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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
June 21, 2019 NY S 4573 Reduces Amount of Time Workers on Strike Must Wait to Collect Unemployment Bill Passed - House (106 - 30)
June 20, 2019 NY S 6579 Amends Marijuana-Related Laws and Violations Bill Passed - House (94 - 44)
June 20, 2019 NY S 5248 Prohibits Class-Based Wage Differentials Bill Passed - House (138 - 9)
June 20, 2019 NY S 6532 Extends Voter Registration Cutoff Bill Passed - House (106 - 41)
June 20, 2019 NY A 6787 Prohibits Use of Biometric Identifying Technology in Schools Bill Passed - House (128 - 19)
June 20, 2019 NY S 6579 Amends Marijuana-Related Laws and Violations Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 23)
June 19, 2019 NY S 3909 Establishes a Hate Crimes Training Program for Law Enforcement Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 0)
June 19, 2019 NY A 8421 Amends Requirements for Workplace Harassment Claims Bill Passed - House (128 - 20)
June 19, 2019 NY S 6532 Extends Voter Registration Cutoff Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 22)
June 19, 2019 NY S 2000 Establishes Regulations for PFAS Chemicals in Food Containers Bill Passed - Senate (56 - 6)
June 18, 2019 NY S 4203 Authorizes Foster Care Adoptees to Have Contact with Their Parents Bill Passed - House (99 - 49)
June 18, 2019 NY S 6599 Increases Renewable Energy Goals Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 21)
June 17, 2019 NY A 3675 Authorizes Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 29)
June 17, 2019 NY S 2655 Prohibits Smoking in Public Parks Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 12)
June 17, 2019 NY S 6209 Expands the Definition of Race and Prohibits Racial Discrimination Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 16)
June 17, 2019 NY S 5575 Expands Data Protections for New York Residents Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 21)
June 17, 2019 NY S 2387 Requires Menstrual Product Packaging List Ingredients Bill Passed - Senate (51 - 11)
June 14, 2019 NY S 6458 Increases State Rent Control Protections and Stabilization Rules Bill Passed - House (95 - 46)
June 14, 2019 NY S 5864 Establishes the Television Diversity Tax Credit Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 18)
June 14, 2019 NY S 6458 Increases State Rent Control Protections and Stabilization Rules Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 26)
June 14, 2019 NY S 4203 Authorizes Foster Care Adoptees to Have Contact with Their Parents Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 16)
June 13, 2019 NY A 2371 Prohibits Exemption from Vaccinations Based on Religious Beliefs Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 26)
June 13, 2019 NY A 2371 Prohibits Exemption from Vaccinations Based on Religious Beliefs Bill Passed - House (84 - 61)
June 13, 2019 NY S 3822 Authorizes Certain Individuals to Vote in Primary at 17 Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 22)
June 12, 2019 NY A 3675 Authorizes Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (87 - 61)
June 11, 2019 NY S 2071 Repeals Prohibitions on Surrogacy and In Vitro Fertilization Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 21)
June 11, 2019 NY S 1637 Prohibits Possession of Certain Flamethrowers Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 13)
June 5, 2019 NY A 264 Establishes Patient Protections from Emergency Care Charges Bill Passed - House (90 - 49)
June 4, 2019 NY S 5532 Prohibits Declawing Cats Bill Passed - House (113 - 31)
June 4, 2019 NY A 2432 Requires Internet Service Providers to Comply with Net Neutrality Rules Bill Passed - House (109 - 37)
June 4, 2019 NY S 5532 Prohibits Declawing Cats Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 12)
May 22, 2019 NY S 5072 Amends State Tax Laws Regarding Presidential Tax Return Requests Bill Passed - House (87 - 58)
May 21, 2019 NY S 4572 Establishes Parameters for Exemptions to Presidential Pardons Bill Passed - House (91 - 54)
May 21, 2019 NY S 4347 Limits Corporate Influence and Participation in Political Campaigns Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 18)
May 20, 2019 NY S 1414 Prohibits 3D Printed Firearms Bill Passed - House (122 - 22)
May 15, 2019 NY S 1414 Prohibits 3D Printed Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (53 - 5)
May 8, 2019 NY S 5072 Amends State Tax Laws Regarding Presidential Tax Return Requests Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 22)
May 8, 2019 NY S 4572 Establishes Parameters for Exemptions to Presidential Pardons Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 23)
