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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
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 HB 101 Establishes Limited Liability Protections for Farmers Offering Agritourism Activities Bill Passed - House (142 - 60)
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. 27, 2021 PA HB 55 Limits Governor Emergency Declaration Powers Bill Passed - House (116 - 86)
Jan. 26, 2021 PA SB 2 Specifies Executive Power Over Disaster Emergency Declarations and Management. Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 20)