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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
Sept. 24, 2020 NJ S 2519 Authorizes Public Health Emergency Credits for Certain Inmates Bill Passed - House (41 - 34)
Sept. 24, 2020 NJ S 864 Prohibits Single-Use Plastic Bags and Styrofoam Containers Bill Passed - House (47 - 24)
Sept. 24, 2020 NJ A 10 Increases Gross Income Tax Rate for Millionaires Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 14)
Sept. 24, 2020 NJ S 2712 Establishes Minimum Direct Care Staff-to-Resident Ratios in Nursing Homes Bill Passed - House (51 - 26)
Sept. 24, 2020 NJ S 2712 Establishes Minimum Direct Care Staff-to-Resident Ratios in Nursing Homes Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 12)
Sept. 24, 2020 NJ A 10 Increases Gross Income Tax Rate for Millionaires Bill Passed - House (52 - 27)
Aug. 27, 2020 NJ A 4475 Requires Ballot Drop Boxes in Every County of New Jersey Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
Aug. 27, 2020 NJ A 4475 Requires Ballot Drop Boxes in Every County of New Jersey Bill Passed - House (48 - 28)
Aug. 27, 2020 NJ A 4276 Establishes the "Ballot Cure Act" Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
Aug. 27, 2020 NJ A 2370 Establishes Compassionate Release System for Inmates with Terminal Illnesses Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
Aug. 27, 2020 NJ A 4320 Expands Ballot Receipt and Election Deadlines Bill Passed - House (51 - 27)
Aug. 27, 2020 NJ A 4320 Expands Ballot Receipt and Election Deadlines Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
Aug. 27, 2020 NJ S 232 Requires the Evaluation of Environmental and Public Health Stressors Bill Passed - House (49 - 28)
Aug. 27, 2020 NJ A 4476 Establishes a Long-Term Care Emergency Operations Center for Infectious Disease Preparedness Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
Aug. 27, 2020 NJ S 2519 Authorizes Public Health Emergency Credits for Certain Inmates Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
Aug. 27, 2020 NJ A 4482 Establishes Minimum Wage Requirements for Certain Long-Term Care Facility Staff Bill Passed - House (49 - 16)
July 30, 2020 NJ S 2412 Requires Refunds or Credit for Certain Short-Term Rental Reservations During Public Health Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 6)
July 30, 2020 NJ S 19 Establishes Juneteenth Day as a Public Holiday Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (35 - 3)
July 30, 2020 NJ S 971 Authorizes Compensation for College Athletes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 9)
July 30, 2020 NJ S 2380 Requires Employer to Offer Benefits to Essential Workers Unable to Work Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 12)
July 30, 2020 NJ S 2380 Requires Employer to Offer Benefits to Essential Workers Unable to Work Bill Passed - House (42 - 27)
July 30, 2020 NJ S 971 Authorizes Compensation for College Athletes Bill Passed - House (56 - 16)
July 30, 2020 NJ S 855 Requires Counties to Rename "Freeholders" to "County Commissioners" Bill Passed - House (61 - 12)
July 30, 2020 NJ A 1076 Requires Attorney General to Collect and Report Prosecutorial and Criminal Justice Data Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
July 30, 2020 NJ A 3641 Requires Cultural Diversity and Implicit Bias Training for Law Officers Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
July 30, 2020 NJ S 2340 Prohibits Eviction of Tenants During a Pandemic Bill Passed - House (49 - 22)
July 30, 2020 NJ A 4389 Establishes 2.5% State Tax on Net Premiums on Most Health Insurers Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
July 30, 2020 NJ A 3971 Authorizes the Issuance of "Coronavirus Relief Bonds" by Local Governments Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 14)
July 30, 2020 NJ ACR 188 Establishes Referendum to Delay Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 15)
July 30, 2020 NJ A 1906 Establishes Crime of False 911 Calls with Purpose to Intimidate or Harass Based on Race Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
July 30, 2020 NJ A 4170 Limits the Use of Data Collected for Purposes of COVID-19 Contact Tracing Bill Passed - House (55 - 18)
July 30, 2020 NJ AR 178 Requires the Removal of Confederate Statues From the Capitol Resolution Passed - House (55 - 1)
July 30, 2020 NJ A 1254 Establishes Parole for Nonviolent Offenders Age 65 and Older Bill Passed - House (60 - 12)
July 30, 2020 NJ A 4370 Repeals Mandatory Minimum Terms of Parole Ineligibility for Nonviolent Drug Crimes Bill Passed - House (51 - 21)
July 30, 2020 NJ S 419 Requires Cultural Diversity Training for Law Enforcement Officers Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
July 30, 2020 NJ A 4372 Authorizes Resentencing of Certain Inmates Bill Passed - House (47 - 24)
July 30, 2020 NJ A 4369 Repeals Mandatory Minimum Prison Terms For Certain Offenses Bill Passed - House (52 - 19)
July 30, 2020 NJ ACR 188 Establishes Referendum to Delay Redistricting Bill Passed - House (51 - 26)
July 30, 2020 NJ A 4389 Establishes 2.5% State Tax on Net Premiums on Most Health Insurers Bill Passed - House (43 - 30)
July 16, 2020 NJ A 4175 Establishes the "New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act" Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
