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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
May 19, 2022 RI H 7943 Establishes Program for Converting Vacant Schools into Affordable Housing (48 - 12)
May 17, 2022 RI H 7100 Repeals Restrictions on Voting by Mail (53 - 13)
May 17, 2022 RI S 2681 Expands Childcare Assistance Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
May 5, 2022 RI S 2006 Authorizes "Driver Privilege Cards" for Undocumented Persons (27 - 10)
April 26, 2022 RI H 7060 Reduces Restrictions on Happy Hour Drink Specials (54 - 11)
April 12, 2022 RI S 2244 Establishes New Factors for the Interest Contract Arbitration Board for Municipal Employee Unions Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 7)
April 7, 2022 RI S 2446 Reduces Plastic Bag Use at Retail Establishments Via Recyclable Options Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 4)
March 24, 2022 RI S 2080 Requires Health Insurers Provide Coverage for 10 Categories of Essential Health Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
March 15, 2022 RI H 7429 Increases Polling Place Voter Capacity Bill Passed - House (63 - 5)
Feb. 15, 2022 RI H 7323 Establishes Congressional, State District Boundaries Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
Feb. 15, 2022 RI S 2162 Amends Congressional Districts Bill Passed - House (57 - 6)
Feb. 15, 2022 RI S 2162 Amends Congressional Districts Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
Feb. 15, 2022 RI H 7323 Establishes Congressional, State District Boundaries Bill Passed - House (58 - 8)
Jan. 4, 2022 RI H 5505 Requires Every Short-Term Rental Property Listed for Rent on Any Third-Party Hosting Platform be Registered with the Department of Business Regulation Veto Override Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
Jan. 4, 2022 RI H 6324 Amends the Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act Veto Override Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
Jan. 4, 2022 RI H 5505 Requires Every Short-Term Rental Property Listed for Rent on Any Third-Party Hosting Platform be Registered with the Department of Business Regulation Veto Override Passed - House (57 - 7)
Jan. 4, 2022 RI H 6324 Amends the Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act Veto Override Passed - House (44 - 17)
Date No. Title Outcome
5/19 H 7943 Establishes Program for Converting Vacant Schools into Affordable Housing (48 - 12)
5/17 H 7100 Repeals Restrictions on Voting by Mail (53 - 13)
5/17 S 2681 Expands Childcare Assistance Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
5/05 S 2006 Authorizes "Driver Privilege Cards" for Undocumented Persons (27 - 10)
4/26 H 7060 Reduces Restrictions on Happy Hour Drink Specials (54 - 11)
4/12 S 2244 Establishes New Factors for the Interest Contract Arbitration Board for Municipal Employee Unions Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 7)
4/07 S 2446 Reduces Plastic Bag Use at Retail Establishments Via Recyclable Options Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 4)
3/24 S 2080 Requires Health Insurers Provide Coverage for 10 Categories of Essential Health Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
3/15 H 7429 Increases Polling Place Voter Capacity Bill Passed - House (63 - 5)
2/15 H 7323 Establishes Congressional, State District Boundaries Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
2/15 S 2162 Amends Congressional Districts Bill Passed - House (57 - 6)
2/15 S 2162 Amends Congressional Districts Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
2/15 H 7323 Establishes Congressional, State District Boundaries Bill Passed - House (58 - 8)
1/04 H 5505 Requires Every Short-Term Rental Property Listed for Rent on Any Third-Party Hosting Platform be Registered with the Department of Business Regulation Veto Override Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
1/04 H 6324 Amends the Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act Veto Override Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
1/04 H 5505 Requires Every Short-Term Rental Property Listed for Rent on Any Third-Party Hosting Platform be Registered with the Department of Business Regulation Veto Override Passed - House (57 - 7)
1/04 H 6324 Amends the Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act Veto Override Passed - House (44 - 17)

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