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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
Dec. 28, 2020 NY S 9114 Establishes Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Protections Bill Passed - House (96 - 50)
Dec. 28, 2020 NY S 9114 Establishes Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Protections Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 21)
July 24, 2020 NY S 8799 Authorizes Ballots to be Postmarked on Election Day Bill Passed - House (101 - 40)
July 23, 2020 NY S 8806 Establishes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (86 - 55)
July 23, 2020 NY S 8015 Authorizes Absentee Voting Due to Risk of Contracting a Disease Bill Passed - House (118 - 23)
July 23, 2020 NY S 8617 Requires Public Employers Prepare Public Health Emergency Plans Bill Passed - House (141 - 0)
July 23, 2020 NY S 8617 Requires Public Employers Prepare Public Health Emergency Plans Bill Passed - Senate (58 - 2)
July 23, 2020 NY S 8525 Requires Hospitals to Inform Expectant Mothers If They Are Going into Preterm Labor Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 0)
July 22, 2020 NY S 4408 Requires Mortgage Lenders to Provide Notice for Foreclosure Proceedings Bill Passed - House (100 - 42)
July 22, 2020 NY A 2176 Prohibits Civil Arrest of Individuals Attending Court Proceedings Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 18)
July 22, 2020 NY A 7463 Prohibits the Suspension of Driver's Licenses Due to Inability to Pay Traffic Tickets or Fines Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 21)
July 22, 2020 NY S 6502 Prohibits the Use of Glyphosate on State Property Bill Passed - House (100 - 42)
July 22, 2020 NY A 5045 Amends Criminal Procedure Laws to Waive Certain Surcharges and Fees for Defendants Under the Age of 21 Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 19)
July 22, 2020 NY S 8247 Authorizes Online Grocery Purchases for SNAP Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 1)
July 22, 2020 NY S 8783 Authorizes Voters to Request Absentee Ballots Immediately Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 19)
July 22, 2020 NY S 8799 Authorizes Ballots to be Postmarked on Election Day Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 20)
July 22, 2020 NY S 8015 Authorizes Absentee Voting Due to Risk of Contracting a Disease Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 18)
July 22, 2020 NY S 6886 Requires Electors to Vote for the Presidential Candidate Who Won the Most Votes in Their State Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 18)
July 22, 2020 NY S 6502 Prohibits the Use of Glyphosate on State Property Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 15)
July 22, 2020 NY S 8806 Establishes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 20)
July 21, 2020 NY S 5612 Increases Protections of Certain Streams and Protected Waterways Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 17)
July 21, 2020 NY A 5630 Amends Various Power of Attorney Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - House (95 - 47)
July 21, 2020 NY A 5630 Amends Various Power of Attorney Laws Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 17)
July 21, 2020 NY A 6710 Requires Incarcerated Parents to Be Placed at Facilities Closest to Their Children's Home Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 11)
July 21, 2020 NY S 6648 Requires Instruction Regarding Symbols of Hate for Grades 6-12 Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 1)
July 21, 2020 NY A 7463 Prohibits the Suspension of Driver's Licenses Due to Inability to Pay Traffic Tickets or Fines Bill Passed - House (91 - 51)
July 21, 2020 NY S 4234 Prohibits the Sale of Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits by Retail Pet Shops Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 13)
July 21, 2020 NY A 5991 Amends Civil Rights Law in Relation to "Frivolous" Lawsuits Bill Passed - House (116 - 26)
July 20, 2020 NY A 2176 Prohibits Civil Arrest of Individuals Attending Court Proceedings Bill Passed - House (97 - 44)
July 20, 2020 NY A 5045 Amends Criminal Procedure Laws to Waive Certain Surcharges and Fees for Defendants Under the Age of 21 Bill Passed - House (97 - 44)
June 10, 2020 NY S 8539 Establishes the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office Bill Passed - House (121 - 23)