May 1, 2019 NY S 4573 Reduces Amount of Time Workers on Strike Must Wait to Collect Unemployment Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 14)
April 30, 2019 NY S 5098 Prohibits the Sale of Anything Made from "Vulnerable Species", Including Giraffe Products Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 14)
April 10, 2019 NY A 6188 Prohibits Harassment of Rent Regulated Tenants Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 17)
April 1, 2019 NY A 558 Increases Age for Tobacco Sale Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (52 - 9)
March 31, 2019 NY A 2000 Establishes $175.5 Billion Budget for FY 2019-2020 Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 22)
March 31, 2019 NY A 2006 Establishes an Education, Labor, Housing and Family Assistance Budget for FY 2019-2020 Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 22)
March 31, 2019 NY S 1508 Prohibits Retail Stores from Using Plastic Bags Bill Passed - House (103 - 45)
March 31, 2019 NY S 1507 Establishes a Healthcare Budget for FY 2019-2020 Bill Passed - House (111 - 36)
March 31, 2019 NY S 1505 Amends Criminal Justice Regulations Bill Passed - House (92 - 56)
March 31, 2019 NY S 1507 Establishes a Healthcare Budget for FY 2019-2020 Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 22)
March 31, 2019 NY S 1508 Prohibits Retail Stores from Using Plastic Bags Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 22)
March 31, 2019 NY S 1505 Amends Criminal Justice Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 22)
March 31, 2019 NY A 2000 Establishes $175.5 Billion Budget for FY 2019-2020 Bill Passed - House (111 - 37)
March 26, 2019 NY A 6188 Prohibits Harassment of Rent Regulated Tenants Bill Passed - House (108 - 39)
March 19, 2019 NY A 6449 Increases Number of Speed Cameras in School Zones Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 18)
March 19, 2019 NY A 6449 Increases Number of Speed Cameras in School Zones Bill Passed - House (100 - 46)
March 6, 2019 NY A 558 Increases Age for Tobacco Sale Regulations Bill Passed - House (120 - 26)
March 4, 2019 NY S 2450 Increases Penalties for Improper Gun Storages Bill Passed - House (91 - 52)
March 4, 2019 NY S 2450 Increases Penalties for Improper Gun Storages Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 22)
Feb. 5, 2019 NY S 2316 Prohibits Offshore Drilling Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 14)
Jan. 29, 2019 NY S 2451 Establishes Extreme Risk Protection Orders Bill Passed - House (100 - 37)
Jan. 29, 2019 NY S 2449 Establishes a Firearm Buyback Program Bill Passed - House (108 - 36)
Jan. 29, 2019 NY S 101 Prohibits Firearms on School Campuses Bill Passed - House (104 - 40)
Jan. 29, 2019 NY S 2374 Amends Background Check Regulations Bill Passed - House (85 - 52)
Jan. 29, 2019 NY S 101 Prohibits Firearms on School Campuses Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 22)
Jan. 29, 2019 NY S 2451 Establishes Extreme Risk Protection Orders Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 21)
Jan. 29, 2019 NY S 2448 Prohibits Bump Stocks Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 14)
Jan. 29, 2019 NY S 2374 Amends Background Check Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 23)
Jan. 29, 2019 NY S 2449 Establishes a Firearm Buyback Program Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 13)
Jan. 22, 2019 NY S 240 Authorizes Comprehensive Abortion Coverage Bill Passed - House (95 - 49)
Jan. 22, 2019 NY S 240 Authorizes Comprehensive Abortion Coverage Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 24)
Jan. 15, 2019 NY A 774 Authorizes Voter Pre-Registration Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 14)
Jan. 15, 2019 NY A 576 Prohibits Conversion Therapy Bill Passed - Senate (57 - 4)
Jan. 15, 2019 NY S 1047 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity or Expression Bill Passed - House (105 - 43)
Jan. 15, 2019 NY S 1047 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity or Expression Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 19)
Jan. 14, 2019 NY A 775 Requires the Transference of Registration and Enrollment of Voters after Moving Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 12)
Jan. 14, 2019 NY S 1102 Establishes Early Voting Period Bill Passed - House (110 - 33)
Jan. 14, 2019 NY S 1250 Expands Aid For Higher Education to Undocumented Children Bill Passed - House (97 - 42)
Jan. 14, 2019 NY A 776 Limits Campaign Contributions by Closing LLC Loophole Bill Passed - Senate (55 - 6)
Jan. 14, 2019 NY A 774 Authorizes Voter Pre-Registration Bill Passed - House (107 - 39)
