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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:

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Dec. 22, 2020 OH HB 236 Classifies Police Employed at Hospitals as Peace Officers Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 9)
Dec. 18, 2020 OH SB 175 Expands "Stand Your Ground" Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 11)
Dec. 17, 2020 OH SB 175 Expands "Stand Your Ground" Laws Bill Passed - House (52 - 31)
Dec. 2, 2020 OH SB 40 Prohibits State Universities from Enacting Limitations on Campus Free Speech Bill Passed - House (66 - 27)
Dec. 2, 2020 OH SB 334 Establishes Juneteenth as a Paid State Holiday Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
Nov. 19, 2020 OH HB 310 Increases Penalties for Bullying and Hazing Bill Passed - House (74 - 14)
Nov. 18, 2020 OH SB 317 Authorizes Teachers to Carry Firearms on School Grounds if Approved by the School Board Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
Nov. 18, 2020 OH HB 208 Amends Previous Law to Make Assaulting a Sports Referee a Felony Bill Passed - House (74 - 13)
Nov. 18, 2020 OH SB 375 Rescinds the Ohio Department of Health Order Limiting Operations of County Fairs Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 8)
Sept. 23, 2020 OH SB 360 Prohibits Public Officials from Issuing an Order that Prohibits Statewide Firearm Sales Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
Sept. 1, 2020 OH HB 272 Prohibits State Officials From Changing the Time and Place of an Election Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 35)
June 30, 2020 OH HB 606 Establishes a COVID-19 Business Liability Shield Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
June 30, 2020 OH SB 3 Amends Drug Penalties Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 4)
June 11, 2020 OH HB 425 Repeals the Requirement that Handgun Owners Notify Police About Their Firearm When Stopped Bill Passed - House (58 - 32)
June 10, 2020 OH HB 61 Authorizes Oral, Written, Electronic, or Telephonic Consent for Contact Tracing of Infectious Diseases Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
June 10, 2020 OH HB 624 Requires Different Reporting Methods for COVID-19 Statistics Bill Passed - House (61 - 34)
June 3, 2020 OH SB 308 Establishes Legal Protection to Small Businesses and Healthcare Providers during COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
May 28, 2020 OH HB 606 Establishes a COVID-19 Business Liability Shield Bill Passed - House (83 - 9)
May 27, 2020 OH HB 272 Prohibits State Officials From Changing the Time and Place of an Election Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 8)
May 20, 2020 OH HB 3 Amends Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence Bill Passed - House (94 - 0)
May 13, 2020 OH HB 368 Establishes Criminal Penalties for Cyber Crimes Bill Passed - House (93 - 1)
Jan. 28, 2020 OH SB 40 Prohibits State Universities from Enacting Limitations on Campus Free Speech Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
Nov. 13, 2019 OH HB 272 Prohibits State Officials From Changing the Time and Place of an Election Bill Passed - House (91 - 0)
June 5, 2019 OH HB 136 Prohibits Individuals With Serious Mental Illnesses from Being Sentenced to Death Bill Passed - House (76 - 18)
June 5, 2019 OH HB 136 Prohibits Individuals With Serious Mental Illnesses from Being Sentenced to Death Bill Passed - House (76 - 18)
May 1, 2019 OH SB 33 Increases Penalties for Infrastructure Protesting Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 8)
March 6, 2019 OH HB 86 Amends Regulations for Firearm Length Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
Feb. 27, 2019 OH HB 86 Amends Regulations for Firearm Length Bill Passed - House (76 - 20)
Dec. 27, 2018 OH HB 228 Establishes New Self-Defense and Firearm Handling Rules Veto Override Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
Dec. 27, 2018 OH HB 228 Establishes New Self-Defense and Firearm Handling Rules Veto Override Passed - House (67 - 22)
Dec. 6, 2018 OH HB 228 Establishes New Self-Defense and Firearm Handling Rules Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 22)
Dec. 6, 2018 OH HB 228 Establishes New Self-Defense and Firearm Handling Rules Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10)
Dec. 6, 2018 OH SB 250 Increases Trespass Penalties and Other Crimes Related to Protesting Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 5)
Nov. 14, 2018 OH HB 228 Establishes New Self-Defense and Firearm Handling Rules Bill Passed - House (65 - 32)
June 27, 2018 OH SB 66 Authorizes Judges to Sentence Individuals to "Community Control" Facilities (90 - 2)
June 27, 2018 OH SB 81 Amends Renewal Procedures for Veteran Concealed Carry Permits Bill Passed - House (84 - 7)
