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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
Nov. 16, 2021 PA SB 565 Expands Concealed Carry Laws Bill Passed - House (107 - 92)
Nov. 9, 2021 PA SB 565 Expands Concealed Carry Laws Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
Nov. 9, 2021 PA SB 448 Authorizes Municipalities and Counties to be Sued for Gun Ordinances Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 19)
Oct. 26, 2021 PA SB 814 Classifies Fleeing an Officer Attempting to Arrest and Injuring a Police Dog as a Crime Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 14)
Oct. 26, 2021 PA SB 705 Authorizes the Regulation of Telemedicine by Professional Licensing Boards Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 4)
Oct. 6, 2021 PA HB 1332 Requires All School Districts Post Curriculum Online Bill Passed - House (110 - 89)
Oct. 4, 2021 PA HB 1893 Expands Access to COVID-19 Data in Order to be Available to the Public Bill Passed - House (113 - 87)
Sept. 27, 2021 PA SB 738 Establishes a Public Website to Track Constitutional Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 6)
June 25, 2021 PA HB 336 Amends and Removes Provisions of Existing Laws Relating to Banking and Securities Concurrence Vote Passed - House (112 - 89)
June 25, 2021 PA SB 381 Authorizes College Athletes to Profit Off Their Name, Image, and Likeness Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (40 - 10)
June 25, 2021 PA HB 1024 Amends Marijuana Laws to Make it Easier to Remove Yeast or Mold Contaminants Concurrence Vote Passed - House (165 - 36)
June 25, 2021 PA SB 255 Appropriates Funds for Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Departments Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (43 - 7)
June 25, 2021 PA SB 381 Authorizes College Athletes to Profit Off Their Name, Image, and Likeness Bill Passed - House (154 - 47)
June 25, 2021 PA SB 255 Appropriates Funds for Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Departments Bill Passed - House (140 - 61)
June 25, 2021 PA HB 336 Amends and Removes Provisions of Existing Laws Relating to Banking and Securities Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
June 25, 2021 PA HB 1300 Establishes State Legislative Authority Over Elections Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
June 24, 2021 PA SB 618 Prohibits Vaccine Passports and Limits Powers of the Secretary of Health Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
June 24, 2021 PA SB 115 Authorizes Nurses to Hold a License in Multiple States Bill Passed - House (146 - 55)
June 23, 2021 PA SB 618 Prohibits Vaccine Passports and Limits Powers of the Secretary of Health Bill Passed - House (112 - 89)
June 23, 2021 PA SB 735 Requires Identification for Voters Each Time they Cast a Ballot Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 20)
June 22, 2021 PA HB 1621 Expands 5G Wireless Broadband Access for Rural Pennsylvanians Bill Passed - House (198 - 3)
June 22, 2021 PA HB 1300 Establishes State Legislative Authority Over Elections Bill Passed - House (110 - 91)
June 16, 2021 PA HB 649 Establishes Additional Safety Requirements for Congregate Care Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 18)
June 16, 2021 PA HB 1154 Authorizes Certain Stores to Sell Mixed Alcoholic Beverages To-Go Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
June 16, 2021 PA HB 975 Prohibits Sexual and Elder Abuse in Senior Care Facilities Bill Passed - House (170 - 32)
June 14, 2021 PA SB 119 Prohibits Pennsylvania from Joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 15)
June 9, 2021 PA HB 118 Requires Either a Funeral or Cremation of Abortion Remains Bill Passed - House (118 - 83)
June 8, 2021 PA HB 979 Authorizes Gun Owners and Organizations to Challenge Local Guns Laws that are Stricter than State Law Bill Passed - House (124 - 79)
May 25, 2021 PA SB 426 Increases Legislative Oversight of the Regulatory Review Process Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
May 25, 2021 PA HB 406 Establishes Work Search Requirements to Receive Unemployment Compensation Bill Passed - House (130 - 71)
May 25, 2021 PA SB 442 Requires the Department of General Service to Determine Where to Install Cell Towers and Other Infrastructure Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
May 24, 2021 PA HB 1010 Transfers the Authority Over Writing and Advertising Constitutional Amendments Bill Passed - House (113 - 88)
May 12, 2021 PA SB 115 Authorizes Nurses to Hold a License in Multiple States Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
May 5, 2021 PA HR 91 Establishes a Task Force to Review the Failure to Advertise a Proposed Constitutional Amendment Resolution Passed - House (111 - 90)