June 10, 2020 NY S 3595 Establishes the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office Bill Passed - House (100 - 44)
June 10, 2020 NY S 8075 Amends Tax Law to Include Nuclear Fuel From Ceased Plants Bill Passed - House (114 - 30)
June 10, 2020 NY S 2574 Establishes an Office of Special Investigation Under the Attorney General Bill Passed - House (97 - 47)
June 10, 2020 NY S 8539 Establishes the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 20)
June 10, 2020 NY S 2574 Establishes an Office of Special Investigation Under the Attorney General Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 17)
June 9, 2020 NY S 8496 Authorizes Disclosure of Law Enforcement Disciplinary Records Bill Passed - House (101 - 43)
June 9, 2020 NY S 8493 Establishes the "New York State Police Body-Worn Cameras Program" Bill Passed - House (142 - 2)
June 9, 2020 NY S 6601 Requires Police Officers to Provide Medical and Mental Health Attention Bill Passed - House (109 - 35)
June 9, 2020 NY S 8496 Authorizes Disclosure of Law Enforcement Disciplinary Records Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 22)
June 9, 2020 NY S 8075 Amends Tax Law to Include Nuclear Fuel From Ceased Plants Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 17)
June 8, 2020 NY A 6144 Establishes the Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 0)
June 8, 2020 NY S 3253 Authorizes Individuals to Record Law Enforcement Activity Bill Passed - House (128 - 16)
June 8, 2020 NY A 1531 Prohibits Reporting a Non-Emergency Incident Involving a Member of a Protected Class Bill Passed - Senate (56 - 6)
June 8, 2020 NY A 4615 Prohibits Police Officers from Racial and Ethnic Profiling Bill Passed - House (105 - 39)
June 8, 2020 NY A 10608 Requires Law Enforcement Officers to Report Weapon Discharges to their Superior Bill Passed - House (105 - 39)
June 8, 2020 NY A 10609 Requires Courts to Compile and Publish Data on Misdemeanors and Violations and Law Enforcement Departments on Arrest-Related Deaths Bill Passed - House (100 - 44)
June 8, 2020 NY A 1531 Prohibits Reporting a Non-Emergency Incident Involving a Member of a Protected Class Bill Passed - House (115 - 29)
May 29, 2020 NY S 8428 Appropriates Funds for Expenses Related to the COVID-19 Emergency Bill Passed - House (107 - 35)
May 28, 2020 NY S 8419 Establishes the "Emergency Rent Relief Act of 2020" Bill Passed - House (133 - 10)
May 28, 2020 NY S 8275 Authorizes Suspending the Forfeiture of Unemployment Benefits During the COVID-19 State of Emergency Bill Passed - House (97 - 46)
May 28, 2020 NY S 8113 Establishes Temporary Moratorium on Utility Termination of Services Bill Passed - House (111 - 32)
May 28, 2020 NY S 8182 Authorizes Licensed Pharmacists to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine Bill Passed - House (131 - 12)
May 27, 2020 NY S 8411 Repeals Certain Provisions of the CARES Act Bill Passed - House (104 - 40)
May 27, 2020 NY S 8415 Repeals Anti-Mask Law Bill Passed - House (109 - 35)
May 27, 2020 NY S 8192 Extends Eviction Protections for Tenants During Emergency Shutdowns Bill Passed - House (94 - 50)
May 27, 2020 NY S 8192 Extends Eviction Protections for Tenants During Emergency Shutdowns Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 23)
May 27, 2020 NY S 8415 Repeals Anti-Mask Law Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 27)
May 27, 2020 NY S 8411 Repeals Certain Provisions of the CARES Act Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 23)
April 2, 2020 NY S 7505 Amends Criminal Justice Laws Bill Passed - House (96 - 45)
March 31, 2020 NY S 7505 Amends Criminal Justice Laws Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 24)
March 18, 2020 NY S 8091 Establishes Paid Sick Leave for Employees Affected by the COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 6)
March 11, 2020 NY S 5073 Establishes a School Voter Registration Access Program Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 18)
March 2, 2020 NY S 7919 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Bill Passed - House (122 - 12)
March 2, 2020 NY S 7919 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Bill Passed - Senate (53 - 4)