June 27, 2018 OH HB 349 Establishes Criminal Penalties for Mistreatment of Search and Rescue Animals Bill Passed - House (78 - 15)
June 27, 2018 OH HB 36 Exempts Licensed Ministers From Preforming Marriage Ceremonies Against Religious Beliefs Bill Passed - House (61 - 30)
June 20, 2018 OH SB 4 Authorizes Expunged Convictions for Victims of Human Trafficking Bill Passed - House (81 - 12)
June 20, 2018 OH HB 365 Amends Prison Parole and Sentencing Laws Bill Passed - House (90 - 3)
June 7, 2018 OH HB 411 Requires Compensation for Wrongfully Imprisoned Individuals Bill Passed - House (77 - 11)
June 7, 2018 OH HB 411 Requires Compensation for Wrongfully Imprisoned Individuals Bill Passed - House (77 - 11)
June 7, 2018 OH HB 411 Requires Compensation for Wrongfully Imprisoned Individuals Bill Passed - House (77 - 11)
April 11, 2018 OH SB 231 Establishes Database of Violent Offenders Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 2)
March 21, 2018 OH HB 410 Establishes Monetary Penalties for Red Light Camera Tickets Going to Trial Bill Passed - House (71 - 24)
Oct. 11, 2017 OH HB 79 Authorizes Certain Medical Professionals to Carry Firearms while on Duty Bill Passed - House (90 - 7)
July 6, 2017 OH HB 233 Amends Regulations of Gun-Free Zones Bill Passed - House (65 - 31)
March 29, 2017 OH SB 1 Increases Penalties for Fentanyl-Related Drug Convictions Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6)
May 24, 2016 OH HB 110 Authorizes Immunity for Individuals Reporting Drug Overdose Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
May 24, 2016 OH HB 110 Authorizes Immunity for Individuals Reporting Drug Overdose Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
Nov. 17, 2015 OH HB 48 Amends Provisions Concerning Concealed Carry of Firearms Bill Passed - House (68 - 29)
Dec. 17, 2014 OH HB 663 Requires Confidentiality of Death Penalty Information Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 23)
Dec. 11, 2014 OH SB 342 Prohibits Use of Traffic Cameras to Issue Tickets Unless Officer is Present Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 9)
Dec. 11, 2014 OH HB 663 Requires Confidentiality of Death Penalty Information Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
Dec. 10, 2014 OH HB 234 Authorizes Noise Suppressors on Certain Firearms Concurrence Vote Passed - House (72 - 21)
Dec. 10, 2014 OH SB 342 Prohibits Use of Traffic Cameras to Issue Tickets Unless Officer is Present Bill Passed - House (58 - 31)
Dec. 9, 2014 OH HB 234 Authorizes Noise Suppressors on Certain Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
Nov. 19, 2014 OH SB 342 Prohibits Use of Traffic Cameras to Issue Tickets unless an Officer is Present Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
April 9, 2014 OH HB 369 Requires Local Boards to Offer Certain Addiction Treatments Bill Passed - House (71 - 20)
April 2, 2014 OH HB 234 Authorizes Noise Suppressors on Certain Firearms Bill Passed - House (76 - 15)
Jan. 22, 2014 OH HB 8 Authorizes Certain Employees to Carry Concealed Firearms on School Property Bill Passed - House (63 - 29)
March 20, 2013 OH SB 47 Prohibits Collection of Petition Signatures after Filing Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
March 20, 2013 OH SB 47 Prohibits Collection of Petition Signatures after Filing Bill Passed - House (57 - 38)
Dec. 13, 2012 OH HB 495 Amends Definition of Loaded Gun Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 23)
Dec. 13, 2012 OH HB 495 Amends Definition of Loaded Gun Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
June 13, 2012 OH HB 495 Amends Definition of Loaded Gun Bill Passed - House (59 - 28)
June 15, 2011 OH SB 17 Authorizes Concealed Handguns at Alcohol Vendors Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
June 15, 2011 OH SB 17 Authorizes Concealed Handguns at Alcohol Vendors Bill Passed - House (56 - 39)
May 27, 2010 OH SB 239 Allowing Concealed Firearms in Establishments that Serve Alcohol Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
May 26, 2010 OH HB 473 Prohibits Inappropriate Pictures of Minors Bill Passed - House (86 - 12)
Dec. 10, 2008 OH HB 648 Increasing Restrictions on Access to Confidential Personal Information Bill Passed - House (69 - 26)
May 29, 2008 OH SB 184 Lethal Force Against Intruders Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
May 28, 2008 OH SB 184 Lethal Force Against Intruders Bill Passed - House (73 - 23)
Oct. 10, 2007 OH Amendment Foster Parent Confidentiality Amendment Adopted - House (52 - 44)
May 25, 2006 OH Sub HB 184 U.S. and Ohio Mottos in Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - House (82 - 13)
