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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
June 3, 2021 NH SB 61 Prohibits Collective Bargaining Agreements that Require Employees to Join a Labor Union "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Not Adopted - House (175 - 199)
June 3, 2021 NH SB 141 Rescinds the State Police "Gun Line" "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (197 - 180)
May 13, 2021 NH HB 388 Authorizes School Transfers Due to Educational Hardship "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (14 - 10)
May 6, 2021 NH HB 183 Prohibits Municipalities from Requiring a License for a Soft Drink Stand "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (13 - 10)
April 9, 2021 NH HB 183 Prohibits Municipalities from Requiring a License for a Soft Drink Stand "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (211 - 163)
April 9, 2021 NH HB 566 Requires Minutes of Meetings in Nonpublic Sessions to be Made Available Unless it Would Damage the Reputation of the Body "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (201 - 178)
April 9, 2021 NH CACR 9 Prohibits Municipalities from Raising Property Taxes "Ought to Pass" Report Not Adopted - House (164 - 208)
April 9, 2021 NH HB 111 Repeals Qualified Immunity for Law Enforcement Officers "Ought to Pass" Report Not Adopted - House (178 - 184)
April 9, 2021 NH HB 439 Limits the Authority of City Councils Bill Failed - House (185 - 192)
April 9, 2021 NH HB 542 Authorizes Places of Worship to Stay Open During States of Emergency Bill Passed - House (199 - 173)
April 8, 2021 NH HB 523 Requires Those who Register to Vote and Don't Have Identification to be Photographed "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (197 - 172)
April 8, 2021 NH HB 388 Authorizes School Transfers Due to Educational Hardship "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (199 - 175)
April 8, 2021 NH HB 285 Limits the Process of Verifying Local Voter Checklists by the Secretary of State "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (199 - 172)
April 8, 2021 NH HB 69 Authorizes the Display of the National Motto "In God We Trust" on School Property "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (204 - 169)
April 8, 2021 NH HB 319 Requires College Students Pass the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (188 - 187)
April 8, 2021 NH HB 292 Requires Voters Verify Their Identity in Order to Receive an Absentee Ballot Bill Passed - House (198 - 174)
April 8, 2021 NH HB 98 Establishes a New Date for the State Primary Bill Passed - House (195 - 174)
April 8, 2021 NH CACR 3 Authorizes Public Funds to be Used for Private Religious Schools Amendment Rejected - House (197 - 175)
April 7, 2021 NH HB 2 Appropriates Funds as Part of a Budget Trailer Bill "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (200 - 181)
April 7, 2021 NH HB 195 Exempts Display of a Firearm from the Definition of "Reckless Conduct" "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (198 - 169)
April 7, 2021 NH HB 307 Establishes Pre-Emptive Measures Against Second Amendment Violations Bill Passed - House (191 - 162)
April 7, 2021 NH CACR 8 Prohibits Restrictions on the Right to Own, Carry, or Use Firearms Amendment Rejected - House (201 - 174)
April 1, 2021 NH SB 141 Rescinds the State Police "Gun Line" "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (14 - 10)
April 1, 2021 NH SB 137 Increases the Minimum Wage for Workers that Rely on Tips "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (14 - 10)
March 25, 2021 NH SB 60 Establishes Penalties for Having an Open Marijuana Container in a Vehicle Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 3)
March 25, 2021 NH SB 114 Requires Law Enforcement Training on Multiple Topics Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 0)
March 18, 2021 NH SB 155 Authorizes Codifying Provisions Included in Emergency Orders Issued by the Governor "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 1)
March 4, 2021 NH SB 54 Establishes New Requirements for Absentee Voting Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 10)
Feb. 26, 2021 NH HB 242 Defines Adequate Education by Adding More Topics for Schools to Teach "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (198 - 149)
Feb. 26, 2021 NH HB 233 Requires Infants Born Alive Receive Medically Appropriate Care Bill Tabled - House (45 - 184)
Feb. 26, 2021 NH HB 625 Prohibits Abortion After 24 Weeks of Pregnancy Bill Passed - House (191 - 160)
Feb. 25, 2021 NH HB 197 Expands "Stand Your Ground" Laws "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (206 - 144)
