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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. The summary does not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill. Summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to the project's strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. 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
Dec. 16, 2019 NJ A 5823 Authorizes Automatic Voter Registration for Individuals Released from Prison Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
Dec. 16, 2019 NJ A 4260 Prohibits the Sale of Certain Toy Guns or Imitation Firearms Bill Passed - House (54 - 19)
Nov. 25, 2019 NJ S 761 Establishes Inmate Re-Entry Plans Bill Passed - House (55 - 16)
Nov. 25, 2019 NJ S 2055 Authorizes Student Financial Aid for Incarcerated Persons Bill Passed - House (41 - 27)
Nov. 25, 2019 NJ S 2905 Prohibits Sale of Shark Fins Bill Passed - House (54 - 19)
Nov. 25, 2019 NJ A 1796 Prohibits a "Gay Panic" Legal Defense Bill Passed - House (74 - 0)
Nov. 25, 2019 NJ A 5823 Authorizes Automatic Voter Registration for Individuals Released from Prison Bill Passed - House (48 - 24)
Nov. 25, 2019 NJ A 5816 Reduces the Penalty for Certain Parole Violations Bill Passed - House (47 - 24)
Aug. 27, 2019 NJ S 4069 Amends Absentee Ballot Regulations Bill Passed - House (45 - 14)
Aug. 26, 2019 NJ S 4069 Amends Absentee Ballot Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 10)
June 27, 2019 NJ A 5385 Increases Licensing and Tax Requirements for Vape Businesses Concurrence Vote Passed - House (48 - 23)
June 27, 2019 NJ A 3726 Requires Food Waste Recycling Programs Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
June 27, 2019 NJ A 5385 Increases Licensing and Tax Requirements for Vape Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
June 27, 2019 NJ S 692 Prohibits the Department of Education from Establishing Maximum Salaries for Superintendents Bill Passed - House (48 - 21)
June 25, 2019 NJ S 761 Establishes Inmate Re-Entry Plans Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 11)
June 20, 2019 NJ S 101 Requires Firearm Retailers to Sell Personalized Handguns Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
June 20, 2019 NJ S 824 Requires Ignition interlock Devices for Sentenced Drunk Drivers Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
June 20, 2019 NJ S 3897 Prohibits Persons Convicted of Certain Crimes from Purchasing Guns Bill Passed - House (58 - 10)
June 20, 2019 NJ S 101 Requires Firearm Retailers to Sell Personalized Handguns Bill Passed - House (49 - 23)
June 20, 2019 NJ A 4135 Establishes Procedures for Digital Parking Meters and a Fund for Encouraging Designated Drivers Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
June 20, 2019 NJ S 2020 Appropriates Funds for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Bill Passed - House (53 - 23)
June 20, 2019 NJ A 314 Amends Solitary Confinement Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 4)
June 20, 2019 NJ A 5453 Increases Penalties for Illegal Firearm Transfers Bill Passed - House (59 - 10)
June 20, 2019 NJ A 3696 Amends Firearms Storage Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 18)
June 20, 2019 NJ A 314 Amends Solitary Confinement Procedures Bill Passed - House (49 - 24)
June 20, 2019 NJ A 5455 Amends Ammunition Sale Regulations Bill Passed - House (51 - 18)
June 20, 2019 NJ A 5452 Amends Firearm Identification and Training Requirements Bill Passed - House (45 - 24)
June 7, 2019 NJ S 2144 Amends State Insurance Laws on Fair Conduct Policies Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
May 30, 2019 NJ A 10 Expands the Medical Marijuana Program Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 4)
March 25, 2019 NJ A 1504 Authorizes Medical Aid in Dying Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
March 25, 2019 NJ A 664 Establishes Mediation Program to Reduce Home Foreclosures Bill Passed - House (61 - 19)
March 25, 2019 NJ A 1504 Authorizes Medical Aid in Dying Bill Passed - House (41 - 33)
March 25, 2019 NJ S 1080 Establishes Conditions for Restricted Usage of Suspended or Revoked Driver's Licenses Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 10)
March 14, 2019 NJ S 477 Increases Statutes of Limitation for Sexual Abuse Victims Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 1)
Feb. 26, 2019 NJ S 692 Prohibits the Department of Education from Establishing Maximum Salaries for Superintendents Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 15)
Feb. 21, 2019 NJ S 3381 Authorizes Graduation Proficiency Tests to High School Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 7)
Feb. 21, 2019 NJ S 3039 Prohibits Financial Aid For Students Convicted Of Hazing Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
Feb. 21, 2019 NJ S 119 Requires Certain Candidates To Disclose Income Tax Returns Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11)
Feb. 21, 2019 NJ S 758 Requires Incarcerated Individuals Count in Legislative Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
Jan. 31, 2019 NJ S 1073 Authorizes Local Government Units to Establish Storm Water Utilities Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
Jan. 31, 2019 NJ S 1073 Authorizes Local Government Units to Establish Storm Water Utilities Bill Passed - House (45 - 31)
Jan. 31, 2019 NJ A 15 Increases State Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 16)