March 29, 2006 OH Am Sub SB 17 Child Abuse Reporting Requirements and Statute of Limitations Regarding Religious Figures Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
March 29, 2006 OH Am Sub SB 17 Child Abuse Reporting Requirements and Statute of Limitations Regarding Religious Figures Bill Passed - House (77 - 18)
March 21, 2006 OH HCR 36 Apportioning U.S. House Seats Resolution Passed - House (71 - 23)
March 15, 2006 OH Amdt. HB 9 Concealed Weapons Permit Disclosure Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (51 - 43)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/22 HB 236 Classifies Police Employed at Hospitals as Peace Officers Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 9)
12/18 SB 175 Expands "Stand Your Ground" Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 11)
12/17 SB 175 Expands "Stand Your Ground" Laws Bill Passed - House (52 - 31)
12/02 SB 40 Prohibits State Universities from Enacting Limitations on Campus Free Speech Bill Passed - House (66 - 27)
12/02 SB 334 Establishes Juneteenth as a Paid State Holiday Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
11/19 HB 310 Increases Penalties for Bullying and Hazing Bill Passed - House (74 - 14)
11/18 SB 317 Authorizes Teachers to Carry Firearms on School Grounds if Approved by the School Board Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
11/18 HB 208 Amends Previous Law to Make Assaulting a Sports Referee a Felony Bill Passed - House (74 - 13)
11/18 SB 375 Rescinds the Ohio Department of Health Order Limiting Operations of County Fairs Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 8)
9/23 SB 360 Prohibits Public Officials from Issuing an Order that Prohibits Statewide Firearm Sales Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
9/01 HB 272 Prohibits State Officials From Changing the Time and Place of an Election Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 35)
6/30 HB 606 Establishes a COVID-19 Business Liability Shield Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
6/30 SB 3 Amends Drug Penalties Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 4)
6/11 HB 425 Repeals the Requirement that Handgun Owners Notify Police About Their Firearm When Stopped Bill Passed - House (58 - 32)
6/10 HB 61 Authorizes Oral, Written, Electronic, or Telephonic Consent for Contact Tracing of Infectious Diseases Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
6/10 HB 624 Requires Different Reporting Methods for COVID-19 Statistics Bill Passed - House (61 - 34)
6/03 SB 308 Establishes Legal Protection to Small Businesses and Healthcare Providers during COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
5/28 HB 606 Establishes a COVID-19 Business Liability Shield Bill Passed - House (83 - 9)
5/27 HB 272 Prohibits State Officials From Changing the Time and Place of an Election Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 8)
5/20 HB 3 Amends Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence Bill Passed - House (94 - 0)
5/13 HB 368 Establishes Criminal Penalties for Cyber Crimes Bill Passed - House (93 - 1)
1/28 SB 40 Prohibits State Universities from Enacting Limitations on Campus Free Speech Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
11/13 HB 272 Prohibits State Officials From Changing the Time and Place of an Election Bill Passed - House (91 - 0)
6/05 HB 136 Prohibits Individuals With Serious Mental Illnesses from Being Sentenced to Death Bill Passed - House (76 - 18)
6/05 HB 136 Prohibits Individuals With Serious Mental Illnesses from Being Sentenced to Death Bill Passed - House (76 - 18)
5/01 SB 33 Increases Penalties for Infrastructure Protesting Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 8)
3/06 HB 86 Amends Regulations for Firearm Length Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
2/27 HB 86 Amends Regulations for Firearm Length Bill Passed - House (76 - 20)
12/27 HB 228 Establishes New Self-Defense and Firearm Handling Rules Veto Override Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
12/27 HB 228 Establishes New Self-Defense and Firearm Handling Rules Veto Override Passed - House (67 - 22)
12/06 HB 228 Establishes New Self-Defense and Firearm Handling Rules Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 22)
12/06 HB 228 Establishes New Self-Defense and Firearm Handling Rules Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10)
12/06 SB 250 Increases Trespass Penalties and Other Crimes Related to Protesting Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 5)
11/14 HB 228 Establishes New Self-Defense and Firearm Handling Rules Bill Passed - House (65 - 32)
6/27 SB 66 Authorizes Judges to Sentence Individuals to "Community Control" Facilities (90 - 2)
6/27 SB 81 Amends Renewal Procedures for Veteran Concealed Carry Permits Bill Passed - House (84 - 7)