Feb. 25, 2020 NY A 7331 Requires Housing Providers to Make Reasonable Accommodations for the Use of an Animal to Alleviate Symptoms of a Disability Bill Passed - Senate (51 - 9)
Feb. 12, 2020 NY A 8349 Increases Protections of Certain Streams and Protected Waterways Bill Passed - House (113 - 31)
Jan. 29, 2020 NY A 7331 Requires Housing Providers to Make Reasonable Accommodations for the Use of an Animal to Alleviate Symptoms of a Disability Bill Passed - House (95 - 42)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/28 S 9114 Establishes Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Protections Bill Passed - House (96 - 50)
12/28 S 9114 Establishes Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Protections Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 21)
7/24 S 8799 Authorizes Ballots to be Postmarked on Election Day Bill Passed - House (101 - 40)
7/23 S 8806 Establishes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (86 - 55)
7/23 S 8015 Authorizes Absentee Voting Due to Risk of Contracting a Disease Bill Passed - House (118 - 23)
7/23 S 8617 Requires Public Employers Prepare Public Health Emergency Plans Bill Passed - House (141 - 0)
7/23 S 8617 Requires Public Employers Prepare Public Health Emergency Plans Bill Passed - Senate (58 - 2)
7/23 S 8525 Requires Hospitals to Inform Expectant Mothers If They Are Going into Preterm Labor Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 0)
7/22 S 4408 Requires Mortgage Lenders to Provide Notice for Foreclosure Proceedings Bill Passed - House (100 - 42)
7/22 A 2176 Prohibits Civil Arrest of Individuals Attending Court Proceedings Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 18)
7/22 A 7463 Prohibits the Suspension of Driver's Licenses Due to Inability to Pay Traffic Tickets or Fines Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 21)
7/22 S 6502 Prohibits the Use of Glyphosate on State Property Bill Passed - House (100 - 42)
7/22 A 5045 Amends Criminal Procedure Laws to Waive Certain Surcharges and Fees for Defendants Under the Age of 21 Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 19)
7/22 S 8247 Authorizes Online Grocery Purchases for SNAP Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 1)
7/22 S 8783 Authorizes Voters to Request Absentee Ballots Immediately Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 19)
7/22 S 8799 Authorizes Ballots to be Postmarked on Election Day Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 20)
7/22 S 8015 Authorizes Absentee Voting Due to Risk of Contracting a Disease Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 18)
7/22 S 6886 Requires Electors to Vote for the Presidential Candidate Who Won the Most Votes in Their State Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 18)
7/22 S 6502 Prohibits the Use of Glyphosate on State Property Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 15)
7/22 S 8806 Establishes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 20)
7/21 S 5612 Increases Protections of Certain Streams and Protected Waterways Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 17)
7/21 A 5630 Amends Various Power of Attorney Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - House (95 - 47)
7/21 A 5630 Amends Various Power of Attorney Laws Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 17)
7/21 A 6710 Requires Incarcerated Parents to Be Placed at Facilities Closest to Their Children's Home Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 11)
7/21 S 6648 Requires Instruction Regarding Symbols of Hate for Grades 6-12 Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 1)
7/21 A 7463 Prohibits the Suspension of Driver's Licenses Due to Inability to Pay Traffic Tickets or Fines Bill Passed - House (91 - 51)
7/21 S 4234 Prohibits the Sale of Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits by Retail Pet Shops Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 13)
7/21 A 5991 Amends Civil Rights Law in Relation to "Frivolous" Lawsuits Bill Passed - House (116 - 26)
7/20 A 2176 Prohibits Civil Arrest of Individuals Attending Court Proceedings Bill Passed - House (97 - 44)
7/20 A 5045 Amends Criminal Procedure Laws to Waive Certain Surcharges and Fees for Defendants Under the Age of 21 Bill Passed - House (97 - 44)
6/10 S 8539 Establishes the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office Bill Passed - House (121 - 23)
