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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. 21, 2020 OR HB 4402 Establishes Liability Immunity from COVID-19 Related Lawsuits for Schools Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 4)
Dec. 21, 2020 OR HB 4401 Requires Distribution of Unpaid Rent During State of Emergencies Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 6)
Dec. 21, 2020 OR HB 4401 Requires Distribution of Unpaid Rent During State of Emergencies Bill Passed - House (40 - 14)
Aug. 10, 2020 OR SB 1703 Authorizes the Department of Revenue to Share Information with the Director of Employment Bill Passed - House (52 - 5)
Aug. 10, 2020 OR HB 4301 Prohibits Use of Chokeholds by Law Enforcement Officers Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 5)
Aug. 10, 2020 OR HB 4302 Limits Number of Onshore Exploration Sites and Oil Wells Bill Passed - House (34 - 23)
Aug. 10, 2020 OR SB 1701 Authorizes Unemployment Benefits for Employees Working Less than Full-Time Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 6)
June 26, 2020 OR HB 4208 Prohibits the Use of Tear Gas for Crowd Control Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 2)
June 26, 2020 OR HB 4210 Repeals Driving Privilege Suspensions for Failure to Pay Fines Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 7)
June 26, 2020 OR SB 1603 Extends a Cell Phone Tax to Pay for Public Broadband Projects Bill Passed - House (38 - 19)
June 26, 2020 OR HB 4207 Establishes Online Database of Suspended Police Officers Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 1)
June 26, 2020 OR HB 4203 Prohibits Peace Officers from Using Force by Applying Pressure on Throat or Neck Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 1)
June 26, 2020 OR HB 4201 Establishes Joint Committee on Transparent Policing and Use of Force Reform Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 1)
June 26, 2020 OR HB 4205 Requires Police Officers to Intervene When a Fellow Officer is Engaging in Misconduct Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 0)
June 26, 2020 OR HB 4213 Prohibits Evictions for Nonpayment During Emergency Period Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 8)
June 26, 2020 OR SB 1604 Amends Law Enforcement Arbitration Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 0)
June 26, 2020 OR SB 1603 Extends a Cell Phone Tax to Pay for Public Broadband Projects Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 10)
Feb. 19, 2020 OR HB 4109 Prohibits Aerial Pesticide Applications of Chlorpyrifos Bill Passed - House (32 - 24)
Feb. 17, 2020 OR HJR 202 Authorizes a Ballot Referendum Vote on Universal Health Care Bill Passed - House (36 - 21)
Feb. 14, 2020 OR HB 4067 Authorizes the Public Utility Commission to Provide Assistance to Low-Income Earners Bill Passed - House (43 - 11)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/21 HB 4402 Establishes Liability Immunity from COVID-19 Related Lawsuits for Schools Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 4)
12/21 HB 4401 Requires Distribution of Unpaid Rent During State of Emergencies Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 6)
12/21 HB 4401 Requires Distribution of Unpaid Rent During State of Emergencies Bill Passed - House (40 - 14)
8/10 SB 1703 Authorizes the Department of Revenue to Share Information with the Director of Employment Bill Passed - House (52 - 5)
8/10 HB 4301 Prohibits Use of Chokeholds by Law Enforcement Officers Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 5)
8/10 HB 4302 Limits Number of Onshore Exploration Sites and Oil Wells Bill Passed - House (34 - 23)
8/10 SB 1701 Authorizes Unemployment Benefits for Employees Working Less than Full-Time Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 6)
6/26 HB 4208 Prohibits the Use of Tear Gas for Crowd Control Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 2)
6/26 HB 4210 Repeals Driving Privilege Suspensions for Failure to Pay Fines Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 7)
6/26 SB 1603 Extends a Cell Phone Tax to Pay for Public Broadband Projects Bill Passed - House (38 - 19)
6/26 HB 4207 Establishes Online Database of Suspended Police Officers Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 1)
6/26 HB 4203 Prohibits Peace Officers from Using Force by Applying Pressure on Throat or Neck Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 1)
6/26 HB 4201 Establishes Joint Committee on Transparent Policing and Use of Force Reform Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 1)
6/26 HB 4205 Requires Police Officers to Intervene When a Fellow Officer is Engaging in Misconduct Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 0)
6/26 HB 4213 Prohibits Evictions for Nonpayment During Emergency Period Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 8)
6/26 SB 1604 Amends Law Enforcement Arbitration Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 0)
6/26 SB 1603 Extends a Cell Phone Tax to Pay for Public Broadband Projects Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 10)
2/19 HB 4109 Prohibits Aerial Pesticide Applications of Chlorpyrifos Bill Passed - House (32 - 24)
2/17 HJR 202 Authorizes a Ballot Referendum Vote on Universal Health Care Bill Passed - House (36 - 21)
2/14 HB 4067 Authorizes the Public Utility Commission to Provide Assistance to Low-Income Earners Bill Passed - House (43 - 11)

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