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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 26, 2022 RI H 7060 Reduces Restrictions on Happy Hour Drink Specials (54 - 11)
Jan. 4, 2022 RI H 6324 Amends the Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act Veto Override Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
Jan. 4, 2022 RI H 6324 Amends the Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act Veto Override Passed - House (44 - 17)
April 27, 2021 RI S 708 Establishes a Tax Treaty Between the City of East Providence and ExxonMobil Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 5)
March 26, 2019 RI S 251 Requires the Collection of Sales Tax by Out of State Retailers Bill Passed - House (66 - 6)
May 31, 2018 RI H 7420 Prohibits the Rental or Leasing of Pets Bill Passed - House (69 - 0)
June 18, 2016 RI S 2864 Establishes Regulations for Rideshare Companies Bill Passed - House (53 - 6)
June 17, 2016 RI S 2864 Establishes Regulations for Rideshare Companies Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 6)
June 16, 2016 RI H 7007 Authorizes Cities to Establish Regulations for Body Works Businesses Bill Passed - House (54 - 16)
June 7, 2016 RI H 8240 Requires Referendum for Power Plant Tax Agreement Bill Passed - House (64 - 7)
June 25, 2015 RI H 5364 Increases Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 3)
June 23, 2015 RI H 5364 Increases Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees Bill Passed - House (56 - 16)
June 11, 2015 RI H 5074 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 3)
June 2, 2015 RI H 5074 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (59 - 13)
June 19, 2014 RI H 7194A Increases the Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
June 18, 2014 RI H 7194A Increases the Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (63 - 10)
May 22, 2013 RI S 256 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 6)
June 11, 2012 RI H 7323 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
June 11, 2012 RI S 2374 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (60 - 8)
June 8, 2012 RI H 7323 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - House (57 - 15)
June 7, 2012 RI S 2374 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
June 9, 2009 RI H 6088 Limiting Alcohol Sales Bill Passed - House (35 - 33)
June 4, 2009 RI H 5336 Coastal Resources Management Council Bill Passed - House (60 - 8)
May 27, 2009 RI S 659 Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 6)
May 19, 2009 RI H 5769 Boxing Rule Changes Bill Passed - House (53 - 13)
May 12, 2009 RI H 5143 E-Verify Bill Bill Passed - House (38 - 33)
April 29, 2008 RI H 7107 Employment Verification Program Bill Passed - House (52 - 17)
June 19, 2007 RI LCO # 2572/2 to H5300A Privatization of State Services Repeal Amendment Rejected - Senate (9 - 24)
June 15, 2007 RI LCO # 1305/22 to H5300A Privatization of State Services Amendment Adopted - House (61 - 13)
June 19, 2006 RI LCO # 2167/2 Tax Credits for Contributions to Scholarship Programs Amendment Rejected - House (32 - 39)
June 19, 2006 RI Article 24 to H 7120 Sub A Article 24 Relating to Tuition Tax Credits Motion Agreed - House (62 - 8)
June 1, 2006 RI LCO # 2854/19 West Warwick Casino Competative Bidding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (16 - 17)
June 1, 2006 RI H 7935 Sub. A West Warwick Casino Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (23 - 13)
May 25, 2006 RI H 7935 Sub. A West Warwick Casino Joint Resolution Passed - House (44 - 28)
Feb. 16, 2006 RI S 2112 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House (51 - 6)
Feb. 2, 2006 RI S 2112 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 2)
Date No. Title Outcome
4/26 H 7060 Reduces Restrictions on Happy Hour Drink Specials (54 - 11)
1/04 H 6324 Amends the Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act Veto Override Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
1/04 H 6324 Amends the Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act Veto Override Passed - House (44 - 17)
4/27 S 708 Establishes a Tax Treaty Between the City of East Providence and ExxonMobil Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 5)
3/26 S 251 Requires the Collection of Sales Tax by Out of State Retailers Bill Passed - House (66 - 6)
5/31 H 7420 Prohibits the Rental or Leasing of Pets Bill Passed - House (69 - 0)
6/18 S 2864 Establishes Regulations for Rideshare Companies Bill Passed - House (53 - 6)
6/17 S 2864 Establishes Regulations for Rideshare Companies Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 6)
6/16 H 7007 Authorizes Cities to Establish Regulations for Body Works Businesses Bill Passed - House (54 - 16)
6/07 H 8240 Requires Referendum for Power Plant Tax Agreement Bill Passed - House (64 - 7)
6/25 H 5364 Increases Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 3)
6/23 H 5364 Increases Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees Bill Passed - House (56 - 16)
6/11 H 5074 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 3)
6/02 H 5074 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (59 - 13)
6/19 H 7194A Increases the Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
6/18 H 7194A Increases the Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (63 - 10)
5/22 S 256 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 6)
6/11 H 7323 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
6/11 S 2374 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (60 - 8)
6/08 H 7323 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - House (57 - 15)
6/07 S 2374 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
6/09 H 6088 Limiting Alcohol Sales Bill Passed - House (35 - 33)
6/04 H 5336 Coastal Resources Management Council Bill Passed - House (60 - 8)
5/27 S 659 Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 6)
5/19 H 5769 Boxing Rule Changes Bill Passed - House (53 - 13)
5/12 H 5143 E-Verify Bill Bill Passed - House (38 - 33)
4/29 H 7107 Employment Verification Program Bill Passed - House (52 - 17)
6/19 LCO # 2572/2 to H5300A Privatization of State Services Repeal Amendment Rejected - Senate (9 - 24)
6/15 LCO # 1305/22 to H5300A Privatization of State Services Amendment Adopted - House (61 - 13)
6/19 LCO # 2167/2 Tax Credits for Contributions to Scholarship Programs Amendment Rejected - House (32 - 39)
6/19 Article 24 to H 7120 Sub A Article 24 Relating to Tuition Tax Credits Motion Agreed - House (62 - 8)
6/01 LCO # 2854/19 West Warwick Casino Competative Bidding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (16 - 17)
6/01 H 7935 Sub. A West Warwick Casino Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (23 - 13)
5/25 H 7935 Sub. A West Warwick Casino Joint Resolution Passed - House (44 - 28)
2/16 S 2112 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House (51 - 6)
2/02 S 2112 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 2)

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