June 29, 2020 NJ S 2273 Amends Teacher Health Benefits Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 0)
June 29, 2020 NJ S 2485 Authorizes Local Governments to Prohibit Evictions during COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
June 29, 2020 NJ S 232 Requires the Evaluation of Environmental and Public Health Stressors Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14)
June 29, 2020 NJ S 2455 Prohibits Lawful Presence as Qualification for Occupational License Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
June 18, 2020 NJ S 1055 Prohibits Rent Controlled Units From Being Converted into Condominiums Bill Passed - House (50 - 27)
June 18, 2020 NJ A 1897 Reduces Criminal Penalty for Marijuana Possession Bill Passed - House (63 - 10)
June 18, 2020 NJ A 2394 Establishes Minority Recruitment Program for Police Departments Bill Passed - House (70 - 3)
June 4, 2020 NJ A 4175 Establishes the "New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act" Bill Passed - House (52 - 28)
May 14, 2020 NJ S 2332 Establishes the 2020 New Jersey Emergency Rental Assistance Program Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
May 14, 2020 NJ A 4131 Requires Sanitation and Cleaning Guidelines for Hotels Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 13)
May 14, 2020 NJ A 4131 Requires Sanitation and Cleaning Guidelines for Hotels Bill Passed - House (51 - 26)
May 14, 2020 NJ S 1055 Prohibits Rent Controlled Units From Being Converted into Condominiums Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 13)
May 14, 2020 NJ S 2437 Limits Fees Charged to Restaurants by Third-Party Food Delivery Applications Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
May 14, 2020 NJ A 3971 Authorizes the Issuance of "Coronavirus Relief Bonds" by Local Governments Bill Passed - House (57 - 20)
April 13, 2020 NJ S 2331 Establishes Assistance for Reentry Benefits for Inmates Bill Passed - House (52 - 26)
March 16, 2020 NJ A 3847 Amends Paid Leave Laws for Local Government Employees Who Test Positive for COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (56 - 4)
March 16, 2020 NJ A 3859 Prohibits Evictions and Foreclosures During Emergency Circumstances Bill Passed - House (60 - 0)
March 16, 2020 NJ A 3865 Limits Return Items to Retail Stores Under Certain Circumstances Bill Passed - House (49 - 4)
March 5, 2020 NJ A 2371 Requires Recycling of Food Waste Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
March 5, 2020 NJ S 864 Prohibits Single-Use Plastic Bags and Styrofoam Containers Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14)
Feb. 24, 2020 NJ A 2371 Requires Recycling of Food Waste Bill Passed - House (49 - 28)
Jan. 13, 2020 NJ S 589 Amends Online Voter Registration Rules Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 10)
Jan. 13, 2020 NJ S 758 Requires Incarcerated Individuals Count in Legislative Redistricting Bill Passed - House (54 - 22)
Date No. Title Outcome
9/24 S 2519 Authorizes Public Health Emergency Credits for Certain Inmates Bill Passed - House (41 - 34)
9/24 S 864 Prohibits Single-Use Plastic Bags and Styrofoam Containers Bill Passed - House (47 - 24)
9/24 A 10 Increases Gross Income Tax Rate for Millionaires Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 14)
9/24 S 2712 Establishes Minimum Direct Care Staff-to-Resident Ratios in Nursing Homes Bill Passed - House (51 - 26)
9/24 S 2712 Establishes Minimum Direct Care Staff-to-Resident Ratios in Nursing Homes Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 12)
9/24 A 10 Increases Gross Income Tax Rate for Millionaires Bill Passed - House (52 - 27)
8/27 A 4475 Requires Ballot Drop Boxes in Every County of New Jersey Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
8/27 A 4475 Requires Ballot Drop Boxes in Every County of New Jersey Bill Passed - House (48 - 28)
8/27 A 4276 Establishes the "Ballot Cure Act" Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
8/27 A 2370 Establishes Compassionate Release System for Inmates with Terminal Illnesses Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
8/27 A 4320 Expands Ballot Receipt and Election Deadlines Bill Passed - House (51 - 27)
8/27 A 4320 Expands Ballot Receipt and Election Deadlines Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
8/27 S 232 Requires the Evaluation of Environmental and Public Health Stressors Bill Passed - House (49 - 28)
8/27 A 4476 Establishes a Long-Term Care Emergency Operations Center for Infectious Disease Preparedness Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
8/27 S 2519 Authorizes Public Health Emergency Credits for Certain Inmates Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
8/27 A 4482 Establishes Minimum Wage Requirements for Certain Long-Term Care Facility Staff Bill Passed - House (49 - 16)
7/30 S 2412 Requires Refunds or Credit for Certain Short-Term Rental Reservations During Public Health Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 6)
7/30 S 19 Establishes Juneteenth Day as a Public Holiday Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (35 - 3)
7/30 S 971 Authorizes Compensation for College Athletes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 9)