May 4, 2021 PA HB 288 Authorizes an Agency's Regulatory Compliance Officer to Create Guidelines for Waiving Fines or Penalties Bill Passed - House (106 - 95)
May 4, 2021 PA HB 129 Requires All Unemployment Hearings be Held Digitally Bill Passed - House (102 - 99)
May 4, 2021 PA HB 139 Establishes New Rules for Permit Programs for Annual Reports Bill Passed - House (113 - 88)
May 4, 2021 PA HB 950 Extends Greater Authority to the General Assembly Over Regulatory Repeals Bill Passed - House (109 - 92)
May 4, 2021 PA HB 72 Establishes a Review Process for Major Regulations Bill Passed - House (108 - 93)
April 28, 2021 PA SB 434 Authorizes Milk Processors More Leniency With Milk Date Coding Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 0)
April 27, 2021 PA SB 382 Requires PennDOT Receive Approval Before Undertaking Plans to Toll Bridges Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 19)
April 21, 2021 PA HB 747 Authorizes Retail Stores to Remain Open with One Staff and One Shopper During Disaster Emergency Declarations Bill Passed - House (117 - 84)
April 7, 2021 PA HB 184 Increases Penalties for Assisted Suicide Bill Passed - House (162 - 39)
April 7, 2021 PA HB 951 Expands the Window for Underage Victims to Sue for Sexual Abuse Bill Passed - House (149 - 52)
April 6, 2021 PA HB 605 Establishes Protections For Businesses From Certain COVID-19 Related Lawsuits Bill Passed - House (107 - 94)
April 5, 2021 PA HB 335 Establishes the Permanent Status of Daylight Savings Time Bill Passed - House (103 - 98)
March 24, 2021 PA HB 63 Increases Suburban County Authority for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Bill Passed - House (135 - 66)
March 16, 2021 PA HB 103 Increases the Penalty for Spitting on a Police Officer to a First Degree Misdemeanor Bill Passed - House (146 - 56)
Feb. 5, 2021 PA SB 2 Specifies Executive Power Over Disaster Emergency Declarations and Management Bill Passed - House (116 - 86)
Feb. 5, 2021 PA HB 101 Establishes Limited Liability Protections for Farmers Offering Agritourism Activities Bill Passed - House (142 - 60)
Jan. 27, 2021 PA HB 55 Limits Governor Emergency Declaration Powers Bill Passed - House (116 - 86)
Jan. 27, 2021 PA SB 87 Establishes a Task Force on Child Pornography Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 2)
Jan. 27, 2021 PA HB 14 Extends the Statute of Limitations for Childhood Sexual Abuse. Bill Passed - House (187 - 15)
Jan. 27, 2021 PA SB 109 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Relief Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 0)
Jan. 26, 2021 PA SB 2 Specifies Executive Power Over Disaster Emergency Declarations and Management Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 20)
Date No. Title Outcome
11/16 SB 565 Expands Concealed Carry Laws Bill Passed - House (107 - 92)
11/09 SB 565 Expands Concealed Carry Laws Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
11/09 SB 448 Authorizes Municipalities and Counties to be Sued for Gun Ordinances Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 19)
10/26 SB 814 Classifies Fleeing an Officer Attempting to Arrest and Injuring a Police Dog as a Crime Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 14)
10/26 SB 705 Authorizes the Regulation of Telemedicine by Professional Licensing Boards Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 4)
10/06 HB 1332 Requires All School Districts Post Curriculum Online Bill Passed - House (110 - 89)
10/04 HB 1893 Expands Access to COVID-19 Data in Order to be Available to the Public Bill Passed - House (113 - 87)
9/27 SB 738 Establishes a Public Website to Track Constitutional Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 6)
6/25 HB 336 Amends and Removes Provisions of Existing Laws Relating to Banking and Securities Concurrence Vote Passed - House (112 - 89)
6/25 SB 381 Authorizes College Athletes to Profit Off Their Name, Image, and Likeness Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (40 - 10)
6/25 HB 1024 Amends Marijuana Laws to Make it Easier to Remove Yeast or Mold Contaminants Concurrence Vote Passed - House (165 - 36)
6/25 SB 255 Appropriates Funds for Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Departments Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (43 - 7)
6/25 SB 381 Authorizes College Athletes to Profit Off Their Name, Image, and Likeness Bill Passed - House (154 - 47)
6/25 SB 255 Appropriates Funds for Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Departments Bill Passed - House (140 - 61)
6/25 HB 336 Amends and Removes Provisions of Existing Laws Relating to Banking and Securities Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
6/25 HB 1300 Establishes State Legislative Authority Over Elections Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
