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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. 15, 2021 OH HB 126 Amends the Process to Challenge Property Value Evaluations Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 7)
Nov. 18, 2021 OH SB 258 Establishes Congressional District Boundaries Bill Passed - House (55 - 37)
Nov. 18, 2021 OH HB 218 Establishes Comprehensive Vaccine Mandate Exemptions for Employees and Students Bill Passed - House (58 - 32)
Nov. 17, 2021 OH HB 99 Reduces Training for Armed School Employees Bill Passed - House (59 - 33)
Nov. 17, 2021 OH HB 227 Expands Concealed Carry Laws Bill Passed - House (60 - 32)
Nov. 16, 2021 OH SB 258 Establishes Congressional District Boundaries Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 7)
Oct. 27, 2021 OH HB 172 Amends the State's Fireworks Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 5)
Oct. 20, 2021 OH SB 185 Prohibits Local Governments from Confiscating Firearms During Declared Emergencies Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 7)
Sept. 29, 2021 OH HB 175 Repeals the Ohio EPA's Authority to Regulate Ephemeral Streams Bill Passed - House (61 - 33)
Sept. 22, 2021 OH SB 47 Exempts Certain Tasks from Overtime Pay Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
June 28, 2021 OH HB 110 Appropriates Funds for the 2022-2023 Fiscal Year Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (84 - 13)
June 28, 2021 OH HB 244 Prohibits COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements in State Public Schools and Universities Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 34)
June 28, 2021 OH HB 244 Prohibits COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements in State Public Schools and Universities Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
June 28, 2021 OH SB 19 Limits the Size of the Sales Tax Levy Sought by the Toledo Area Regional Transportation Authority Bill Passed - House (61 - 36)
June 28, 2021 OH SB 52 Prohibits Wind and Solar Companies from Applying to Build Projects Bill Passed - House (52 - 44)
June 25, 2021 OH SB 80 Requires Party Affiliations of Judicial Candidates to be Listed on Election Ballots Bill Passed - House (52 - 37)
June 25, 2021 OH HB 22 Amends the Definition of Obstruction of Justice to Include Distracting a Police Officer Bill Passed - House (61 - 33)
June 24, 2021 OH SB 113 Authorizes the Legal Sale of Fireworks Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 8)
June 24, 2021 OH SB 113 Authorizes the Legal Sale of Fireworks Bill Passed - House (67 - 27)
June 24, 2021 OH SB 187 Prohibits Transgender Athletes from Participating on Sports Teams that do Not Match their Birth Gender Bill Passed - House (58 - 36)
June 24, 2021 OH HB 201 Prohibits Local Governments from limiting use of Natural Gas Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
June 23, 2021 OH HB 82 Repeals ACT and SAT Requirements for High School Graduation Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 1)
June 23, 2021 OH SB 3 Authorizes Ohio to Join the Nurse Licensure Compact Bill Passed - House (60 - 35)
June 16, 2021 OH SB 126 Expands Criminal Penalties for Hazing and Implements Education and Prevention Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
June 16, 2021 OH HR 69 Alleges Larry Householder Should be Expelled from the Legislature Resolution Passed - House (75 - 21)
June 16, 2021 OH SB 176 Authorizes the Legalization of Sports Betting Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 2)
June 10, 2021 OH HB 163 Prohibits Mandatory Overtime Work for Nurses as a Condition of Employment Bill Passed - House (82 - 12)
June 10, 2021 OH HR 56 Alleges the E-Check Program Should be Eliminated Bill Passed - House (62 - 29)
June 9, 2021 OH HB 110 Appropriates Funds for the 2022-2023 Fiscal Year Budget Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
June 2, 2021 OH SB 52 Prohibits Wind and Solar Companies from Applying to Build Projects Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
May 26, 2021 OH HB 157 Authorizes Employees to Apply for Tax Refunds Paid to Cities they do Not Live in Bill Passed - House (63 - 31)
May 26, 2021 OH HB 123 Amends the Law Governing Community Reinvestment Areas Bill Passed - House (57 - 36)
May 19, 2021 OH HB 68 Requires Private Contractors Working Construction to be Paid Promptly Bill Passed - House (86 - 11)
May 12, 2021 OH SB 4 Exempts Personal Information of Certain Persons from Public Records Law Bill Passed - House (83 - 10)
May 12, 2021 OH HB 229 Establishes Qualified Immunity for Camp Counselors Bill Passed - House (65 - 29)
May 6, 2021 OH HB 172 Amends the State's Fireworks Laws Bill Passed - House (73 - 24)
May 6, 2021 OH HB 215 Classifies All Businesses as Essential and Allows them to Stay Open Bill Passed - House (77 - 17)
May 6, 2021 OH HB 201 Prohibits Local Governments from limiting use of Natural Gas Bill Passed - House (65 - 32)
May 5, 2021 OH HB 37 Increases the Number of Times a Pharmacist May Dispense a Life-Saving Medication Bill Passed - House (92 - 3)
April 22, 2021 OH SB 28 Authorizes the Use of Owls for Falconry Bill Passed - House (69 - 23)
April 21, 2021 OH SB 6 Authorizes the State Medical Board of Ohio to Enter Into the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 1)
April 21, 2021 OH SB 80 Requires Party Affiliations of Judicial Candidates to be Listed on Election Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
April 15, 2021 OH HB 126 Amends the Process to Challenge Property Value Evaluations Bill Passed - House (62 - 31)
March 10, 2021 OH SB 22 Authorizes the General Assembly to Repeal the Governor's Emergency Declarations Bill Passed - House (57 - 38)
Feb. 25, 2021 OH HB 9 Prohibits Selling Dextromethorphan Without a Prescription Bill Passed - House (87 - 7)