6/27 HB 349 Establishes Criminal Penalties for Mistreatment of Search and Rescue Animals Bill Passed - House (78 - 15)
6/27 HB 36 Exempts Licensed Ministers From Preforming Marriage Ceremonies Against Religious Beliefs Bill Passed - House (61 - 30)
6/20 SB 4 Authorizes Expunged Convictions for Victims of Human Trafficking Bill Passed - House (81 - 12)
6/20 HB 365 Amends Prison Parole and Sentencing Laws Bill Passed - House (90 - 3)
6/07 HB 411 Requires Compensation for Wrongfully Imprisoned Individuals Bill Passed - House (77 - 11)
6/07 HB 411 Requires Compensation for Wrongfully Imprisoned Individuals Bill Passed - House (77 - 11)
6/07 HB 411 Requires Compensation for Wrongfully Imprisoned Individuals Bill Passed - House (77 - 11)
4/11 SB 231 Establishes Database of Violent Offenders Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 2)
3/21 HB 410 Establishes Monetary Penalties for Red Light Camera Tickets Going to Trial Bill Passed - House (71 - 24)
10/11 HB 79 Authorizes Certain Medical Professionals to Carry Firearms while on Duty Bill Passed - House (90 - 7)
7/06 HB 233 Amends Regulations of Gun-Free Zones Bill Passed - House (65 - 31)
3/29 SB 1 Increases Penalties for Fentanyl-Related Drug Convictions Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6)
5/24 HB 110 Authorizes Immunity for Individuals Reporting Drug Overdose Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
5/24 HB 110 Authorizes Immunity for Individuals Reporting Drug Overdose Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
11/17 HB 48 Amends Provisions Concerning Concealed Carry of Firearms Bill Passed - House (68 - 29)
12/17 HB 663 Requires Confidentiality of Death Penalty Information Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 23)
12/11 SB 342 Prohibits Use of Traffic Cameras to Issue Tickets Unless Officer is Present Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 9)
12/11 HB 663 Requires Confidentiality of Death Penalty Information Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
12/10 HB 234 Authorizes Noise Suppressors on Certain Firearms Concurrence Vote Passed - House (72 - 21)
12/10 SB 342 Prohibits Use of Traffic Cameras to Issue Tickets Unless Officer is Present Bill Passed - House (58 - 31)
12/09 HB 234 Authorizes Noise Suppressors on Certain Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
11/19 SB 342 Prohibits Use of Traffic Cameras to Issue Tickets unless an Officer is Present Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
4/09 HB 369 Requires Local Boards to Offer Certain Addiction Treatments Bill Passed - House (71 - 20)
4/02 HB 234 Authorizes Noise Suppressors on Certain Firearms Bill Passed - House (76 - 15)
1/22 HB 8 Authorizes Certain Employees to Carry Concealed Firearms on School Property Bill Passed - House (63 - 29)
3/20 SB 47 Prohibits Collection of Petition Signatures after Filing Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
3/20 SB 47 Prohibits Collection of Petition Signatures after Filing Bill Passed - House (57 - 38)
12/13 HB 495 Amends Definition of Loaded Gun Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 23)
12/13 HB 495 Amends Definition of Loaded Gun Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
6/13 HB 495 Amends Definition of Loaded Gun Bill Passed - House (59 - 28)
6/15 SB 17 Authorizes Concealed Handguns at Alcohol Vendors Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
6/15 SB 17 Authorizes Concealed Handguns at Alcohol Vendors Bill Passed - House (56 - 39)
5/27 SB 239 Allowing Concealed Firearms in Establishments that Serve Alcohol Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
5/26 HB 473 Prohibits Inappropriate Pictures of Minors Bill Passed - House (86 - 12)
12/10 HB 648 Increasing Restrictions on Access to Confidential Personal Information Bill Passed - House (69 - 26)
5/29 SB 184 Lethal Force Against Intruders Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
5/28 SB 184 Lethal Force Against Intruders Bill Passed - House (73 - 23)
10/10 Amendment Foster Parent Confidentiality Amendment Adopted - House (52 - 44)
5/25 Sub HB 184 U.S. and Ohio Mottos in Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - House (82 - 13)
3/29 Am Sub SB 17 Child Abuse Reporting Requirements and Statute of Limitations Regarding Religious Figures Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
3/29 Am Sub SB 17 Child Abuse Reporting Requirements and Statute of Limitations Regarding Religious Figures Bill Passed - House (77 - 18)
3/21 HCR 36 Apportioning U.S. House Seats Resolution Passed - House (71 - 23)
3/15 Amdt. HB 9 Concealed Weapons Permit Disclosure Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (51 - 43)

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