7/30 S 2380 Requires Employer to Offer Benefits to Essential Workers Unable to Work Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 12)
7/30 S 2380 Requires Employer to Offer Benefits to Essential Workers Unable to Work Bill Passed - House (42 - 27)
7/30 S 971 Authorizes Compensation for College Athletes Bill Passed - House (56 - 16)
7/30 S 855 Requires Counties to Rename "Freeholders" to "County Commissioners" Bill Passed - House (61 - 12)
7/30 A 1076 Requires Attorney General to Collect and Report Prosecutorial and Criminal Justice Data Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
7/30 A 3641 Requires Cultural Diversity and Implicit Bias Training for Law Officers Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
7/30 S 2340 Prohibits Eviction of Tenants During a Pandemic Bill Passed - House (49 - 22)
7/30 A 4389 Establishes 2.5% State Tax on Net Premiums on Most Health Insurers Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
7/30 A 3971 Authorizes the Issuance of "Coronavirus Relief Bonds" by Local Governments Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 14)
7/30 ACR 188 Establishes Referendum to Delay Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 15)
7/30 A 1906 Establishes Crime of False 911 Calls with Purpose to Intimidate or Harass Based on Race Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
7/30 A 4170 Limits the Use of Data Collected for Purposes of COVID-19 Contact Tracing Bill Passed - House (55 - 18)
7/30 AR 178 Requires the Removal of Confederate Statues From the Capitol Resolution Passed - House (55 - 1)
7/30 A 1254 Establishes Parole for Nonviolent Offenders Age 65 and Older Bill Passed - House (60 - 12)
7/30 A 4370 Repeals Mandatory Minimum Terms of Parole Ineligibility for Nonviolent Drug Crimes Bill Passed - House (51 - 21)
7/30 S 419 Requires Cultural Diversity Training for Law Enforcement Officers Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
7/30 A 4372 Authorizes Resentencing of Certain Inmates Bill Passed - House (47 - 24)
7/30 A 4369 Repeals Mandatory Minimum Prison Terms For Certain Offenses Bill Passed - House (52 - 19)
7/30 ACR 188 Establishes Referendum to Delay Redistricting Bill Passed - House (51 - 26)
7/30 A 4389 Establishes 2.5% State Tax on Net Premiums on Most Health Insurers Bill Passed - House (43 - 30)
7/16 A 4175 Establishes the "New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act" Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
6/29 S 2273 Amends Teacher Health Benefits Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 0)
6/29 S 2485 Authorizes Local Governments to Prohibit Evictions during COVID-19 Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
6/29 S 232 Requires the Evaluation of Environmental and Public Health Stressors Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14)
6/29 S 2455 Prohibits Lawful Presence as Qualification for Occupational License Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
6/18 S 1055 Prohibits Rent Controlled Units From Being Converted into Condominiums Bill Passed - House (50 - 27)
6/18 A 1897 Reduces Criminal Penalty for Marijuana Possession Bill Passed - House (63 - 10)
6/18 A 2394 Establishes Minority Recruitment Program for Police Departments Bill Passed - House (70 - 3)
6/04 A 4175 Establishes the "New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act" Bill Passed - House (52 - 28)
5/14 S 2332 Establishes the 2020 New Jersey Emergency Rental Assistance Program Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
5/14 A 4131 Requires Sanitation and Cleaning Guidelines for Hotels Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 13)
5/14 A 4131 Requires Sanitation and Cleaning Guidelines for Hotels Bill Passed - House (51 - 26)
5/14 S 1055 Prohibits Rent Controlled Units From Being Converted into Condominiums Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 13)
5/14 S 2437 Limits Fees Charged to Restaurants by Third-Party Food Delivery Applications Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
5/14 A 3971 Authorizes the Issuance of "Coronavirus Relief Bonds" by Local Governments Bill Passed - House (57 - 20)
4/13 S 2331 Establishes Assistance for Reentry Benefits for Inmates Bill Passed - House (52 - 26)
3/16 A 3847 Amends Paid Leave Laws for Local Government Employees Who Test Positive for COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (56 - 4)
3/16 A 3859 Prohibits Evictions and Foreclosures During Emergency Circumstances Bill Passed - House (60 - 0)
3/16 A 3865 Limits Return Items to Retail Stores Under Certain Circumstances Bill Passed - House (49 - 4)
3/05 A 2371 Requires Recycling of Food Waste Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
3/05 S 864 Prohibits Single-Use Plastic Bags and Styrofoam Containers Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 14)
2/24 A 2371 Requires Recycling of Food Waste Bill Passed - House (49 - 28)
1/13 S 589 Amends Online Voter Registration Rules Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 10)
1/13 S 758 Requires Incarcerated Individuals Count in Legislative Redistricting Bill Passed - House (54 - 22)

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