Feb. 24, 2021 OH SB 3 Authorizes Ohio to Join the Nurse Licensure Compact Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 8)
Feb. 17, 2021 OH SB 22 Authorizes the General Assembly to Repeal the Governor's Emergency Declarations Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/15 HB 126 Amends the Process to Challenge Property Value Evaluations Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 7)
11/18 SB 258 Establishes Congressional District Boundaries Bill Passed - House (55 - 37)
11/18 HB 218 Establishes Comprehensive Vaccine Mandate Exemptions for Employees and Students Bill Passed - House (58 - 32)
11/17 HB 99 Reduces Training for Armed School Employees Bill Passed - House (59 - 33)
11/17 HB 227 Expands Concealed Carry Laws Bill Passed - House (60 - 32)
11/16 SB 258 Establishes Congressional District Boundaries Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 7)
10/27 HB 172 Amends the State's Fireworks Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 5)
10/20 SB 185 Prohibits Local Governments from Confiscating Firearms During Declared Emergencies Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 7)
9/29 HB 175 Repeals the Ohio EPA's Authority to Regulate Ephemeral Streams Bill Passed - House (61 - 33)
9/22 SB 47 Exempts Certain Tasks from Overtime Pay Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
6/28 HB 110 Appropriates Funds for the 2022-2023 Fiscal Year Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (84 - 13)
6/28 HB 244 Prohibits COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements in State Public Schools and Universities Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 34)
6/28 HB 244 Prohibits COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements in State Public Schools and Universities Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
6/28 SB 19 Limits the Size of the Sales Tax Levy Sought by the Toledo Area Regional Transportation Authority Bill Passed - House (61 - 36)
6/28 SB 52 Prohibits Wind and Solar Companies from Applying to Build Projects Bill Passed - House (52 - 44)
6/25 SB 80 Requires Party Affiliations of Judicial Candidates to be Listed on Election Ballots Bill Passed - House (52 - 37)
6/25 HB 22 Amends the Definition of Obstruction of Justice to Include Distracting a Police Officer Bill Passed - House (61 - 33)
6/24 SB 113 Authorizes the Legal Sale of Fireworks Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 8)
6/24 SB 113 Authorizes the Legal Sale of Fireworks Bill Passed - House (67 - 27)
6/24 SB 187 Prohibits Transgender Athletes from Participating on Sports Teams that do Not Match their Birth Gender Bill Passed - House (58 - 36)
6/24 HB 201 Prohibits Local Governments from limiting use of Natural Gas Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
6/23 HB 82 Repeals ACT and SAT Requirements for High School Graduation Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 1)
6/23 SB 3 Authorizes Ohio to Join the Nurse Licensure Compact Bill Passed - House (60 - 35)
6/16 SB 126 Expands Criminal Penalties for Hazing and Implements Education and Prevention Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
6/16 HR 69 Alleges Larry Householder Should be Expelled from the Legislature Resolution Passed - House (75 - 21)
6/16 SB 176 Authorizes the Legalization of Sports Betting Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 2)
6/10 HB 163 Prohibits Mandatory Overtime Work for Nurses as a Condition of Employment Bill Passed - House (82 - 12)
6/10 HR 56 Alleges the E-Check Program Should be Eliminated Bill Passed - House (62 - 29)
6/09 HB 110 Appropriates Funds for the 2022-2023 Fiscal Year Budget Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
6/02 SB 52 Prohibits Wind and Solar Companies from Applying to Build Projects Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
5/26 HB 157 Authorizes Employees to Apply for Tax Refunds Paid to Cities they do Not Live in Bill Passed - House (63 - 31)
5/26 HB 123 Amends the Law Governing Community Reinvestment Areas Bill Passed - House (57 - 36)
5/19 HB 68 Requires Private Contractors Working Construction to be Paid Promptly Bill Passed - House (86 - 11)
5/12 SB 4 Exempts Personal Information of Certain Persons from Public Records Law Bill Passed - House (83 - 10)
5/12 HB 229 Establishes Qualified Immunity for Camp Counselors Bill Passed - House (65 - 29)
5/06 HB 172 Amends the State's Fireworks Laws Bill Passed - House (73 - 24)
5/06 HB 215 Classifies All Businesses as Essential and Allows them to Stay Open Bill Passed - House (77 - 17)
5/06 HB 201 Prohibits Local Governments from limiting use of Natural Gas Bill Passed - House (65 - 32)
5/05 HB 37 Increases the Number of Times a Pharmacist May Dispense a Life-Saving Medication Bill Passed - House (92 - 3)
4/22 SB 28 Authorizes the Use of Owls for Falconry Bill Passed - House (69 - 23)
4/21 SB 6 Authorizes the State Medical Board of Ohio to Enter Into the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 1)
4/21 SB 80 Requires Party Affiliations of Judicial Candidates to be Listed on Election Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
4/15 HB 126 Amends the Process to Challenge Property Value Evaluations Bill Passed - House (62 - 31)
3/10 SB 22 Authorizes the General Assembly to Repeal the Governor's Emergency Declarations Bill Passed - House (57 - 38)
2/25 HB 9 Prohibits Selling Dextromethorphan Without a Prescription Bill Passed - House (87 - 7)
2/24 SB 3 Authorizes Ohio to Join the Nurse Licensure Compact Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 8)
2/17 SB 22 Authorizes the General Assembly to Repeal the Governor's Emergency Declarations Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)

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