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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
Aug. 19, 2008 NY S 8738 State Spending Cap Amendment Adopted - Senate (38 - 20)
Aug. 19, 2008 NY A 11838 Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (118 - 24)
Aug. 8, 2008 NY S 8736 School District Property Tax Cap Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 20)
Aug. 8, 2008 NY A 11258 Mandatory Cigarette Taxation Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 4)
June 24, 2008 NY S 8638 Internet Sales Tax Repeal Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 18)
June 24, 2008 NY A 11258 Mandatory Cigarette Taxation Bill Passed - House (141 - 3)
June 18, 2008 NY S 4632 Reinstate the Death Penalty Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 21)
June 12, 2008 NY S 2375 DNA Database Expansion Bill Passed - Senate (51 - 9)
June 4, 2008 NY S 6823 Long Island Affordable Housing Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 9)
May 7, 2008 NY A 10083 Foreclosure Assistance Finance Bill Passed - House (104 - 33)
May 7, 2008 NY S 7594 Gasoline Tax Holiday Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 15)
May 7, 2008 NY A 10219 Mortgage Bill of Rights Bill Passed - House (122 - 15)
May 7, 2008 NY A 9695 Foreclosure Relief Bill Passed - House (126 - 11)
May 7, 2008 NY A 8972 Foreclosure and Lending Bill Passed - House (113 - 21)
April 9, 2008 NY S 6807 Budget Financing Bill Passed - House (107 - 41)
April 9, 2008 NY S 6801 2008-2009 Legislative and Judiciary Budget Bill Passed - House (110 - 37)
Feb. 13, 2008 NY A 9998 New York Racing Association Funding Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 17)
Feb. 13, 2008 NY A 9998 New York Racing Association Funding Bill Passed - House (92 - 40)
Date No. Title Outcome
8/19 S 8738 State Spending Cap Amendment Adopted - Senate (38 - 20)
8/19 A 11838 Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (118 - 24)
8/08 S 8736 School District Property Tax Cap Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 20)
8/08 A 11258 Mandatory Cigarette Taxation Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 4)
6/24 S 8638 Internet Sales Tax Repeal Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 18)
6/24 A 11258 Mandatory Cigarette Taxation Bill Passed - House (141 - 3)
6/18 S 4632 Reinstate the Death Penalty Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 21)
6/12 S 2375 DNA Database Expansion Bill Passed - Senate (51 - 9)
6/04 S 6823 Long Island Affordable Housing Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 9)
5/07 A 10083 Foreclosure Assistance Finance Bill Passed - House (104 - 33)
5/07 S 7594 Gasoline Tax Holiday Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 15)
5/07 A 10219 Mortgage Bill of Rights Bill Passed - House (122 - 15)
5/07 A 9695 Foreclosure Relief Bill Passed - House (126 - 11)
5/07 A 8972 Foreclosure and Lending Bill Passed - House (113 - 21)
4/09 S 6807 Budget Financing Bill Passed - House (107 - 41)
4/09 S 6801 2008-2009 Legislative and Judiciary Budget Bill Passed - House (110 - 37)
2/13 A 9998 New York Racing Association Funding Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 17)
2/13 A 9998 New York Racing Association Funding Bill Passed - House (92 - 40)

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