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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
Aug. 13, 2020 NE LB 1089 Requires Filling out a FAFSA Form to Graduate Highschool Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 12)
Aug. 13, 2020 NE LB 238 Requires Witnesses of Executions to Watch the Entire Proceeding Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 10)
Aug. 13, 2020 NE LB 515 Authorizes Suspended or Expelled Students to Complete Their Coursework Out of School Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
Aug. 13, 2020 NE LB 1107 Amends Various Business and Property Tax Credits and Incentives Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 4)
Aug. 11, 2020 NE LB 814 Prohibits Second Trimester Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 8)
Aug. 11, 2020 NE LB 424 Amends the Nebraska Municipal Land Bank Act Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 12)
Aug. 11, 2020 NE LB 1060 Prohibits Racial Discrimination in the Workplace Based on Certain Hair Textures and Styles Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 12)
March 25, 2020 NE LB 1198 Appropriates Emergency Funds for COVID-19 Response Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 0)
Feb. 11, 2020 NE LB 329 Amends Eligibility Provisions for Transitional Childcare Assistance Subsidies Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
Date No. Title Outcome
8/13 LB 1089 Requires Filling out a FAFSA Form to Graduate Highschool Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 12)
8/13 LB 238 Requires Witnesses of Executions to Watch the Entire Proceeding Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 10)
8/13 LB 515 Authorizes Suspended or Expelled Students to Complete Their Coursework Out of School Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
8/13 LB 1107 Amends Various Business and Property Tax Credits and Incentives Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 4)
8/11 LB 814 Prohibits Second Trimester Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 8)
8/11 LB 424 Amends the Nebraska Municipal Land Bank Act Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 12)
8/11 LB 1060 Prohibits Racial Discrimination in the Workplace Based on Certain Hair Textures and Styles Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 12)
3/25 LB 1198 Appropriates Emergency Funds for COVID-19 Response Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 0)
2/11 LB 329 Amends Eligibility Provisions for Transitional Childcare Assistance Subsidies Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7)

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