Feb. 11, 2021 NH SB 61 Prohibits Collective Bargaining Agreements that Require Employees to Join a Labor Union "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (13 - 11)
Date No. Title Outcome
6/03 SB 61 Prohibits Collective Bargaining Agreements that Require Employees to Join a Labor Union "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Not Adopted - House (175 - 199)
6/03 SB 141 Rescinds the State Police "Gun Line" "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (197 - 180)
5/13 HB 388 Authorizes School Transfers Due to Educational Hardship "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (14 - 10)
5/06 HB 183 Prohibits Municipalities from Requiring a License for a Soft Drink Stand "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (13 - 10)
4/09 HB 183 Prohibits Municipalities from Requiring a License for a Soft Drink Stand "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (211 - 163)
4/09 HB 566 Requires Minutes of Meetings in Nonpublic Sessions to be Made Available Unless it Would Damage the Reputation of the Body "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (201 - 178)
4/09 CACR 9 Prohibits Municipalities from Raising Property Taxes "Ought to Pass" Report Not Adopted - House (164 - 208)
4/09 HB 111 Repeals Qualified Immunity for Law Enforcement Officers "Ought to Pass" Report Not Adopted - House (178 - 184)
4/09 HB 439 Limits the Authority of City Councils Bill Failed - House (185 - 192)
4/09 HB 542 Authorizes Places of Worship to Stay Open During States of Emergency Bill Passed - House (199 - 173)
4/08 HB 523 Requires Those who Register to Vote and Don't Have Identification to be Photographed "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (197 - 172)
4/08 HB 388 Authorizes School Transfers Due to Educational Hardship "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (199 - 175)
4/08 HB 285 Limits the Process of Verifying Local Voter Checklists by the Secretary of State "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (199 - 172)
4/08 HB 69 Authorizes the Display of the National Motto "In God We Trust" on School Property "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (204 - 169)
4/08 HB 319 Requires College Students Pass the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (188 - 187)
4/08 HB 292 Requires Voters Verify Their Identity in Order to Receive an Absentee Ballot Bill Passed - House (198 - 174)
4/08 HB 98 Establishes a New Date for the State Primary Bill Passed - House (195 - 174)
4/08 CACR 3 Authorizes Public Funds to be Used for Private Religious Schools Amendment Rejected - House (197 - 175)
4/07 HB 2 Appropriates Funds as Part of a Budget Trailer Bill "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (200 - 181)
4/07 HB 195 Exempts Display of a Firearm from the Definition of "Reckless Conduct" "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (198 - 169)
4/07 HB 307 Establishes Pre-Emptive Measures Against Second Amendment Violations Bill Passed - House (191 - 162)
4/07 CACR 8 Prohibits Restrictions on the Right to Own, Carry, or Use Firearms Amendment Rejected - House (201 - 174)
4/01 SB 141 Rescinds the State Police "Gun Line" "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (14 - 10)
4/01 SB 137 Increases the Minimum Wage for Workers that Rely on Tips "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (14 - 10)
3/25 SB 60 Establishes Penalties for Having an Open Marijuana Container in a Vehicle Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 3)
3/25 SB 114 Requires Law Enforcement Training on Multiple Topics Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 0)
3/18 SB 155 Authorizes Codifying Provisions Included in Emergency Orders Issued by the Governor "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 1)
3/04 SB 54 Establishes New Requirements for Absentee Voting Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 10)
2/26 HB 242 Defines Adequate Education by Adding More Topics for Schools to Teach "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (198 - 149)
2/26 HB 233 Requires Infants Born Alive Receive Medically Appropriate Care Bill Tabled - House (45 - 184)
2/26 HB 625 Prohibits Abortion After 24 Weeks of Pregnancy Bill Passed - House (191 - 160)
2/25 HB 197 Expands "Stand Your Ground" Laws "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (206 - 144)
2/11 SB 61 Prohibits Collective Bargaining Agreements that Require Employees to Join a Labor Union "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (13 - 11)

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