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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 29, 2021 NE LB 451 Prohibits the Process Known as Hair Discrimination Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 4)
April 29, 2021 NE LB 320 Establishes District and County Courts Have Jurisdiction Over Complaints of Forcible Entry Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 3)
April 7, 2021 NE LB 17 Increases Court Fees to Pay for Judges' Retirement Plans Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 5)
March 22, 2021 NE LB 100 Extends Insurance Coverage and Medicaid Access to Prescribed Contraceptives Amendment Adopted - Senate (25 - 11)
March 11, 2021 NE LB 44 Amends Criteria for the Adoption of an Affordable Housing Action Plan Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 5)

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