Jan. 14, 2019 NY S 1102 Establishes Early Voting Period Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 13)
Jan. 14, 2019 NY A 776 Limits Campaign Contributions by Closing LLC Loophole Bill Failed - House (133 - 13)
Jan. 14, 2019 NY S 1250 Expands Aid For Higher Education to Undocumented Children Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 20)
Jan. 14, 2019 NY A 775 Requires the Transference of Registration and Enrollment of Voters after Moving Bill Passed - House (114 - 32)
Date No. Title Outcome
6/21 S 4573 Reduces Amount of Time Workers on Strike Must Wait to Collect Unemployment Bill Passed - House (106 - 30)
6/20 S 6579 Amends Marijuana-Related Laws and Violations Bill Passed - House (94 - 44)
6/20 S 5248 Prohibits Class-Based Wage Differentials Bill Passed - House (138 - 9)
6/20 S 6532 Extends Voter Registration Cutoff Bill Passed - House (106 - 41)
6/20 A 6787 Prohibits Use of Biometric Identifying Technology in Schools Bill Passed - House (128 - 19)
6/20 S 6579 Amends Marijuana-Related Laws and Violations Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 23)
6/19 S 3909 Establishes a Hate Crimes Training Program for Law Enforcement Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 0)
6/19 A 8421 Amends Requirements for Workplace Harassment Claims Bill Passed - House (128 - 20)
6/19 S 6532 Extends Voter Registration Cutoff Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 22)
6/19 S 2000 Establishes Regulations for PFAS Chemicals in Food Containers Bill Passed - Senate (56 - 6)
6/18 S 4203 Authorizes Foster Care Adoptees to Have Contact with Their Parents Bill Passed - House (99 - 49)
6/18 S 6599 Increases Renewable Energy Goals Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 21)
6/17 A 3675 Authorizes Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 29)
6/17 S 2655 Prohibits Smoking in Public Parks Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 12)
6/17 S 6209 Expands the Definition of Race and Prohibits Racial Discrimination Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 16)
6/17 S 5575 Expands Data Protections for New York Residents Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 21)
6/17 S 2387 Requires Menstrual Product Packaging List Ingredients Bill Passed - Senate (51 - 11)
6/14 S 6458 Increases State Rent Control Protections and Stabilization Rules Bill Passed - House (95 - 46)
6/14 S 5864 Establishes the Television Diversity Tax Credit Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 18)
6/14 S 6458 Increases State Rent Control Protections and Stabilization Rules Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 26)
6/14 S 4203 Authorizes Foster Care Adoptees to Have Contact with Their Parents Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 16)
6/13 A 2371 Prohibits Exemption from Vaccinations Based on Religious Beliefs Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 26)
6/13 A 2371 Prohibits Exemption from Vaccinations Based on Religious Beliefs Bill Passed - House (84 - 61)
6/13 S 3822 Authorizes Certain Individuals to Vote in Primary at 17 Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 22)
6/12 A 3675 Authorizes Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (87 - 61)
6/11 S 2071 Repeals Prohibitions on Surrogacy and In Vitro Fertilization Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 21)
6/11 S 1637 Prohibits Possession of Certain Flamethrowers Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 13)
6/05 A 264 Establishes Patient Protections from Emergency Care Charges Bill Passed - House (90 - 49)
6/04 S 5532 Prohibits Declawing Cats Bill Passed - House (113 - 31)
6/04 A 2432 Requires Internet Service Providers to Comply with Net Neutrality Rules Bill Passed - House (109 - 37)
6/04 S 5532 Prohibits Declawing Cats Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 12)
5/22 S 5072 Amends State Tax Laws Regarding Presidential Tax Return Requests Bill Passed - House (87 - 58)
5/21 S 4572 Establishes Parameters for Exemptions to Presidential Pardons Bill Passed - House (91 - 54)
5/21 S 4347 Limits Corporate Influence and Participation in Political Campaigns Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 18)
5/20 S 1414 Prohibits 3D Printed Firearms Bill Passed - House (122 - 22)
5/15 S 1414 Prohibits 3D Printed Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (53 - 5)
5/08 S 5072 Amends State Tax Laws Regarding Presidential Tax Return Requests Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 22)
5/08 S 4572 Establishes Parameters for Exemptions to Presidential Pardons Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 23)