6/10 S 3595 Establishes the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office Bill Passed - House (100 - 44)
6/10 S 8075 Amends Tax Law to Include Nuclear Fuel From Ceased Plants Bill Passed - House (114 - 30)
6/10 S 2574 Establishes an Office of Special Investigation Under the Attorney General Bill Passed - House (97 - 47)
6/10 S 8539 Establishes the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 20)
6/10 S 2574 Establishes an Office of Special Investigation Under the Attorney General Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 17)
6/09 S 8496 Authorizes Disclosure of Law Enforcement Disciplinary Records Bill Passed - House (101 - 43)
6/09 S 8493 Establishes the "New York State Police Body-Worn Cameras Program" Bill Passed - House (142 - 2)
6/09 S 6601 Requires Police Officers to Provide Medical and Mental Health Attention Bill Passed - House (109 - 35)
6/09 S 8496 Authorizes Disclosure of Law Enforcement Disciplinary Records Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 22)
6/09 S 8075 Amends Tax Law to Include Nuclear Fuel From Ceased Plants Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 17)
6/08 A 6144 Establishes the Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 0)
6/08 S 3253 Authorizes Individuals to Record Law Enforcement Activity Bill Passed - House (128 - 16)
6/08 A 1531 Prohibits Reporting a Non-Emergency Incident Involving a Member of a Protected Class Bill Passed - Senate (56 - 6)
6/08 A 4615 Prohibits Police Officers from Racial and Ethnic Profiling Bill Passed - House (105 - 39)
6/08 A 10608 Requires Law Enforcement Officers to Report Weapon Discharges to their Superior Bill Passed - House (105 - 39)
6/08 A 10609 Requires Courts to Compile and Publish Data on Misdemeanors and Violations and Law Enforcement Departments on Arrest-Related Deaths Bill Passed - House (100 - 44)
6/08 A 1531 Prohibits Reporting a Non-Emergency Incident Involving a Member of a Protected Class Bill Passed - House (115 - 29)
5/29 S 8428 Appropriates Funds for Expenses Related to the COVID-19 Emergency Bill Passed - House (107 - 35)
5/28 S 8419 Establishes the "Emergency Rent Relief Act of 2020" Bill Passed - House (133 - 10)
5/28 S 8275 Authorizes Suspending the Forfeiture of Unemployment Benefits During the COVID-19 State of Emergency Bill Passed - House (97 - 46)
5/28 S 8113 Establishes Temporary Moratorium on Utility Termination of Services Bill Passed - House (111 - 32)
5/28 S 8182 Authorizes Licensed Pharmacists to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine Bill Passed - House (131 - 12)
5/27 S 8411 Repeals Certain Provisions of the CARES Act Bill Passed - House (104 - 40)
5/27 S 8415 Repeals Anti-Mask Law Bill Passed - House (109 - 35)
5/27 S 8192 Extends Eviction Protections for Tenants During Emergency Shutdowns Bill Passed - House (94 - 50)
5/27 S 8192 Extends Eviction Protections for Tenants During Emergency Shutdowns Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 23)
5/27 S 8415 Repeals Anti-Mask Law Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 27)
5/27 S 8411 Repeals Certain Provisions of the CARES Act Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 23)
4/02 S 7505 Amends Criminal Justice Laws Bill Passed - House (96 - 45)
3/31 S 7505 Amends Criminal Justice Laws Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 24)
3/18 S 8091 Establishes Paid Sick Leave for Employees Affected by the COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 6)
3/11 S 5073 Establishes a School Voter Registration Access Program Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 18)
3/02 S 7919 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Bill Passed - House (122 - 12)
3/02 S 7919 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Bill Passed - Senate (53 - 4)
2/25 A 7331 Requires Housing Providers to Make Reasonable Accommodations for the Use of an Animal to Alleviate Symptoms of a Disability Bill Passed - Senate (51 - 9)
2/12 A 8349 Increases Protections of Certain Streams and Protected Waterways Bill Passed - House (113 - 31)
1/29 A 7331 Requires Housing Providers to Make Reasonable Accommodations for the Use of an Animal to Alleviate Symptoms of a Disability Bill Passed - House (95 - 42)

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