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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
March 31, 2021 NY S 5545 Amends Statute's Definition of an Absentee Voter Bill Passed - House (138 - 8)
March 31, 2021 NY S 2929 Establishes that Certain Zones in Brooklyn are Cease and Desist Zones Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 24)
March 30, 2021 NY S 1453 Extends the Utility Shut-Off Moratorium throughout the Duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic State of Emergency Bill Passed - House (111 - 35)
March 30, 2021 NY S 854 Authorizes the Legalization of Adult Recreational Cannabis Use Bill Passed - House (94 - 56)
March 30, 2021 NY S 854 Authorizes the Legalization of Adult Recreational Cannabis Use Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 23)
March 30, 2021 NY S 1453 Extends the Utility Shut-Off Moratorium throughout the Duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic State of Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 9)
March 24, 2021 NY A 3397 Repeals Nursing Home Protections Against COVID-19 Malpractice Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (63 - 0)
March 22, 2021 NY S 1413 Limits Out of Pocket Cost for Insulin to $30 for a 30 Day Supply Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 1)
March 18, 2021 NY A 2277 Limits the Use of Solitary Confinement Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 21)
March 16, 2021 NY A 2277 Limits the Use of Solitary Confinement Bill Passed - House (101 - 49)
March 5, 2021 NY S 5357 Limits the Governor's Pandemic Emergency Powers Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
March 3, 2021 NY S 4378 Requires Fossil Fuel Plants to Submit a Renewable Energy Plan Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 22)
Feb. 10, 2021 NY S 1302 Establishes a Construction Worker Fatal Accident Registry Bill Passed - House (122 - 26)
Feb. 10, 2021 NY S 13 Increases Penalties and Regulations for Guns Without Serial Numbers Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
Feb. 2, 2021 NY S 1351 Repeals Previous Law Prohibiting Loitering While Engaging in Sex Work Bill Passed - House (104 - 45)
Feb. 2, 2021 NY S 1351 Repeals Previous Law Prohibiting Loitering While Engaging in Sex Work Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
Jan. 26, 2021 NY S 1042 Extends Aid to Small Businesses and Restaurants Bill Passed - House (130 - 20)
Jan. 20, 2021 NY S 1184 Requires an Incarcerated Individual to be Released Within 24 Hours if They are Not Charged With a Crime Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 21)
Jan. 12, 2021 NY S 528 Amends the State Constitution to Ensure the Right to a Healthy Environment Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 14)
Jan. 11, 2021 NY S 632 Establishes an Electronic Application to Request an Absentee Ballot Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
Jan. 11, 2021 NY S 1028 Requires the Boards of Elections to Provide a Website to Request an Absentee Ballot Application Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
Jan. 11, 2021 NY S 492 Authorizes the Board of Elections to Establish Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
Jan. 11, 2021 NY S 1027 Amends Election Law to Expedite Review and Canvassing of Absentee Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
Jan. 11, 2021 NY S 253 Prohibits Voiding Absentee Ballots on Technicalities Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
Jan. 11, 2021 NY S 360 Authorizes Voting by Mail by Removing Cause Requirement for Absentee Ballot Voting Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 13)
Jan. 11, 2021 NY S 631 Authorizes Board of Elections to Receive Absentee Ballots Earlier than 30 Days Before an Election Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 19)
Date No. Title Outcome
3/31 S 5545 Amends Statute's Definition of an Absentee Voter Bill Passed - House (138 - 8)
3/31 S 2929 Establishes that Certain Zones in Brooklyn are Cease and Desist Zones Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 24)
3/30 S 1453 Extends the Utility Shut-Off Moratorium throughout the Duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic State of Emergency Bill Passed - House (111 - 35)
3/30 S 854 Authorizes the Legalization of Adult Recreational Cannabis Use Bill Passed - House (94 - 56)
3/30 S 854 Authorizes the Legalization of Adult Recreational Cannabis Use Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 23)
3/30 S 1453 Extends the Utility Shut-Off Moratorium throughout the Duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic State of Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 9)
3/24 A 3397 Repeals Nursing Home Protections Against COVID-19 Malpractice Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (63 - 0)
3/22 S 1413 Limits Out of Pocket Cost for Insulin to $30 for a 30 Day Supply Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 1)
3/18 A 2277 Limits the Use of Solitary Confinement Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 21)
3/16 A 2277 Limits the Use of Solitary Confinement Bill Passed - House (101 - 49)
3/05 S 5357 Limits the Governor's Pandemic Emergency Powers Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
3/03 S 4378 Requires Fossil Fuel Plants to Submit a Renewable Energy Plan Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 22)
2/10 S 1302 Establishes a Construction Worker Fatal Accident Registry Bill Passed - House (122 - 26)
2/10 S 13 Increases Penalties and Regulations for Guns Without Serial Numbers Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
2/02 S 1351 Repeals Previous Law Prohibiting Loitering While Engaging in Sex Work Bill Passed - House (104 - 45)
2/02 S 1351 Repeals Previous Law Prohibiting Loitering While Engaging in Sex Work Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
1/26 S 1042 Extends Aid to Small Businesses and Restaurants Bill Passed - House (130 - 20)
1/20 S 1184 Requires an Incarcerated Individual to be Released Within 24 Hours if They are Not Charged With a Crime Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 21)
1/12 S 528 Amends the State Constitution to Ensure the Right to a Healthy Environment Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 14)
1/11 S 632 Establishes an Electronic Application to Request an Absentee Ballot Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
1/11 S 1028 Requires the Boards of Elections to Provide a Website to Request an Absentee Ballot Application Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
1/11 S 492 Authorizes the Board of Elections to Establish Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
1/11 S 1027 Amends Election Law to Expedite Review and Canvassing of Absentee Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
1/11 S 253 Prohibits Voiding Absentee Ballots on Technicalities Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
1/11 S 360 Authorizes Voting by Mail by Removing Cause Requirement for Absentee Ballot Voting Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 13)
1/11 S 631 Authorizes Board of Elections to Receive Absentee Ballots Earlier than 30 Days Before an Election Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 19)

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