Jan. 31, 2019 NJ A 15 Increases State Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour Bill Passed - House (52 - 25)
Jan. 31, 2019 NJ A 4135 Establishes Procedures for Digital Parking Meters and a Fund for Encouraging Designated Drivers Bill Passed - House (55 - 20)
Jan. 31, 2019 NJ S 1784 Expands State Medicaid Program to Include Doula Maternity Care Coverage Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 6)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/16 A 5823 Authorizes Automatic Voter Registration for Individuals Released from Prison Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
12/16 A 4260 Prohibits the Sale of Certain Toy Guns or Imitation Firearms Bill Passed - House (54 - 19)
11/25 S 761 Establishes Inmate Re-Entry Plans Bill Passed - House (55 - 16)
11/25 S 2055 Authorizes Student Financial Aid for Incarcerated Persons Bill Passed - House (41 - 27)
11/25 S 2905 Prohibits Sale of Shark Fins Bill Passed - House (54 - 19)
11/25 A 1796 Prohibits a "Gay Panic" Legal Defense Bill Passed - House (74 - 0)
11/25 A 5823 Authorizes Automatic Voter Registration for Individuals Released from Prison Bill Passed - House (48 - 24)
11/25 A 5816 Reduces the Penalty for Certain Parole Violations Bill Passed - House (47 - 24)
8/27 S 4069 Amends Absentee Ballot Regulations Bill Passed - House (45 - 14)
8/26 S 4069 Amends Absentee Ballot Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 10)
6/27 A 5385 Increases Licensing and Tax Requirements for Vape Businesses Concurrence Vote Passed - House (48 - 23)
6/27 A 3726 Requires Food Waste Recycling Programs Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
6/27 A 5385 Increases Licensing and Tax Requirements for Vape Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
6/27 S 692 Prohibits the Department of Education from Establishing Maximum Salaries for Superintendents Bill Passed - House (48 - 21)
6/25 S 761 Establishes Inmate Re-Entry Plans Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 11)
6/20 S 101 Requires Firearm Retailers to Sell Personalized Handguns Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
6/20 S 824 Requires Ignition interlock Devices for Sentenced Drunk Drivers Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
6/20 S 3897 Prohibits Persons Convicted of Certain Crimes from Purchasing Guns Bill Passed - House (58 - 10)
6/20 S 101 Requires Firearm Retailers to Sell Personalized Handguns Bill Passed - House (49 - 23)
6/20 A 4135 Establishes Procedures for Digital Parking Meters and a Fund for Encouraging Designated Drivers Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
6/20 S 2020 Appropriates Funds for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Bill Passed - House (53 - 23)
6/20 A 314 Amends Solitary Confinement Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 4)
6/20 A 5453 Increases Penalties for Illegal Firearm Transfers Bill Passed - House (59 - 10)
6/20 A 3696 Amends Firearms Storage Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 18)
6/20 A 314 Amends Solitary Confinement Procedures Bill Passed - House (49 - 24)
6/20 A 5455 Amends Ammunition Sale Regulations Bill Passed - House (51 - 18)
6/20 A 5452 Amends Firearm Identification and Training Requirements Bill Passed - House (45 - 24)
6/07 S 2144 Amends State Insurance Laws on Fair Conduct Policies Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
5/30 A 10 Expands the Medical Marijuana Program Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 4)
3/25 A 1504 Authorizes Medical Aid in Dying Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
3/25 A 664 Establishes Mediation Program to Reduce Home Foreclosures Bill Passed - House (61 - 19)
3/25 A 1504 Authorizes Medical Aid in Dying Bill Passed - House (41 - 33)
3/25 S 1080 Establishes Conditions for Restricted Usage of Suspended or Revoked Driver's Licenses Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 10)
3/14 S 477 Increases Statutes of Limitation for Sexual Abuse Victims Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 1)
2/26 S 692 Prohibits the Department of Education from Establishing Maximum Salaries for Superintendents Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 15)
2/21 S 3381 Authorizes Graduation Proficiency Tests to High School Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 7)
2/21 S 3039 Prohibits Financial Aid For Students Convicted Of Hazing Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
2/21 S 119 Requires Certain Candidates To Disclose Income Tax Returns Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11)
2/21 S 758 Requires Incarcerated Individuals Count in Legislative Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
1/31 S 1073 Authorizes Local Government Units to Establish Storm Water Utilities Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
1/31 S 1073 Authorizes Local Government Units to Establish Storm Water Utilities Bill Passed - House (45 - 31)
1/31 A 15 Increases State Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 16)
1/31 A 15 Increases State Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour Bill Passed - House (52 - 25)
1/31 A 4135 Establishes Procedures for Digital Parking Meters and a Fund for Encouraging Designated Drivers Bill Passed - House (55 - 20)
1/31 S 1784 Expands State Medicaid Program to Include Doula Maternity Care Coverage Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 6)

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