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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
Aug. 10, 2020 OR HB 4301 Prohibits Use of Chokeholds by Law Enforcement Officers Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 5)
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 SB 1701 Authorizes Unemployment Benefits for Employees Working Less than Full-Time Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 6)
Aug. 10, 2020 OR HB 4302 Limits Number of Onshore Exploration Sites and Oil Wells Bill Passed - House (34 - 23)
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 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 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 SB 1604 Amends Law Enforcement Arbitration Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 0)
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)
Date No. Title Outcome
8/10 HB 4301 Prohibits Use of Chokeholds by Law Enforcement Officers Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 5)
8/10 SB 1703 Authorizes the Department of Revenue to Share Information with the Director of Employment Bill Passed - House (52 - 5)
8/10 SB 1701 Authorizes Unemployment Benefits for Employees Working Less than Full-Time Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 6)
8/10 HB 4302 Limits Number of Onshore Exploration Sites and Oil Wells Bill Passed - House (34 - 23)
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 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 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 SB 1604 Amends Law Enforcement Arbitration Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 0)
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)

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