5/01 S 4573 Reduces Amount of Time Workers on Strike Must Wait to Collect Unemployment Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 14)
4/30 S 5098 Prohibits the Sale of Anything Made from "Vulnerable Species", Including Giraffe Products Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 14)
4/10 A 6188 Prohibits Harassment of Rent Regulated Tenants Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 17)
4/01 A 558 Increases Age for Tobacco Sale Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (52 - 9)
3/31 A 2000 Establishes $175.5 Billion Budget for FY 2019-2020 Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 22)
3/31 A 2006 Establishes an Education, Labor, Housing and Family Assistance Budget for FY 2019-2020 Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 22)
3/31 S 1508 Prohibits Retail Stores from Using Plastic Bags Bill Passed - House (103 - 45)
3/31 S 1507 Establishes a Healthcare Budget for FY 2019-2020 Bill Passed - House (111 - 36)
3/31 S 1505 Amends Criminal Justice Regulations Bill Passed - House (92 - 56)
3/31 S 1507 Establishes a Healthcare Budget for FY 2019-2020 Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 22)
3/31 S 1508 Prohibits Retail Stores from Using Plastic Bags Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 22)
3/31 S 1505 Amends Criminal Justice Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 22)
3/31 A 2000 Establishes $175.5 Billion Budget for FY 2019-2020 Bill Passed - House (111 - 37)
3/26 A 6188 Prohibits Harassment of Rent Regulated Tenants Bill Passed - House (108 - 39)
3/19 A 6449 Increases Number of Speed Cameras in School Zones Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 18)
3/19 A 6449 Increases Number of Speed Cameras in School Zones Bill Passed - House (100 - 46)
3/06 A 558 Increases Age for Tobacco Sale Regulations Bill Passed - House (120 - 26)
3/04 S 2450 Increases Penalties for Improper Gun Storages Bill Passed - House (91 - 52)
3/04 S 2450 Increases Penalties for Improper Gun Storages Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 22)
2/05 S 2316 Prohibits Offshore Drilling Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 14)
1/29 S 2451 Establishes Extreme Risk Protection Orders Bill Passed - House (100 - 37)
1/29 S 2449 Establishes a Firearm Buyback Program Bill Passed - House (108 - 36)
1/29 S 101 Prohibits Firearms on School Campuses Bill Passed - House (104 - 40)
1/29 S 2374 Amends Background Check Regulations Bill Passed - House (85 - 52)
1/29 S 101 Prohibits Firearms on School Campuses Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 22)
1/29 S 2451 Establishes Extreme Risk Protection Orders Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 21)
1/29 S 2448 Prohibits Bump Stocks Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 14)
1/29 S 2374 Amends Background Check Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 23)
1/29 S 2449 Establishes a Firearm Buyback Program Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 13)
1/22 S 240 Authorizes Comprehensive Abortion Coverage Bill Passed - House (95 - 49)
1/22 S 240 Authorizes Comprehensive Abortion Coverage Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 24)
1/15 A 774 Authorizes Voter Pre-Registration Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 14)
1/15 A 576 Prohibits Conversion Therapy Bill Passed - Senate (57 - 4)
1/15 S 1047 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity or Expression Bill Passed - House (105 - 43)
1/15 S 1047 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity or Expression Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 19)
1/14 A 775 Requires the Transference of Registration and Enrollment of Voters after Moving Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 12)
1/14 S 1102 Establishes Early Voting Period Bill Passed - House (110 - 33)
1/14 S 1250 Expands Aid For Higher Education to Undocumented Children Bill Passed - House (97 - 42)
1/14 A 776 Limits Campaign Contributions by Closing LLC Loophole Bill Passed - Senate (55 - 6)
1/14 A 774 Authorizes Voter Pre-Registration Bill Passed - House (107 - 39)
1/14 S 1102 Establishes Early Voting Period Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 13)
1/14 A 776 Limits Campaign Contributions by Closing LLC Loophole Bill Failed - House (133 - 13)
1/14 S 1250 Expands Aid For Higher Education to Undocumented Children Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 20)
1/14 A 775 Requires the Transference of Registration and Enrollment of Voters after Moving Bill Passed - House (114 - 32)

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