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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

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
June 21, 2022 RI H 8230 Expands the Definition of Third Degree Sexual Assault Bill Passed - House (64 - 4)
June 15, 2022 RI H 7693 Repeals Statute of Limitations for Second Degree Sexual Assault Bill Passed - House (65 - 0)
June 14, 2022 RI H 7457 Increases the Minimum Age to Purchase Firearms and Ammunition Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
June 14, 2022 RI H 7358 Prohibits Carrying a Loaded Rifle or Shotgun in Public Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 5)
June 14, 2022 RI H 6614 Prohibits High-Capacity Magazines for Semi-Automatic Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
June 10, 2022 RI H 7457 Increases the Minimum Age to Purchase Firearms and Ammunition Bill Passed - House (53 - 15)
June 10, 2022 RI H 7358 Prohibits Carrying a Loaded Rifle or Shotgun in Public Bill Passed - House (53 - 16)
June 10, 2022 RI H 6614 Prohibits High-Capacity Magazines for Semi-Automatic Firearms Bill Passed - House (43 - 27)
May 24, 2022 RI S 2430 Authorizes Recreational Use of Cannabis/Marijuana Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 16)
May 24, 2022 RI S 2430 Authorizes Recreational Use of Cannabis/Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate
July 1, 2021 RI H 5245 Establishes Harm Reduction Centers Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
June 29, 2021 RI H 5245 Establishes Harm Reduction Centers Bill Passed - House (63 - 9)
June 23, 2021 RI H 6438 Establishes a Statewide Program for Police Body-Warn Cameras Bill Passed - House (70 - 0)
June 15, 2021 RI S 834 Prohibits the Marital Sexual Assault Exception in Certain Cases Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
March 30, 2021 RI S 128 Repeals Law that Only Allowed Officers to Issue Verbal Warnings to Adults Who Leave Children in Cars Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
July 16, 2020 RI H 7541 Establishes the "Uniform Parentage Act" Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 1)
June 17, 2020 RI S 2004 Prohibits Non-Metallic Firearms and "Ghost Guns" Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 4)
June 17, 2020 RI S 2004 Prohibits Non-Metallic Firearms and "Ghost Guns" Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 4)
June 21, 2018 RI H 7715 Classifies Delivery a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death as a Crime Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
June 21, 2018 RI H 7715 Classifies Delivery a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death as a Crime Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
June 14, 2018 RI H 7715 Classifies Delivery a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death as a Crime Bill Passed - House (55 - 14)
June 14, 2018 RI H 7715 Classifies Delivery a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death as a Crime Bill Passed - House (55 - 14)
April 12, 2018 RI H 7452 Prohibits Sharing Explicit Images without Consent Bill Passed - House (66 - 0)
April 12, 2018 RI H 7688 Authorizes Extreme Risk Protection Orders Bill Passed - House (60 - 8)
April 12, 2018 RI H 7688 Authorizes Extreme Risk Protection Orders Bill Passed - House (60 - 8)
April 12, 2018 RI H 7075 Prohibits Bump Stocks Bill Passed - House (65 - 3)
June 26, 2017 RI HB 5510A Prohibits Individuals Subject to a Restraining Order from Possessing a Firearm Bill Passed - House (56 - 13)
June 26, 2017 RI HB 5510A Prohibits Individuals Subject to a Restraining Order from Possessing a Firearm Bill Passed - House (56 - 13)
June 15, 2017 RI S 237A Authorizes Parole Eligibility for Juveniles with Life Sentences Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
June 13, 2012 RI H 7909 Requires State Health Laws to Comply with the Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
June 11, 2012 RI H 7909 Requires State Health Laws to Comply with the Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - House (56 - 9)
May 9, 2012 RI S 2555 A Authorizes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 3)
June 30, 2011 RI S 400 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - House (51 - 22)
May 12, 2011 RI S 400 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6)
Oct. 29, 2009 RI HB 5044 Prostitution Ban Concurrence Vote Passed - House (46 - 9)
Oct. 29, 2009 RI HB 5044 Prostitution Ban Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 2)
June 20, 2008 RI S 2706 Red Light Cameras Bill Passed - House (44 - 12)
June 17, 2008 RI S 2706 Red Light Cameras Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 2)
June 12, 2008 RI H 7222 page 5, re: Sec. 3-8-9: Transportation of Alcohol by Minors Bill Passed - House (52 - 14)
June 12, 2008 RI H 7222 page 5, re: Sec. 3-8-9: Transportation of Alcohol by Minors Bill Passed - House (52 - 14)
May 1, 2008 RI H 7204 2007-2008 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
April 25, 2008 RI H 7204 2007-2008 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - House (60 - 12)
June 19, 2007 RI LCO # 2552/4 to H5300Aaa Repeal of Provision Requiring the Trying Seventeen Year-Olds as Adults in Criminal Cases Amendment Rejected - Senate (5 - 30)
June 19, 2007 RI H 5127 Mandatory Minimum Drug Possession Sentence Repeal Bill Passed - House (54 - 6)
June 19, 2007 RI H 5127 Mandatory Minimum Drug Possession Sentence Repeal Bill Passed - House (54 - 6)
June 15, 2007 RI Article 22 of H5300A Classifying Seventeen Year-Olds as Adults in Criminal Cases Amendment Adopted - House (48 - 19)
May 10, 2007 RI S 21 Telephone Political Solicitation Act Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
May 9, 2006 RI H 7339 Restriction on Political Surveillance Bill Passed - House (36 - 25)
May 3, 2006 RI S 2486 Ex-Felon's Voting Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 4)
