - Senate (23 - 25)
May 31, 2007 NE LB 653 Standard Academic Testing Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 13)
May 30, 2007 NE LB 551 Sports Arena and Convention Center Funding Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 9)
May 24, 2007 NE LB 641 School Property Tax and Learning Communities Bill Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 14)
May 16, 2007 NE LB 367 Tax Credits and Reductions Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 2)
March 20, 2007 NE LB 476 Elimination of the Death Penalty Bill Failed - Senate (24 - 25)
April 13, 2006 NE LB 239 In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants Veto Override Passed - Senate (30 - 16)
April 13, 2006 NE LB 1024 School Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 16)
April 13, 2006 NE LB 239 In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 18)
April 12, 2006 NE LR 449 Impeachment of C. David Hergert Resolution Passed - Senate (25 - 22)
April 6, 2006 NE AM 3142 Redistricting of Omaha Public Schools Amendment Adopted - Senate (33 - 6)
April 5, 2006 NE LB 1060 2005-2007 Biennium Budget Veto Override Failed - Senate (14 - 24)
April 3, 2006 NE LB 188 Campaign Finance Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 10)
March 30, 2006 NE LB 454 Concealed Handgun Permit Act Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 12)
March 28, 2006 NE LB 1060 2005-2007 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 7)
Date No. Title Outcome
3/25 LB 1198 Appropriates Emergency Funds for COVID-19 Response Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 0)
3/09 LB 1060 Prohibits Racial Discrimination in the Workplace Based on Certain Hair Textures and Styles Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 9)
2/11 LB 329 Amends Eligibility Provisions for Transitional Childcare Assistance Subsidies Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
5/30 LB 209 Requires Abortion Providers Tell Patients About Options to Continue Pregnancy After Taking Mifepristone Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 12)
5/24 LB 149 Increases State Smoking Age Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 0)
5/23 LB 209 Requires Abortion Providers Tell Patients About Options to Continue Pregnancy After Taking Mifepristone Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 9)
5/13 LB 155 Amends Eminent Domain Provisions to Apply to Renewable Energy Generation Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 0)
4/18 LB 496 Amends and Establishes Requirements for Redevelopment Projects Under the Community Development Law Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 8)
4/18 LB 117 Authorizes Terminally Ill Individuals to Access Non-FDA Approved Experimental Drugs Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 15)
4/03 LB 944 Amends State Budget through Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 6)
5/16 LB 289 Authorizes Life Prison Terms for Sex Traffickers and Solicitors Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 0)
5/09 LB 327 Appropriates Funds for Nebraska Government Expenses Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 12)
5/08 LB 259 Authorizes Release Options for Inmates Unable to Pay for Bail Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 3)
5/02 LB 427 Requires Schools to Accommodate Pregnant and Parenting Students Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
4/24 LB 75 Restores Voting Rights Upon Completion of a Felony Sentence Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 13)
4/03 LB 46 Requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to Create a "Choose Life" Specialty License Plate Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 5)
4/20 LB 947 Authorizes Certain Immigrants to Qualify for Professional Licenses Veto Override Passed - Senate (31 - 13)
4/13 LB 824 Amends Renewable Energy Development Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 10)
4/13 LB 580 Establishes Independent Redistricting Commission Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 15)
4/13 LB 947 Authorizes Certain Immigrants to Qualify for Professional Licenses Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 11)
4/05 LB 643 Authorizes Medical Marijuana Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (30 - 15)
4/04 LB 10 Establishes Winner-Take-All Election System Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
3/17 LB 83 Prohibits Wage Discrimination in Small Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13)
2/05 LB 176 Authorizes Meatpackers to Own Swine Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 14)
1/20 LB 18 Requires a Meningitis Immunization Before Entering Seventh Grade Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (29 - 14)
5/27 LB 268 Repeals the Death Penalty Veto Override Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
5/15 LB 599 Establishes Minimum Wage for Minors Bill Failed - Senate (29 - 17)
4/13 LB 610 Increases Gas Tax Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 15)
4/10 LB 690 Establishes the Aging Nebraskans Task Force Veto Override Passed - Senate (30 - 12)
4/10 LB 1092 Authorizes Highway Commission to Issue Bonds Bill Failed - Senate (27 - 16)
4/07 LR 41CA Authorizes Gambling on Past Horse Races Resolution Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
4/07 LB 485 Prohibits Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (26 - 22)
4/03 LB 671 Prohibits the Hunting of Mountain Lions Veto Override Failed - Senate (28 - 21)
4/03 LR 41CA Authorizes Gambling on Past Horse Races Resolution Failed - Senate (28 - 19)
4/02 LB 671 Prohibits the Hunting of Mountain Lions Veto Override Failed - Senate (24 - 21)