6/24 SB 618 Prohibits Vaccine Passports and Limits Powers of the Secretary of Health Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
6/24 SB 115 Authorizes Nurses to Hold a License in Multiple States Bill Passed - House (146 - 55)
6/23 SB 618 Prohibits Vaccine Passports and Limits Powers of the Secretary of Health Bill Passed - House (112 - 89)
6/23 SB 735 Requires Identification for Voters Each Time they Cast a Ballot Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 20)
6/22 HB 1621 Expands 5G Wireless Broadband Access for Rural Pennsylvanians Bill Passed - House (198 - 3)
6/22 HB 1300 Establishes State Legislative Authority Over Elections Bill Passed - House (110 - 91)
6/16 HB 649 Establishes Additional Safety Requirements for Congregate Care Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 18)
6/16 HB 1154 Authorizes Certain Stores to Sell Mixed Alcoholic Beverages To-Go Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
6/16 HB 975 Prohibits Sexual and Elder Abuse in Senior Care Facilities Bill Passed - House (170 - 32)
6/14 SB 119 Prohibits Pennsylvania from Joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 15)
6/09 HB 118 Requires Either a Funeral or Cremation of Abortion Remains Bill Passed - House (118 - 83)
6/08 HB 979 Authorizes Gun Owners and Organizations to Challenge Local Guns Laws that are Stricter than State Law Bill Passed - House (124 - 79)
5/25 SB 426 Increases Legislative Oversight of the Regulatory Review Process Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
5/25 HB 406 Establishes Work Search Requirements to Receive Unemployment Compensation Bill Passed - House (130 - 71)
5/25 SB 442 Requires the Department of General Service to Determine Where to Install Cell Towers and Other Infrastructure Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
5/24 HB 1010 Transfers the Authority Over Writing and Advertising Constitutional Amendments Bill Passed - House (113 - 88)
5/12 SB 115 Authorizes Nurses to Hold a License in Multiple States Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
5/05 HR 91 Establishes a Task Force to Review the Failure to Advertise a Proposed Constitutional Amendment Resolution Passed - House (111 - 90)
5/04 HB 288 Authorizes an Agency's Regulatory Compliance Officer to Create Guidelines for Waiving Fines or Penalties Bill Passed - House (106 - 95)
5/04 HB 129 Requires All Unemployment Hearings be Held Digitally Bill Passed - House (102 - 99)
5/04 HB 139 Establishes New Rules for Permit Programs for Annual Reports Bill Passed - House (113 - 88)
5/04 HB 950 Extends Greater Authority to the General Assembly Over Regulatory Repeals Bill Passed - House (109 - 92)
5/04 HB 72 Establishes a Review Process for Major Regulations Bill Passed - House (108 - 93)
4/28 SB 434 Authorizes Milk Processors More Leniency With Milk Date Coding Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 0)
4/27 SB 382 Requires PennDOT Receive Approval Before Undertaking Plans to Toll Bridges Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 19)
4/21 HB 747 Authorizes Retail Stores to Remain Open with One Staff and One Shopper During Disaster Emergency Declarations Bill Passed - House (117 - 84)
4/07 HB 184 Increases Penalties for Assisted Suicide Bill Passed - House (162 - 39)
4/07 HB 951 Expands the Window for Underage Victims to Sue for Sexual Abuse Bill Passed - House (149 - 52)
4/06 HB 605 Establishes Protections For Businesses From Certain COVID-19 Related Lawsuits Bill Passed - House (107 - 94)
4/05 HB 335 Establishes the Permanent Status of Daylight Savings Time Bill Passed - House (103 - 98)
3/24 HB 63 Increases Suburban County Authority for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Bill Passed - House (135 - 66)
3/16 HB 103 Increases the Penalty for Spitting on a Police Officer to a First Degree Misdemeanor Bill Passed - House (146 - 56)
2/05 SB 2 Specifies Executive Power Over Disaster Emergency Declarations and Management Bill Passed - House (116 - 86)
2/05 HB 101 Establishes Limited Liability Protections for Farmers Offering Agritourism Activities Bill Passed - House (142 - 60)
1/27 HB 55 Limits Governor Emergency Declaration Powers Bill Passed - House (116 - 86)
1/27 SB 87 Establishes a Task Force on Child Pornography Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 2)
1/27 HB 14 Extends the Statute of Limitations for Childhood Sexual Abuse. Bill Passed - House (187 - 15)
1/27 SB 109 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Relief Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 0)
1/26 SB 2 Specifies Executive Power Over Disaster Emergency Declarations and Management Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 20)

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