May 3, 2006 RI S 2486 Ex-Felon's Voting Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 4)
Jan. 26, 2006 RI H 6700 Sub A Driver Refusal of Chemical Tests Bill Passed - House (64 - 6)
Jan. 3, 2006 RI H 6052 Sub. A Medical Marijuana Bill Veto Override Passed - Senate (30 - 5)
Jan. 3, 2006 RI H 6052 Sub. A Medical Marijuana Bill Veto Override Passed - House (59 - 13)
Date No. Title Outcome
6/21 H 8230 Expands the Definition of Third Degree Sexual Assault Bill Passed - House (64 - 4)
6/15 H 7693 Repeals Statute of Limitations for Second Degree Sexual Assault Bill Passed - House (65 - 0)
6/14 H 7457 Increases the Minimum Age to Purchase Firearms and Ammunition Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
6/14 H 7358 Prohibits Carrying a Loaded Rifle or Shotgun in Public Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 5)
6/14 H 6614 Prohibits High-Capacity Magazines for Semi-Automatic Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
6/10 H 7457 Increases the Minimum Age to Purchase Firearms and Ammunition Bill Passed - House (53 - 15)
6/10 H 7358 Prohibits Carrying a Loaded Rifle or Shotgun in Public Bill Passed - House (53 - 16)
6/10 H 6614 Prohibits High-Capacity Magazines for Semi-Automatic Firearms Bill Passed - House (43 - 27)
5/24 S 2430 Authorizes Recreational Use of Cannabis/Marijuana Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 16)
5/24 S 2430 Authorizes Recreational Use of Cannabis/Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate
7/01 H 5245 Establishes Harm Reduction Centers Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
6/29 H 5245 Establishes Harm Reduction Centers Bill Passed - House (63 - 9)
6/23 H 6438 Establishes a Statewide Program for Police Body-Warn Cameras Bill Passed - House (70 - 0)
6/15 S 834 Prohibits the Marital Sexual Assault Exception in Certain Cases Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
3/30 S 128 Repeals Law that Only Allowed Officers to Issue Verbal Warnings to Adults Who Leave Children in Cars Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
7/16 H 7541 Establishes the "Uniform Parentage Act" Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 1)
6/17 S 2004 Prohibits Non-Metallic Firearms and "Ghost Guns" Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 4)
6/17 S 2004 Prohibits Non-Metallic Firearms and "Ghost Guns" Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 4)
6/21 H 7715 Classifies Delivery a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death as a Crime Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
6/21 H 7715 Classifies Delivery a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death as a Crime Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
6/14 H 7715 Classifies Delivery a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death as a Crime Bill Passed - House (55 - 14)
6/14 H 7715 Classifies Delivery a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death as a Crime Bill Passed - House (55 - 14)
4/12 H 7452 Prohibits Sharing Explicit Images without Consent Bill Passed - House (66 - 0)
4/12 H 7688 Authorizes Extreme Risk Protection Orders Bill Passed - House (60 - 8)
4/12 H 7688 Authorizes Extreme Risk Protection Orders Bill Passed - House (60 - 8)
4/12 H 7075 Prohibits Bump Stocks Bill Passed - House (65 - 3)
6/26 HB 5510A Prohibits Individuals Subject to a Restraining Order from Possessing a Firearm Bill Passed - House (56 - 13)
6/26 HB 5510A Prohibits Individuals Subject to a Restraining Order from Possessing a Firearm Bill Passed - House (56 - 13)
6/15 S 237A Authorizes Parole Eligibility for Juveniles with Life Sentences Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
6/13 H 7909 Requires State Health Laws to Comply with the Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
6/11 H 7909 Requires State Health Laws to Comply with the Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - House (56 - 9)
5/09 S 2555 A Authorizes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 3)
6/30 S 400 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - House (51 - 22)
5/12 S 400 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6)
10/29 HB 5044 Prostitution Ban Concurrence Vote Passed - House (46 - 9)
10/29 HB 5044 Prostitution Ban Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 2)
6/20 S 2706 Red Light Cameras Bill Passed - House (44 - 12)
6/17 S 2706 Red Light Cameras Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 2)
6/12 H 7222 page 5, re: Sec. 3-8-9: Transportation of Alcohol by Minors Bill Passed - House (52 - 14)
6/12 H 7222 page 5, re: Sec. 3-8-9: Transportation of Alcohol by Minors Bill Passed - House (52 - 14)
5/01 H 7204 2007-2008 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
4/25 H 7204 2007-2008 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - House (60 - 12)
6/19 LCO # 2552/4 to H5300Aaa Repeal of Provision Requiring the Trying Seventeen Year-Olds as Adults in Criminal Cases Amendment Rejected - Senate (5 - 30)
6/19 H 5127 Mandatory Minimum Drug Possession Sentence Repeal Bill Passed - House (54 - 6)
6/19 H 5127 Mandatory Minimum Drug Possession Sentence Repeal Bill Passed - House (54 - 6)
6/15 Article 22 of H5300A Classifying Seventeen Year-Olds as Adults in Criminal Cases Amendment Adopted - House (48 - 19)
5/10 S 21 Telephone Political Solicitation Act Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
5/09 H 7339 Restriction on Political Surveillance Bill Passed - House (36 - 25)
5/03 S 2486 Ex-Felon's Voting Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 4)
5/03 S 2486 Ex-Felon's Voting Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 4)
1/26 H 6700 Sub A Driver Refusal of Chemical Tests Bill Passed - House (64 - 6)
1/03 H 6052 Sub. A Medical Marijuana Bill Veto Override Passed - Senate (30 - 5)
1/03 H 6052 Sub. A Medical Marijuana Bill Veto Override Passed - House (59 - 13)

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