3/31 LB 690 Establishes the Aging Nebraskans Task Force Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 11)
3/31 LB 943 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Failed - Senate (20 - 20)
3/24 LB 671 Prohibits the Hunting of Mountain Lions Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 13)
3/19 LB 887 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (27 - 21)
2/11 LB 393 Repeals Motorcycle Helmet Law Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (25 - 22)
2/04 LB 399 Authorizes Crime Prevention Vehicles to Use Amber Lights Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (32 - 12)
4/18 LB 599 Prenatal Care for Undocumented Immigrants Veto Override Passed - Senate (30 - 16)
4/11 LB 1161 Authorizes Land Study in Nebraska for Keystone XL Pipeline Route Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 5)
4/11 LB 599 Prenatal Care for Children of Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 15)
5/26 LB 704 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 11)
5/26 LB 703 Legislative Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 9)
5/23 LB 521 Requires Physician Presence During Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 9)
5/17 LB 421 Park Entry Permit Fees Veto Override Passed - Senate (42 - 5)
5/12 LB 22 Prohibits Insurance Coverage of Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 7)
4/13 LB 999 Temporary Prohibition on New Hospital Licenses Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 6)
4/12 LB 1103 Prohibiting Abortions After 20 Weeks of Pregnancy Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 5)
4/12 LB 594 Abortion Screening Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 9)
4/09 LB 861 Alcohol Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 5)
4/09 LB 780 PTSD Workers' Compensation Benefits for First Responders Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 5)
4/08 LB 842 Repealing Special Prosecutor Requirement for In-Custody Deaths Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 4)
4/06 Amdt 2455 Limiting First Responder PTSD Benefits to 26 Weeks Amendment Rejected - Senate (12 - 30)
4/06 Amdt 2454 Limiting First Responder PTSD Death Benefits to 1 Year Amendment Rejected - Senate (17 - 27)
3/30 LB 1102 Legalizing "Horse Racing Machines" Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (30 - 13)
3/26 LR 284 CA Abolishing Office of State Treasurer Resolution Passed - Senate (38 - 8)
3/25 LB 1105 Death Penalty Cost Study Motion Rejected - Senate (22 - 22)
3/24 LB 952 Water and Natural Gas Infrastructure Replacement and Sewage Program Sales Tax Exemption Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (23 - 22)
5/29 LB 675 Establishes Procedures for Ultrasounds Performed Prior to Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 5)
5/28 LB 36 Requiring Lethal Injection Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 12)
4/17 LB 355 Exempting Cigar Bars from the Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
4/03 LB 260 Wrongful Conviction Compensation Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 9)
2/27 LB 5 Trapping In Rights-of-Way Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
2/20 LB 85 Bond Revenue to Fund Streets and Bridges Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 10)
11/21 LB 1 Establishing an Age Limit on Safe Haven Law Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 5)
11/18 Amdt 4 Establishing an Age Limit on Safe Haven Law Amendment Rejected - Senate (23 - 26)
4/10 LB 1082 Expanding Workers' Compensation Benefits Motion Rejected - Senate (22 - 18)
4/07 LB 959 Gas Tax Veto Override Veto Override Passed - Senate (34 - 15)
4/07 LB 1157 Uniform School Testing Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 15)
4/01 AM 2319 to LB 1174 Farm and Ranch Ownership Requirements Amendment Rejected - Senate (20 - 27)
3/28 LB 959 2007-2009 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 9)
3/25 LB 1063 Abolishing the Death Penalty Motion Rejected - Senate (20 - 28)
2/22 LB 395 Statewide Smoking Ban Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 14)
2/14 AM 1736 Eliminating Opt-Out Provision of Smoking Ban Amendment Adopted - Senate (33 - 13)
2/06 LB 39 Restricting Petition Circulation Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 14)
1/15 LB 253 Repealing Motorcycle Helmet Law Bill Failed - Senate (23 - 25)
5/31 LB 653 Standard Academic Testing Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 13)
5/30 LB 551 Sports Arena and Convention Center Funding Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 9)
5/24 LB 641 School Property Tax and Learning Communities Bill Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 14)
5/16 LB 367 Tax Credits and Reductions Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 2)
3/20 LB 476 Elimination of the Death Penalty Bill Failed - Senate (24 - 25)
4/13 LB 239 In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants Veto Override Passed - Senate (30 - 16)
4/13 LB 1024 School Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 16)
4/13 LB 239 In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 18)
4/12 LR 449 Impeachment of C. David Hergert Resolution Passed - Senate (25 - 22)
4/06 AM 3142 Redistricting of Omaha Public Schools Amendment Adopted - Senate (33 - 6)
4/05 LB 1060 2005-2007 Biennium Budget Veto Override Failed - Senate (14 - 24)
4/03 LB 188 Campaign Finance Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 10)
3/30 LB 454 Concealed Handgun Permit Act Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 12)
3/28 LB 1060 2005-2007 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 7)

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